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Here you have some images of the new Tamiya Matilda I am making at the moment. The kit is another little sweet gem full of potential. This is one tank that comes together really easy and fast. The running gear (the most boring part to build on all tanks, but always fun to assembly) can be done in minutes which speeds up the entire build. It only took two days for basic assembly and two more to add some very simple details to customice my model as follows:
The welded bar tracks are really easy to make by adding two small bars to every link, but I think it's a simple conversion that adds lots of character too. Basically you only need to put the bars in the visible links, I added the bars in the bottom track runs though.
The spare track link parts come solid in the kit. In order to get clean parts for the spare links, I cut a three links segment from the upper track run to replace the tree-links (clean) original part intended to complete the lower track run. This way, you can get original (clean) three-links parts ready to use for spares and the original spare track parts were used to fill the gap in the upper track run, but I realized later you can skip that step as the missing links cannot be seen at all once the running gear is fully
I replaced the engine cover lock bars and the showel mount that came solid in the kit. I also inserted a small piece to fill the driver's periscope. On the front plate I extended the welded edge of the grilled covers and added some other small details to reproduce the tiny handle to open the covers. The spare track links were replaced and theirs solid theeth were drilled too.
Althought I decided to leave the model with one almost naked turret, that is the area that required more attention. I remade the smoke mortars, a new antenna mount, and reworked some other small details like thinning the aiming device in the top, filling the periscope and adding some bolts here and there. The stowage basket is missing but the bolts and the tie-downs are there. In the commander cupola I added the periscope, the lifting hooks and some more little styrene bits. Commander cupola hatches are not glued for painting purposes.
And thats all. There are some very few very delicate parts left I will add after paiinting but the most is there. The Matilda was never an apealing subject to me and just because Tamiya releases it I am having the oportunity to make one. I know nothing about Matildas but after consulting some documentation I am discovering she is not that bad after all . I suspect we will see some other Matildas showing up here by some other forum members soon hopefully...
Many thanks for these interesting photos and informations about Tamiyas Matilda!
Hm, I hope I got my Matilda before the end of this year, because here in Germany we have to wait "lightyears" to get those new stuff...
The track modification is very smart, it will open up a lot more finishes.
For those who are concerned opening up the driver's hatch looks like a fairly easy job, the loaders hatch on the turret will be trickier. If building a BEF Matilda with the lowered suspension you have 4 links over on each 'normal' build so you'll soon have enough. They're the angled A8 part but seem to flatten out easily enough.
IMHO definitely a very good model, Tamiya are increasing the detail and have gone to all plastic hulls, I hope it sells well. Do be wary of the colour scheme callouts though, the Internet is your friend here.
Wonder how long before the speculation about the next release starts!!
change from the IS II and the Cromwell then !!!!
Great build so far and am looking forward to the painting as always. Not to mention the scene??
Though the way Ralph's going he will probably have it done before you also !!!! lol
The JS-2 is done and I am working on the figure now. The Cromwell is already green and waiting for weathering and regarding the matilda you are very correct, I must work quickly or Ralph will make one (or two) of those before me. Fortunately I started painting yesterday but you never know...
Your added details really make your Matilda dance . Ordered on just on this post alone!
The cleated tracks are the real standout for me, as are the micro details on the turret - just perfect. One minor nit - on the glacis you said you continued up the welds behing the grated panels - those are actually hatches, and the seam ran outboard of the false weld bead - I will send you a pix offline. The seams were probably disguised to hide the thin spot - the actual armored hull was behind these hatches, but a shot there might damage the suspension. Easy to fix with a little scribing or simpler yet, just a fine line of dark paint.
PS, I did revise those headphones on my Panzerman, but no time to photograph yet. Thanks for the comment!
This message has been edited by koschrei on Jul 31, 2012 3:12 PM
Yes, you are right. The welded edge is part of the grilled cover/lid and I knew it. I think the confusion is because my poor english expression. Anyways thanks for the pic, one more for the collection of interesting desert Matildas.
The Matilda is open to add lots of small details (specialy for a detail lover like you)and sure Hauler will help.
But that Matilda is very nicely detailed. I cannot wait to get mine. I find the details on the inner turret hatch faces are especially nice, a part of kits that I am always disappointed in.
I am keen to see how you paint this one.....Caunter? That's the plan for mine.