Saturday, 12 May 2012
The Crusader had such great lines that it's a shame that it was a total disaster as a battle tank, with tissue armour, a pop gun of a main armament and unreliable mechanics to boot. They shoe-horned a half reasonable six-pounder AT-gun into the turret, which left no room for a third man so that the commander also had to double as loader.
The width of the turret ring on British tanks was limited by the rail-guages on British railways in a wonderful example of the tail wagging the dog.
This is a Tamiya 1:48 kit for my 28 mil Brititish army detachment. It was sprayed with FoW Russian Green and coated with MIG black 'oil' wash. It was then drybrushed Revell olive green and highlighted in a Citadel grass green. Finally, Citadel textured paint was scraped on to 'mud' the model and Citdel brown wash used to blend the green tones.