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Tamiya 1/35 British Infantry Churchill Mk.VII tank build thread.


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Tamiya 1/35 British Infantry Churchill Mk.VII tank build thread.

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The Tank, Infantry, Mk IV (A22) Churchill was a British infantry tank used in the Second World War, best known for its heavy armour, large longitudinal chassis with all-around tracks with multiple bogies, its ability to climb steep slopes, and its use as the basis of many specialist vehicles. It was one of the heaviest Allied tanks of the war.

The origins of the Churchill's design lay in the expectation that war in Europe might be fought in conditions similar to those of the First World War, and thus emphasised the ability to cross difficult ground. The Churchill was hurried into production in order to build up British defences against a possible German invasion. The first vehicles had flaws that had to be overcome before the Churchill was accepted for wide use. After several marks (versions) had been built, a better-armoured specification, the Mark VII, entered service with the British Army. The improved versions performed well in the later stages of the war.

The Churchill was used by British and other Commonwealth forces during the North African, Italian and North-West Europe campaigns. In addition, 344 Churchills were sent as military aid to the Soviet Union during the Second World War and more than 250 saw active service on the Eastern Front.

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39 minutes ago, BlrwestSiR said:

Nice progress. I haven't built the Tamiya Churchill but did the AFV Club one a few years ago. That one had working suspension if you were careful with the glue. 

Yeah so far this has been a breeze to build. I’m sorta partial to Tamiya kits. 

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5 minutes ago, belugawhaleman said:

I built that one years ago....early 90's I think. May buy it again. I'd

Really like to see one in 1/16. Anyway, great to see your build. Will watch!

Oh thanks. I’ve yet to build a 1/16 scale kit. However Santa has my Christmas list, lol!!

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Loving this build.    I’ve always had an odd attraction to this anachronism.  In WW2, it looked like a relic from the Great War.  HUGE, slow, light firepower, and able to cross almost all barriers.  I’ve had Churchill kits several times, but building 2 thousand or more identical bodies would have sent me straight to my jug of special stuff to drown my frustration. 
Like many, if one came out in 1/16, I’d be a taker. 

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5 minutes ago, Clunkmeister said:

Loving this build.    I’ve always had an odd attraction to this anachronism.  In WW2, it looked like a relic from the Great War.  HUGE, slow, light firepower, and able to cross almost all barriers.  I’ve had Churchill kits several times, but building 2 thousand or more identical bodies would have sent me straight to my jug of special stuff to drown my frustration. 
Like many, if one came out in 1/16, I’d be a taker. 

Oh thanks. I agree it was a monster from a different era that’s for sure!! I’m with you on the 1/16 scale!

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1 hour ago, RalphSarc said:

Oh thanks. I agree it was a monster from a different era that’s for sure!! I’m with you on the 1/16 scale!

The Germans captured a few after the Dieppe landings and their first impressions were that they must have been leftover WWI tanks given to the Canadians to use. 

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Complete steps 8/9 finishing the Churchill’s assembly.
Really fun kit to assemble. One note however before joining the upper and lower hulls make sure yo install the tracks beforehand. Afterwards is too late!!

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The paint shop crew was working a very rare Sunday and were kind enough to prime the Churchill for me. 
Evidently they are falling in love with Stynylrez primer after realizing it sprays much better thinned about 25% using X-20A thinner.

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