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Valentine Mk II/IV build – Part2:Assembly

As expected this went together very well, excepting one or two places (e.g. the engine compartment door hinges)  where larger than expected gaps had to be filled with bits of plastic card. To keep costs down I went with the plastic barrel – a metal one would undoubtedly look better. I did swap the tracks for workable plastic click together ones by Bronco.

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Valentine Mk II/IV build – Part1:Introduction

The vehicle

“In Soviet service, the Valentine was used from the Battle of Moscow until the end of the war, mainly in the second line. Although criticized for its low speed and weak gun, the Valentine was liked due to its small size, reliability and good armour protection. Soviet Supreme Command asked for its production till the end of the war.” [1]

The kit

Tamiya 1/35 kit [2].

I have previously done a Valentine tank, in British service. I thought that turned out OK so had no real desire to do another. However, the present kit is a newly released Tamiya one and I am usually interested in seeing their armour kits. This time I will model a lead lease vehicle in the service of the Red Army.



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Land Rover Defender 90 renovation – wing mirrors

I wanted to replace the wing mirrors and arms – they were looking a bit worn and tired, plus some slightly bigger mirrors would be nice too. All in all, these seemed to be the ones to go for –

The mirror is said to be nigh unbreakable, explaining why the Army seem to use them on their Wolf vehicles.


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Land Rover Defender 90 renovation – intercooler hoses

Our garage suggested that the engine could do with new silicone hoses for the intercooler\turbo system. The existing ones had got “collapsible” over the preceding years, leading to slight power loss. Fitting the new ones (turbo to intercooler pipe, intercooler pipe to intercooler and intercooler to inlet manifold) and the accompanying clips was easy – before and after pictures above. They look good too!

Parts used:

  • TF732 – Defender Td5 silicone hose kit
  • PYC102340 – hose clip 60 mm spring band x 4
  • PYC102350 – hose clip 50-70 mm x 1
  • PYC102360 – hose clip 55-70 mm x 1

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Unknown unit, Soviet Union, 1941?

KV-2 build – Part 1:Introduction
KV-2 build – Part 2:Assembly
KV-2 build – Part 3:Painting
KV-2 build – Part 4:Weathering (rust)
KV-2 build – Part 5:Weathering (chipping)
KV-2 build – Part 6:Weathering (wash)
KV-2 build – Part 7:Weathering (fading and streaks)
KV-2 build – Part 8:Tracks
KV-2 build – Part 9:Weathering (dust and dirt)
KV-2 build – Part 10:Weathering (oil, fuel and other stains)