British Cruiser Tank A34 'Comet'

Diorama 1:35 / Building Stages:

British Cruiser Tank A34 Comet Bronco - No. CB35010 - 1:35

 

Stage 1:

 

The old version of the Bronco Comet I've had on the back-burner for some time now. So before it disappears into the void completly, I thought it's time to bring it down to earth – so to speak. The kit itself is good but a bit pricey, it also needs a few tweeks here and there.

The update list:

  • Homemade resin wheel caps and spare track
  • Tie-downs, handles, track guard bolts, periscope covers and drilled-out m.g. muzzles
  • Commanders cupola hatch padding, rear jack handle and gun mantlet cover

The 'Zeitfenster' that I'm aiming for hails (or Halley's) from a place and time that has scarcely  been recorded in British military history.

Why such a reluctance in broadcasting  this last phase of the fighting in N.W. Europe  ... ?

No Triumphant Procession. The Forgotten Battles of April 1945 by John Russel

... maybe they had some bloody good reasons.

 

18.08.'19

 

Stage 2:

 

A trio consisting of middle-aged Verlinden, old Italeri and ancient Tamiya make up the figures.

British Cruiser Tank A34 'Comet' Diorama 1:35 Building Stages
British Cruiser Tank A34 'Comet' Diorama 1:35 Building Stages

 

My Comet has been the recipient of many test sprays during it's 'shelf-life' so just ignore the tone for now and we'll get down to the nitty-gritty. The stays have been formed on the mantlet prior to the tarp cover, missing flat iron and rivets has been added to the front inner fenders and the front upper hull armour has been "dremeled" to a cast texture.

Oh, I was almost caught out here - be aware of the gap at the rear of this plate, I think mine needs some more kitting.

 

22.08.'19

 

Stage 3:

 

Some stiff old greenstuff built up the tarp mass - apoxie sculpt for the surface:

 

The usual potpourri of minatures: V.P., rustic Tamiya and wonder o wonder … an Italeri Waffen SS figure (who says I don't like building 'em).

British Cruiser Tank A34 'Comet' Diorama 1:35 Building Stages
British Cruiser Tank A34 'Comet' Diorama 1:35 Building Stages

 

I'll leave you with a shot in the dark … black acrylic to balance it all out:

British Cruiser Tank A34 'Comet' Diorama 1:35 Building Stages

'Thinks', ... I'd better not forget to chop off that rear portside light.

 

03.09.'19


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