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  1. Cromwell Mk.IV "World of Tanks" (03504) 1/72 Carrera Revell The Cromwell was a cruiser tank that was subject to a troubled and mildly confusing gestation that began in 1940 with three designs that bore a familial resemblance to each other, although they were being developed by different manufacturers for different purposes at the time. As usual there were problems, and different parties pulling in different directions led to consternation and some in-fighting that weirdly involved the first British jet engine! Rolls Royce had been developing a ground-based variant of the Merlin engine minus super-charger that could power AFVs, which was to be called the Meteor, and some bright spark at Rolls Royce mediated swapping the ongoing development of the Meteor for that of the ground-breaking Power Jets engine, freeing Rover to bring the Meteor project to fruition, albeit a little late. Of the prototypes, the A27M was given the name Cromwell, and development began on bringing that basic design to fruition, which finally began in 1943 when enough Meteor engines were available. As always seems to be the case, the final design was found wanting, and the technology race also required improvements until the final initial production specification was settled upon, referred to as the “Battle Cromwell”. Initially armed with a 57mm gun, by the time the Mk.IV was considered, the designers fitted a 75 mm ROQF Mk V main gun, and over 3,000 of those that version were made. They saw service in Normandy and were generally considered to be an even match for German armour up to and including the Panzer IV, but struggled against the Tigers for much the same reason that the more ubiquitous Shermans did. The Mk.VI was fitted with a 95 mm howitzer and was intended as a close support tank, firing High Explosive (HE) and smoke rounds on D-Day and beyond. Toward the end of the war, some Cromwells were being replaced by a development of the Cromwell by the name of Comet, with a 77mm high velocity gun that was based on the 17 pounder used in the Sherman Firefly, but not enough were available in time to assist greatly in speeding the German capitulation. After the war the Cromwell remained in service with the British Army, with some redundant examples finding their way into foreign service, and the Charioteer became the last derivative, fitted with a larger turret and an Ordnance QF 20 pounder gun, to be used as an anti-tank asset. World Of Tanks is a popular online Game developed by Belarusian company Wargaming, featuring 20th century era combat vehicles. It is built upon a freemium business model where the game is free-to-play, but participants also have the option of paying a fee for use of "premium" features. The focus is on player vs. player gameplay with each player controlling an armored vehicle, from the time of Pre-World War 2, to the Cold War-era. This is mainly online with PCs, but is now available on other platforms as well. The Kit Here Revell have re-boxed their own kit from 2001. Inside the compact end-opening box are three sprues of grey plastic and decals. The sprues are well laid out and the mouldings are free from flash. Surface detail is clean and crisp, and first impressions are very favourable.. Revell have obviously released this kit in conjunction with World Of Tanks. Inside each kit there is also a set of Special Bonus & Starter Pack codes for the game. Construction starts with making up the rear bulkhead of the tank. Next up its the running gear with 10 pairs of road wheels, two drive sprockets, and two idler wheels. The two inner sides of the main body are fixed to the base, followed by the outer armoured sides, the rear bulkhead and the front armour. The running gear can now be added followed by the main top part. The front part which contains the driver hatch and bow machine gun then goes on with the machine gun fitting from the rear. Engine grills. tool boxes and hatches are fitted then to the main body. Once this is complete we move to the turret. The main part fits to the base followed by the front and rear sides. The armour fits over this. Next up the hatches, gun barrel and side mounted light are fixed on. The completed turret can then be placed to one side to finish the main body. To the main body a rear cover is then fitted, and to the front a hedgerow cutter. The tracks are link & length and can now be fitted, once on the front and rear track covers can be fitted. Its now time to finish off the tank and fit the turret. Decals There is both a sheet of decals.. As well as national markings for the tank there are a wide range of markings which I suspect are available in the Game to mark your tank. Conclusion This seems to be a good looking small kit and should build up into a good looking model. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  2. During WW2, more than 80,000 tanks were built in the US, compared to just 30,000 manufactured by the British. But this American total was made up of only four types: 49,000 Shermans, 23,000 Stuarts, 6,000 Lee/Grants, and 4,000 Chaffees, while the British total consisted of 8,000 Valentines, 6,500 Churchills, 6,000 Crusaders, 3,000 Matildas, 1,800 Covenanters, and 6,000 Cavalier/Centaur/Cromwell/Comets. And the latter was the pinnacle of British tank design before the advent of the first true Main Battle Tank, the A41 Centurion (although some authors have tried to call the A34 Comet the first MBT). Being slightly less armoured than the Churchill, but faster than the Crusader or Covenanter, Cromwell (and his siblings) managed to combine the low silhouette of Valentine and cruiser tanks plus the extreme mobility and agility of the latter with Churchill's armament and thicker armour than the Matilda. Moreover, from their mid-life upgrade, they were equipped with the Rolls-Royce Meteor (nee Merlin) engine - significantly more powerful than all other WW2 Allied tank engines. And perhaps thanks to these qualities Cromwell was the favourite personal steed of several commanders of Polish armoured forces in Great Britain (otherwise equipped with American Shermans), including Gen. Stanislaw Maczek and Col. (later Gen.) Franciszek Skibinski. Basically the Cromwell family consisted of six types: · the 1942 initial A24 Cavalier with 400 hp Liberty engine · the 1943 stop-gap A27L Centaur designed to get the Meteor engine, but (due to lack of Meteors) manufactured with the 400 hp Liberty · the 1943 „proper” A27M Cromwell with 600 hp Meteor (hundreds of re-engined Centaurs were also renamed Cromwells) · the 1944 lenghtened (six pairs of mainwheels) A30 Challenger with larger turret and 17-pounder gun · the 1945 definitive A34 Comet, combining the standard Cromwell hull with the 17-pdr gun · the 1952 FV4101 Charioteer - a rebuilt Cromwell with lightweight turret containing the Centurion 20-pdr gun Crewed by five and powered by a 600hp liquid-cooled RR Meteor V12 engine, the standard Cromwell Mk.IV, armed with a single 75mm (15-pdr) gun and two 0.312” MGs, weighed 28 tons. Some 1935 Mk.IV/Mk.V/Mk.VII (including the rebuilt Centaurs) were built in this configuration, compared to the 557 Mk.I/Mk.III with a 57mm gun and the 341 Mk.VI/Mk.VIII with a 95mm howitzer. Their predecessors were the 500 Cavaliers and 1059 Centaur Mk.Is with 57mm guns, 233 Centaur Mk.IIIs with a 75mm cannon and 114 Mk.IVs with a 95mm howitzer. After 1943, they were joined by 200 Challengers and 1186 Comets. And finally, in the early 1950s, the 442 Cromwells were rebuilt into Charioteers. The 2001 Revell kit is considered the world's best Braille scale Cromwell kit as the only other options are the Plastic Soldier and Armourfast kits for wargamers and the slightly smaller 1/76 Airfix kit. The #3123 boxing contains 128 styrene parts on 3 sprues. The decals are for two British D-day tanks (British SCC.15 Olive Drab overall, not to be confused with the US Olive Drab). Initially, I started looking for the aftermarket decals to portray T-187921 "Hela" of General Maczek (commander of the Polish 1st Armoured Division), but the real 15-pdr barrel looks much better than the wooden fake barrel of Cromwell Command. So I finally made a model (using the decals OOB) representing the T-187796 (originally built as a Centaur Mk.I with a C-type hull, then re-engined and up-gunned) of the 5th Royal Horse Artillery Regiment, 7th Armoured Division, fought at Villers-Bocage in June 1944. BTW the same markings are provided by Airfix in their 1/76 kit mentioned above. The paint is (as always) Humbrol 108 enamel, painted with an Italeri brush. Then the Vallejo matt acrylic varnish was brush-applied overall. The model was made OOB, with the exception of making two antennas of Aber 0.3 mm steel wire. The pictures are taken with an LG smartphone. Comments welcome Cheers Michael
  3. Hi all, my first plastic kit for a while and built OOB. Not any specific example but various photos referenced for ideas. A little bit of history. i built loads of kits as a kid and progressed onto Tamiya F1 cars but in all that time never even considered weathering as an option. After giving up the hobby, lately ive found myself getting into modelling model railways and after making a few kits (brass) started to dabble with weathering but with mixed results. Anyway whilst doing research into weathering techniques I found myself on this site and was inspired by the projects that i was seeing completed. So much so i thought i'll make a tank and try out the many techniques i have seen on here and on youtube. Overall I'm very pleased with the result albeit with a few mistakes that I've since seen. ie the silvering on one of the decals. As I've said this is not a model of any particular example but just a canvas to practice on. In some ways the best bit of the hobby is that it has inspired me into taking an interest in WW2 armour. The next project will be a Matilda as I had an uncle who died fighting alongside a Matilda in north Africa (Operation Battleaxe for those that know about these things). I can feel a little diorama homage coming on.
  4. Just finished the Cromwell for the latest project. Diorama already done, but still have two figures to complete, then I can put the while lot together. Tamiya kit depicted as part of the 8th Royal irish Hussars; the recce regt for the 7th Armoured Division, July/August 1944. (The track is not sitting right in one of the pics but I popped it back into place).
  5. This is going to be my next project for when I'm not at home and have odd bits of time when I can do some kit building. It is a follow up to my Airfix 1/76 Tiger 1 build which can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234971585-airfix-176-tiger-i-yeah-that-old-one-upgraded-a-bit-update-071214/ I didn't have all my usual stuff available for the Tiger build and it's the same with this one, so I have to keep it simple. As soon as I'd finished the Tiger I knew I couldn't not build another tank and decided that, following making three German tanks, I ought to do something British and opted to do another 1/76 kit from Airfix; the new(ish) Cromwell IV: I had already read Paul AH's review of this kit http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/78263-cromwell-iv-tank/?hl=cromwell and so I had a little foreknowledge of what to expect, but I was still rather pleased with what I found when I opened the box. You have to understand that I am relatively new to tank kit building and know next to nothing about the kits that are available. Anyway this is what I found inside the attractive box - 2 sprues of light grey plastic: The detail seems to me to be rather nice: The tracks - which aren't rubber bands!: I'm especially pleased with these after the rather woeful tracks that came with the Airfix Tiger. I think there has been a mixed reaction to these tracks but I will give them the benefit of the doubt for now. I think they may be okay once painted and weathered. And it's good they arrive pre-sagged! Nicely detailed wheels: Decals for the two versions: Sample of the instruction sheet: And finally a separate painting guide: All-in-all a rather nice kit for £6.99 from a local toy shop. I'm going to make a version without the hedge cutter and probably without the deep wading gear. I will see about the latter later. I have made a start but I will do separate post for the bit I have done. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  6. Dear fellow Britmodellers, being primarily an aircraft modeller, I do go astray occasionally to the "dark side" of modelling ... yes, the stuff with tracks and wheels. This is my attempt on Revell's 1/72 Cromwell, built from the box, in markings of the 11th Armored Division in Western Europe, 1944/45. I always find it most difficult to assemble link & length tracks in this scale, especially to get them conform to the drive sprockets; luckily, the mudguards cover most of my inability! The kit's decals are supposed to be laid over an air vent (on the front of the turret) and over nuts and bolts (on the backside of the turret) which required copious amounts of setting solution ... and still look crappy. And I did knock off the antenna (?) on the top of the turret while handling the model for my photographer, sorry about that! I painted the model with Gunze/MrHobby acrylics (H73) and weathered with artist's olis and Tamyia pastel chalks. Thanks for your interest. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Greetings from Vienna!
  7. The current plan is that I'm going to make this Cromwell during my lunch times at work. It's not quite a tray on my lap, in front of the TV, but it's going to be about the only time I get to make this with four builds going on in three other GBs. I have made one of these before and thoroughly enjoyed it and thought, at the time, I'd like to make another - and this GB seems as good an excuse as any to make one now. The kit arrived today: I will need to wait until Monday before making a start. I'll post a photo of the limited equipment I shall use once I've got it sorted out. On a side note; Mrs PlaStix has expressed an interest in taking part and she is planning on making Airfix's Mary Rose kit - she's hoping the kit will arrive before the weekend. We'll get a thread started for her once the kit arrives. She has made kits before and she thought this GB sounded like a great idea. Can't wait!! It should be fun trying to make a kit like in the old days!! Kind regards, Stix
  8. Good evening all Have seen some of the amazing things people can do on this site, it's with some trepidation that I post the pictures below....but you’ve got to start somewhere.... I made a few models (badly) in my youth when war-gaming and then nothing for a long time but got back into it last year after 20+ years, when my young son decided he wanted a model tank that he could play battles with. Below is a selection of some of the betters ones but I’ve still got a way to go especially when it comes to weathering and stowage. At the moment my aim is to get them looking reasonably like they're supposed to, which I think I've managed. Better historical accuracy will hopefully come with time. Thanks for your time and please be gentle..... Andrew PS you'll also probably notice I'm not a great photographer. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Armourfast Cromwells with some very basic stowage Plastic Soldier Company Churchills One has some extra stowage from S and S Models http://www.sandsmodels.com/ Armourfast Achilles x4 Again these have some additional stowage from S and S models. At some point I'll look at putting a couple of crew in. Also I know the weight should be 29 tons but I don't have any 29 ton signs. I also know the camo is not right but there are reasons (to do with my son) as to why I went with it. The bottom two are the first two models I finished after coming back to the hobby. I overdid the matt varnish on one of the but managed to rescue it (just). Plastic Soldier Company M5A1 Half track I have a total of three of these, of which this is probably the best. One thing that does annoy me slightly with PSC is some of the odd and inconsistent scaling. The 0.50 calibre MG on this model is WAY oversize but the ones on their Shermans are pretty close. Plastic Soldier Company M4A4 A couple of these have stowage/tarpaulin made of sprue off cuts covered in tissue paper, which is covered in PVA glue. I got the idea from someone on the Armourfast forum before it went offline (Dave if you ever see this - thanks for the idea). I also has to replace the .30 caliber bow MGs as they were as wide as the main gun!! I used short section of the same plastic I use for the aerials.
  9. Now that I have the Typhoon completed, I can see I have enough time to do the build I REALLY wanted to do for this GB, a proper diorama. Here are some of the basic components to this dio: The Bailey Bridge kit is actually quite long - it contains 3 bridge spans plus two further spans on each side of the approach. All in all its about 600mmm long. That is way to big for a dio, so I'm only going to use about half the bridge, ie two bridge spans plus the two approach spans. This means the dio can fit on a 500x250 base. My idea is that a old stone bridge has been blown by the retreating German forces not long after the Landings somewhere on the roads around Bayeux, so a Bailey bridge has been erected to replace it. I have some ideas on how to make the scene interesting and will develop those ideas as things go along... inspiration usually hits when least expected during the build... This will be a good test of my landscaping abilities on a slightly larger scale than my usual bases. I want to concentrate on the flora and fauna as much as the vehicles, so will be pinching ideas from all over. It will also be my first attempt at water in a dio, which should be interesting. Don't know how long this will take, but the GB goes on until October it seems, so plenty of time now that I've got my initial entry out of the way, although my deadline will be early September as this can be my entry into my club's members competition in September, which this time around is Dioramas. I was originally thinking of doing a Thunderbird 2 dio but thats what most people would expect me to do, so Ill be deliberately contrary There is a strong chance that this build will fail, but if I don't have a go, I'll never have a chance of pulling it off!! Wish me luck!
  10. There seems to have been a few Cromwells appearing on BM recently so I thought I'd show you mine too. This is my first 1/35 armour model and it's been a very enjoyable change from aircraft. So much so that I've got 3 more Tamiya armour kits in the stash now. I would have built it for the Achtung Panzer Group Build but I had already started it. The Tamiya Cromwell is a fantastic kit. Perfect fit, superb detail, can't fault it. I built it OOB other than the additional of some stowage - some helmets made from cut down spare 30-year old Airfix Multipose US Marine helmets, a pack from the same kit, a rolled groundsheet from tissue paper, camo net from dyed medical gauze and Italeri Jerry Cans in a scratched holder. The only other thing I added was the tow cable stowage hooks made from brass strip, the cable to the floodlight on the turret side and aerials from stretched sprue. I still have the wires from the commander's headset/mic to add. These photos are not the best but better than nothing. Maybe I'll update them when I've made the scenic base. Mark
  11. Hi chaps, Here's my first entry for this GB. If all goes well, I'll start on the Jagdpanther later on. So here is the box shot; The sprues etc, not sure which one I'll do but it will definitely be green; All the best, should be some cracking builds in this GB.
  12. I don't build tanks, but this kit is a present of a good friend who did not know that I don't build tanks and this GB is a good chance to deviate into the new territory Airfix kit is a nice little set with good level details for the scale and almost perfect fit. I spent about half an hour and he vehicle is half done:
  13. Hello folks I've just got the Cromwell and Centaur book by Ian Carter and I'm trying to work out what the differences are between the Centaur and Cromwell Mk VI CS. The obvious differences I've found are: Centaur No hull MG; early wheels with 'drilled' tyres (but I note two preserved examples in France don't have them); sighting box on turret. Cromwell Mk VI CS Hull MG; later wheels with solid tyres; no sighting box on turret; spare wheels often mounted on turret rear. I expect they're other differences, but I can't spot them. Can anybody help? Thanks Stewart
  14. Hi Spent a very pleasant afternoon in the sun with a good friend, fine ale, stunning military vehicles and some wonderful flying (unfortunately "Sally B" cancelled due to "bad weather up-country", whatever that means!) I hope you enjoy the pictures - you might have guessed that the Huey was my favourite, after seeing it on static at so many shows.
  15. Today, I was passing the Desert Rats Memorial at Mundford in Norfolk as I do most days. However, this time I stopped off to take some pictures.
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