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

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

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 BOX PACKAGEThis 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.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 OLD KITI found the photos of Matilda previous work around 1998.
(10-March-2013)

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 OLD KITThe 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)

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 OLD KITThe 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)

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 OLD KITThis 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)

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThere are small wheels and took assemble time.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThese parts are almost covered after a side skirt is attached. So working without applying time and effort too much.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGTrying 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 visible part. We can choose plastic parts and rubber parts according to your taste.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGI choose the plastic part for easy adherence of the paint.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGCarefully looking, there are many injection marks on the caterpillar. It’s better to delete them before painting, only front, and rear visible parts.
(12-March-2013)

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGI 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.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGSince 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.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGAssembly completed. There are many parts, especially on the turret, it affects good precision feeling. Truly, it’s easy to assemble as usual Tamiya quality, I think this kit can be called a masterpiece.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThe photo from the back. The smoke guns’ detail is quite good.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGA 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” hmmm……
(17-March-2013)

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 MAKING TANK CREWI thought to replace original heads to resin heads, but the expression of the attached figures were excellent, I decided to use them. They have a very good expression.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 MAKING TANK CREWProbably, only the head of this driver is visible after all, totally good detail, especially the mark of a beret.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 MAKING TANK CREWI 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 from other kits, 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)

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTINGBlowing the first coat in mixed tire black and mahogany.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTINGPreparing for the next masking step. I decided to paint the first color light blue, it’s the highest brightness and easy to recover.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTINGFinished the first color.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTINGRoughly I completed the 3 color camouflage. 3rd color is mahogany. Straight-line camouflage and masking are hard workings.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTINGSame as the upper shot with the color bottles.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTINGFinished the second color sandy brown. Becoming Matilda like looking.
(02-May-2013)

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTINGI’ve been busy with the business for a while, but I have time for modeling this weekend. I pasted some of the decals and completed basic paint.
(15-July-2013)

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 MAKING TANK CREWTank crew and infantry’s basic painting was completed.
(15-July-2013)

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTONow, Matilda which has been making since the beginning of March was completed. It took a lot of time since there are four soldiers.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOThe 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.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOMatilda has monotonous images with both side armor, not flat because of many bolts, etc.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOI intended to draw mud and rust moderately on the rear side.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOShot from the rear.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOIt’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.”

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOAlthough we can see only a driver’s head the atmosphere changed very well.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOI set up a commander here, he has a blond hair, too. I drew a pupil with blue.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOThe 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).

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOA commemorative photo like the box art. Figure posing is excellent.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOI suppose the British Army infantry soldier molding differs from the Matilda kit figure. Maybe a molder’s style affects some changes. The nature of the wrinkles of uniform, Tamiya’s better, I think.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOShot from back. Light blue blended camouflage is beautiful, although the vehicle itself is soiled thoroughly.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOSince 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.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOWashing effect made the irregular expression on the surface. But I need more detailed work, It’s a little rough.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOOn someplace, I made chipping and real rust looking. I could control decal’s shinning with flat base blended color.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOThis marking is the 32nd Army Tank Brigade, Libya, 1941.

MATILDA MK.III/IV TANK TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOIt 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…
(20-July-2013)

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