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Andy H

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Re: Andy H's miniature madness
« Reply #180 on: May 28, 2022, 02:40:15 PM »

Wow! That took me back.  :)  I had an uncle who would always make one of those seemingly every time I visited.

Yep, the older Tamiya kits are niclely priced and look presentable when built. I think I might have opened the door to a 'cold war corner' in the collection.  :o
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« Reply #181 on: May 29, 2022, 05:56:54 AM »

Stole some time back before sleeping off my night shift.  ;D

Tamiya NATO green sprayed on as a basecoat, very wet Revell matt black brushed on for cammo. Quite a way to go, but it's definitely looking like a Chieftan...














Thanks for dropping by, back soon with more wet weaponry.  ;)

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« Reply #182 on: May 29, 2022, 06:24:24 AM »

Chieftain tanks patrolling the bottom of the Red sea, awaiting the return of yon bugger Moses. ;D

edit: Jordanians dumped those tanks in the red see to create reefs and attract tourists.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/29/can-scuba-dive-among-tanks-underwater-military-museum-10481348/
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« Reply #183 on: May 29, 2022, 11:04:58 AM »

And this is what it looks like at B.A.T





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« Reply #184 on: June 01, 2022, 03:54:55 AM »


Great to see the Chiefy in B.A.T  :)


Here's where we're at. Made a start with scuffing, chipping and rain streaks - will be toned down as I progress with dust and mud. Haven't started on the tracks and wheels yet. At that messy, shiny phase at the moment, almost ready for decals.














Thanks for looking in, back soon with more subtly-applied staining & shading  ;)


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Andy H

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« Reply #185 on: June 02, 2022, 07:29:41 AM »


Lost most of yesterday to my six-year-old great-niece helping herself to my terrain materials and running amok with a hot glue gun while she made a house for her cat.  ;D

Busy today with decals, touching in small details and making a start on the tracks...
















Thanks for looking in, back soon with more Chieftan chumminess  ;)


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« Reply #186 on: June 02, 2022, 07:07:42 PM »


Tonight's progress. Almost ready for the crew and some stowage...


















Thanks for looking in, back soon with more filthy fun  ;)

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« Reply #187 on: June 02, 2022, 09:04:59 PM »

G'day Andy

At what stage did the British start making great looking tanks like the Chieftain?
Just did a quick search and the Comet tank looks pretty awesome, looks like it would give the Germans a run for their money.



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Andy H

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« Reply #188 on: June 03, 2022, 03:20:23 AM »

Hi, mate. :)

Since 1945, British tank doctrine has been that never again will the army go into action with undergunned and under armoured main battle tanks.

The Chieftan entered service in the early sixties and with ongoing improvements, served into the mid nineties until replaced by the Challenger. Despite being billed as a Mk 5, the Tamiya model is more like a Mk 3 with a distinctive anti radiation system on the back of the turret and no laser sighting mirror the end of the gun barrel. Later versions had improved Stillbrew armour. Although listed up to Mk 11, all Chieftan variants after Mk 5 were upgrades to existing models.

The Comet was introduced during the very late stages of WWII, saw action in Germany and was in turn replaced by the Centurion in time for the Korean War.

As mentioned upthread, I can see a few post-WWII tanks being added to the stash.  ;D
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Re: Andy H's miniature madness
« Reply #189 on: June 03, 2022, 05:37:21 AM »

A famous photo :


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Andy H

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« Reply #190 on: June 03, 2022, 03:50:26 PM »

Ah, Uriah Heep - favourites of my secondary school's graffiti artists and desk carvers. Another trip down Memory Lane!  :)


Crew done - not too shabby for really old figures. They really add something to the completed piece.









...and we're ready for final inspection.





Thanks as always for dropping by, back soon with a completed Chieftan putting on a show  ;)

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« Reply #191 on: June 04, 2022, 06:02:41 AM »


And there she is done. Welcome to my no-expense-spent lighting booth.  :)

Final verdict: Looks like a 1970's Chieftan to me - I'd certainly do another one. The only issue I had was the turret being a very tight fit, nothing some light sanding/careful carving won't fix if you want it to rotate without fear of breaking something off.

Full disclosure: Due to the size of the Chieftan and the angle of dangle on the T-shirt I draped over a box for the background, some of these pics have had the top corners painted in to make things more pleasing to the eye. . .






















Thanks for looking in, back soon with more miniature madness  :-|

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