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RickLawler 09-07-2009 07:08 PM

Matilda Mk.III/IV
Hello Planeteers,

It's been some time since my last posts, my apologies. I received and built this pre-release version of the Matilda this past May; the build and accompanying article was recently featured in the August issue of TMMI to coincide with the release of the kit. Due to the constraints of publication I wasn't able to share this project before now, and so, although the project has been completed for a little while I hope that seeing the new Matilda will be of interest to you.

First off some sprue shots: The detail of the parts is wonderful; very crisp with little to no seam lines or flaws. The modeler is given the option of using vinyl or link-n-length tracks. The detail is good on the vinyl, but better on the link-n-length.

A little closer, detail shot of the front hull plate:

Next time we'll get into the building....


lupanzer 09-07-2009 07:15 PM

Dear Rick.

...very nice model...and Im sure that it in your hands another masterpiece will be borning!

Good luck and sucess my friend!



Stuke Sowle 09-07-2009 07:28 PM

Nice to see you sharing this Rick. It's a beauty.

Ropi 09-08-2009 02:55 PM

Oh, my, the little sweetie! Are you gonna paint it yellow/blue/brown camo?? :)

sam_dwyer 09-08-2009 04:00 PM

Hi Rick,

Great subject, looking forward to seeing your take on it!

Im about to start an Aussie Matilda, the new Tamiya kit is a peach!


drizzt73 09-08-2009 06:36 PM

Looks like a nice kit Rick. I am picking up TMMI today so I look forward to seing the build.


louisuni 09-09-2009 06:52 AM

The kit looks so good ! Can't wait to see more update. :)

no_man_army 09-09-2009 08:07 AM

cant wait to see some progress i really like your work alot

RickLawler 09-09-2009 08:27 AM

Hi guys,

Thanks for the responses.

Ropi, it will have the Caunter Scheme - I used the excellent color references as produced by Mike Starmer. He's done a lot of research into the colors and I did my best to match his paint chips.

Sam, Australian? Why on earth would you choose to do an Australian version? :thumb::thumb::thumb:

Ok, here we go - another quick update, this time the wheels and suspension. And yes, there are a lot of them!

As you can see the detail is good, and the parts are extremely crisp and clean. It makes the job so much easier!!! A little care to the instructions should be exercised while assembling the suspension as certain units are left or right specific. The instructions, however, are very clear and this should pose no problem. Of course, much of these will be tucked away under the side plates when completed.

Thanks for looking.


Robcio 09-09-2009 11:19 AM

Rick strikes back ! Im stay tuned !
Best Regards !

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