Hi George, Pat
I really don’t take any pleasure in making such comments, hence the ‘sorry’ at the end of my post. I do so after years of disappointment in ordering resin kits sight unseen, and then having been underwhelmed on opening the package. Of course, things have got better with the internet. I do like to acknowledge good kits, hence my positive comments about the F2F Pz.Kpfw.35(t), S-Models stuff and OKB Grigorov AM material in recent months.
Sadly, I don’t think that we will see a BEF Matilda from S-Models. It would require quite a re-tool of the existing kit and I think that they chose the later version because there are potentially more variants that they could do. However, I think that the BEF Matilda is a popular subject and I believe that one of the aftermarket providers will offer a conversion kit for the S-Models Matilda in time.
To put a bit more flesh on the bones of my earlier comments about the Matilda details: the hinges on the engine deck louvres can be seen in a well-known overhead photo of an early Matilda, but I recall someone like Bob Gregory saying that they were very uncommon. The small size of the brackets on the suspension access hatches is apparent in the photos below (via Will Ward) – one can also just about make out the absence of the hinges on the engine deck louvres in the first image.
I apologise again if you felt that I was off the mark with my earlier comments.