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Title: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: buzzbomb on May 27, 2021, 11:29:00 pm
For reasons that now escape me, I purchased this, the Amusing Hobbies FV215B Tank Destroyer packing the 183mm gun system.
(https://www.britmodeller.com/reviews/amusinghobby/35/35a008-fv215b/boxtop.jpg) thanks Britmodeller  :smiley:

It is a British 50's paper project for a change. The kit is average for current expectations, A+ for subject matter about a C for moulding and detail quality. A lot of missed opportunities for detail areas and rather average instructions.
Another plus is that the tracks are indi links click together, well for a while anyway, they are a bit flimsy, so I would recommend gluing them once you have them in place as the teeny, tiny protrusions tend to break off with handling.

Over a couple of build day meets, I have cobbled it together, all in all, out of the box
(https://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/Conquerer/FV215_1.JPG)

(https://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/Conquerer/FV215_2.JPG)

One thing is for sure, it is a monster compared to the Matilda I also have on the bench. Again
(https://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/Conquerer/FV215_3.JPG)
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: scooter on May 28, 2021, 01:46:26 am
Before it got nerf'd, it used to be called the Death Star amongst the higher tier (Tier X) World of Tanks players
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 28, 2021, 02:39:29 am
That's a HEFTY turret and gun!  :o
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: Pellson on May 28, 2021, 02:44:55 am
Strange calibre. 7,2”. But violently cool!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: Dizzyfugu on May 28, 2021, 04:22:27 am
https://tanks-encyclopedia.com/cold-war-british-prototypes/fv215-heavy-gun-tank/
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: JayBee on May 28, 2021, 05:49:22 am
Come on world, we need this in 1/72scale, and Israeli markings !
 :wacko:
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: Old Wombat on May 28, 2021, 06:29:47 am
Both builds are looking good, BT! :thumbsup:

I'm thinking you bought it because it was such a cool, different subject ... Same reason I bought a Conqueror, which came out at pretty much the same time. :mellow:


Come on world, we need this in 1/72scale, and Israeli markings !
 :wacko:

Israeli markings are eminently doable in 1/35! ;D ;)
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: NARSES2 on May 28, 2021, 06:31:56 am
Strange calibre. 7,2”. But violently cool!  :thumbsup:

There was a 7.2"  gun in use during WWII by the Royal Artillery. The first marks were relined 8" gun barrels, but the latter marks were new builds. Was only used for a couple of years. Not sure if the barrels were considered for this or not, but there was experience with the calibre.

There was also a naval gun used in some RN Washington Treaty cruisers.

Really nice build  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: Old Wombat on May 28, 2021, 06:35:00 am
Strange calibre. 7,2”. But violently cool!  :thumbsup:

There was a 7.2"  gun in use during WWII by the Royal Artillery. The first marks were relined 8" gun barrels, but the latter marks were new builds. Was only used for a couple of years. Not sure if the barrels were considered for this or not, but there was experience with the calibre.

Yes, Gunner/Lance-Bombardier/Gunner Terence "Spike" Milligan served in a 7.2" battery. ;)
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: NARSES2 on May 28, 2021, 06:40:17 am
Strange calibre. 7,2”. But violently cool!  :thumbsup:

There was a 7.2"  gun in use during WWII by the Royal Artillery. The first marks were relined 8" gun barrels, but the latter marks were new builds. Was only used for a couple of years. Not sure if the barrels were considered for this or not, but there was experience with the calibre.

Yes, Gunner/Lance-Bombardier/Gunner Terence "Spike" Milligan served in a 7.2" battery. ;)

Ah so he did. I just read a bit about Spike this morning as well. One of my hero's  :bow:
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: Gondor on May 28, 2021, 07:50:56 am

I'm thinking you bought it because it was such a cool, different subject ... Same reason I bought a Conqueror, which came out at pretty much the same time. :mellow:


Both were part of the same "Family" of vehicles (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_FV_series_military_vehicles). Amusing Hobby (http://www.amusinghobby.com/) do several interesting kits.

Gondor
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: rickshaw on May 28, 2021, 07:39:31 pm
Strange calibre. 7,2”. But violently cool!  :thumbsup:

There was a 7.2"  gun in use during WWII by the Royal Artillery. The first marks were relined 8" gun barrels, but the latter marks were new builds. Was only used for a couple of years. Not sure if the barrels were considered for this or not, but there was experience with the calibre.

Yes, Gunner/Lance-Bombardier/Gunner Terence "Spike" Milligan served in a 7.2" battery. ;)

And the greeting he encountered from Gunner Harry Secombe in Tunisia, "Has anybody seen our gun?"  As it apparently trundled past as it recoiled upon being fired...   :banghead: :banghead:
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: NARSES2 on May 29, 2021, 05:48:46 am
Strange calibre. 7,2”. But violently cool!  :thumbsup:

There was a 7.2"  gun in use during WWII by the Royal Artillery. The first marks were relined 8" gun barrels, but the latter marks were new builds. Was only used for a couple of years. Not sure if the barrels were considered for this or not, but there was experience with the calibre.

Yes, Gunner/Lance-Bombardier/Gunner Terence "Spike" Milligan served in a 7.2" battery. ;)

And the greeting he encountered from Gunner Harry Secombe in Tunisia, "Has anybody seen our gun?"  As it apparently trundled past as it recoiled upon being fired...   :banghead: :banghead:

Allegedly the conversation went :-

Milligan - "has anybody seen a gun around here ?"

Seacombe - "what colour ?"

And that's where it all started  ;D
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: Captain Canada on May 29, 2021, 05:04:32 pm
Big tank ! Looks great, and an interesting addition to the collection.
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: Mossie on May 30, 2021, 03:16:49 am
(https://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/Conquerer/FV215_3.JPG)


Matilda didn't like it when FV215b stood next to him at the urinal...
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: Mossie on May 30, 2021, 04:11:33 am
C for moulding and detail quality.

I see what you mean, it's a little sparse considering its size.  Maybe throw some kit and stowage bins in to make up for it?
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: NARSES2 on May 30, 2021, 05:35:56 am
It reminds me of the Abbot SP's big (very big) brother.
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: scooter on May 30, 2021, 06:54:23 am
C for moulding and detail quality.

I see what you mean, it's a little sparse considering its size.  Maybe throw some kit and stowage bins in to make up for it?

To be honest, it *was* a paper tank, never coming off of the drawing boards.  Even the WoT model is sparse:
(https://static-ptl-us.gcdn.co/dcont/fb/image/ontrack_deathstar_header_684x280.jpg)
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: Rheged on May 30, 2021, 08:01:39 am
It reminds me of the Abbot SP's big (very big) brother.

Does that make it an "Archbishop" or even an "Archimandrite"  if we follow the naming of UK SPGs?
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 30, 2021, 08:07:38 am
Looking at the size of it, it should be an 'Archbishop of Canterbury'!  :o
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: Mossie on May 30, 2021, 09:02:21 am
To be honest, it *was* a paper tank, never coming off of the drawing boards.  Even the WoT model is sparse:
(https://static-ptl-us.gcdn.co/dcont/fb/image/ontrack_deathstar_header_684x280.jpg)

It made it as far as a mock up.  The turret was wooden and the hull was from a Conquerer.
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: buzzbomb on May 31, 2021, 03:59:27 pm
Thanks Gang !

Well we are in lockdown again ::) So painting time.
Some stage one paint and decals
(https://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/Conquerer/FV215_4.JPG)
(https://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/Conquerer/FV215_5.JPG)

Keeping with the theme, its bench buddy, also in stage one paint and decals. I am now calling these two Zig and Zag
(https://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/Conquerer/FV215_6.JPG)

Mossie, I did a bit of extra stuff, but not wanting to get too carried away. Planning to go more for a post exercise finish, hence going Bronze Green scheme for era. Hopefully that is where it ends up
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: Old Wombat on June 01, 2021, 02:19:30 am
Both getting better & betterer! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: NARSES2 on June 01, 2021, 02:25:25 am
Both getting better & betterer! :thumbsup:

They certainly are  :bow:
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: Pellson on June 01, 2021, 03:29:30 am
It’s really cool in the flesh like that!  :wub:
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: Mossie on June 01, 2021, 11:50:05 am
Mossie, I did a bit of extra stuff, but not wanting to get too carried away. Planning to go more for a post exercise finish, hence going Bronze Green scheme for era. Hopefully that is where it ends up

It looks great, simple often works best, especially when it's bronze green.  :wub:
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: buzzbomb on June 06, 2021, 03:55:29 am
Thanks gang  ;D

The end is nigh !!

Pretty much done, really only some antennas to go

Painting and low end weathering done
(https://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/Conquerer/FV215_7.JPG)
(https://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/Conquerer/FV215_8.JPG)
(https://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/Conquerer/FV215_9.JPG)
(https://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/Conquerer/FV215_10.JPG)

The bench buddy is almost there as well, crew and a bit more detail painting
(https://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/Conquerer/FV215_11.JPG)
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: Old Wombat on June 06, 2021, 07:41:06 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: Rheged on June 06, 2021, 07:56:42 am
The FV215 now looks fully prepared to completely ruin the opposition's day!
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: NARSES2 on June 07, 2021, 06:09:10 am
That's class modelling sir  :bow:
Title: Re: FV215 Heavy Tank Destroyer 1/35
Post by: DazzD on August 10, 2021, 05:44:04 pm
Very well done mate. The weathering and final details are great. The work on the tools looks real!

I built the same model last year and couldn't agree more. I was excited to see some of these paper tanks get released... but disappointed with the lack of detail. There are a lot of big flat plain panels and not many parts.