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Valentine Mk IX
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Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2013 - 06:28 AM UTC
Darren Baker takes a look at the Infantry Tank Mk III Valentine Mk IX from Bronco Models.

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Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2013 - 07:59 PM UTC
AFAIK all latest Miniart vehicle moulds are ordered from Bronco, hence is their opportunity to make changes and improvements.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 07, 2013 - 10:31 AM UTC
0I started the Bronco Bishop which used miniart parts and its still sitting in its box half finished but I really like the MkIX and if Bronco have improved the kit as much as they say they have then I will definitely get one
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 09:54 PM UTC
Hi,

i am concentrating on NWE 44-45 and ignored the Valentines ..shame on me.

Now i saw a Pic of a Valentine acting as artillery obervation post in Kranenburg during the battles in the lower rhinearea.

Can anyone help with indicating which Valentineversion was used for this and which conversions were made?

Or where i can find this information?

Many thanks in advance!

Christian
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Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 04:38 PM UTC

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Now i saw a Pic of a Valentine acting as artillery obervation post in Kranenburg during the battles in the lower rhinearea.

Can anyone help with indicating which Valentine version was used for this and which conversions were made?


Generally the OP and battery commander's chargers were Mk XIs. To make this from a Mk IX would require a change to the turret front to include the Besa coax MG seen on the Mk X & XI and also the addition of the Brit 75mm and mounting which was unique to the Mk XI.

Getting a 75mm barrel isn't too hard nor is putting together the 75mm mount, it's the funky shape of the coax mountng on the turret that would be the most difficult.

I'd look into kitbashing a Mk IX hull from Bronco with the old Mk XI turret from VM/Alan. The Alan turret isn't great, but it's probably a lot closer to the end result than the Mk IX turret is as a place to start.

Paul
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Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 02:23 AM UTC
i do like seeing more british armour kits being released. thanks for reviewing this one!