Matilda MKIII/IV – Tamiya

After WWI, England began development of infantry tanks which featured thick armor and produced the same speed as that of a soldier on foot. From this, two cruiser tanks were produced prior to WWII with one being the Matilda Mk.II infantry tank. It was the first British tank to come with a diesel engine. It was armed with a 2pounder main gun and had thick armor up to 70mm in some places which made it one big weapon. At the beginning of WWII in May 1940 the Matilda was deployed to France, where it fought hard against the Rommel-led German tank divisions which consisted of Panzer I, II, & III tanks. It was quickly discovered that the opposing Germans tanks could not penetrate the Matilda’s thick armor and relied on the anti-aircraft 88mm gun to knock them out. 1941 saw the Matilda again once more face off with Rommel’s tank divisions, but this time in North Africa.

It was here where it fought fierce battles against Panzer III and IV tanks and once more it was impenetrable. This war which raged for three years saw the 88mm anti-aircraft gun the only thing capable of knocking out the Matilda. From the style of the completed model, you will be able to see the power of this machine. First released as a kit in 1973, the Matilda’s suspension mechanisms are still a highlight of this model.
This is a 1/35 scale plastic assembly model kit. The distinctive solid form of the Matilda has been precisely reproduced.

Length: 178mm. You can choose to assemble either an Mk.I or Mk.II depending on the gun mantlet you install.

The unique suspension system has been faithfully remodeled.

You can choose to depict each hatch on the turret in open or closed positions. The rotating drivers hatch can be opened or closed even after assembly.

One British tank crewman wearing a North African uniform included.

Decals to depict a tank from the 7th Royal Tank Regiments, 4th to 7th Army Tank Brigades during Operation Battleaxe in June 1941 included.

Comparing the Matilda against its rivals such as the 88mm Gun Flak36, Panzer II and Panzer III tanks in a diorama would be most enjoyable.

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