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).
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.
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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

eathered it. The final
finish was
matched to the
vignette setting in
the tank is

This model is a
combination of a
M4 kit and
VLS resin hull
I wanted my M4A2
to look fairly new, so I
concentrated the
weathering effects
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
usually do.
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.
KIT MAKER:    ITALERI                                               SCALE:    1/35                                                        
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 seats.  
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
'road dust'.

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).
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