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Italeri 1/72 Valentine Tank

Posted by huib on 11 Oct 2018, 11:10

Infantry Tank Mk.III, Valentine Mk.II

The Valentine tank was the direct successor of the Matilda. A bit faster and with a bit thinner armour, it was a more balanced design than the Matilda. A weak point however was the 2-pounder gun, that was too light to fight the second generation of German tanks, and for which no high explosive shell was available to fight infantry and anti-tank guns.

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Valentine Mk.I

The Valentine was developed by Vickers Armstrong, based on the proven technology of lighter and faster cruiser tanks. Thus the new model could be developed much faster. The small size of the Valentine limited the crew to three, which was insufficient for a battle tank. Improved models with a heavier gun and a three man turret also were not very succesful. From 1942 on the Valentine was replaced in front-line service by the better armed, better armoured and much roomier Churchill tank.

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Valentine equipped for desert warfare.

Notwithstanding her grave limitations, the Valentine became one of the important British tank designs of the war. From the second half of 1941 it was the most numerous tank of the Eight Army in North Africa. Almost 4.000 Valentines were exported to the Soviet Union. In South East Asia the Valentine was used by the New Zealand army against the Japanese. In Britain the Valentine had an important role in training tank crews. With more than 8.000 produced it was the most produced British tank from WW2. And although obsolete as a battle tank from the beginning of its career, its reliable chassis proved useful as a base for many special vehicles, like self-propelled guns (Bishop), tank destroyers (Archer), bridgelayers, mine-clearing and flamethrower tanks.

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Valentine bridgelayer tank.
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Posted by huib on 11 Oct 2018, 12:07

The kit

This Italeri kit from 2003 is a re-box of a much older Esci model from 1976. In it's later issues Esci already replaced the rubber band tracks for much better link&length tracks. All Italeri added was a fine new decal sheet for four different versions. This leads to a nice kit.

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The boxart, representing a desert version of the Valentine

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The backside with the other three options, incuding a Soviet Lend-Lease version.

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The sprue containing all parts for the hull. Very practical as Esci/Italeri also issues another kit based on this hull: the Bishop self-propelled gun.

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The sprue containing all parts for the turret, including a figure. Next to it the link&length tracks, which look very good.

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And a good looking decal sheet with four options.

And of course I am planning some modifications to the kit:

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On this picture you see a Valentine Mk.II in desert livery. This includes huge dust shields around the tracks and a long range fuel tank. I will try to scratchbuilt these, and add some more detail.

So, let's start!
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Posted by huib on 11 Oct 2018, 12:15

A start with the lower hull

I am struggling a bit with the build order. Normally I start with the hull, and install the wheels and tracks only after painting and weathering. But as I have to scratbuild the large dustshields around the wheels and tracks, I decided to start with these parts this time.

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Lower hull assembled.

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Wheels painted and installed.

Now on with the tracks.
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Posted by huib on 14 Oct 2018, 16:29

Tracks

This Italeri issue of this kit has very nice link&length tracks.

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The tracks have nice detail, and a very good and easy fit. What a relief! In my experience the tracks are most of the times the most difficult part of tank modelling. Not with this kit.

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I left the upper part of the tracks off. They will disappear completely under the dustboards, and are a nice asset for the spare-box.

Now to continue with the greatest challenge of this kit: the dust boards.
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Posted by huib on 16 Oct 2018, 15:22

Detailing the hull

I continued with the Valentine's hull:

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This is the upper hull as supplied. Quite good in detail. But I do not like the kit supplied mudguards, so I will change them and add some other detail based on pictures of the Mk.II desert version.

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I started with the mudguards, or better, dust boards. I used 0,3mm evergreen which I bent into shape.

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Glued to both sides. Now it has to be cut, filed and sanded to fit exactly.

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Boxed in the front of the dust boards with pieces of evergreen.

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The dustboards finished and fully detailed. Furthermore some extra detail on the hull: rearview mirror, stowage boxes, handrails, etc.

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And on the back of the vehicle the conspicious long range fuel tank, with filler cap and fuel hose.

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Next step was to paint the inside of the dust boards, as this place cannot be reached anymore later in the build.

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After that I glued to upper hull to the lower hull, filled and sanded some seams and added the last details: towing eyes, headlights and giant rivets.

Now to continue with the turret...
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Posted by Wiking on 16 Oct 2018, 17:05

Nice to all the additions, that you drill the small lamps out too.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 16 Oct 2018, 23:00

Really splendid work on this W. I. P. :thumbup:

It would worry and bug me no end if i knew the tracks were missing from the top. That is if i was doing this topic,which i ain`t. ;-)
That is how i am. They would be unseen true but there all the same. A few more pennies and a little extra work and they could easily be put into place.

However to each his own i often say. So i mean no offense. :-D BB
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Posted by Quepwik on 17 Oct 2018, 11:05

Superb model !
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