It is a Matilda tank built from March through July 2013.
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.
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.
Trying to attach the rubber caterpillar. It seems no problem. There’s no slack, although an upper part is a form of not looking heavy caterpillar, it’s not a visible part. We can choose plastic parts and rubber parts according to your taste.
I suppose the muffler and piping are the most difficult parts of this assembly. There is a possibility of mistaking to adjust the parts on either side unless reading the instruction manual carefully in advance. To tell the truth, I mistook them.
Assembly completed. There are many parts, especially on the turret, which affects good precision feeling. Truly, it’s easy to assemble as usual Tamiya quality, I think this kit can be called a masterpiece.
A gun turret should be moved up and down but couldn’t. Adhesives were poured too much accidentally and it has been 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” hmmm…
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 well molded. I thought it was from other kits, but there are few excessive parts of binoculars. There are lots of extra parts of helmets, guns, knives, and bags. I used the Vulcan kit included binoculars after all. Using a drill to detail up the lens pars.
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.
The 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).
It seems that the Matilda tank is well popular, I think the reason is a massive feeling and strong even if its size is compact. I love Matilda. Tamiya’s kit is precise and easy to assemble, wonderful. The only infantry soldier is looking into the camera and smiling…
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.