Battle of Kasserine pass G.B. .Valentine tank ,Tamiya 1/35
Here is my first of two contributions to this G.B. , let me start by thanking my (our) friend Dave for putting this together ,it's been fun I'm sure we'll all agree.
The kit is Tamiya's new 1/35 Valentine tank and what a great kit it is, the parts fit was perfect as was the moulding , I have also built the 1/35 Matilda and that one is every bit as good as this.
No need to go on about the campaign itself as I'm sure we're all up to speed,the Valentine was the successor to the Matilda tank but in my view not as pretty as the Matilda. There was also a version with a longer more powerful gun but the one you see here is the most common with the six pounder.
One slightly strange thing I noticed is that the exhaust runs from the engine in the rear to the front and exits right next to the hatch for the drivers compartment,the designers clearly didn't know about carbon monoxide poisoning.
Hope you like it guys and watch this space for my next build the Austin K2 ambulance.
P.S. Due to popular demand I added more pictures including a few for comparison of the Matilda tank , but wait ... what's that hiding in the background in pic 12 ? a sneak preview perhaps...
13 additional images. Click to enlarge.