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Welded Cromwell Mk.Vllw.

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And I thought my breacher mantis vehicle was complicated.  

 

Looks like you have done a bit of research on Cromwells to know exactly which rivet to remove.  Geez, I'll never get to that level, sometimes I

can't even see the rivets or start seeing two of each so which one goes?

 

Keep it up,

 

Lloyd

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Thanks Lloyd. After Sherman, Cromwell is my next favourite tank. Actually, I don't have much in the way of info on the Cromwell. Just three books dedicated to that tank as well as others which include the Cromwell. Considering how important a tank it was, there's precious little out there. 

 

John.

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Very nice start John,

I was at a modeling show back in May and they had people selling models so I had a look and one guy was selling the sister tank to the Cromwell which is the Centaur CS Mk1V made by TAMIYA so I purchased it for $15.00 CDN It, it looks like they had different engines to the Cromwell.

 

Regards

Richard

 

 

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1 hour ago, Ripaman said:

Very nice start John,

I was at a modeling show back in May and they had people selling models so I had a look and one guy was selling the sister tank to the Cromwell which is the Centaur CS Mk1V made by TAMIYA so I purchased it for $15.00 CDN It, it looks like they had different engines to the Cromwell.

 

Regards

Richard

 

 

Hi Richard,

Many hanks for your comments. You got a real bargain there. I paid £15 for one of my Cromwells and I thought that was a bargain, seeing as they retail for anything up to £28.

Yes, Centaurs were fitted with the Liberty engine as opposed to the Meteor of the Cromwell, although many Centaurs were re-engined with Meteors.

 

John.

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This update is probably a bit out of sync, but I'm going to cover the turret construction before moving on with the rest of the hull. The main alteration here is the additional armour added to the front of the turret. I went about this in a rather convoluted way as I didn't want to try and remove the large conical rivets from the turret front. Get that wrong and it would be a devil of a job replacing those. So instead, I cut a new turret front from 60thou card and removed the moulded on location ribs from the front edge of the turret, part D15. Once I was happy with the fit of the new front, using the turret front, part D27 as a pattern, a hole was cut for the 75mm gun and the BESA. The rear of part D27 was then sanded completely flat, removing all of the moulded on detail, so that it would lay flat against the new turret front. It was then sanded on all four edges so that the part was approximately .5mm smaller all round than the new card part. The two parts were then glued together and attached to the front of the turret, part D15. A thin bead of Milliput was applied all around and textured to represent weld beads. The gun aperture was also cleaned up with needle files.

 

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The only thing that got added to the turret interior was the gun breach. I didn't bother with any other detailing as there would be a crew member in each hatch, blotting out any interior view. The 75mm QF Mk.V main gun is the RB Models item, a vast improvement on the kit's offering.

 

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The tank that I was modelling had a stowage bin fixed to the rear of the turret. This came from a Formations resin set for the Sherman. I made up a frame from strips of etched brass, bent to angle iron shape and then soldered together, and glued under the bin. Once it was glued onto the rear of the turret, two “L” shaped brackets, made from strips of card and punched out bolt heads, were glued each side. I also added a brass padlock.

 

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Most, if not all Mk.Vll’s were fitted with the commander's all round vision cupola. This also came from the Formations set for the Sherman. The spotlight was detailed with etch from the Aber set and 5 amp fuse wire. Also from the Aber set came the aiming device. The photo that I was basing my model on, showed an extra aerial carried on the side of the turret, making it (I believe), a command tank. The bracket for this was made from pieces of 10thou card, and the aerial base was glued to this along with some punched out bolt heads. Just behind the cupola is the aerial base for the No.19 B set radio, also from the Aber set.

 

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Final jobs on the turret. Etched brass from the Aber set for the catches and stops for the loaders hatch, and the BESA barrel which came from the kit. It looks fine if you drill out the end and then finish it off with one of those small pointed tools made for mini drills. I use mine by by just twisting between finger and thumb.

 

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As Jimmy Wheeler used to say "Aye aye. That shallot"

Thanks for looking.

 

John.

 

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This is some good stuff John!  Nice scratching!

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2 hours ago, Gremlin56 said:

Amazing detailing John,

looking grand as always :yes:

 

Agree.

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Keep good work!!!, I wonder how you get such a level of information, and therefore detailed. amazing detail level...cannon is really nice...

:popcorn:, cheers John.

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Superb levels of detail, it's really on another level! :popcorn:

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2 hours ago, RichO said:

This is some good stuff John!  Nice scratching!

Coming from you Rich, that is praise indeed. Many thanks.

 

John.

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1 hour ago, Kris B said:

Agree.

 

1 hour ago, FrancisGL said:

Keep good work!!!, I wonder how you get such a level of information, and therefore detailed. amazing detail level...cannon is really nice...

:popcorn:, cheers John.

 

1 hour ago, clive_t said:

Superb levels of detail, it's really on another level! :popcorn:

Thanks to all of you for the warm words of encouragement.

 

John.

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