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Old 01-02-2008, 04:11 AM
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Matilda CDL - 1/35

Well, Gentlemen...we can say that Matilda is a sub-product of the Grant CDL Project ( see here: http://www.planetarmor.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4578

and so, lets rock !!!

All starts with this:


No WWII photos exist...Only old draws:


...and contemporary drawings:


But, continuing the description of the kit

The first thing that I did : to reproduce the Verlindenīs turret, only for my use, because they are many the versions and I intend to do all.....(Churchill, Valentine...) and was very hard to find this conversion set...

The great detail is the Matilda (and Valentine) they were the first ones to use the concept CDL and they used the early turrets, without the dummie gun and with a enormous lateral hatch:


As the Verlinden turrets are of the late type, the way was to modify the copy:
Removing the details that characterize the late version:


...and, with plasticard, threads and recycled pieces of Matilda, the turret was like this:



Like this, the thing is more similar:


But returning to the recycled kit: This Matilda was bought build, as donor of organs. After several like Frankenstein surgeries , itīs began to be like this:



Scratchs, new spotlights in the frontal fenders (mini-CDLīs)...



exhausts:


Closing the holes that the Mrs. Tamiya pushed us formerly, before the competition ...heheheheheh



Repair that the exhaust were covered with a thermal ribbon, executed with paper-tape...

Here, the Matilda, in good company:


The Grant is drying...and the Matilda wīll be primmed !!

like this:




Now, itīs looks like a respectable kit, brand new !!!:
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Now, the colors:

I never that would paint my Matilda CDL with the colors of Bovington Museum!!! Awfull
I wanted to use a bi-tonal cammo, of two colors...as this picture of same Matilda, of Bovington, before being painted of that terrible green color:


Continuing: we had this green-bronze option, but I donīt like this option...


.. and just my kit is a oddball, the painting would be also...pure fun !!!
I found this, of a Matilda in France, in the end of the French Campaign, to the vespers of Dunkerke:


Resolved: light-green and dark-green ...Humbrol and Testors paints, in the house. But, before, Archer Surface Details in the turret, with casting-numbers and rivets ... itīs amazing !!!


and now, painting:




The exhaust-pipes, in dry-run:



and Matilda CDL with Grant CDL:


I took the two girls for a suntan, in the edge of my balcony:



The colors are very brights, but the weathering will solve this...

Well, Lads, there this...

Be linked that. By the way, the two tanks will be born together: Grant and Matilda!!!

regards, from Brazil...
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awesome work and building tempo I amy add.
Incredible what you've done with her Majesty.

I'm curious about the weathering of the Matilda, this since i've got a BEF Matilda waiting to be weatherd.

I'll follow these two, and the especially her Majesty.

Keep it up.
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Nice work Marcos,

and very odd machines indeed. Man, I wouldn't even want to get buried in a tank as ugly as these.
But then again, you have turned them into nice models.

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Terrific Marcos, both look really good and so close to finished.
Well done with the scratch building, looks good.
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looks great Marcos!!!!
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Wonderful...it's amazing what you do with these oddballs and older kits.

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well...in parts;

Axel@ the weathering starts now...look below
Rob@ danke !!!
Coops, Gopher and Rick@ for me, this is a true fun...

and lets rock:
The blend, with oils:


colors:
Yellow of Napoli
Dark green
Green earth
Green earth natural
Burning siena

Pointing the colors Matilda:


and doing the blend:



After a layer of Future, set the decals in my model. In honor of the father of the idea, my Matilda will call Grant...eheheheheh





close-up of the oils in the hull:


Now, the Matilda is driyng...Tomorrow, wash, dusting + chipping+and final...

Uffff !!
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Marcos,

Simply outstanding, you just keep cranking out one great build right after another. Truly inspirational work.

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Marcos,

interestring sbs, I've saved the pics and explaining text is my tips 'n tricks folder.
Nice effects too.

Keep those sbs's coming.
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