The Void Has Been Filled21 July, 2009
Back at the end of March, I began building an MRC-Tamiya 1/35 Infantry Tank Mark II Matilda II. I, unfortunately, found a moulding error in the styrene casting of the turret. Rather than write to MRC-Tamiya, I decided to search on line for a way to ‘fill a void’ and, of course, found some very interesting results. All of which led to this post. I promised that, when said tank was completed, I would post a photo of it on my blog. Here it is:
It represents an Infantry Tank Mk II Matilda II of the Malta Defense Squadron in 1941 and 1942. Malta is a very rocky island with lots of built up areas. The British figured that most of the combat would be in the towns, so the vehicles were given an urban ‘rock wall’ camouflage pattern.
The model is, by today’s standards, primitive. The moulding detail is mushy, the edges are not crisp, and many details are mere suggestions. But it is a fun build.
I used hand-brushed Tamiya paints for the camo, Windsor and Newton watercolour paints for the weathering, and natural dirt for the debris from the mud lots. A void was a whole in the styrene plastic about 3/8 of an inch across located on the left side of the turret where the turret lift ring is located. I filled it with gap-filling cyanoacrylate, sanded to shape. Then I coated it with white glue and, as it got tacky, I pressed fine sandpaper into it to match the rough texture of the turret. Near as I can make out, I got it right.
Anyway, I know this isn’t a political, religious, recipeist, atheist, humorous, or other ‘normal’ post for this blog, but since I mentioned it earlier, what the hell, right?