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WIP - Churchill ARK MK1

June 3 2009 at 7:16 PM
Mark Bannerman  (Login icu812a)
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An on-going project of sorts. Tamiya Churchill VII converted back to an earlier MK IV variant using a slew of bits (Accurate Armour, Cromwell Models, IMA, Eduard, and Legend). The ARK MK 1 is a Resicast offering and comes with both long rear and short rear ramps.

The Churchill ARK MK 1 with long ramps and ready for primer
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This is the same project but dry-fitted with the short ramps that were included in the Resicast conversion kit.
This would be the positioning of the Churchill with short ramps to allow tanks to cross over seawalls.
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I opted for the long ramps. The model has been primed and base-coated. I used two different tones of green to contrast the carrier tank and the ARK. The next step is markings and weathering...
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Marcel Kolsteeg
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Nice ARK

June 4 2009, 3:25 AM 


Nice ARK you build there.
I thought that the Resicast conversion was intended for the newer AFV Club Churchill kit.
Did you have to do much surgery on the part to make it fir to the Tamiya kit?


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Gilles Thomas
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Very nice

June 4 2009, 7:37 AM 

Very nice and very clean conversion. I like it!
Do you plan to built ALL the Churchill based funnies?

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malc ireson
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way cool

June 4 2009, 10:27 AM 

Hi Mark,
Im a great fan of your work, always spot on, and this is no exception.
would look even better on a shermy chassis (-:

fantastic work,

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James Duncan
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Beautiful work here-

June 4 2009, 12:21 PM 

As always- you are the master f the Churchills- really nice job and your resin work is outstanding- very clean assemply too.

Please keep us posted - and the fascine looks pretty good too!


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simon king
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June 4 2009, 3:40 PM 

my good old tried and tested yard brush method Mark?

I'm building the AFV Club Churchill III AVRE at the moment. It's interesting to compare the two models.

Who would have thought 30 years ago that there would be a mainstream kit of an AVRE

Simon K

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Mark Bannerman
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I go both ways...

June 4 2009, 3:56 PM 

I have used your method on several occasions (which is a great alternative and inexpensive !) AND have also used the bundle packs that can be ordered from Cromwell Models. Just doing a fascine for the ARK MK 1 and using the Cromwell Models offering (image).

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Mark Bannerman
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501 Ways to Build A Churchill

June 4 2009, 3:33 PM 

Many thanks for your kind comments chaps

The ARK frame fits onto the Tamiya perfectly without any adjustments or modifications. It is a very easy conversion and anyone looking to try resin for a first time can rest assured this would be a worthy project.

I had planned on retiring away from the Churchill. But then AFV Club releases a Churchill and those dreams of retiring were suddenly shattered. As a result - for better or for worse - many more conversion projects inevitably lay ahead... wink.gif


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Florian Zehe
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Very Impressive !

June 4 2009, 3:42 PM 

I like this work very much. Looks very clean. An in fact beautiful model. Hat off,...
Hold us on the running one.



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Jeremy Witt
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Tamiya Conversion.

June 4 2009, 6:07 PM 

Nice build Mark, but like your Dieppe Mk.III in the Osprey Churchill book, you haven't trimmed the Tamiya sponson inners down to suit the shape of the older style side plates. The Legend sets give you parts to sort the front of the sponsons.

Hope you haven't started the top coat yet,



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