Thursday, 13 September 2012

Some Books on the Churchill

Here, we have the book about the Churchill, and the important and rather helpful one, the modelling book, dedicated to the Churchill. The Churchill may not be one of the main players in the armor scene in WW2, but it sure had produced some interesting approaches and significant support contributions in its role as the "specials", particularly during the later part of the war. And don't forget, from the Churchill comes the Centurion. That one, was good design.

First up, is a book totally dedicated to the Churchill. This British behemoth of a tank deserved first a good look on its history, adventures throughout WW2, and great amount of technicalities in the David Fletcher book. David Fletcher was the curator at the British Armor museum, an expert on the history of British armor. This book is well presented with highly detailed technical diagrams and some interesting wartime and production photos. The information in this book is mostly for those who are highly interested in, well, this British tank.

And here is the modelling book by Mark Bannerman to give that Churchill a huge blessing. Should be a looker. It is best, however, to put up a totally creative approach to modelling the Churchill, but this book should be helpful in identifying interesting points and parts to consider. At least, here's what Armorama's Mark Smith said of this book, "Not just for Churchill fans, as the techniques on these pages could be out to use on many other modeling projects. A definite must have from this modeler’s point of view, very highly recommended for any and all treadheads alike!"

Tamiya 1:35 British Infantry Tank Mk.IV Churchill Mk.VII

There are some interesting looking Churchill models out there. Any Normandy beach landing involving Canadians and the British, one may want to have a Churchill down there. If possible, The AVRE with an assault bridge on.

The Mk VII  is the second major redesign from previous models, were along with the Mk VIII, over 1,600 were produced, compared to 1622 Mk IVs. The VII used the 75 mm gun. It was wider and had much more armor, sort of a Heavy Churchill. This particular Churchill first saw action in the Battle of Normandy, right after the landing on June 1944, and was re-designated A42 in 1945.

First, here's a Tamiya 1:35 British Infantry Tank Mk.IV Churchill Mk.VII. I admit, this is an Amazon product but the review for this product given here is, well, helpful, especially the video that you can find at the review section. No assault bridge though, might want to put on the bridge and probably some dentures or burns to the model. Note the Mk IV is designated to the infantry tank role, and the Mk VII is specifically the tank model itself.

Well, here's the picture:

Does it come with the Tommies? Yes. And here is the box:
One nice Churchill on a plain white background. Okay, now to the inside, and some basic notes on assembly.

Inside there are five set of sprues, the upper hull, and the lower tub. And then there are the Tamiya vinyl tracks. Four of the sprues are dark green, along with the hull itself. Okay colors, though, nice finishing but may want to give it a better shade of green and rust before putting up the decals, at least for the more detailed modelers. Then there is the grey sprue, and this is the three Tommies and the farmer cart. Click here for the sprues.

The Churchills

Well, THESE British armors of WW2 are interesting. The British were known to have had created the idea of an "Infantry Tank", primarily used, for its namesake, as to support the infantry.

These infantry tanks are generally well armored, better in comparison to other British tanks such as the cruiser tanks and due to being so, they are slower. As a direct support to the infantry by maneuvering in adjacent to the men, the infantry tanks did not need high speed capability, serving its purpose advance in tandem with the infantry.

The first two infantry tanks were the Matilda I and the Matilda II, both respectively designated as Mk I and Mk II. They are well known for their roles in North Africa and as land lease to the Soviets during the early phase of the war.

The other tanks are the Mk III Valentine and the well-known Mk IV Churchill. The Churchill was first used significantly in the Dieppe Raid and later in Italy and North Africa, but did not gain as much widespread use
The Churchill used in Dieppe
as in the Normandy Campaign.

The Churchill was often used in multiple support roles, as Churchill Crocodile , in which the machine gun was replaced with flame thrower, mine clearers, and the crucial assault bridge layers on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day, despite the British shores (Juno and Sword) faced less resistance than the Omaha one. However, the tanks are to play important roles leading up to holding the point at north to west Normandy over Caen and its vicinity, while the American are to sweep through Brittany.

They are designated as heavy tanks. While the basic doctrine of the Germans during this period is to break through your enemy, the British rely more or so on keeping their distance, which was to ourange the enemy. The role of the infantry and the artillery were important to serve this doctrine, and a heavy tank support, well, were well used in the Churchill.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

1/35 Sd.Kfz. 184 Elefant '44 DML61005

This is the 1/35 Sd.Kfz. 184 Elefant '44 DML61005. The elefant is a tank destroyer designated "heavy", or in German, schwerer Panzerjäger. It was designed by Ferdinand Porsche in 1943 and was named the Ferdinand. The following picture is the product.

The Elefant was built on the chassis and body of a Tiger but was equipped with an 88mm Pak 43/2 L/71 anti-tank gun, the one used as the flak antitank gun in most of the Western Front. The Ferdinands were poor in the Battle of Kursk, and modifications were made for the Elefant. The Elefants were additionally equiped with MG-34s for better firing vision and zimmerits were added.

Dragon T-34/76

This is the Dragon Models 1/72 T-34/76 Mod. 1941. The T-34/76 was used by the Soviets in Leningrad in 1942-1943 against the invading Germans. The Germans did not made it in Leningrad, and the T-34s they encountered led them to design what would be the Panther, to counter the T-34s.

Note the smaller turret compared to the T-34/85, arguably the most well designed tanks of the war taking into account of costs, production and usability. The 76 indicates the 76mm gun used on the tank while the  T-34/85, uses the more powerful 85mm guns to match the firepower of the Germans. The picture below shows the T-34/76 tank with what could be Polish badge.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Tamiya 1/35 German Panther Med Tank Kit

The Panther medium tank was one of the more intimidating tanks of the Wehrmacht during the second half of WW2. Designed to be the main medium tank to counter the Russian T-34s and replace the Panzer IIIs and Panzer IVs in the Eastern Front, the tank saw action in both fronts.

Regarded as the best tank design of the war, it later serve as the basis for later post-war tank designs of what would no longer be designated as light, medium or heavy but rather as "Main Battle Tanks".

The ppicture shows the Tamiya 1/35 German Panther Med Tank Kit and is one of the many different Panther Tanks. This Tamiya Kit is similar in scale to the previous King Tiger and is customizable in terms of colours and various decorations.

Tamiya 1/35 King Tiger "Porsche Turret"

And now, it's the King Tiger with the Porsche turret. The Porsche turret was mainly equipped to the King Tigers in its early stages and was not widely employed later on the war.

Here is the image link