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Jasper779

Duxford Imperial War Museum (Soviet Armour)

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Taken on a day out last Tuesday! Good place, got loads of pics but quite expensive.

 

Lots of different colour variations for the Soviet Armour. I plan to recreate the bright colour on the T34.

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They were always threatening to close the land warfare hall at Duxford, good see it still thriving.

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The ‘Tiger’ under the Schumacher signed ruined building is actually Russian armour too! Its dressed as a German Tiger tank for film purposes 

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14 hours ago, phat trev said:

The ‘Tiger’ under the Schumacher signed ruined building is actually Russian armour too! Its dressed as a German Tiger tank for film purposes 

That's very true. I believe it was originally a T-34, fitted with a fake Tiger turret for use in the movie "Saving Private Ryan".  Having the road-wheels side-by-side rather gives the game away, but a first glance it's fairly convincing. 

 

Cheers. 

 

Chris. 

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11 hours ago, spruecutter96 said:

I believe it was originally a T-34, fitted with a fake Tiger turret for use in the movie "Saving Private Ryan".

Actually IIRC it is one of 3 Tiger facsimiles on T-34 chassis originally made for Kelly's Heroes and subsequently used in several other films.  A better effort than using grey-painted M47s, as in so many earlier films.  I saw a Finnish film with KV and ISU facsimiles built on T-54/55 chassis.

 

I didn't know that Duxford has an IS-2.  The T-34 is a post-war Czech-built model (and the SU-100 too?) in what look like Polish markings, so don't take the colours as representative of Russian production.  Both have probably been repainted somewhere along the line too.  Having said that, 4BO green should be a fairly vibrant colour as it contained up to 60% yellow ochre and up to 20% zinc chromate.  There's good info on Russian WW2 colours here: http://www.4bogreen.com/colors

 

I have heard rumours of the closure of the Land Warfare Hall and its replacement with something else for a couple of years now.  But to do so would neglect what is probably the most fundamental element of warfighting in the 20th Century, so it seems an unlikely move.  If it does happen it would be nice to think that the AFVs would go to Bovington and not just be stored somewhere.  The former Artillery museum has of course closed, although I understand that there may be plans to create a new one on part of the site (old ammo compound?) of the former West Lavington experimental range on the edge of Salisbury Plain.

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I was there on the 17th and noticed the Sherman Grizzly is not on display any more. Does anyone know where it went to? Maybe just in the workshop...was hoping to see it again. The Shilka is in pretty sorry shape, it's been outside for years!

 

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Yep, the Shilka has seen much better times, hasn't she? Several years ago, I had a quick "walk around" photo session of the Shilka (with permission, of course). I've read a few stories about her operational use and - in the right situation - she could really makes fighter pilots sweat. I also read that in hot conditions, the heat emanating from all the turret electronics made her a very unpleasant place to work....

 

Cheers.

 

Chris.  

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On 8/24/2019 at 12:47 AM, Das Abteilung said:

Having said that, 4BO green should be a fairly vibrant colour as it contained up to 60% yellow ochre and up to 20% zinc chromate.  There's good info on Russian WW2 colours here: http://www.4bogreen.com/colour

It could be interesting to mix that from scratch and see how it compares with the pre mixed 4bo. I see that AK RC do zinc chromate, ochre and bright blue 😀

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