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REVIEW: TANKETTE 55/4
This latest issue of Tankette starts with a large format photograph of a splendid diorama featuring a Schwimmwagen and Jagdpanzer IV.
Inside the front cover is a very interesting story of the restoration of a tank driving simulator that is exhibited at the Swiss Military Museum at Full- Reuenthal.
Page three carries the usual administration information and the editorial from Robin.
Dick Harley then brings us the next instalment of his series called Reality Check, in this issue it is part 2 on the Humber Armoured Car kits. Using scale drawings by George Moore to support his descriptions of the kits he outlines the highs and lows of the Bronco 1/35th kits, with hints on improving them.
We then hear from David Fletcher, who muses on his experiences driving the Mark IV tank at the Tank Museum back in the 1980’s for a BBC TV programme called ‘Soldiers’. David takes us through the trials and tribulations of climbing the learning curve of driving these tanks. Supported by photos taken at the time, this is fascinating read.
Regular contributor Cookie Sewell reviews the AFV Club 1/35th scale kit M109A3/M185A3 Shop Van as used by the U.S. Army. Cookie gives a ‘Warts and all’ style review, praising the inclusion of the van body interior for a workshop, but pointing out some negatives. He is also able to bring his user experience to the reader.
Continuing the workshop theme, Robin has then included another ‘Scratch build challenge’, using the plan by Geoff Lacey of the German WerkStatt Anhanger (Trailer). This is a multi-view drawing in 1/76th scale, a relatively simple shape apart from the curvature of the roof, which may stretch the skills of less experienced modellers.
This is followed by a page of member’s model photographs, as always a wide selection in terms of type and scale.
This is followed by a series of book reviews ‘The Case for Books’, and Robin’s look at recent kit announcements in ‘Out in the Marketplace’.
Mike Hector is the MAFVA Facebook Manager, and he introduces our representation in the world of Facebook, inviting more members to participate in this popular social media.
The last article is a resume of the 2020 ‘Virtual’ Nationals that was held online as the actual Nationals is another victim of the Corona Virus.
Colour photographs of the entries are spread across the back page.
Another excellent magazine.
Paul Middleton Member 1528 01/08/2020