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Chuck's cruiser quartet in 1/72 scale
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PostPosted: January 2nd, 2018, 5:32 am 
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S-Models out of China has produces a nice line of unique easy build tanks in 1/72 scale. Two of these kits are the A-13 Mk.I Cruiser Mk. II and Crusader Mk. I/II. As I hate repeating myself, I thought it would be nice to present four different versions of the two tanks with the help of Dan Taylor Modelworks and his excellent line of resin conversion sets and decals.

My first cruiser build is the S-Model A-13 Mk.I, Cruiser Mk.III built up as T-4397 from 5 R Tanks, 1st Armd Division in France May 1940. The model is built OOB

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A very nice pair of early war British cruisers, Chuck. British armour from the early part of WW II doesn't feature on here very often and over the years has been largely overlooked by the kit manufacturers in favour of the later war big bruisers such as Panther, Tiger, Josef Stalin II etc.

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Cruiser #2 is T-18149 'Amy' Cruiser Mk. IV, 7th Hussars, 7th Armoured Brigade, "Operation Crusader" Summer 1941 to Spring 1942.

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The base kit is the S-Models A-13 Cruiser in 1/72. The kit was upgraded using Dan Taylor Modelworks' "Cruiser Mk. IV A Conversion (Western Desert). The upgrades are provided in resin and etched brass. Resin parts include the spaced turret armour, later pattern cylindrical commander's hatch, loaders hatch, rectangular mantlet, late pattern 'axle' mantlet, extinguishers, smoke dischargers, lifting eyes and six oil cans. In etched brass there are desert dust guards, stowage box, oil can rack, drivers hatch and oil filter detailing. In addition "Operation Crusader, set 2" decals from Dan Taylor were used for the markings. According to Dan Taylor, this was a period of transition away from the Caunter paint scheme with many aging vehicles still having it. In addition, the vehicle was painted with Sovereign Colourcoat paints (Sovereign picked up the White Ensign paint line). I highly recommend both Dan Taylor and Colourcoats.

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Excellent work chuck.

A quick question from an idiot who knows very little about WWII tanks, what do the white/red/white marking denote?

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Excellent work chuck.

A quick question from an idiot who knows very little about WWII tanks, what do the white/red/white marking denote?

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Thanks. According to Mike Starmer and Richard Taylor, the WRW markings was a specific ID marking for Operation Crusader.

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These kits look very good,well tidy modelling sir.
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Very nice, Chuck. I'm also lacking in knowledge about these early British tanks but it sounds like the Dan Taylor desert conversion set for this kit is very comprehensive.

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Excellent work chuck.

A quick question from an idiot who knows very little about WWII tanks, what do the white/red/white marking denote?

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Thanks. According to Mike Starmer and Richard Taylor, the WRW markings was a specific ID marking for Operation Crusader.

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Cruiser #3: A-15 Crusdarer Mk.I 'Chelsea Pensioner', 22nd Armoured Brigade, Operation Crusader 1941

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The base kit is the S-Model Crusader Mk.I/II converted to a early Crusader Mk.I with Dan Taylor Modelwork's " Crusader Mk.I Early Conversion". The set is designed for the S-Model Crusader tank and provides all the parts required to back date the kit. Incorporated are 29 crisply cast resin parts and 32 etched brass parts.

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Nice work Chuck, and nicely portrayed too

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Very nice, Chuck. I'm also lacking in knowledge about these early British tanks but it sounds like the Dan Taylor desert conversion set for this kit is very comprehensive.



Yes it is. I have found Dan Taylor to do excellent work with his conversion sets. That applies to anything made by him. Check out his webpage for a comprehensive list.

http://www.dantaylormodelworks.com/

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