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Vickers Light Tank Mk VIA

3rd Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment, Lydd, 1938.

Vickers Light Tank Mk VIA build – Part 1:Introduction
Vickers Light Tank Mk VIA build – Part 2:Assembly
Vickers Light Tank Mk VIA build – Part 3:Painting
Vickers Light Tank Mk VIA build – Part 4:Weathering

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Vickers Light Tank Mk VIA build – Part 4:Weathering

  • The exhaust was painted with Lifecolor paints (UA704, UA703, UA702, UA701).
  • Tracks and running gear were lightly dry brushed with Citadel “Necron Compound” dry paint.
  • Pin wash of entire vehicle with AK Interactive “Dark Brown wash for green vehicles” (AK045).
  • Chipping with Vallejo Model Color “”German Cam. Black Brown” 70822.
  • Vertical streaks of AK Interactive “Dark Streaking Grime” (AK024) applied to the turret and hull sides, followed later by blending with white spirit.
  • A mix of “medium” colour pigments was added by brush to the tracks, running gears and select parts of the hull and turret. Fixing was achieved by a light spray of Tamiya X-20A thinner. Later, a slurry of the same ingredients was made up and flicked from the end of a brush to create splash effects.

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Vickers Light Tank Mk VIA build – Part 3:Painting

Primer: Tamiya “Fine Surface Primer” (light grey) spray can

Base coat: A mixture of 90% Tamiya acrylics (XF-61 “Dark Green”, XF-62 “Olive Drab” and XF-3 “Flat Yellow” in a 5:2:3 ratio) and 10% Tamiya X-22 Clear in Tamiya X-20A thinner (2:1 paint mixture to thinner).

Details (tracks): Vallejo Panzer Aces “Track Primer” 304

Details (tyres): Vallejo Model Color “Black” 70950

Details (tools): Vallejo Model Color “Black Grey” 70862

Details (guns): Vallejo Model Color “Black” 70950

Details (headlight): Games Workshop “Mithril Silver”

Details (stowage): Vallejo Panzer Aces “Canvas” 314, Vallejo Panzer Aces “Leather Belt” 312

The paint was protected with layers of Quick Shine and then Citadel Purity Seal satin varnish.

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Vickers Light Tank Mk VIA build – Part 2:Assembly

This could be the smallest model I have yet made. I do like the tracks – they might not be wholly accurate but having the wheels, gears and tracks moulded as one item is surely easier to assemble than messing about with those rubber band track efforts. No one could say that in other respects (the smoke dispensers, for example) the model isn’t a bit crude out of the box. No doubt it could be improved with work, but I must admit that I wasn’t going to try that for this model (or this scale)!

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Vickers Light Tank Mk VIA build – Part 1:Introduction

The vehicle


“The Vickers Light Tank Mk.VI entered production in 1936 and was the culmination of a series of machine gun armed light tanks produced during the 1930s. At the outbreak of war these mainly reconnaissance focused light tanks formed the major part of Britain’s tank strength being used in France, Greece, Malta, Crete, Syria and North Africa.” [1]

The state we were in at that time – “when the Second World War began in September 1939, the vast majority of the tanks available to the British Army were Mk VIs” [2] – seems horrifying now. I can understand the reconnaissance and “colonial role” for these things, but up against a modern European army with some proper tanks (i.e. the Germans) they must have been found wanting.

The kit


Airfix 1/76 kit [1].

Having dismissed the vehicle above, why build it? First of all, it is tiny little kit and I sometimes like to intersperse such as this between the big, involved projects. Besides, being primarily a British Army armour modeller at this time, if I were to build only successful vehicles there would be a gap of about thirty years between the Mk IV of the First World War and the prototype Centurion at the end of the Second! As an aside, it seems that during that period all of the successful design work went into producing aircraft, which, as things transpired, was our deliverance.




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