Tamiya 1/35 Churchill Mk VII

35167 is the one that I have. Looks good on the sprues. I think it might need wading trunks if you’re building it shortly after hitting the beach. I did start looking into that, but it was a good few years ago now and can’t remember what I found.

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ok, so I’m trying to salvage the original turret and thanks to YouTube it appears to be the only issue the kit has. turret is poorly designed and could have been pruduced in a similar way to a sherman, instead their are to halves and a top section and a separate gun mantle and requires a fair amount of filler.

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just a quick update, i started to add the turret hatches in the open position and ive just discovered after glue tve first one in pkace that they all have injector pin marks on them, so i have to fill them and sand them so this is another set back because of the turret.

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Nice to see a Churchill.Postwar Iraq had a few of them.That makes a different looking mark 7.
Richard

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that’s good to know, do you have any pictures of them and the colour scheme/markings?

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The Churchills used at Dieppe in 1942 were operated by the Calgary Regt but the Canadians had ceased using them long before D-Day. In between, they had used Rams and M3 Lee/Grants. By D-Day they were operating Shermans.

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Correct Klaus - either of the AFV Club Churchill AVREs would be ideal. The Mk III was much the less common variant in service but there are photos of them in Normandy.

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You could also put your Churchill Mk VII in Korea - C Squadron of 7 RTR was deployed there in 1950/51 with Churchill Crocodiles, althought they soon got rid of the fuel trailers and operated as standard gun tanks. Contrary to popular belief they do appear have retain the flame gun in the hull and the rear trailer coupling.

Can’t remember if the Tamiya kit includes the flame gun or the coupling as unused parts in the ‘standard’ Mk VII release? (I think they were on the fuel trailer sprue so i suspect not).

The Irish Army also used Chrchills for many years after the war but I think mostly uparmoured earlier marks.

The last images are one of mine, based on Tamiya’s 1/48 scale Crocodile kit






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@JohnTapsell man you should write a book on Churchill tanks, perhaps you already have and i don’t know about it but you’re certainly clued up on them.
i started this kit thinking it would be a nice and easy simple build over Easter but this project seems to have grown arms and legs.
i appreciate the information about making it a Korean war version but that was never my intention. perhaps if i had bought the flame thrower version i would have been home free in my D-Day idea, ah well there’s always next time.

these are the marking options in the instructions of this kit, i would be grateful for your input.

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Sorry - this became a more rambling answer than I intended :slight_smile:

Any of these decal options might be appropriate for Normandy but it’s probably too early in the campaign for that to be likely. The bulk of the Churchills used in Normandy were reworked and/or upgunned earlier versions and Mk VIIs didn’t really start to become common until later in 1944 and 1945.

Guards Tank Brigade (not to be confused with the Guards Armoured Division) was active in NWE from 18th July 1944
31st Tank Brigade from 19th July
34th Tank Brigade was a bit earlier from 3rd July.

Ignoring 79th Armoured Division and their specialised Churchills, the only units operating Churchills in NWE were the three Independent Tank Brigades listed above.These were not assigned to a specific armoured division. Instead, each independent brigade typically supported a specific Infantry division. They were not part of the division but were placed ‘under command’. However, it also meant they could be transferred elsewhere as and when necessary.

To use a non-Churchill example: 27th Armoured Brigade (Shermans) spent much of their time in NWE ‘under command’ of 3rd British Infantry Division(until the 27th was disbanded at the end of July 1944). Each Regt in the brigade generally supported one of the infantry brigades in the Division.

13/18 Hussars mostly supported 8th Infantry Brigade
Staffordshire Yeomanry mostly supported 185th Infantry Brigade
East Riding Yeomanry mostly supported 9th Infantry Brigade

Breaking that down even further and taking Staffs Yeo as an example, each Squadron with Staffs Yeo supported one of the infantry regiments in 185th Inf Bde. Thus they worked closely with a specific set of troops and officers and built relationships with them.

However, Staffs Yeo would occasionally be redeployed to support other infantry regiments in 3rd Inf Div (or even a different infantry or armoured division) for specific operations.

*Tank Brigades vs Armoured Brigades
By the time of D-Day there were seven Independent armoured brigades in NWE (three ‘tank’ bdes operating Churchills and four ‘armoured’ bdes operating Shermans) but they were identical in role and purpose.

Britain entered WWII with two parallel classes of tank - slow, heavily armoured ‘Infantry Tanks’ (Matilda, Churchill) that were designed primarily to support the infantry, and lighter, faster ‘Cruiser Tanks’ (Crusader, Cromwell etc) designed to find and exploit breaches in enemy lines (the old cavalry role), By 1944, the concept of having different classes of tank for different roles was outdated and most tanks could perform either role (the Sherman was the first tank to be considered a universal tank). Ultimately, although the Tank Brigades retained their Churchills, they would eventually be re-named as Armoured Brigades.

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Not a MK Vll but a good photo of Canadians on D-Day
With Churchill AVRE
SGT Rosaire Gagnon RIP

This would be a good small Diorama

Photo NAC

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the turret does have issues and it feels like it was out sourced to some company like Panda due to its poor design and fit compared to the rest of the kit.
even after filling, sanding an primer coat being applied you can still see the join liness but i was warned about this in a YouTube video and it advised covering them with Mr Surfacer and stippling the surface to give a cast turret effect


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day 57 of filling and sanding, ok possibly a slight exaggeration but it sure feels like it!
this time i think it’s as good as it’s going to get, time for another coat of primer paint.

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You’re building a kit that was first released some 50 years ago and has been re-issued regularly since then. It’s still a good kit by modern standards but it does have a couple of assembly quirks that you’d probably not see on a more recent kit.

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yes it’s easy to forget how old some of Tamiya’s kit are, they haven’t really released much in the way of new items. they seem to like repopping older kits with some bits and bobs in them, figures and PE etc. I would certainly like to see a repop of their 1/35 Herman firefly but i think it was another company’s work just reboxed like Italeri’s M109.

i hope to do more updates when i can, i need to figure out what tamiya paint i need paint the kit.

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I remember that turret putting up a fight. I did one a few years back on the old site and painted it Tamiya Dark Green, then highlighted with some yellow green which I think worked quite well. It is an old kit but I enjoyed it, remembering building the same kit as a kid using a hairy stick to paint it!

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funnily enough i was thinking late last night about adding some dark green to olive drab and seeing how that turns out.

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Don’t forget the Crocodiles attached with its crews to US units during the assault on Brest in October 1944. Very heavy, crude and difficult fighting where these tanks really helped a lot.

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ive given the kit a blast of primer paint and did a spot of highlighting on the upper hull.


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Looking good David. It’s built up nicely :grin:

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