New project Matilda 3/4

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Postby AlwynTurner » Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:57 pm

Before heading off to our autumn Spanish trip I have been toying with ideas for a winter project and came up with the Matilda
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I think several members have expressed an interest in this tank so I thought I might investigate the possible complexity of this build. I think the Panzer 3/4 tracks are about the right size, although they aren't the right profile, but given that the tracks are mainly covered by the side sponsons then it could be a possibility.

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Postby midlife306 » Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:15 pm

Hi Alwyn,
There’s one at the Manchester IWM
I’d gladly come with you to measure the required details.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:20 pm

Alwyn darling, you may be doing your first commission for me :D

Oh, and I have a built 1/35th Tamiya one in my shed ;)
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Postby General Jumbo01 » Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:00 pm

And l have a 1/72 one in my loft. By all accounts, they were very good at climbing hills. Being heavy little buggers, l hope they had good brakes to come down again!

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:08 pm

General Jumbo01 wrote:And l have a 1/72 one in my loft. By all accounts, they were very good at climbing hills. Being heavy little buggers, l hope they had good brakes to come down again!

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If they were anything like the brakes on English cars (even right up to the 80s) they would have been in real low gear with the escape hatch open !!!!
Lovely looking tank in a Fugly kind of way. :haha:
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Postby midlife306 » Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:51 pm

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:53 pm

Wow Wayne, when did you sneak down my shed :think:

I told my missus not to let her strange men into my man cave >:<
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Postby midlife306 » Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:54 pm

Grandson for scale lol

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Postby Model Builder 4 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:22 am

Following along with this one Alwyn, it would be nice to have a stablemate for my Cromwell :thumbup:

Cheers, Lee.
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Postby Raminator » Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:31 am

The Queen of the Desert, eh? Lots of interesting and complex shapes in the glacis and mantlet, they'd definitely be too complex for styrene sheets. Time for the OpenSCAD maestro to do his thing. I'll be watching this with interest, Alwyn!
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Postby Panzerjaeger66 » Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:50 am

A Matilda excites a lot of people (me too 8) , so I´m glad you choosed this for your next project :thumbup:

Raminator wrote:The Queen of the Desert, eh? Lots of interesting and complex shapes in the glacis and mantlet, they'd definitely be too complex for styrene sheets. Time for the OpenSCAD maestro to do his thing. I'll be watching this with interest, Alwyn!


Some complex parts have to be printed, but most of the Matilda can be done with styrene:
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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:49 pm

Look forward to this one, always liked the Matilda.
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Postby AlwynTurner » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:02 am

Many thanks to Tim we have a turret
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YAAY!

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Postby AlwynTurner » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:45 am

Things are progressing well, first print of the Matilda turret which looks spot on. Unfortunately the bowden tube decided to shuffle around during the print so the quality is crap. Clamped the bowden tube (stable door after the horse bolted) and reprint ongoing. I found a couple of pz3 sprockets and tracks in my spares box so we're off to a flying start.

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Heading for Spain on Tuesday so there probably won't be any progress until December :'( :'(

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:34 pm

Freddy built a beaut., Alwyn, and I'm sure you will too. :thumbup: Looks like a good start already!
The Matilda could survive hits from anything the Germans could lob at one, except the almighty 88mm. The 2-pounder became its main drawback, after some notable initial successes in France against Pz 1s,2s, and 111s. They gave Rommel's attacking Armoured Division an unpleasant surprise, knocking over thirty of his tanks out, as the Panzers sought to cut the BEF off in Northern France. Rommel then had to improvise with 88mm flak guns to halt the British assault.
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Postby AlwynTurner » Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:45 pm

So off to a quick start. I got the 1/35 model for scaling and got cracking with the lower hull
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I didn't like the turret from Tim, there were too many funny angles and things so I remodelled the turret in openscad
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There a loooong way to go on this one

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Postby Von Mooflesaaa » Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:19 pm

Oh boy, getting my popcorn out for this one, going to be good. Great start so far.
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Postby Jarlath » Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:26 pm

Will be nice to watch the progress of this one.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:00 pm

Alwyn another example of how your skills bring the unusual pieces to life! Will be following along super job :clap: :clap:
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Postby maxmekker » Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:16 pm

Really enjoy watching what comes out of the mancaves these days with printers and and inovation.

( PS soundset for mathilda is ready :thumbup: )
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