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Current and Finished Projects => Physical Models => Land => Topic started by: Old Wombat on January 16, 2018, 11:01:09 PM

Title: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Old Wombat on January 16, 2018, 11:01:09 PM
Finally got my work-space set up again today, having had to pack it up about a week before Christmas.

After much deliberation I decided I'd build one of my Matildas as my mojo-boosting first task for the year, leaving half-a-dozen part completed builds waiting on the side-lines.

I'll be building her pretty much OoB, with a few minor mod's for Royal Australian Marines operations in the Asia/Pacific region - not the Australian Army mod's.

The kit comes with 3 different gun barrels, including a 3" howitzer that I'm going to use instead of either of the 2-pounder barrels.

Enough waffling! I've only cleaned up about 6 pieces & glued 3 bits together but it's a start! :smiley: :D
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Old Wombat on January 17, 2018, 09:54:26 PM
Comrade rickshaw, in a discussion elsewhere, questioned whether, as this was a Marines Matilda, I would be fitting this tank with wading gear.

My response is below:

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Having done some research, including watching the "Inside the Cheiftain's Hatch" episode on the Matilda, I've concluded that the Queen of the Desert is not the Queen of the Beach.

Basically, the set-up at the rear of the Matilda doesn't lend itself to fitting wading gear without a serious re-design. The exhaust re-arrangement is do-able, not easy but it can be done, but those big cast panels on the engine deck have vents cast into them for air to come in & go out, & there's next-to-no room anywhere to fit a base for the the air inlet duct to connect to. :o

So, I'm insane, I have an idea & I'm going to run with it ... but I'll be doing it in such a way that the wading gear can be displayed fitted or disassembled, so the base can be seen for what it is & it can be seen how the assembled ducting works.


Did I mention I'm insane? :-\
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Old Wombat on January 18, 2018, 02:44:55 PM
DAMN! I forgot to take into account the bloody turret! :icon_twisted:

Sorry, guys, no wading gear on this build. :icon_crap:

It can be done but it needs a complete re-design of the engine deck ... all of it. :o

I have another Matilda, but I have plans for her, so I'll need to buy another before I can do the wading option. I'll have to remove the engine deck & replace it with lighter plate-steel armour, rather than the massive cast armour used. Install vents & grills in a more consolidated arrangement. Then design the wading gear around that.

(Actually, I'll probably design the ventilation set-up & the wading ducts simultaneously as an integrated system.)

So, Matilda II CS with minimal mod's for RAM service it will have to be. :smiley:
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on January 19, 2018, 02:42:54 AM
Sorry, guys, no wading gear on this build. :icon_crap:


What about a Duplex-Drive Matilda with flotation screen?  :)
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Old Wombat on January 19, 2018, 06:05:49 PM
Nah, I'll just wait until I get my new Matilda.

Marines don't swim ashore! They're delivered to the beach in style! ;)
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Old Wombat on February 16, 2018, 09:30:54 PM
About half way through piecing together the Bronco individual link tracks. :-X
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Volkodav on February 16, 2018, 10:10:00 PM
About half way through piecing together the Bronco individual link tracks. :-X

At least its keeping you out of trouble  ;)
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: buzzbomb on February 20, 2018, 03:48:00 PM
About half way through piecing together the Bronco individual link tracks. :-X

if you are using the full armoured guards, you only need about half
 ;)
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Old Wombat on February 20, 2018, 09:52:15 PM
About half way through piecing together the Bronco individual link tracks. :-X

if you are using the full armoured guards, you only need about half
 ;)

The kit comes with the flat tracks, the Bronco ones are the later tracks with the built-up edge. Still plodding along!

Oh, I'm also building a set of Fruilmodel tracks for my M41AS at the same time ... I'm a masochist! :o
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Old Wombat on March 15, 2018, 01:09:53 PM
Figured an update was somewhat overdue here, so here it is:

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Matilda-II-V1/i-tvK82nd/0/25892206/L/IMG_2004-M.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Matilda-II-V1/i-LW4BrWG/0/8a2738b2/L/IMG_2005-L.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Matilda-II-V1/i-L9d2RhX/0/cee655a8/L/IMG_2006-L.jpg)

Tracks & bogeys are weathered & worn but Matilda, herself, is in her pristine primary paint job. From here it's finish & fit the tracks, fit the side armour & other bits, dirty her up a bit, install the crew & make a base.


Cheers! :smiley:
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Brian da Basher on March 15, 2018, 04:18:21 PM
That's a great update and it's good to see you making progress on the Matilda.

I especially like your work on the wheels. Those little slivers of metal on the edges looks very convincing!

The overall paint work is very well done too.

You're in the home-stretch now!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Volkodav on March 15, 2018, 09:46:36 PM
Very nice, excellent job on the suspension.  :smiley:
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Old Wombat on March 16, 2018, 07:45:35 AM
Thanks, gent's! :smiley:
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Claymore on March 21, 2018, 07:12:19 PM
Mate, looking great and canít wait to see her finished off in her best ballgown.  :smiley:
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Old Wombat on March 21, 2018, 11:10:38 PM
Thanks, Claymore! :smiley:

Slightly stalled at the moment, until I get a chance to break out the airbrush again, but, in the meantime, I'm painting the crew & some of the later add-on bits. ;)
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Old Wombat on March 26, 2018, 09:43:48 AM
BTW, folks, this is on a short hiatus, as my eldest daughter is moving, not just out of home but out of town, next Tuesday.

She has her first full-time RN nursing position at a Nursing Home down in Millicent (the one where my mother is, in fact), near Mount Gambier in the SE of the state.

The last week has seen lots of prep, with more to do, & the garage (where I do my spray painting) is full of sh... stuff she'll be taking with her.

Then I'll be going down with her for 4 days to help her set up & settle in (also gives me a chance to see "me dear ol' mum" - which doesn't happen often enough).
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: elmayerle on March 26, 2018, 10:27:38 AM
Safe traveling to both of you.
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Volkodav on March 26, 2018, 09:55:28 PM
Fun fun fun, that's what we were doing when I was down Christmas time, helping my step daughter move into our old house down south, better you than me.  ;)
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Old Wombat on July 16, 2018, 10:04:29 AM
OK, this has barely moved at all since early March but, given where I stopped working on it, it's almost finished. Hopefully it'll ride on the coat-tails of the new motivation I've found for the M41 & I'll finish it.

I hate losing motivation! The desire to build is always still there but when the motivation is gone it's weird :-\ & frustrating :icon_twisted:
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Old Wombat on July 25, 2018, 12:06:52 AM
I've been progressing this next to the M41 but I figure it might be, with a modicum of luck, Thursday/Friday next week before it's finished. :smiley:
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Old Wombat on August 03, 2018, 11:14:56 PM
OK, finished except for dull-cote & some post-matt touch-ups. I'll try to get some photos up in the next 36 hours but it won't be finished-finished until I can get some airbrush time.

Guess I'll have to start clearing the workspace for the next build. ;)
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Old Wombat on August 04, 2018, 12:49:15 AM
Well, that was quick! ;)

So, here are some photos for you to peruse & make constructive criticisms about. 8)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Matilda-II-V1/i-p6tGcbJ/0/6bad4ca3/XL/IMG_2021-XL.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Matilda-II-V1/i-94jmksP/0/4dfc0c6b/XL/IMG_2022-XL.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Matilda-II-V1/i-GGfTjJC/0/0e152553/XL/IMG_2023-XL.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Matilda-II-V1/i-D7SRnzn/0/6236bdab/XL/IMG_2025-XL.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Matilda-II-V1/i-cmDwh42/0/b0e163d7/XL/IMG_2029-XL.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Matilda-II-V1/i-kMDfn3j/0/91b21207/XL/IMG_2030-XL.jpg)

It's difficult to realise that one of these was a "heavy" tank of its era, yet barely more than 10 years later the other was a "light" tank.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Matilda-II-V1/i-dRjFrq2/0/900115fa/XL/IMG_2033-XL.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Matilda-II-V1/i-2dhwPSf/0/2b6c7111/XL/IMG_2034-XL.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Matilda-II-V1/i-SMqHf2T/0/674e8922/XL/IMG_2035-XL.jpg)

This last image is the most accurate to the real colours (on my monitor).

Thanks for watching! :smiley:
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Brian da Basher on August 04, 2018, 03:00:43 AM
That looks every bit the business and your weathering is magnificent.

I imagine not many have your talent for livening up that OD scheme.

Very well done!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Volkodav on August 04, 2018, 08:08:22 PM
Very noice!
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Old Wombat on August 04, 2018, 10:30:13 PM
Thanks, blokes! :smiley:

I imagine not many have your talent for livening up that OD scheme.

Oh, if only that were true, Brian! I'm on the upper side of mediocre at best, I'm afraid, but getting slowly better, which is the aim of the game. ;)
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: LemonJello on August 05, 2018, 06:10:31 AM
Both of them are really well done.  I like your weathering, too. 
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Camthalion on August 05, 2018, 06:17:39 AM
Looks great.  Top work
Title: Re: Waltzing RAM Matilda - 1/35 Tamiya
Post by: Old Wombat on August 05, 2018, 10:13:43 PM
Thanks heaps, mate! :icon_alabanza: