A.V.R.E

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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby Mustang » Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:48 pm

So a little History.

Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers is a series of armoured vehicles operated by the Royal Engineers (RE).

This was for the purpose of battlefield engineer support. These where either purpose-built or production modifications of existing tank-based armoured vehicles.

During WWII there was different types of tanks used from Valentine Mk II, Covenanter tank to the more used Churchill AVRE. Where you had the following types.

Churchill ARK (Armoured Ramp Carrier) a tank with no turret, this had a ramp at each end. The tank would drive into the river and act as the bridge.

Churchill ARV (Armoured Recovery Vehicle) this had a fixed turret with a dummy gun, for the purpose of recovering other tanks. It had a front jib with a 7.5 ton capacity, a rear jib rated for 15 ton and winch that could pull 25 ton.

Churchill bridgelayer (The one Paul built) this tank, some had the Petard mortar as the main gun Paul's doesn't. The bridge unit on this was stowed on top of the tank and moved via a single centre arm.

Another version (the one I'm doing) had the same mortar gun, but the bridge unit was longer and was carried on the front of the tank on two pins, with a quick release system. Idea being the tank could drive straight upto the gap lower the bridge and release the cables making it a quicker job under fire.

There are still many other versions from ones with a wooden bale on the front, to a carpet laying version.
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby Mustang » Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:23 pm

Well that's it all parts built.

Bridge, turret, tank and winch.

Next up primer and paint. ;)
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby Mustang » Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:02 pm

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Only mod as far, opened up the top hatches and added a bit more to help secure the winch.
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby morrigan » Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:05 am

Ahh matchbox, the colored plastic is rather unique.

At least its not suffering an attack of trenches as often seen on Matchbox aircraft!
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby Mustang » Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:48 pm

Just a bit more to do.

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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby Mustang » Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:50 pm

Bridge section.
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Tank and bridge unit together.
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby Mustang » Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:52 pm

And just to show its still the 1/72 version. :lol:
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With its bigger Brother. ;) the 1/35 Tamiya :)
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby Mustang » Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:59 pm

Photos a bit dark sorry.

Left to do decals and then some adding of dirt.
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby steve131 » Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:06 pm

Great work ,when I saw the plastic on this I thought it was another Heller problem ,but this has come out great. K awarded. :clap:
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby Manoverboard » Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:16 pm

Hi Ian,
Very nice ! love the detail, something I would / will aspire to !
I'm not a "amour head" but "Chill" has sent one as my prize a "Tiger 1" (thanks Loz) so I'm going to give it a "go" so watch this space :o ;)
But don't hold your breath, but I will try my best.
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby Mustang » Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:39 pm

Hi Kim.
Thank you for the comment. ;)

The best thing about doing old armour is it doesn't matter how dirty you make it it will still look good, hopefully :pray:

Have a go it's a great way the play with different painting technics. :)
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby Mustang » Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:41 pm

steve131 wrote:Great work ,when I saw the plastic on this I thought it was another Heller problem ,but this has come out great. K awarded. :clap:


Cheers Steve.

The kit is a lot better then the Heller kit, simple and easy to do. ;) K :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby Paul » Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:20 am

Great job Ian :D :D

How did you find painting this (re: Morrigan's comments) as compared to e.g. an AirFix kit?

NB, photo's are fine, and I can see the detailing you've done. :D :D
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby Mustang » Mon Feb 09, 2015 2:17 pm

Paul wrote:Great job Ian :D :D

How did you find painting this (re: Morrigan's comments) as compared to e.g. an AirFix kit?


Thank you Paul.

Painting this was easy just some primer then sprayed with Vallejo green. Once that was dry I picked out the tools and exhaust pipes and other bits, then dry'd brushed some brown on and added some black wash and one dirty tank.

The fitting of this was also easy, as the small wheels unit was one unit no need to add each wheel. ;) 10 different plastic parts and the base was built.


Paul wrote:NB, photo's are fine, and I can see the detailing you've done. :D :D


Again thank you Paul, I'll get some more photos once it's finished. :)
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby morrigan » Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:02 pm

Must be year of the Bridge Layers.

Paintwork looks Suiperb, popcorn ready for the dirtying and rusting to commence.
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby Mustang » Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:14 pm

Some more photos.
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What do you think. :?:

I think that's it, I've added some high lights with a pencil and some paint.
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby casper » Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:27 pm

Another great project Ian :clap: :clap: :)
depth of colour and detail for a small kit is excellent...well done matey :clap:
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby Mustang » Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:39 pm

Thank you Casper.
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby Manoverboard » Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:40 pm

Hi Ian,
Pics are great ! they "pick out" the detail very well, If I may ask, what did you use for the "cables" which I assume lift the bridge up or down ?
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Re: A.V.R.E

Postby Mustang » Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:43 pm

Manoverboard wrote:what did you use for the "cables" which I assume lift the bridge up or down ?


Thank Kim.

For the cables I just used some twine I had left over from my HMS Bounty. It was brown so I just coloured it with some thinned oil paint.
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