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Due to one reason or another not had much time at the bench since May, so with a few days of leave last week I thought I would indulge in a quick build. Here I present my attempt at the IBG 1:72 kit of the Crusader AA Tank Mk III finished as the well known Skyraker/The Princess in Normandy, June 1944: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205201956 Main camouflage colour was brush painted Mig AMMO SCC15, weathering with some Army Painter washes, acrylic washes and a spot of dry brushing with oils. I managed to knock off the gun barrels at an early stage and have replaced them (temporarily) with some cut off pins. Build thread can be found here: Very enjoyable build - thanks for looking.
One way of another I haven’t been able to spend much time at the bench since May. Been absent from this site as well - just too much on. I have a few days off this week, and saw another of the excellent IBG Crusaders in the local hobby shop and knew what I was going to do. I’ve done the Mk I, the Mk III and now it’s time for the Mk III AA version. Familiar sprues, the only difference being the AA turret. Neat little decal sheet, and some photo etch. Won’t need the sand shields though, not applicable to the version I’m building (despite the box top image). I’m going to finish my model as Skyraker/The Princess. Nice straightforward paint scheme - SCC 15 all over.
I'm currently unable to do more than the most perfunctory plastic fondling following a cataract operation so I shall have to content myself with planning projects that I may realise, ooh, sometime well into my next incarnation. For a while I've fancied building one of the improvised Crusader AA Mk.I tanks for the Royal Artillery in which, basically, a complete Bofors gun complete with shield was plonked onto the turret ring of a redundant Crusader tank. They were certainly used during Operation FABIUS, a rehearsal for D-Day in May 44, but evidence as to whether any made it ashore in France on D-Day itself is not conclusive. NB this is NOT the version with the huge boxy turret as modelled by Italeri. A. Reference photos So far I am aware of 3 photos of this vehicle. i. p.51 of the May 2011 Military Modelcraft International as part of a 1/35 build by Steve Noble on the basis of the Italeri Crusader. Photographed during FABIUS, May 1944. Front left quarter view, gun traversed aft, RA flash with thick white bar at bottom and number 206 on right front mudguard, solid vertical diamond on left front mudguard, colour maybe red? blue? green? A copy follows: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Crusader+AA+Mk+I&biw=1280&bih=699&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiej4XP9p_MAhVFJcAKHe2XD4AQsAQIJw&dpr=1#imgrc=xsc013kKbs_k1M%3A BTW Steve's conversion article also formed part of a lengthy and masterly Internet article on the Crusader in all its forms and how to model it: afraid I can't find it right now but it's worth looking for. ii. p.41 of New Vanguard (NVG) 14 Crusader, showing one coming ashore during FABIUS towing an ordinary Bofors on field carriage. Not the vehicle above, as the arm of service flash appears to have a diagonal line through it. iii. a 3rd picture showing a side view of one possibly on the Normandy beaches. Has rudimentary gun side shields carrying a white star. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Crusader+AA+Mk+I&biw=1280&bih=699&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiej4XP9p_MAhVFJcAKHe2XD4AQsAQIJw&dpr=1#imgrc=_ There was also a similar mount carrying a triple Oerlikon mount in the same way. The same photo of this turns up in all the references (eg NVG 14 p.42, Milsom/Green/Scarborough: Crusader p.19, McDonald Fact file on Self-propelled Anti-Tank and Anti-Aircraft Guns p.40, Chamberlain/Ellis British and American Tanks of World War II p.39, Wikipedia) and is perhaps of some use for extrapolating the rear deck layout. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Crusader+AA+Mk+I&biw=1280&bih=699&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiej4XP9p_MAhVFJcAKHe2XD4AQsAQIJw&dpr=1#imgrc=o8d68k6jRxbRgM%3A Q.1: is anyone aware of any more photographs of this vehicle? I am particularly interested in the layout of the stowage boxes along the hull side, esp alongside the engine deck. Q.2: Can anyone identify the unit and subordination of the vehicle described at A.i above and/or suggest a colour for the diamond? B. Modelling I am thinking of building a 1/76 model based on the Airfix Crusader. For the gun the two options are the old 1/76 Airfix gun and the newer and much better detailed 1/72 Zvezda offering. I have no idea of how in-scale either is and am wondering if I could get away with using the Zvezda gun. Q.3: Could anyone provide me with a couple of sample dimensions for the Bofors gun? I am thinking of a the length of the gun itself from muzzle to rear of the breech proper (ie exclusive of the projection at the rear) and b. the width of the gunners' platform. Think that will do for starters. Looking forward to what response I get - if any! Thanks in advance. PS I know I might be much better off posting this on missing-lynx.com but, despite being a longstanding member, I don't appear to have posting rights.