It’s small but very detailed, Vulkan Scale Model’s Mark 6 tank. I made it from February to March 2014.
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.
Short and long-sized springs are indistinguishable from just looking. At first, without considering the parts distinguish and I got blocked. In arranging the right order and make it again. There are completely arranged.
It is easy to construct 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.
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 is also not suitable.
The difference 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.
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 the same color is difficult so I made a generous amount of it for re-touch later. In case I remain it, I use it for next time color mixing.
It’s interesting to peel off the masking sol. This sol is easy to remove and a 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 a very colorful one.
According to the explanation of the kit instruction, the armament is a 12.7mm Vickers machine gun and a 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.
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 the matte clear. Both side headlight is different from original clear parts, but the original is without particular distinction and hiding in shade, I made round headlight from a clear runner.
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 a good accent, too.
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.