Builds Tamiya 1/35 Cromwell

You just can’t help yourself can you

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No!

one last piece to go on then a tidy up, but that will have to wait til tomorrow now
 

Penfold

Clanker
My God!! The things fly!!

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Just read an account of a squadron flooring it and going at full chat to leap a 6m wide canal, totally surprising their opponents who were then severely malleted - Tigers, it said.

Apparently, using the things speed and lightness to get airborne and clear obstacles was part of the tactical doctrine at unit level, as was using the speed to outmanoeuvre the German heavies - Tiger I/II and Panther - get up close and flanking and then punch holes through them with gay abandon having totally flumoxed and bamboozled the German crews. Before killing them slightly.

Jumping a canal?? Can understand why the Germans were so surprised - they wouldn't have heard the engines for the sound of the big brass ones clanking.

Must have been a hell of an O Group. Right ho chaps, were not going to bother waiting for the bridging unit, it's only 18-19 foot, who needs a bridge?
 

NSP

LE
Jumping a canal?? Can understand why the Germans were so surprised - they wouldn't have heard the engines for the sound of the big brass ones clanking.

Must have been a hell of an O Group. Right ho chaps, were not going to bother waiting for the bridging unit, it's only 18-19 foot, who needs a bridge?
I think it was more a case of, "Oh, shit!!!! Tigers!!! Chaaaaarge and get amongst 'em, boys!!"

The text in one piece about the event goes, "At least one case is known of vehicle commanders using the vehicle's fast speed to jump large gaps. In the Netherlands, a troop of three Cromwells was able to leap a 20 ft (6.1 m) wide canal when surprised by enemy forces." Trying to find the full story again but Google's letting me down at the moment.

Another report refers to Cromwells regularly solving the problem of hedgerows in Normandy when ambushed from them by putting the hammer down and leaping over them, much to the surprise and horror of any Germans dug in behind or even in them.

Apparently, the record was 31ft by a demonstration troop at Bovington, using a concrete ramp.

Must have buggered the suspension no end.
 
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Boxy

GCM
Sod being in the crew for that, I’ve got scars from Chieftains just doing normal tank things
 
Well. Pissed as a cnut and watching Joe Black. Ace film and I’ve done a bit more

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Perhaps you should leave it unpainted, and leave it as a demo of the art of upgrading a kit with PE?

Shame to cover up all the intricate PE work with paint; a casual observer might otherwise think thats how they come out of the box.

yep. It’s going to be a real shame to cover it.
 

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
In a lot of the photos that show the Cromwell, who else has noticed. The front left track guard missing, was it something the driver did to improve visibility? Or because of the driver’s view they kept twating it on obstructions?

If you look at the left track guard in the flying tank photo it appears to be folded back just from the speed. To me, this would imply a fairly loose hinge that would be easily damaged.
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Having seen the flying photos I think you should paint it, weather it and diorama it leaping that Cloggie canal!

it’s a great photo, but this is the one that’s got my attention

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Cold_Collation

LE
Book Reviewer
I think it was more a case of, "Oh, shit!!!! Tigers!!! Chaaaaarge and get amongst 'em, boys!!"

The text in one piece about the event goes, "At least one case is known of vehicle commanders using the vehicle's fast speed to jump large gaps. In the Netherlands, a troop of three Cromwells was able to leap a 20 ft (6.1 m) wide canal when surprised by enemy forces." Trying to find the full story again but Google's letting me down at the moment.

Another report refers to Cromwells regularly solving the problem of hedgerows in Normandy when ambushed from them by putting the hammer down and leaping over them, much to the surprise and horror of any Germans dug in behind or even in them.

Apparently, the record was 31ft by a demonstration troop at Bovington, using a concrete ramp.

Must have buggered the suspension no end.
It was on the Wikipedia page.
 

offog

LE
I think it was more a case of, "Oh, shit!!!! Tigers!!! Chaaaaarge and get amongst 'em, boys!!"

The text in one piece about the event goes, "At least one case is known of vehicle commanders using the vehicle's fast speed to jump large gaps. In the Netherlands, a troop of three Cromwells was able to leap a 20 ft (6.1 m) wide canal when surprised by enemy forces." Trying to find the full story again but Google's letting me down at the moment.

Another report refers to Cromwells regularly solving the problem of hedgerows in Normandy when ambushed from them by putting the hammer down and leaping over them, much to the surprise and horror of any Germans dug in behind or even in them.

Apparently, the record was 31ft by a demonstration troop at Bovington, using a concrete ramp.

Must have buggered the suspension no end.
The book you are looking for is "Troop Commander".
 
The book you are looking for is "Troop Commander".

Troop Leader by Bill Bellamy, he was 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars. While on a recce near St Oedenrode they came through a hedge into the middle of a battery of 88's. The odds were a little sticky and nearest bridge was about 300 yards away, so they just put the hammer down and the whole troop leapt the canal one after another. It was about 20 feet across.
 
Troop Leader by Bill Bellamy, he was 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars. While on a recce near St Oedenrode they came through a hedge into the middle of a battery of 88's. The odds were a little sticky and nearest bridge was about 300 yards away, so they just put the hammer down and the whole troop leapt the canal one after another. It was about 20 feet across.

how bloody fast did these things go? That’s well impressive!!

Meanwhile. Finished the first rear guard. It needs cleaning up - flux sill on it. But it’s turned out OK.
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P IV and the Cromwell were roughly 28 tons. Cromwell max speed 40mph whereas the P IV came in at 28 mph. Big difference!
 

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
So a bit more progress but I didn’t get the tool brackets on, so that will have to wait until tomorrow now.

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rear track guards on.

and……

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once the tools are on, the only thing remaining is to get a stack of bolt heads on :oops:
 
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