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  1. Academy also used to offer their individual link tracks as separate items at a very reasonable cost (under a tenner) - not sure if they still do.
  2. The 1st Corps option Isn't bad, but Tamiya's 1/48 Matilda is a much better choice in my view - built two of them in 2020.
  3. If you wanted something slightly larger than 1/72, 1st Corps offer a couple of very nice (if basic) resin Matilda Is in 1/48 scale - primarily aimed at the 28mm wargames market but still decent for quality and also for being proper 1/48 scale. Early - https://1stcorps.co.uk/product/a11-matilda-mki-infantry-tank/ Late - https://1stcorps.co.uk/product/a11-matilda-mki-infantry-tank-2/
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matilda_I_(tank) You tube link of the example at the Tank Museum - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XplSlKmgIb8
  5. Kits don't generally remain in production. Manufacturers produce a 'run' of so many kits in one go and then distribute them. They calculate their batch volume based in part on what their distributors pre-order/buy. Thus, the manufacturer is more interested in what the distributors ask for, rather than the individual customer (any self-respecting distributor will know their local market better than the manufacturer and should be able to estimate how many units they can shift). When Airfix first produced their TSR-2 kit, their initial plan for a production was exceeded by pre-orders
  6. Hi Martin, 13/18 Hussars used some Sherman V for training prior to D-Day, but were part of an armoured brigade equipped with Sherman IIIs (initially 27th Armd Bde and later 8th Armd Bde) for their entire time in NW Europe. A and B Sqns were temporarily issued with Sherman V DD tanks for D-Day but gradually swapped these for Sherman IIIs through June and early July - C Sqn operated Sherman IIIs from D-Day onwards because they landed as wading tanks, not as amphibious tanks. When they transferred to 8th Armoured Brigade in August 1944, 13/18 Hussars had their 'War Establi
  7. https://www.google.com/search?q=nebelwerfer 42 ammunition&tbm=isch&tbs=rimg:CRdK-c2toBk9YYOA-FJdhxyW&hl=en-US&sa=X&ved=0CB8QuIIBahcKEwiwwNrko7ztAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQDw&biw=1903&bih=937
  8. The M1A1 has no CITV system (the 'dalek' type drum in the front of the loader's hatch) but the mount is still visible, covered by a flat 'manhole cover'. The commander's cupola is completely different and would need replacing/scratchbuilding. The air-con unit in the kit is not suitable for a Desert Storm vehicle (but OK for a 2003 OIF vehicle) The engine deck/fuel filler cap configuration is fine for an A1 but less so for most A2s The Australians do not use the A2 - they use a variant of the M1A1. As boxed, the Tamiya kit is suitable for an early M1A2 and
  9. Correct - wherever possible, the ARV issued to a regiment (certainly in NW Europe) used the same hull/automotive components as their tanks. It wasn't always done but was the most common option. However, the REME Brigade Workshop attached to an Armoured Brigade would generally have a pair of Sherman V ARV Mk Is, irrespective of what type of tank the brigade operated. Sherman ARV Mk Is were built on Sherman I, Sherman III and Sherman V hulls. The most common version was the Sherman V ARV. Late in the war, a few British units were issued with American M32 ARVs and the She
  10. To do this in 1/35 scale you'll need an M4A2 or Sherman III kit for the basic tank - there are several on the market from Dragon and Tasca/Asuka. Just to confuse matters, every Sherman type went through changes during production but these are not defined in an official way - different suspension units, different production characteristics depending on which factory built them and so on. From you perspective that may not matter. If you have no photos of your dad's actual vehicle, then you can use some artistic licence. There's plenty of photographic evidence to show that 13/18 H was operating a
  11. 13/18 Hussars primarily operated Sherman IIIs in NW Europe and their ARVs were therefore based on the Sherman III hull (what the Americans would call M4A2 Sherman), at least for the first few months. 'Cymru Am Byth' is the best-known of the three ARVs that 13/18 H operated and I think the only one of which there are a couple of photos. Upper photo shows her behind the tank in the forground - lower photo shows her from behind. Both photos show the temporary wading extensions on the enhaust and around the hatches over the turret ring which is one of the reasons people get confused between ARVs (
  12. Yep - the Kingfisher decals are laser-printed printed onto clear decal film. Most small home/office printers can't print white so although the decals look good on the white backing paper, there is nothing solid under the lettering to make it stand out once you apply them to the model. You would have exactly the same issue with the red version of this decal sheet. If you were applying the decals to a white vehicle, they would stand out fine. Some of the Kingfisher sheets are printed on white decal film but that creates the opposite problem - you have to remove any film from around t
  13. Personally, I think it's the same census number in black (but in smaller characters). Also I believe that the census is T-10133 (not 10132). John
  14. It wasn't a different gearbox - it was a different type of seal and fitting. I don't understand the technicalities but I do know from the account that the two types of seals were incompatible - they are referred to as 'old type' and 'new type' in the account and the BTA needed the 'old type' for his (CDL) Matildas. CDLs - After a certain point in production (can't remember when), all Matildas that left the factory were manufactured with the internal fittings necessary to streamline conversion to CDL (earlier CDLs were converted from scratch). I suspect (but can't prove) that the re
  15. A high percentage of earlier versions were rebuilt to Mk IV standards. However, those changes were almost always internal so externally, it would be impossible to tell in most cases. It may be worth re-assessing the production figures on that basis. The total number of Mk IVs 'produced' may well include all those earlier Mks that went through the re-work programme? That could well explain why the Mk IV is considered the most numerous variant, even if the figures don't seem to match that statement? And if you think it's confusing for us looking back into history, spare
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