Cromwell ARV Mk I Conversion

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Decals, Markings, and Stowage
I opted for a well know vehicle most likely from C Squadron 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry (see page 17 British Tanks in Normandy) who were the Armoured Recce Regiment of 11th Armoured Division. One point to note on this vehicle is that the rear mud guards need to be cut down to a smooth type and the front fenders need a slight alteration too. The Tamiya decals provided are suitable for this vehicle but the front 45 needs to be cut down a bit to fit. No WD number exists for this vehicle that I am aware off so I opted for a 2NY one with a number obscured by mud. The squadron sign was painted on by hand as I had to amend it to a white version.

Stowage came from various bits left over from other builds. The last elements in the form of a spare battery and petrol spout were added and the build finished by adding the small PE antenna and blanking plate for the top of the cable.

Paints used were:- Tamiya, XF61 Dark green and FX 62 Olive Drab, Tamiya XF 64 Dark Brown, Taniya X 10 Gun Metal, Tamiya XF Metallic Grey, Tamiya XF1 Matt Black, Tamiya XF 66 Light Grey, Tamiya XF 18 Medium Blue, Tamiya XF 75 Buff, Tamiya XF 49 Khaki, Tamiya XF 2 Matt White, Humbrol Matt 70, Vallejo Yellow Ochre, Vallejo Dark Sand 70847, Vallejo Ivory 70918, Mig pigments Dark Mud P033, European Dust P028, Light Dust P027, and Filter Dark Brown for Green P245

Conclusion and References
Overall a really enjoyable build, I had an issue with the rear hull plate that required a bit of sanding on one side of the Tamiyamold kit. I thought at first I had made a build error somewhere, but close inspection showed one side of the kit was slightly longer than the other, perhaps I got a Friday one. A fun build and a good learning experience.


Imperial War Museum website
British Tanks in Normandy by Ludovic Fortin (page 17 picture from Tank Museum 406/B2)
Cromwell Cruiser Tank 1942-50 by Osprey Publishing
Article by John Prigent in Military Modelling Vol 31 No 4 2001
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About the Author

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)

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 ...


Good work Alan, just what I need to lift that M4A4 engine
SEP 19, 2007 - 07:32 PM
Excellent work Alan, thanks for sharing it in this (permament) way It's also a good example of what could be a good 'starter' for those who have never used a resin conversion set before. Simple, but very effective. Great work...
SEP 19, 2007 - 09:33 PM
Hi Guys, Firstly, Bill thanks for putting this together for me. Pat and Jim, thanks for you comments, much appreciated. You're right Jim it is a good starter kit for those new to resin and PE. Pat, it would do the business for your engine, but I thought you had elephants on your mind!!! Cheers Al
SEP 20, 2007 - 04:36 AM
Alan. you're depressing me!! You've got to stop pumping out these great builds No, seriously, your stuff is amazing, keep it up. Yet another series of photos for my desktop folder. Cheers jjumbo
SEP 20, 2007 - 04:38 AM
Evening John, Thanks and glad you like it. It's an interesting build and making the interior was both fun and a good experiment. I see a few areas on the pics I could improve on, but that's always the way with pics. It's brother in the form of a Centaur Dozer is on the build block. A more tricky operation as it requires a few major cuts but so far so good. Cheers Al
SEP 20, 2007 - 04:51 AM
Hi Guys, A slight BLUNDER in the typng. The vehicle is in fact an ARV Armoured Recovery Vehicle and fumble fingers here has typed AVR in error Thanks Paul for pointing that out, I've asked Bill to amend the article as I don't want to sow confusion in the ranks. Al
SEP 22, 2007 - 09:30 PM
Alan, brilliant work as expected. I had followed your build for sometime. Well done, you didn't leave anything to chatter over. LOL's. Must agree it would be a great way to get started in resin. Resin can be very intimidating for those who have never tried. Clear article very straight forward. Cheers, Paul
OCT 01, 2007 - 03:30 AM
Hi Paul, Many thanks for the feedback on the article, glad it makes sense lol, lol. Congrats to you both too once again. Cheers AL
OCT 01, 2007 - 07:48 AM