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Lend Lease Matilda

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Nearly 2 years in the making, this is Tamiya's Matilda kit with Tiger Model Designs' Russian update kit, Bronco TD.5910 tracks, ET PE set, Voyager smoke dischargers and Echelon Fine Details decal set. Gary modified one of the hull sides to depict a suspension access door open as well as leaving one of the exhaust mufflers off as if it has been damaged beyond repair. Additional scratch built detail was added to the commander's hatch.

As with most British lend lease vehicles of the day, the tank was painted in British Khaki Green G3 using Mike Starmer's mix from Tamiya Paints -3 pts XF62 + 2 pts XF59. The decals were pretty straightforward though the fording markings need some care to get them straight. The rest of weathering was completed with oils, acrylics, enamels and pigments.
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About the Author

About Gary Boxall (gastec)
FROM: AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Usual childhood of making Auirfix kits which dropped off the radar once further education was started. Picked up the scalpel again some 25 years later finding that the hobby has changed big time - but just as enjoyable.


Comments

Looks great
JUN 14, 2017 - 09:57 AM
Lovely build. The weathering is spot on. It looks well used but not overdone as some do where they look like they've been in the field for 20 years. I've got a Matilda in the stash and it had never occured to me to paint it up as a Russian vehicle. Really imaginative idea. I particularly like the mix of British and Russian writing on the tank, even down to the original British serial number. That is a cracking build Gary.
JUN 14, 2017 - 04:32 PM
Hi, superbly done in all areas. Keep them coming, hope we see more! Kip.
JUN 15, 2017 - 02:40 AM
Great build in all aspects! Didn't Tamiya just come out with this version.
JUN 15, 2017 - 04:27 PM
me likes...swell m8.
JUN 22, 2017 - 10:43 AM
Very nice build Gary, very realistic finish.
JUN 22, 2017 - 10:57 AM
Sure I am looking at the real tank in a museum,this is so well done you must be so proud,thats how I feel by given the chance to see your work,a feast for the eyes.thanks
JUN 22, 2017 - 04:29 PM
Thank you for the feedback. Much appreciated.
JUN 25, 2017 - 08:01 AM
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