BRITISH INFANTRY TANK MATILDA MK.III/IV TAMIYA 1/35

It is a Matilda tank built from March through July 2013.

Box package of Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

This time, I choose MM300, Matilda which was released many years ago. Now the latest MM series number is 328. Among tank model fans in Japan, It’s strong attention what was the No.300 kit. Seemingly, former Tamiya Matilda is somewhat broader than a real vehicle from the chassis of the motor inclusion model.

Old kit of Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

I found the photos of Matilda previous work around 1998.
(10-March-2013)

Old kit of Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

The old Matilda kit has thinned in a fender and side armor. I had too strong tension of rubber caterpillar and the roller broke from the root. You can see the left caterpillar is shifted a little.
(10-March-2013)

Old kit of Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

Figure is shining… I should have airbrushed in mat clear. This time, I had the headset of Hornet, I intend to use this set for more detail.
(10-March-2013)

Old kit of Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

This camouflage painting is not bad, I remember that cutting and attaching the masking tape for paint is not the usual tank model working and difficult. It’s 15 years ago.
(10-March-2013)

small wheels of Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

There are small wheels and took assemble time.

chassis of Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

These parts are almost covered after a side skirt is attached. So working without applying time and effort too much.

belt caterpillar and Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

Trying to attach the rubber caterpillar. It seems no problem. There’s no slack, although the upper part is a form of not looking heavy caterpillar, but it’s not visible part. We can choose plastic parts and rubber parts according to your taste.

Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

I choose the plastic part for easily adherence of paint.

plastic parts caterpillar of Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

Carefully looking, there are many injection marks on the caterpillar. It’s better to delete them before paint, only front and rear visible parts.
(12-March-2013)

there are many injection marks on the caterpillar, Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

I suppose the muffler and a piping are the most difficult parts of this assembly. There is a possibility of mistaking to adjust the parts on either side, unless read the instruction manual carefully in advance. To tell the truth, I mistook them.

side armors of Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

Since I cannot see the inside of side armor after this process, I kept one shot.    Only the area which is visible through a driver’s seat, I airbrushed the inside in matt white.

Assembly completed, Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

Assembly completed. There are many parts, especially on the turret, it effects good precision feeling. Truly, it’s easy to assemble as usual Tamiya quality, I think this kit can be called a masterpiece.

The smoke guns’ detail is quite good, Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

The photo from back. The smoke guns’ detail is quite good.

Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

A gun turret should be moved up and down but couldn’t. Adhesives were poured too much accidentally and it has fixed. Although I wanted the gun angle a slight degree parallel on the ground. I couldn’t adjust it since it pastes up quite firmly and there was fear of breakage. Maybe I can say the angle means “highly motivating for battles” hummmm……
(17-March-2013)

British tank crew and Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

I thought to replace original heads to resin heads, but the expression of the attached figures were excellent, I decided to use them. They have very good expression.

British tank driver Tamiya 1/35

Probably, only the head of this driver is visible after all, totally good detail, especially the mark of a beret.

British tank crew and infantry

I attached additionally the infantry soldier with the binoculars which were not made when I made a 2-pound anti-tank gun. This Vulcan kit figure is good, but the binoculars are not good molded. I thought it from other kit, but there are few excessive parts of binoculars. There are lots of extra parts of helmet, guns, knives and bags. I used the Vulcan kit included binoculars after all. Using a drill to detail up the lens pars.
(19-March-2013)

Blowing the first coat in mixed tire black and mahogany, Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

Blowing the first coat in mixed tire black and mahogany.

Preparing for next masking step, Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

Preparing for next masking step. I decided to paint the first color light blue, it’s the highest brightness and easy to recover.

Finished the first color light blue, Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

Finished the first color.

3rd color is mahogany, Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

Roughly I completed the 3 color camouflage. 3rd color is mahogany. Straight line camouflage and masking is hard working.

Same as the upper shot with the color bottles, Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

Same as the upper shot with the color bottles.

3 color camouflage of Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

Finished the second color sandy brown. Becoming Matilda like looking.
(02-May-2013)

finished basic painting, Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

I’ve been busy for business for a while, but I have a time for modelling this weekend. I pasted some of the decals and completed basic paint.
(15-July-2013)

Tank crew and infantry’s basic painting was completed

Tank crew and infantry’s basic painting was completed.
(15-July-2013)

Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35 build and painting to finish

Now, Matilda which has been making since the beginning of March was completed. It took a lot of time since there are four soldiers.

North Africa front line from 1941 to 1942, Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

The real vehicle was active in the North Africa front line from 1941 to 1942. Although speed was slow, robustness, such as maximum 75mm of the front armoring, were the features, the German army was afflicted. It’s a famous battle with the 88mm German Anti-aircraft gun at Halfaya Pass.

right side view of Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

Matilda has monotonous images with the both side armor, not really flat because of many bolts etc.

drew mud and rust moderately, Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

I intended to drew mud and rust moderately on the rear side.

Shot from the rear, Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

Shot from the rear.

driver in a cockpit, Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

It’s a commemorative photo before storing a driver in a cockpit. He has blond hair. It seems that he said “Hmmm… It’s too hot and cannot bear.”

we can see only driver’s head

Although we can see only driver’s head but the atmosphere changed very well.

set up a commander here, he has a blond hair

I set up a commander here, he has a blond hair, too. I drew pupil with blue.

loader and commander in Matilda turret

Loader is narrowing eyes, I only drew a dark line traced on the eyelid. In case we see it zoom up and it’s not quite satisfactory, but a lower photo, Distance lends enchantment to the view (faces).

like the box art. Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

Commemorative photo like the box art. Figure posing is excellent.

British Army infantry soldier on the Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

I suppose the British Army infantry soldier molding differs from the Matilda kit figure. Maybe a molder’s style affect some changes. The nature of the wrinkles of uniform, Tamiya’s better, I think.

rear view of Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

Shot from back. Light blue blended camouflage is beautiful, although the vehicle itself is soiled thoroughly.

making my own clear parts, Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

Since the transparent part was not contained in the kit, the light beside a hatch was made by myself. Feeling smart touch, when the transparent part shines.

Washing effect and pastel work of weathering, Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

Washing effect made irregular expression on the surface. But I need more detailed work, It’s a little rough.

chipping and real rust looking Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35

On some place, I made chipping and real rust looking. I could control decal’s shinning with flat base blended color.

Matilda Mk.III/IV Tamiya 1/35 build and painting to finish

This marking is the 32nd Army Tank Brigade, Libya, 1941.

Matilda Mk.III/IV and tank crew and British infantry

It seems that the Matilda tank is well popular, I think the reason is massive feeling and strong even if its size is compact. I love Matilda. Tamiya’s this kit is precise and easy to assemble, wonderful. The only infantry soldier is looking into the camera and smiling….
(20-July-2013)

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.

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