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1/35 Tamiya Cromwell Mk.IV Cruiser Tank
by Greg Marchlinski

 

This is the Tamiya Cromwell Mk.IV British Cruiser Tank in 1/35th scale. I made a few minor additions to what is provided in the kit including an Eduard photoetch detail set, stainless steel wire for the antenna and an additional tow cable and watercans from the spare parts box. I thinned all fenders to scale thickness and drilled out the MG barrels. The kit tracks were used an were tacked down to the road wheels with superglue to represent "sag."

I painted the tank with Tamiya acrylics mixed per the instructions. The kit decals were used and represent a tank of the 1st Polish Armoured Division's HQ Squadron. Weathering started with an oil-based black wash and post-shading with black pastel chalk powder followed by a clear-coat to seal the chalk. After dry-brushing with progressively lighter shades of the base color, I applied light rust, oil, dirt, and wear stains and marks with a combination of oil washes, pastels chalks and colored pencils. The final step was a coat of PolyScale flat clear. Being both well-engineered and highly-detailed, the kit was a joy to build.