|The Crocodile was a flamethrower version of the Churchill. The fuel trailer's hitch is fully articulated (moves sideways & up/down |
& rotates) & the interior of the trailer is well detailed with tanks, pipes, and valves etc.).
BELOW: The rear of the tank & the trailer are very well detailed. I didn't glue the trailer's access hatches in place so I can remove
them to view the interior if I wish.
|ABOVE: Among the other nice details are all the hull & turret periscopes.|
MOUSE-OVER: A look at the rear of the tank without the trailer. Note the mufflers, exhaust pipes, & the flame-thrower fuel
transport pipe (so detailed it runs all the way along the underside of the tank to the front where it enters the hull).
|SUBJECT: W.W.-II BRITISH CHURCHILL TANK - CROCODILE FLAMETHROWER VARIANT|
KIT MAKER: TAMIYA SCALE: 1/35
SPECIAL FEATURES: Turret rotates. Main gun & flame projector elevate & depress (the flame gun also moves side to side).
Highly detailed flame-thrower fuel trailer (removable panels / interior detail). Fully articulated trailer-hitch.
|SUBJECT: M4A2 SHERMAN - COMPOSITE HULL VARIANT|
KIT MAKER: TAMIYA + VLS SCALE: 1/35
SPECIAL FEATURES: Turret rotates. Main gun elevates and depresses.
ADDED: New cast resin upper hull & transmission cover (by Verlinden / VLS). Machined aluminum 75mm gun barrel.
This is my completed
M4A2 before I
weathered it. The final
finish was matched to the
vignette setting in which
the tank is displayed.
This model is a
combination of a Tamiya
M4 kit and VLS resin hull
I wanted my M4A2
to look fairly new, so I
on the lower hull,
tracks and suspensions.
I also loaded up the tank
with a fair amount of
exterior stowage, which
is something I don't
|LEFT - Weathered hull and tracks, plus|
external stowage (track, spare wheels, gas
cans, oil drum, rope, real fabric tarp).
ABOVE - The Tamiya kit's plastic 75mm gun
barrel was replaced with a machined aluminum
barrel for added realism.
|SUBJECT: W.W.II U.S. STAFF CAR WC56 / MILITARY POLICE CAR |
KIT MAKER: ITALERI SCALE: 1/35
SPECIAL FEATURES: None.
ADDED: White MP helmet on front seat.
| Produced by Ford / Fargo from 1941 to 1945, the WC56 light truck frame was put into service in many different forms - it was a |
light cargo carrier, a mobile 37mm Anti-tank gun platform, and a variety of field 'cars'. In total, 255,000+ of these sturdy vehicles
were produced. Powered by a Dodge T-214 92hp engine, the WC56 had an average top speed of 54mph and an average
range of 240 miles. The basic 'staff car' variants weighed in at 2.75 tons.
|This Italeri kit can be built as an|
open-topped version or with a
canvas top. I built mine with the
top and detailed the part with
surgical tape to make it look
more like canvas (and less like
a piece of plastic, lol). I also
used this technique to detail
|The kit comes with a nice decal|
sheet, and just to give this model
a slightly different look, I chose to
finish it as a Military Policy field
car. Note the plaque on the
engine grill (MP) and the bumper
The model was lightly weathered
with a little 'mud splatter' on the
wheels, bumpers, and lower areas
of the body, along with a little
Other than the modifications to
the canvas top and seats, this kit
was built 'right from the box'.
|Italeri kits always feature fine|
detailing. Note the crisply
molded lug nuts on the tire, and
the locking pin on the spare
wheel. The suspension and
undercarriage are also very
nicely detailed, as is the car's
|With an 'open air' vehicle like |
this, it's important to have good
interior detailing. The Italeri kit
has a very nicely molded dash
board and finely molded break
and gear-shift levers. The gas
and break pedals are also well
done (not shown).
Grab handles and seats are
well replicated and make for a
convincing interior (my 'canvas'
texturing just added a bit more
detail to the finished model).