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Building the Churchill Mk III c/w Interior

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The construction of the turret and basket was spread over the build as you need to construct the basket at an early stage. I have added most of the build picture together here in the article for ease of reference. AFV provide a cool metal barrel for the 6pdr in the kit and Inside the Armour a pretty detailed interior but no fittings for the roof. I cut down the kit parts and bodged some fittings here to open up the turret a bit more although on hind sight I could have done a better job but it had the required effect.

The conversion set provides you with a fairly detail set of internal fitting for the turret. The No 19 radio needed to be thinned down at the back to fit into the space and I added a variometer from the Formations set to provide further detail. You get a wire cage to use on the front of the No 19 set if you wish but I choose to leave this part off.

I added a Bren gun from the spares box into the appropraite area in the turret basket and scratch built a turret travers mechanism. This part actually existed, but one of the issues with the instructions was the parts listing. Whilst Chris re-did this page of instructions showing the parts with the number beside them, the parts themselves were/are unnumbered, so you need to identify the part in the picture and then match it to the build instructions and with some quite small parts and the angle/quality of the pictures that can make life difficuly. I have suggested that in future releases Inside the Armour show not only the part number but a description of what it is in their listings as this aids both understanding and identification when building. If they can develop the casting technique to include the part number on the pour plug to this would also help.

With any build like this you will be working across several sets of instructions, reference pictures, stowage diagrams etc so anything that makes building easier is a major plus.

The biggest propblem with building the turret was the turret ring , which had spillage from the casting and was uneven in thickness, but with anything if you take some time you can usually sort out the problem. Inisde the Armour have re-mastered and changed a number of the parts as a result of the blog and the turret ring was one which was re-cast. It was excellent to see a manufacturer listen and act on customer feedback.

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About the Author

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...


Comments

I just skimmed through this build feature and am already finding it helpful. Maybe this will be my next non-campaign project after I finish my MK IV? It's a good thing Darren likes British armour, or we may never get around to finishing some of these builds
SEP 01, 2010 - 05:31 PM
Looked like an interesting build Alan. Thanks for the article. I may have to add another Churchill to my list by the looks of it - I'm beginning to love doing resin interiors.
SEP 01, 2010 - 11:07 PM
I've just started the MkIII Avre, hope i haven't already dropped a cod with how far i've progressed. Just about to read and find out.... Andy
SEP 02, 2010 - 01:22 AM
Hi Ken, Jeremy and Andy, Hope you find it useful folks. Al
SEP 02, 2010 - 02:17 AM
Andy there is a walk around of the AVRE on this site.
SEP 02, 2010 - 04:23 AM
Hi Andy, Here's a live link for the AVRE. http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=3168 Enjoy. Al
SEP 04, 2010 - 12:00 AM
A real master modeler's work.
SEP 04, 2010 - 12:10 AM
Thank you Bill and glad you enjoyed the article. Al
SEP 04, 2010 - 02:40 AM
This kind of support and interaction is what makes this community great!
SEP 04, 2010 - 12:03 PM
Hi Jeremy, Yes, there are a good bunch of helpful people around, they are what make most of my builds possible. Al
OCT 01, 2010 - 11:17 PM