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Coming along nicely. Test fitting various AB figures I found several of them didn't fit or just looked too big. It's a tight squeeze in that hatchway!


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Looking very nice DC

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After weeks of fruitless searching, a visit to a hobby shop paid off and I have another Cromwell kit  :)

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Glad the search has born fruit, what's the plan for this one?

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I have a couple of sets of Dan Taylor Modelworks conversion kits on their way to me so I will be trying a Mk Vw.

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My Dan Taylor Modelworks conversion kits arrived yesterday:

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The kit comes in a ziplock plastic bag with a detailed instruction sheet and the resin and PE parts in a resealable plastic box with padding to protect the parts.

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The Mk Vw conversion requires removal of bolt detail and the hull roof above the driver's station.  The Mk Vw was lighter and could carry extra armour and the conversion kit provides uparmoured glacis and turret front, as well as an all round vision cupola, opening driver's hatch and port and opening gunner's hatches.  There's also a 95mm howitzer for the Mk VI.

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Looks interesting David, thanks for posting this, I have been considering whether or not to get this set (as well as the Royal Marines close support version) I think that I will go ahead having seen this, may also treat myself to the Panzer IV stuff that they do too :wink:

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Very nice, David, and thanks for sharing the photos


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I do like the look of that set  :P  Its how Reg Spittals descibes the tank he commanded  8-)

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Thanks for posting up the detailed details of the conversion kit.  You've helped to convince me to get one of the two at least.    It looks to have some much better and more detailed instructions with it than milicast include with their own resin kits.

Look forward to future progress.


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That does look a very tasty conversion set, it will interesting to see it it builds as good as it looks :)

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Some more minor progress to report; assembled the commander's hatch and fixed the turned brass 75mm barrel:

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Here's the commander's hatch dry-fitted.  I'm still not sure whether to fit it in the standard position or rotated 90 degrees as in the photo:

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My second Cromwell is also progressing slowly.  The Dan Taylor's Modelworks resin bits are in place and look good.  I have removed the loader's hatch and will use the replacement hatches to show it in the open position.  I have also taken more care when attaching the armour plates to the turret:

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I was a little too enthusiastic in cleaning up the replacement hull roof part and had to rebuild it with plastic strip - all's well that ends well:

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Hopefully, I'll be able to get a run at both models now.

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Another two Cromwell kits arrived today - I'd better get the skates on  :roll:

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Time's up and I haven't finished yet.  I have given my first Cromwell another coat of paint but it still needs some details to be added.

My second Cromwell with the Dan Taylor Modelworks Mk Vw conversion parts has been primed (something I didn't bother to do with the first Cromwell) and given a first coat of SCC15.

Hopefully I can find the time to get at least one finished over the weekend.

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Mar 2014 11:37 am 
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I thought I should make some more progress with my Cromwells :oops:
This one is out of the box with the addition of a Milicast turned brass 75mm barrel, brass rod headlamp guards and plastic card turret lifting eyes (very fiddly). I lost one of the headlamps and have tried to represent just the base with the lamp missing.

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This is the model with the Dan Taylor Modelworks Mk Vw conversion parts and Milicast brass barrel. I lost the driver's hatch but a replacement is on its way from Dan.

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This photo shows the two Cromwells together for comparison.

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Finally, this is my third Cromwell with B4en's hessian festooned replacement turret and camouflage net. I'm pretty sure I have the net in the right place but it will need a little massaging to get it to sit properly.

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