Challenger I Mk.3
Just one more armor posting for this week. I am doing my best to catch up with some of you guys as a new member. Thank you all again for your help and encouragement so far. It’s a big inspiration to keep building.
This is my Tamiya Challenger I Mk. 3 in 1/35. For the desert version, I had to add some applique armor strips that I scratchbuilt with evergreen sheet styrene. The turret basket is Eduard, as are all the myriad grab handles which replace the plastic bumps in the kit. Fiddly work but I like the effect. I filled the turret basket with stowage but it is invisible under the tarp, which I made from tin foil tied down with wire. Pics showed British tanks had well covered stowage in the dusty conditions.
The tracks are my first venture into Friulmodel metal links. They went on very nicely, although it was odd to be painting over them in places to simulate”rubber” pads. The main desired effect of the metal links was to give the tracks realistic sag. Nothing looks more like heavy metal than heavy bits of metal. I redid the Gerry Can baskets on the side skirts with styrene strips so they looked thin enough and added some water cans.
Painted in my own mix of British Gulf War Armor Sand mixed from Tamiya Desert Yellow, Dark Yellow , Sail Color, Buff and Deck Tan. Weathered as usual with oils washes over gloss coat, CMK pigments, pastels, etc. Decals were aftermarket, I think. The figure is from the kit, BTW, and was painted with a tiny brush in Lifecolor acrylics. Frotunately, they brush very well without clumping so were ideal to do the camo pattern on the shirt.
I hope you like the beast. I think it’s a very formidable-looking modern tank which actually saw action.
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