They would probably would have been few and far between. The top and bottom images are the same and it looks like the Cr1s are in a larger force lay over/ lay up area with other nationalities. The dozer Cr1 is from another Sqn by the looks of it. The 2 middle images are all the same troop in either a lay up area or carrying out low level Tp training
I did wonder, although the c/s placement is not identical within the troop, the only one I can make out is the chevron on the TOGS housing the rest are covered by the Bivvy, it seems to have chobham on the side but missing the rear plate, obviously no armour on the front. I’m not modelling a specific tank (although technically it is very specific) it will look good alongside a REME 432.
D Squadron of the Queens Royal Irish Hussars was an Ad Hoc unit put together to round out the entire unit. It was made of of tanks and troopers of the 17th/21st Lancers, the Royal Tank Regiment, and the QRIH.
LT Col Purbrick stated in his presentation that when they stepped off they didn’t have the nose ERA, but had it by the end of the war. They also broke out the Hi vis panels and UK flags towards the end of the charge.
And the middle 2 images look to be before the offensive started and probably low level Tac troop training, as none of them have the front armour packs on, but in the first and last image, 40 now has that armour fitted.
Also, the 40 C/S has what appears to be a desert rat and some writing on the very front of the RH 2nd side skirt which is absent from the 2 middle images.
I did think the dozer wagon had an A Sqn TAC sign on the barbette side, but it could be a chevron, I cant zoom in close enough to see. I wouldnt worry about the rear plate being missing, it would either be off for maint, or they lost it. It would definitely have the add on armour side skirts though.
Armor in the desert from Afrika Korps to the modern day has always been my painting nemesis, so please bear with me, and before you remind me, I do understand the tricks light and camera play on paint jobs.
Looking at a couple of the photos, the kit box art, and the print of the decal sheet it appears that Vallejo Desert Yellow might be a pretty fair match for the Challenger 1 in Desert Storm. Other photos suggest that the color may be much lighter. The lighter color is also consistent with the photos I have in a pictorial book in my library published just after the conclusion of those hostilities,
With all that as preamble, I intend to purchase the Tamiya kit tomorrow, and am wondering what color you fellows would recommend? I do not have an airbrush and any straying I do in from a rattle can. Vallejo is my preference in paint. I use Army Painter on occasion, and avoid Tamiya spray cans like the plague.