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Churchill Mk.VII Diorama

Churchill Mk.VII "Crocodile". Operation "Blackcock" 1945

The scene is inspired by the combat that took place in January 1945 during the "Blackcock" Operation and represents the advance of the 7th Armoured Division towards Monfort, which was crudely bombed by the allied forces. Previously, the "Desert Rats" had to fight for the little town of Sint-Joost that was on their way to Monfort. It took four assaults by the 9th Durham Light Infantry and 1st Rifle Brigade, supported by Crocodile tanks (Churchill Mk.VII) against two German companies of the 2nd Battalion Fallschirmjäger Regiment Hübner. The Crocodiles caused a lot of damage to many houses in Sint-Joost.

Operation Blackcock was the code name for the clearing of the Rur Triangle formed by the towns of Roermond, Sittard and Heisenberg. It was conducted by the British Second Army in January 1945, between the 14th and the 26th. The objective was to drive the German 15th Army back across the Rivers Rur and Wurm and move the frontline further into Germany.

The kit is the old Tamiya Churchill Mk.VII "Crocodile". Along with it you'll find also the Tamiya BSA M20 motorcycle. Figures are from the Hornet and MiniArt range. The ruined house was made with parts belonging to an old Verlinden Product. Everything was painted using acrylics and weathered with enamels, pigments and oils.

The ground was made with a mixture of plaster, earth (for flower pots) and acrylic paint over a foam base. Once the mix was dry, I painted the base with dark brown acrylic, applying shadows (with a darker brown) in the terrain holes and ruts. Once dry, I applied several coats of Alkyl, a latex acrylic primer that can be used as a varnish too, with a highly glossy finishing. Finally, I made the snow with a mixture of water, white glue and bicarbonate, applying it with a brush.
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