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Matilda Makeover - BEF Armour Force

June 14 2011 at 6:08 PM

Ted Preston  (Login TeddieP)
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Some of you may remember the little 1/76 scale Airfix Vickers tank I built a while back:
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I was so taken by the cool camouflage and markings of this BEF tank I decided
I wanted the Airfix Matilda (same scale) kit that I had already built to be part of
the BEF as well. Here's what the Matilda looked like before the makeover began:
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I actually started on this project halfway through The Big Spit build, but shelved it.
I had some WIP shots, but lost them in a hard-drive meltdown. Here's as far as I got:
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The Airfix kit is the later Mark II version and the Matilda used by the BEF looked a
little different. I wasn't going to tear the whole kit apart, so I satisfied myself to dress up the kit so it looked the part. I cut off the old machine gun
and reshaped another from a piece of rod to look like the earlier style. Bits of sheet styrene were cut to extend the mudguards:
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The rear mudguards got the same treatment, and more sheet was cut and shaped for that
big, clunky exhaust housing hanging off the tank's butt. The vertical cylinder on the turret was another piece of rod:
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To flesh out my armour force, I picked up the excellent cast resin A13 Early cruiser tank from Milicast Models. The hull and road
wheels are a single casting and the cleanup was a breeze. I replaced the smoke dischargers on the turret with bits of rod and sprue, and that was it:
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Now here's something weird - the bottom of the Cruiser tank casting was wide open, so I cut a piece of .10 thou sheet to cover it.
I guess the styrene was too thin, because it buckled and heaved after the paint dried:
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Also from Milicast, I snagged their little A11 matilda Infantry tank. The late style, with the repositioned headlamps and hull storage boxes.
I added the driver side mirror and some square bits front and back that will hold the unit markings. I rebuilt the headlamps as well, as the resin originals
were a bit gummed up with flash:
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Now, this kit needed some very delicate cleanup around the treads and running gear!
Both track sides are molded as separate pieces and they're very weak and fiddly:
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Well, next step is to mask up these babies and get the camo on. Hope you like 'em!

Tall Tales:
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Previous WIP Builds:
The Big Spit Pt.1; The Big Spit Pt.2; The Big Spit Pt.3; The Big Spit Pt.4; The Big Spit Pt.5; The Big Spit Pt.6;
The Big Spit Pt.7; The Big Spit Pt.8; The Big Spit Pt.9; The Big Spit Pt.10; The Big Spit Pt.11; The Big Spit Finish;

Me109 Pt.1; Me109 Pt.2; Me109 Pt.3; Me109 Finish;
Vickers Tank Pt.1; Vickers Tank Pt.2; Vickers Tank Pt.3; Vickers Tank Pt.4; Vickers Tank Pt.5; Vickers Tank Pt.6; Vickers Tank Finish;
Connies Pt.1; Connies Pt.2; Connies Pt.3; Connies Pt.4; Connies Pt.5; Connies Pt.6; Connies Pt.7; Connies Finish

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