The slack expression of the track belt is wonderful. If you’re building a Russian military vehicle, it won’t have a side skirt, so you’ll be able to enjoy this superb expression even after it’s completed.
This time, it will be made by the British army of the North African front, so I will finish it with a side skirt though it is a little pity. I thought this model had a good caterpillar with a partial connection.
The body color of this valentine tank is sand yellow because it is on the North African front line. The manual says TS-46 light sand. What color is Creos? Some possible candidates: RLM 79 Sand Yellow 119, Tan 44, Sandy Brown 19. Sandy Brown looks the best among these. Dark yellow will look like a German tank, I think a little reddish-brown with gradation would make it look like an English tank.
This tank has a fairly complicated configuration. The chassis is also complicated, so if I paint it in black, the remaining paint will not show up. In my case, the original purpose is to use it as a base for black-and-white gradation coating.
This time, I mixed a little white with No. 19 Sandy Brown of Creos and applied airbrush coating. I thought I left some dark areas with gradation coating, after finishing it, I can hardly distinguish the gradation.
Well, I was trying to paint the interior of this tank with a matte white. But I couldn’t see inside, so I stopped because it was meaningless. When I looked at the instruction manual later, there was no instruction for painting inside the chassis, so I misunderstood.
So I painted the inside of the turret matte white. The hatch is wide, so I think I can see the inside a little from the gap even if 2 tank soldiers are on it. I think it’s enough to see from above.
In excerpts from Tamiya’s manual, the Valentine infantry tanks Mk. I, Mk.II and Mk.IV looks almost the same except for the engines they carry. Mk. I did not participate in the actual battle because of many initial failures but was sent mainly for defense in England. Mk. II and IV were sent mainly to the North African front for a mortal struggle against the German army.
While I was making it, I felt that it was quite a small tank body, the manual Tamiya says that the tank body was made as small as possible to control the increase in weight instead of making the armor thicker. If the tank gets too big and heavy, the engine will be burdened and the speed won’t increase.
Although it was called an infantry tank, I was wondering what the role was for not using a grenade. The tanks themselves were supplied in hot North Africa, in damp Burma (now Myanmar), and in Russia, they were operating in the frigid weather, so they must have been excellent as well.
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.