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Crusader to Gazala Campaign
GazzaS
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Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 12:37 PM UTC
Cool! One of my favorite armored cars.
petbat
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Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017 - 02:43 AM UTC
Older kit repackaged Doug, but still quite a good kit and a great choice. I have built a over the years and had no fit issues or anything of concern - typical Tamiya - so you will have fun with this one.
Darson
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Posted: Monday, August 28, 2017 - 08:37 AM UTC
Hey all, I'm thinking of doing the Tamiya Valentine for this build and just wanted to make sure it's ok for the time period?

petbat
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Posted: Monday, August 28, 2017 - 01:29 PM UTC

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Hey all, I'm thinking of doing the Tamiya Valentine for this build and just wanted to make sure it's ok for the time period?



Valentine is right for the time period. See the link on the previous page for the order of battle and you will see it says:
----44th Bn / RTR 6 x Matilda IICS, 40 x Valentine III

There are even a couple of colour plates of Op Crusader Valentine's on this page:
http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/gb/Infantry_Tanks/Valentine/Valentine_MkII_libya1941.png

Welcome aboard
GazzaS
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Posted: Monday, August 28, 2017 - 01:39 PM UTC
Darren,
Glad to have you with us. Your Tamiya Valentine and the Miniart Valentine will both do.

Peter,
Thanks again for another useful link. Now I know how to paint 1/2 of my Valentine. Missed you at QMHE Saturday.

Gaz
JackG
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Posted: Monday, August 28, 2017 - 07:16 PM UTC
For Operation Crusader, only 8th RTR was equipped with Valentines, but there there were far more (482 is one figure),for the later battles at Gazala.

Here's something I put together regarding markings for 1st Army Tank Brigade for Operation Crusader:



GazzaS
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Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 02:03 PM UTC
Interesting. Did they use those large red and white striped panels at this time?

Thanks for sharing that.

Gaz
JackG
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Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 06:10 PM UTC
Yes, the white/red/white recognition flash was well established by the time of the Crusader offensive.







GazzaS
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Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 07:07 AM UTC
Thank you for the reference. It'll come in handy for certain as my Valentine kit is boxed for Russian service.

I've learned that the only certain that didn't see western service was the version with the cast forward end. I'm definitely keen to do Caunter scheme.

Has
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Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 08:08 AM UTC

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Peter,
Missed you at QMHE Saturday.

Gaz



Yeah, after the over 1/2 hour wait just to get in I was only there an hour or so. I am car-less at the moment and got a lift in with Wayne and his son. They had to be elsewhere that afternoon, so we kind of had to breeze through.

Not buying another car until late next year as I am taking 6 months off to travel Europe with the wife, and it is silly to have 2 cars just sitting in the garage for that long. QMHE was a bit far to cycle to, so thumb was out for the hitch

See you Saturday
27-1025
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Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017 - 08:45 PM UTC
This will be my entry since you are allowing already started builds. Began this last November and then got bogged down. Nice kit. MiniArt Mk III Valentine

GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, September 02, 2017 - 02:51 AM UTC
Cool, Chris! I've got one of these to build, too.
SpeedyJ
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Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 07:24 PM UTC
Hello. Can't wait for starting this campaign. Today the tires for MAX came in from BNA Australia. Love the detail from Panzer Art.



Also the Jerrycans came in. Will post them later together with the Box art and contents of the big kit. Reading about the MAX kit from AFV Club on PMMS I found out the Jerrycans from the kit are a little of scale, to small. Panzer Art tires are Firestone Ballon with the right thread and they are massive.

Kind regards,

Robert Jan
SpeedyJ
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Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 07:51 PM UTC
Yes, why not take the photos right now?

Love this kit already for the Box art and the nice print of the beast.















Looking at the building instructions, it is just finger licking! What a detailed kit!

Kind regards,

Robert Jan
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Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 09:43 PM UTC
Okay so according to Italian Wikipedia Tenente Emmanuele Annoni shot down a Hurricane on November 26, 1941 somewhere between Sidi Rezegh and Gambut. Then on December 1, 1941 a P40 of 250 sqdn around Bir el Gobi. So that's right in the thick of it.

I was gearing up for this Folgore with aftermarket and decals anyway so this campaign is fortuitous.


GazzaS
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Posted: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:55 PM UTC
Robert,
That Mammoth should be awesome! Can't wait to see it being built. I read the book "In the Desert with Rommel" years ago and first learned about the mammut.

Richard,
The MC. 202 is a sweet looking aircraft. Looking forward to it, for certain.


Gaz
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Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 03:30 PM UTC
Hello,

It has been a long time since I joined any campaigns here, partly due to health problems, but when I saw this one I just had to enlist. I am presently modelling Western Desert vehicles and this campaign fits perfectly with my build schedule. I have just finished building an A10 using a Plastic Soldier Company kit as a basis...


I will be building an S-Model A13 with Dan Taylor's Modelworks upgrades for this campaign and probably a heavily modified S-Model PzIIIG, with OKB sprockets, idlers and track. Really looking forward to this and making new modelling friends.

All the best,

Paul

GazzaS
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Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 04:01 PM UTC
Paul,
Welcome! It'll be great to see what you bring to the campaign!

Gaz
GazzaS
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Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 - 12:39 PM UTC
Hey Everyone,
Just a reminder that we've less than 40 days til we kick off this campaign!

As usual, all photos for discussion and motivation only.

























Gaz

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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 06:55 AM UTC
A box from Japan showed up today! This will be my first Dragon kit. Very excited for this one. Looking forward to watching everyone's builds once we get started.
GazzaS
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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 12:03 PM UTC
Bryan,
Awesome timing! Looking forward to seeing that go together.

Gaz
AgentG
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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 01:24 PM UTC

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A box from Japan showed up today! This will be my first Dragon kit. Very excited for this one. Looking forward to watching everyone's builds once we get started.



Very cool!

What site did you order that from?

G
Chaman911
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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 08:53 PM UTC
Here is the link to where I preordered from.
http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/m/10481482
Now that the kit is released you might be able to find it cheaper. Dragon Models kit #6901
JoeOsborne
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Posted: Friday, October 06, 2017 - 05:23 AM UTC
Hi Folks!

I'm excited to join this GB as this front in WW2 is probably my favorite. Lots of armor, lot of mobility battles. I have just ordered the new Takom M3 Grant which surprised Rommel at Gazala.




I'm also thinking of adding an 88 to the mix as I need to finish a Sdkfz 7 to tow it :-) I have both the Dragon and Tamiya kits so I'll think about which one to build.....

JoeOsborne
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Posted: Friday, October 06, 2017 - 07:12 AM UTC

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Yes, why not take the photos right now?

Love this kit already for the Box art and the nice print of the beast.





Looking at the building instructions, it is just finger licking! What a detailed kit!

Kind regards,

Robert Jan



I have this kit and will be following your success closely! It looks like a great kit.