BRITISH LIGHT TANK MARK VI B VULCAN 1/35

It’s small, but very detailed, Vulkan Scale Model’s Mark 6 tank. I made it from February to March 2014.

Box package of Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

Here is the British Light Tank Mark VI B, it’s been stuck some while ago. This maker released British 2-pound gun. I suppose Vulcan is good at British AFV.

There are comparatively fewer parts than other average AFV kits, Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

There are comparatively fewer parts than other average AFV kits, I presume it’s easy assembly….. Until I saw the description.

2 types of springs are in this kit, Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

2 types of springs are in this kit and so many. Assembly is difficult. The instruction manual is like Dragon Models, detailed in a small area. There are many parts sizes of 1mm or less, but after reading the manual thoroughly, I can make it happily.

In arranging right order and make it again. Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

Short and long sized springs are indistinguishable as just looking. At first, without considering the parts distinguish and I got blocked. In arranging right order and make it again. There are completely arranged.

The quality of plastic is a little softer than Dragon Models. Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

The quality of plastic is a little softer than Dragon Models. I don’s know how it finally settles down the parts attached to the body, I constructed it little by little.
(23-February-2014)

road wheels and caterpillar assemble, Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

In this manual, road wheels and caterpillar assemble should be simultaneous, but I attached the all wheels to the chassis at first.

construct a partial jointed tracks. Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

It is easy to construct a partial jointed tracks. This tank’s size is very small and each track is too tiny to joint one by one, if it’s each track divided. We cannot lose one tiny track in this kit, it seems there’s no spare.
(26-February-2014)

assembly was completed, Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

Now, this light tank assembly was completed.

photo-etched parts, Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

I recommend you to choose photo-etched parts as much as possible when it’s available plastic and etching . Regarding this kit, etching quality is better.

Some of the plastic parts mold are blunt, Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

Some of the plastic parts mold are blunt, some are very sharp. But overall, it’s very good touch.

photo-etched parts in the key point is effective, Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

The photo-etched parts in the key point is effective, the precision feeling is made to raise and not too many small parts, the balance of detailed and easy assembly is good.

MiniArt British Tank Crew Set 1/35

This MiniArt British Tank Crew Set seems fitting for this Mark VI light tank.

British Tank Crew were supplied with new working clothes from around the Normandy-day ’44

Although the British Tank Crew were supplied with new working clothes from around the Normandy-day ’44, before that, the uniform was the same as that of infantry. I suppose the Mark VI was mainly operated in the first half of WWII, these MiniArt crews were not matched. Of course we cannot say it’s wrong. This tank color is dark green so the North African campaign clothes tank crew also not suitable.

British tank crew fitting to the cupola of Mark VI B

Different point between tank working clothes and infantry uniform is chest pocket shape and tuck of pants, as long as I see. MiniArt figure parts fitting of hand and foot are rough, many cases I make it roughly and detailed adjust after.

Original head and resin head

Left is MiniArt head, right is Hornet resin head. MiniArt head has a flavor of ordinary people, good taste. This time I choose the Hornet handsome guy…..

smart looking British tank crew

Isn’t he smart looking in a natural pose?

smart looking British tank crew on the Mark VI

After all, I thought about British uniform variously, I use this kit only amended the mold of a chest pocket.

Mark VI turret with figure

Light-curing putty is very handy without waiting, compare to epoxy putty’s 12 hours waiting.

Completed caterpillar, Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

Completed caterpillar and suspension overcome difficulties. Before painting, shining springs are eye-catching point, very nice.
(02-March-2014)

blew surfacer, Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

I just blew surfacer.

mixed color for Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

I followed the color recipe of Khaki Green as the instruction, but it’s far from my image and box art. I mixed green and dark green for adjustment. Making same color is difficult so I made generous amount of it for re-touch later. In case I remain it, I use it for next time color mixing.

I masked it border clearly using Mr. Masking Sol R of the Creos Mr. Hobby.

I masked it border clearly using Mr. Masking Sol R of the Creos Mr. Hobby.

roughly covered with the masking tapes, Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

And roughly covered with the masking tapes.

decals pasted on Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

It’s interesting to peel off the masking sol. This sol is easy to remove and handy item. I painted as possible into thick pieces, but the place that I applied a thin coat came off neatly. But what I tear off very hard when the sol get into the complicated place three-dimensionally, because it is awful too much adhering power to peel off.
We can choose 2 patterns of the decal. This time I choose very colorful one.
(23-March-2014)

Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35 build and painting to finish

British light tank Mark VI B was completed. It was managed a lot early in World War II.

the armament is 12.7 mm Vickers machine gun and 7.7 mm air-cooling machine gun.

According to the explanation of the kit instruction, the armament is 12.7mm Vickers machine gun and 7.7mm air-cooling machine gun. As for the engine, 88HP, the best speed per hour were 35 miles (56km). The Vickers machine gun was used through World War II in British troops.

rear view of Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

It’s a three-man crew at this size, it seems to be tight.

It’s a three-man crew at this size

I expressed dried mud this time, which I stuck with light brown color pastel powder.

dried mud, Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

The tank upper part is clean and under is muddy, the balance is difficult.

Acrylic resin mixed with pastel was dried mat. It leaves without mixing anything remain glossy.

When Acrylic resin mixed with pastel was dried mat. It leaves without mixing anything remain glossy.

The mark of the rhinoceros is the British first armored division.

The military unit marking is colorful. The mark of the rhinoceros is the British first armored division. The decal is soft and sensitive. I blew mat clear. Both side headlight is different from original clear parts, but the original is without particular distinction and hiding in shade, I made round head light from clear runner.

This first armored division was reorganized and went to Egypt in October 1941, after defeated by Germany in France, 1940.

This first armored division was reorganized and went to Egypt in October 1941, after defeated by Germany in France, 1940. I think the situation of this vehicle is during a strategy in France.

I suppose the thing gold on the vehicle front is a fire extinguisher.

I suppose the thing gold on the vehicle front is a fire extinguisher. I made dry-brushing in gold after painted in mat yellow. I painted the muffler three colors pastel on a spot and directs rust. Like the fire extinguisher mentioned above, it is good accent, too.

Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

I suppose the shovel stock wood color is not so bad.

British tank crew and Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

The figure was finished in a very smart and manly atmosphere.

British tank crew and Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

Compare to the 1/35 scale figure, we can assure how small this tank is.

British tank crew and Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

British tank crew’s black beret is really cool!

right side view of Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35

Because the left number had been warped by decal fitting, I did handwriting by brush in white.

Mark VI B Vulcan Scale Models 1/35 build and painting to finish

There are many numbers of parts, although being small size, full of a feeling of density. Attachment increases more after completed.
(29-March-2014)

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

2 Replies to “BRITISH LIGHT TANK MARK VI B VULCAN 1/35”

  1. Excellent model and brilliant figure painting. I love the look you captured of a real war time British squaddie! (British Army slang for GI) I served 7 years as a regular solder n the British Army although as a radio operator. We used armoured vehicles in the Brigades attached to Armoured Unit. All were obviously fitted with radio. (FV 439, the signals version of the 432 APC ) and the Humber Armoured “pig”, again fitted with radio and later to give sterling service in Northern Ireland. Coming back off schemes our wagons looked just as dirty as you have managed with your weathering, in winter worse!!! Great work! Keep it going I love it!! Best Regards, Gary

    1. Hello, Gary. Thank you for your warm comment! British light tank kit of the early World War II was rare so I made it very fun. I am happy to hear your comment that weathering is very real. The FV432 is released from TAKOM in 1/35 scale. I suppose it is pretty good selling in England, maybe it’s possible to convert to Radio Car Version with a high skill modeler. I’m glad you came to see here once in a while.

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