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Char 2C build – Part 4:Assembly (hull)

Words can’t do justice to the size of this thing – I have built no bigger model in this scale. This is going to take a long time to weather! My only complaint is that the top and bottom hull pieces don’t quite make a neat join at the front – some filler is required (see another description of this problem here). Unhappily, I noticed that one of the side machine gun barrels had snapped off at some point and, of course, was long since lost. Looks like I am going to have to try a repair with micro brass tube. The tracks must be the quickest to assemble that I have ever experienced – the plastic pieces just snap together and seem secure.


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Char 2C build – Part 3:Assembly (engine compartment)

This is a fairly fantastic looking part of the tank – all external boxes and pipes. Almost a touch of science fiction to it!


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Char 2C build – Part 2:Assembly (turrets)

I thought I’d start with an easy, quick win – the turrets. Pretty routine apart from replacing the two part plastic barrel of the 75mm gun with a metal Lionroar barrel (LM10049).


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Char 2C build – Part 1:Introduction

The vehicle

Char_2c_Normandie_400

If any tank could be called a “landship” surely it would be the French Char 2C. As if to underline the point they were constructed by a shipbuilding company. All of the relevant numbers are big – weighing 70 tons (“the largest operational tank ever made” [1]) and with a crew of 12, shown here with their company commander:

Char_2C_crew_400

Coming too late to enter WWI, in the end only ten were made. They somehow survived until 1940 when the remaining serviceable ones were destroyed by their own crews on the fall of France [2].

The kit

meng_char2c_400

Meng 1/35 kit [3] [4].

I wanted something which was faster to build that my last effort and this seemed to fit the bill. It will be an imposing model but there seem not to be too many build steps.

References

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Char_2C
2. French Tanks of World War II (1), Steven J. Zaloga, Osprey Publishing, 2014 (link)
2. http://www.meng-model.com/index2_new.php?id=226
3. http://www.missing-lynx.com/reviews/allied/mengts009reviewbg_1.html


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Centurion Mk.6

British Army (no unit information)

Centurion Mk.6 build – Part 1:Introduction
Centurion Mk.6 build – Part 2:Assembly (lower hull and wheels)
Centurion Mk.6 build – Part 3:Assembly (upper hull)
Centurion Mk.6 build – Part 4:Assembly (turret)
Centurion Mk.6 build – Part 5:Assembly (skirts)
Centurion Mk.6 build – Part 6:Painting (base coat)
Centurion Mk.6 build – Part 7:Painting (details)
Centurion Mk.6 build – Part 8:Weathering (wash)
Centurion Mk.6 build – Part 9:Weathering (rust)
Centurion Mk.6 build – Part 10:Weathering (metal and wood)
Centurion Mk.6 build – Part 11:Weathering (tracks)
Centurion Mk.6 build – Part 12:Weathering (dust and earth)

 

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