Operation Bertram Scammell TRMU30/TRCU30 and Crusader III

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Operation Bertram Scammell TRMU30/TRCU30 and Crusader III

1 month 3 weeks ago - 1 month 3 weeks ago
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I picked up the Thunder Model Scammell TRMU 30 at the beginning of the Covid lockdown and set about researching it's use in North Africa. The more I delved into the deception plan ahead of the Battle of El Alamein II the more it fascinated me so I decided to set my model during that operation. I had to order the Crusader III in from Japan and of course half way through the build Border released their version *doh* as the tank would be mostly covered by the Sunshade diguise I decided to plug on with the Tamiya/Italeri offering.
 

 
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Re: Operation Bertram Scammell TRMU30/TRCU30 and Crusader III

1 month 3 weeks ago
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The kit had been sitting in Melbourne at HobbyHQ for quite some I think as the major trailer components were badly warped and required some inventive clamping to have them stright and sqaure.
 

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Re: Operation Bertram Scammell TRMU30/TRCU30 and Crusader III

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I added some extra details to the jacks and ramps and made new carriers out of PE frets as the kit ones were incorrect in design and placement on the model.
 

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Re: Operation Bertram Scammell TRMU30/TRCU30 and Crusader III

1 month 3 weeks ago - 1 month 3 weeks ago
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As the tool box was going to be displayed open I added some woodgrain to the interior. A few hours of research and pausing videos gave me the carrier lock details which were absent in the kit although the PE chains were included. I next made the bracing rods that were added to desert vehicles to prevent them being damaged by driving on rough terrain, the spares box came in handy here plus I raided a King Tiger kit in the stash.
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Re: Operation Bertram Scammell TRMU30/TRCU30 and Crusader III

1 month 3 weeks ago - 1 month 3 weeks ago
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At this point I started on the Scammell tractor unit. The engine was going to visable with the side panels displayed removed so I added some extra pipes and hoses to the already beautifully detailed kit part. I wanted to have the front wheels not staright so I downloaded the detailed instructions from Perth Military Modelling to articulate them. I saw another build where the guy complained that the 5th wheel broke off several times during construction so I made a stronger spindle out of wire (not #8 sadly)
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Re: Operation Bertram Scammell TRMU30/TRCU30 and Crusader III

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Now the tractor was assembled to the point the 5th wheel was at it's finished height I was able to attach the trailer and glue the ramps in their final position, which in turn gave me the angles I needed to butcher the Crusader suspension.

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Re: Operation Bertram Scammell TRMU30/TRCU30 and Crusader III

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I weathered behind the wheels before gluing and now I was able to attach the tracks and wire them to axle behind the wheels so they held the contour.

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Re: Operation Bertram Scammell TRMU30/TRCU30 and Crusader III

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The Crusader now was painted and decaled as a tank of the Queens Bays/1st Armoured Division.

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Re: Operation Bertram Scammell TRMU30/TRCU30 and Crusader III

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The Sunshade disguise was the next job and scared me the most as I've not done a lot of soldering before. I made a jig to bend the main hoops so they were the exact same shape, cut all the little lengths then started on the soldering. All went well until I had to do a joint close to a completed one which would pop open once the heat hit it. After some colourful langauge and a couple of days back on the Scammell I tried again and this time got my young fella to press a screwdriver tip onto the completed joints as a heat sink and this worked a treat. There was actually 12 months between completing the solder job and finished the cloth covering, this was due to trying 12 different materials before finding one I was happy with and spending a lot of time back on the Scammell. The cloth I went with is used to line woman's clothing like skirts etc.

 

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Re: Operation Bertram Scammell TRMU30/TRCU30 and Crusader III

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Back on the Scammell I added a lot of extra details to the cab, driver's step, offside semiphore (indicator), 2x rifle stowage, fire extingusher, book holder, passenger armrest, wheel brace and jack.

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