The day after the vehicle show at Tankfest we took a look at the museum at Bovington. Most of the halls are as I remember them from my last visit. One which was new to me was the Vehicle Conservation Centre. As can be seen in the pictures, this is full of vehicles in various stages of renovation. Some of them look like they need a lot of work doing to them. Others, such as the Tortoise (A39) assault gun, look like they are in good shape. I hope that it – and others – are returned to the main halls soon.
This weekend we were at Tankfest 2015 at The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset. It was hot, crowded and full of armour! Just some of the vehicles which were paraded in the arena included a Centurion, Challenger 1 and 2, Chieftain, Comet, Saracen, Saladin, Stalwart, Jackal, Coyote, Mastiff, Warrior, Scimitar, various AVRE vehicles, Leopard 1, T-34, T-72, Type 59, Shermans (including Fury), Panzer 38(t), Panzer III and Tiger I (again, the one in Fury). This on top of the usual content in the museum and a range of historical re-enactors.
This was a straightforward replacement of the original windscreen brackets, with these new ones . The original part didn’t look in bad shape underneath when it was taken off but outwardly it was a little corroded and the gasket had seen better days. Hopefully replacing this should make water leaks via this part less likely. Of course, the first photo highlights certain body blemishes and the cracked seal of the windscreen. Not surprising in a nearly 16 year old vehicle, but I will have to get it replaced some time …
We don’t get much snow where I live, so why am I fitting this? Mostly to prevent water and debris slipping through the original open grill and building up in the heater intake system. I put a new gasket under the original grill, replaced that and then screwed the cowl over the top. I think that it looks quiet decent, as well as performing a function. Plus, it seems that this is a common feature of British military Defenders (Wolf), so that is good enough for me.
Overall, I would say that this was an decent enough kit to put together. The tracks, of the “link and length” variety, are a little bit messy in places – at least in my hands – but much of them are hidden by the bulk of the vehicle. I thought that the long photo etch handrails would cause me issues but they mostly behaved themselves when gluing to the guide holes. The kit contains two Maus tanks, presumably to show the sense of scale of this vehicle. I assembled one as seen in the last picture. When you consider that the Maus is no small thing in real life it really becomes apparent how vast this thing would have been – a true landship.