Built for the Crusader GB...
Airfix 1/76 Crusader Tank Mk.III
6th Armored Division, Tunisia, 1942
The Crusader was one of the primary British cruiser tanks during the early part of the Second World War. Over 5,000 tanks were manufactured and they made important contributions to the British victories during the North African Campaign. The Crusader I tank entered service in 1941, but was lightly armored and under-armed. Armour thickness increased with the Crusader II variant, but the main armament remained the 2 pounder (40mm) main gun. The Crusader III was fitted with a 6 pounder (57mm) main gun and this variant was more than a match for the mid-generation German Panzer III and Panzer IV tanks. The Crusader was to prove vital during the Battles of El Alamein, Tobruk and in Tunisia. It did not see service service beyond Africa, but the chassis of the tank was modified to create anti-aircraft, fire support, observation, communication, bulldozer and recovery vehicle variants.
This was a nice Airfix kit with good detail and the option to build a Mk.II or Mk.III variant. The fit is tight under the side skirts so make sure all your wheels and tracks are aligned. I replaced the solid light gaurds with wire and added a fuel line to the fuel tank. I used Tamiya, Mig and Citadel paints and pigments to paint and weather the tank. No Antenna's are provided - I added mine using floral wire. The tarps and rolls are resin items from Value Gear. The kits decals were badly yellowed but I salvaged the a all black 6th armored markings and used some scrap tank numbers in place of the kit decals.
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