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  1. Nicely done Simon, I have built a few of these Bronco kits and as you say they can be a little more challenging but as you have proved if persevered with the end result is very rewarding. Wayne
  2. Whilst my prototype Centurion build is going through the painting stages I thought I would make a start on my next project which is Accurate Armour's Charioteer, a conversion kit for the Tamiya Cromwell. Actually this will be three builds in one as I shall simultaneously build the Airfix Cromwell making use of the left over Tamiya turret and the Tamiya Centaur. The main focus here will be on the Charioteer though as John @Bullbasket is making an excellent job of the Airfix Cromwell in his WIP HERE and the Centaur has probably been covered enough on this forum and elsewhere. A brief history of the Charioteer As WW2 ended and the Cold war began it soon became apparent that a more powerful gun would be needed to counter the threat of the heavier Soviet tanks such as the T-44 and so the Ordinance QF 20pdr gun was introduced in 1948. It had been developed for use in the Centurion Mk.3 however Centurion production was slow and there was a surplus of the 20pdr's. Cromwell tanks had been retained in service but it's 75mm armament lacked the punch to deal with the newer Soviet tanks so as an interim measure it was decided to up-gun the Cromwell. To do this a new two man turret was developed to accommodate the gun. The resulting vehicle was originally named FV4101 Cromwell Heavy AT Gun but renamed 'Charioteer' before entering service. There was an expected production run of 630 vehicles but this was soon cut to around 440 and only a small number entered service with the Royal Armoured Corps units of the British Territorial Army the surplus being sold to Austria, Finland, Jordan and Lebanon. The Accurate Armour conversion kit is designed for the Tamiya Cromwell but the Airfix kit could probably be used as well. It includes resin parts for a new turret, gun, tracks and drive wheels. There are also a replacement engine deck, rear hull plate, drivers hatch and front plate to convert the hull from the Tamiya 'C' to an 'F' along with a few other smaller items and some photo etched parts. I also added an AFV Club barrel as I'm not sure about resin ones. I have made a start so I should be able to post some progress soon. Wayne
  3. Very nice Nenad! I'm glad to see you did your research into the subject, I've seen a few of these built as King Force Churchills where they have missed out on the subtle little detail changes. I like the way you did the dust shield on yours, I chickened out on my Tunisian Churchill and depicted it stowed.( mostly because I didn't spot that they had one until I had finished the build). I like the fact that you added some history to the subject, it's a poignant reminder of what the crews of these vehicles that we depict went through. Wayne
  4. Interesting subject Ed and a very good start, the engine looks excellent. Looking forward to seeing this one progress. Wayne
  5. Nice work on the bins John. The Airfix ones do look more like a solid block. Thanks John, I think managed to find the answer. This is from a Charioteer based on an F deck. Wayne
  6. This is rather timely John as I have just reached the same stage on my Charioteer /Cromwell / Centaur builds. On the Accurate Armour F deck that they have supplied for the Charioteer the forward doors have the locking points towards the outside edges of the doors and I noticed that you have left yours in the central position, do you know which is correct for the F deck and should they be central for the D decks? My AA deck is a bit rough by the way so I may as well just alter the Tamiya one. On the Airfix deck there is a row of screws along the outside edge of the fixed panel, should those screws be filled in where the rear access panels have been extended? Wayne
  7. I didn't get as much time at the bench as I was hoping for over the festive period but I have managed to get the painting process underway. First job was to strip it all down and give it a wash in some soapy water to get rid of all the greasy finger marks and dust. Once that was done I used VMS' Metal Prep on the barrel and once dry the model was primed with Mr.Finishing Surfacer 1500 Black. I left the primer to dry for a couple of days before I gave the model a check for any flaws and these were dealt with before applying an under coat of gloss white. This was applied in thin coats sprayed mostly from above. The idea is to give the top coat a little depth and accentuate the shadows and highlights. The wheels were painted tyre black, I then cut some masks for the tyres and gave the hubs a light coat of white as well. I shall give it all a day or two to dry before I start applying the top coats. In the mean time I shall get the next project underway. Wayne
  8. Thanks Roger, I try to not get too carried away with the details but once I spot something that needs adding or alterating I just can't help myself. Thanks John. Welcome along Bertie. I'm pleased with the resin tracks, when I first saw them I thought oh dear! but once cleaned up they look pretty good and they are actually quite simple to fit. Wayne
  9. This is coming along very nicely Bertie, those tracks look excellent. I dug out my old Humbrol paints and found these. I presume they are what you mean. I used to use them on my aircraft builds for gun barrels, at the time I didn't build armour so never thought to try them on tracks but looking at yours I think I will give them a go. Wayne
  10. That doesn't sound good John, hope it clears up soon. Nice to see some progress on the Cromwell though. Wayne
  11. Nice progress Simon, welcome to the Centurion club, there are a few of us building Cents at the moment. Just one thing I've noticed on your build is that you have got the rear hull plate in the wrong position. The plate sits in slightly from the end of the sides so that there is no gap between itself and the radiator vents. It should took like more this. Hopefully it's not too late to alter it. I presume that you're aware that AFV do have a Mk.3 kit John, hopefully with the correct turret roof etc. Wayne
  12. I feel your pain Bertie, unfortunately it doesn't get much easier with the Bronco kit tracks. It could get quite expensive if you have to rely on aftermarket tracks on all of your builds. Here's a link to my woes with the Bronco ones, if it works. Tracks Wayne
  13. Nice work with those tracks Bertie, probably my least favourite part of building tanks. The barrel you need for the Mk.XI. is the OQFF 75mm. RB Model do one I believe but they are getting harder to find as RB Model seems to have ceased trading. Wayne
  14. I found them to be quite straightforward really, there is enough interior to make it worth leaving the hatches open but nothing like your Mk.V. build. Wayne
  15. I've spent the last few sessions on upgrading or replacing some of the smaller details. Unfortunately, after spending a few hours making tool clasps and brackets from strips of thin brass sheet I discovered, from period photos, that these early Cents didn't seem to carry any tools, at least not on the track guards. So I then spent time having to fill in holes where AFV would have you place them. The kit exhausts were drilled out and plastic strip was glued in to represent the supports/baffles. The AFV gun cradle seemed oversize so I scratched another one from plastic card. There were a few weld beads to add here and there and some metal plate edges were thinned down to give an illusion of scale thickness. I was going to use the Accurate Armour Bazooka plates but they are drilled for the grab handles and have the later attaching method so rather than filling the holes I decided to use the kit ones which once thinned down a bit are just fine. I did notice the way the plates are attached on the museum tank seem to be the later method and differed to period photos so I assume the Bovington tank has been altered at some point in its life. I managed to mess up the Accurate Armour towing cables by cutting them to short but it was the length suggested in the instructions, I guess they forgot it has an extended hull. That's pretty much it for the building stage. Next step will be to strip it down and give it a good clean ready for the painting stages. Wayne
  16. Thanks Si, yes it really is a shame, I use them quite a lot so I hope they are just taking a break. I was so tempted to drive up there but I didn't think there was enough that I needed to make the journey worthwhile . Somehow I've managed to buy plenty since then on stuff I didn't know I needed. It would have been nice to see your builds, all worthy winners. Hopefully next year things will be closer to normal. Glad to hear it Enzo, it would be a shame to waste all that effort. Thanks Stix, I'm surprised that I can't find any completed builds on the internet, not sure what's putting people off, maybe because it's an odd looking Cent. It's a great photo, thank you.
  17. Excellent choice John and very timely for me. My next project is going to be the Accurate Armour Charioteer conversion and as a side project I intend to use the spare parts of the Tamiya donor kit to finish the Airfix Cromwell that I started so that I could give some measurements to a guy over on Missing Links that was making replacement parts for it. So now I get to use your expertise on the subject for those little details that I normally miss. Wayne
  18. Nearly there then? I find this part the most difficult to keep going on. I'm having similar issues getting mine to the paint stage. Just when I think I'm there I find another little detail that needs sorting out. Nicely done with the photoetch, although I didn't go down that route I can see where it's made a difference to yours. Looking forwards to seeing some paint going on. Wayne
  19. Looking forwards to this thread Bertie, what's not to like about the Valentine? and with your presentation style it will make for a very enjoyable read. I have built the AFV club Mk.I and the Bronco Mk.IX and thoroughly enjoyed both kits, I still have a couple to add to the collection and could really do with the 'Into the Valley' book but its hard to find at a reasonable price so I will be dipping into this thread when I get round to building them. Wayne
  20. Excellent work John, looks like you have another competition winner with this one. Wayne
  21. Nice to see your progressing with this one. I wouldn't worry about the angle of the periscopes as they rotate I guess they could be left at different angles. Wayne
  22. I have managed to find the time to do some more detailing work, mostly around the turret and with varying degrees of success. To start with, the turret bins had moulded on tie downs, which are fine if you don't want to add any stowage. I decided to remove them and replace the handles. The straps will be added later. There should also be a weld seam around the edges of the bins which I created with stretched sprue. The bins need a spacer fitting behind them as there should be a gap between the turret and the bins. Apart from one or two, most images of the prototype Cents don't show them with a mantlet cover, however most of the Mk.1 images do and I would have thought that those prototypes that were involved in Operation Sentry would most likely have had them. As AFV don't provide one and there is no after market available, yet, I decided to make one. Using what photos I could find I masked of the area of the cover and sculpted one from Fine Milliput. I also added some cast texture to the turret front as AFV's was a little too uniform and didn't look quite right. The reinforcing ribs are made from Tamiya masking tape and I have given it all a coat of Mr Surfacer 1000. There is still a little tiding up to do but overall I'm happy with how it's turned out. Another detail AFV has missed are the casting symbols just above the mantlet. I struggled to find a clear view of the exact detail. If I ever get to Bovington I must remember to take a selfie stick and try to get reference shots of the top of the turrets. I did manage to find a build on this forum of @Enzo Matrix's where he has used the Accurate Armour conversion and I copied their symbols on the assumption that they had done some research. ( Did you ever complete it Enzo?) The symbols were added with Archer transfers. I didn't have enough 2's so the numbers are not quite right but who's to know. The 20mm Polston supplied in the kit is a little basic and I was hoping to replace it with the RB Model 20mm Oerlikon L/70, which is similar to the Polston. Sadly it seems RB have ceased trading and trying to find one in the UK is proving impossible. I have found a couple in European shops but they are quoting 15 Euros postage for a 3 Euro item. So I had ago at improving what I had by drilling out the barrel and adding a spring. Unfortunately my ambition outweighed my abilities this time and it's not a great result. Looks like I will have to make up an order from one of those European suppliers to make the postage worth while, every cloud....eh! My next challenge is what to do with the kits very basic tool clamps. I don't want to buy a complete etched detail set just for a few clamps so it looks like I will have to attempt some more scratch building. Wayne
  23. That's great John! Must have been lovely to spend some time with him. Congratulations on the competition results, what did you enter? I take it you belong to the IPMS then or can anyone enter? Wayne
  24. Shame your progress is being hindered by these little hiccups, I'm surprised that Amusing Hobby didn't take the opportunity to improve upon what is really quite an old AFV kit. I may well have a look at my AVRE kit and see if it's worth the effort. I really can't see any reason to go with their Mk.5 over the AFV Club ones. It looks like you are beginning to get the better of this one though. Wayne
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