• Remembering 100 Years Since WW1
• The Eric Clarke Collection References 4-5
• Kit Review: Hobby Boss T-12 Soviet Medium
Tank. By ‘Cookie’ Sewell
• The IHC Halftracks in British Service. By
Dick Harley Part Three: Modelling the British
• Morris Armoured Cars Part 2. By David
• Supplier Insight: Gramodels
• The Comet in Irish Service. Tom Cole
• MAFVA Committee Elections
• The Case for Books
• Out in the Marketplace
• Lesany Military Museum. Steve Andreano
Tankette issue 53-6 is now available to MAFVA members. Click here to go to Member’s area.
Review Tankette 53/6
The last issue of Tankette for 2018 starts off with an excellent photo of the French St Chamond WW1 tank when it was visiting Tankfest at Bovington from Saumur in 2017. On page two are further images of WW1 tanks to mark the centenary of the1918 Armistice. You may have noticed that First World war memorial include the dates 1914 – 1919. This is because a British/French/U.S. expeditionary Force was sent to support the White Russians against the Bolsheviks. When they left Soviet territory their AFVs were abandoned and left for the fledgling Soviet Tank arm.
Page three has the usual contact addresses, contents and an editorial from Robin with some timely reminders to book early for Tankfest 2019, and also to get down to Bovington if you want to see the Ferdinand before it returns to America.
We then have two pages of photographs taken some years back at the Parola Museum in Finland sent in by Max Hundleby from the collection of Eric Clarke. Older model-makers will remember Eric released early resin kits of 1/76th scale vehicles, filling gaps in the commercial market in the 1970’s. More of these photos will follow in future issues.
‘Cookie’ Sewell then provides a review of the Hobby Boss kit of the Soviet T-12 Medium Tank, along with a potted history. For this early Soviet tank, it is the only game in town, but ‘Cookie’ is full of praise for it.
The next article is part three of the series by Dick Harley on the British use of the International Harvester Company Half-Track, this section dealing with kit availability in different scales. This very interesting and informative series will help anyone interested in the subject, and is supported with images and scale drawings.
David Fletcher then covers the Morris Armoured car with part 2 of his mini-series, supporting the text with several useful photographs. One of these photos is of the rarely seen Armoured Command Vehicle variant, which I do not recall seeing before. Most enlightening.
Robin continues his series of ‘Supplier Insight’ (Meet the manufacturer) with a short piece on MAFVA stalwart Graham Baker. Trading under the name of ‘Gramodels’ he has been producing resin kits for over thirty years, and looks likely to keep on going for a long while yet.
The next article is on the use of the Comet Tank in Irish service written by former Editor Tom Cole. This details sourcing purchasing, service history and disposal. One of these has been restored to operation at The Muckleburgh Collection in North Norfolk. Tom provides photos of the Muckleburgh example and a link to further photos of Irish Comet tanks.
With the MAFVA Annual general Meeting coming up in March, it is time members to consider standing for the committee positions, or voting for contenders. The information is clearly laid out on page 16.
Robin then presents ‘The Case for Books’ with reviews of various books sent in by different reviewers. Always useful to hear a first-hand experience before we purchase books blind.
‘Out In the marketplace’ treats us to a sample of the recent kit releases from around the world, describing what you get, and perhaps causing us to research availability, with a view to purchasing.
Steve Andreano uses the back page to give us a photo-report on the Lesany Museum in the Czech Republic. Lots of interesting exhibits including a Merkava, wonder how they got that?
Paul Middleton- MAFVA President. Dec. 2018