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I been talkin the talk...Vickers Tank Pt.1

August 18 2009 at 12:11 AM

Ted Preston  (Login TeddieP)
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Now it's time to walk the walk and actually contribute a Work In Progress! I'm trying my hand at the Airfix Vickers Mk.VI kit in 1'72 scale. The kit is a tiny jewel:
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I'll build the Mk. VIc version, with the 15mm Besa machine gun, and the flat turret hatch. I drilled out the hatch opening to a more realistic size:
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The kit antenna mount looks too clunky, so I filled in the mounting slot with the piece of .020 thou styrene card, and puttied in the rest, along with the oversized panel lines on the turret:
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The gun mantlet looked too thick, so I sanded at least a millimetre - maybe more - off the back, and cut an equal amount of plastic off the rear of the bar holding the gun barrels:
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I sanded off the mounting stub from the bottom of the turret hatch, cut it in two pieces, then used a motor tool to grind down the inside of the hatches to a more scale appearance:
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She's coming along nicely so far...but I have to admit I have next to nothing for references on the Mk. VIc. I have a colour profile in an armour book, and all I could find on the Net was a grainy old photo:
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Will post again soon!

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