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Vickers Tank Pt.3

August 23 2009 at 11:49 PM

Ted Preston  (Login TeddieP)
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My last post ended with the realization I had muffed up the guns for the Mk.VIc version, so I hacked 'em off and scratched some replacements. What was needed is a box structure around the Besa 15mm and the .303 machine gun. The structure is 10 thou sheet styrene, cut, fitted and sanded.:
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I messed up this job using the original Airfix barrels, but I found a barrel assembly from an old Scimitar kit, and used that for the breeches the second time around. I added a stretched sprue barrel for the 15mm, but kept the original barrel from the Airfix .303 coaxial gun. I noticed from reference photos that the MkVIc had a square shaped panel on the side of the turret. I cut off the triangular shaped one and added the new square one:
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The kit searchlight was drilled out, cut off its mount, and placed atop some bits of sheet cobbled together to form a new mount:
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The smoke dischargers were drilled out on both ends, and bits of sprue were added for the wires running into the turret. I tried using armature wire for this, but the tiny bits proved beyond my hammy fingers, so it the sprue was substituted even though it looks over-sized:
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Time to move on to the interior. I carefully test fitted the right side bulkhead, then added bits of sheet and sprue:
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The inside edge of the back bulkhead is supposed to be a rounded shape, but after two tries, I couldn't manage it. I opted for the square shape, figuring not much will be seen inside once the driver figure is installed:
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Roland the headless Vickers Driver now has a head, albeit one from that awful Airfix soft-plastic RAF ground crew set (I say awful because I find that soft-plastic extremely difficult to work with):
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Okay, now this is starting to look like a tank:
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Some sheet styrene was added along the left side bulkhead to replace what was lost when I cut out the hatch. The other strip on the right side bulkhead is a piece of metal on the tank that the hatch rests on when it's closed up:
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Hey! Watch where you're pointing that thing! An Airfix ground crew figure (hard styrene - Yes!) from one of their RAF vehicle kits, added for scale. My, that's a tiny tank!
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Hope y'all enjoy the post. More later!
Best! Ted...

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