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The second issue of 2017 has arrived and provides another feast of AFV based interest.

The cover features a Tiger 1 diorama rather reminiscent of the scene in the Land Warfare Hall at IWM Duxford with the ?Hollywood? Tiger replica.

Page 2 brings us a neat article by Mark Gilbert on how he built his 1/35th Caernarvon tank from the Dragon Black Label Conqueror.  He also includes a potted history of the tank development of the time, and photos illustrate the construction. Quite a project!

Page three carries the regular contact information and notices, plus the editorial where Tom Cole announces that he will be stepping down and handing over the editorship to Robin Buckland, well known for his past work with Military Modelling.

Next we have an introduction by Mike Gill of South Wales MAFVA to a pamphlet that he has penned on the Bedford QL and variants. A page of photos from the archives show various QL variants.

Peter Davenport continues to bring us information on the inter-war AFV?s, and in this issue he covers the Dragon Mk II* Medium Artillery Tractor.  We get over a page of text describing the vehicle and then a six view set of 1/35th scale drawings, which would make building a scale model relatively easy.

We then have the latest in Dick Harley?s ?Reality check?, this time he reviews the Takom kits of the Male & Female Mark I. As always, Dick includes photographs and drawings to support the three pages of text where he lists the problems and inaccuracies of the kits.

Scattered through the magazine are several book reviews which may prove tempting for some of us.

The final article in this issue is by Alan Brown and he describes how he scratch-built his 1/35th scale ?Green Goddess?, or Bedford RLHZ Mobile Pump, to use its full title. This includes photos of the build, the completed model and working drawings. The scale drawings by Mick Bell appeared in Tankettes Vol. 36/1 & 37/2, Vol. 17/2 had an excellent 1/35th scale plan of the Bedford RLB, while Malcolm Smart provided the same vehicle in Vol. 22/6. These will help scratch builders even more.

The back cover features the flyer for this years MAFVA Nationals at Burgess Hall, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, on Sunday June 18th.  Nice one Tom!

Paul Middleton 1528   10/05/2017






The first Tankette of 2017 came back from the printers just in time for distribution at On Track, giving the members attending an added bonus.

The cover carries a full page image of a restored Stug III Ausf. D from the lens of John Woolford.

On page two we get the third instalment of Mike Gill?s article on building a British armoured train of 1940. From the pen of Mike Howard we have an article on working with a 3D printer to produce parts for models. This relatively new area of modelling has endless possibilities, and Mike explores the basics of how to work with it to produce accurate parts.

On the noticeboard, Robin Buckland?s new website is described. Since the information came in Robin has changed the site address to .

David Fletcher gives us a look at the Dragon Mark II from the 1920?s in an article amply supported by period images, followed by the 1/35th scale drawings of the same vehicle by Peter Davenport in the centre-spread. Petr also provides two pages of text describing the Dragon.

On page 14 Dick Harley continues his comparison reviews of WW1 kits, this time the Tank Mark V, Meng versus Takom. Dick includes some interesting photos and also a diagram to correct the mounting of the Crib Stowage for the Mark IV & Mark V. He is quite candid about the negatives and positives with these kits, and advises on how to correct the issues.

Bernard Goldstein is a long-time member, but I believe that he has produced his first article in this issue.  He was visiting Australia and although he was unable to visit established military museums, he managed to find a newer place near Cairns, Queensland; The Australian Artillery & Armoured Museum at Smithfield. He was fortunate to be given a guided tour by the manager and has supplied us with a set of photos to illustrate the impressive collection. Perhaps not a place for a day trip for most of us, but certainly somewhere to see when ?down under?. The back page has a selection of colour images from the museum.  Another excellent magazine.

Paul Middleton 1528   27/02/2017





As we come to the end of another year we see the publication of the latest Tankette Volume 51 No 6. On the front cover is a rather imposing photo of an RSO model, and inside, a report on the Internationals Small Scale Convention at Heiden, Germany by Peter Vierhout. Reports such as this, supported by colour photos allow us to see how more distant model shows look. With the ease of travel this days, many modellers consider visiting or even exhibiting at these shows, either as an individual or club. If you have a report on your local show, the editor would welcome text and photos. Contact .

Page three, as usual, carries the officer contact details, but instead of an editorial, branch details are listed, as well as a notice for On Track, the major model show in February.  All MAFVA branch details are available on the website branches page, along with the diary page listing modelling relevant events. If you have branch, club or event details to add, send them in to the webmeister .

Mike Gill continues his build of a WW2 British Armoured Train on page 4, detailing his research and construction.

Chris Lloyd-Staples, our research officer then gives us a review of the recent Nuts & Bolts Volume 35 on the SdKfz 231 and 232 eight wheel armoured cars (Part 1).  This series gives plenty of information for both the model-maker and the armchair historian.

We then have an article on the first ?Dragons? by noted author David Fletcher. These early replacements for the horse used as artillery tractors were very much an experiment, and with the aid of period photos David explains their development. I would suggest that the recent Hobby Boss 1/35th scale kit would be a good basis to build a model, but experience indicates that the manufacturer will milk the chassis of the kit as much as possible, so we may yet see a kit of the Dragon!

MAFVA founder Max Hundleby continues to contribute with a review of a model of his favourite subject, namely the German A7V from WW1.  This John Jenkins Designs model depicts the sole remaining example ?Mephisto?. I had the immense pleasure of being with Max at the recent ?Landships? Exhibition at Thorpe Camp, and his energy and enthusiasm is a wonder to behold.

Tankette regular Dick Harley then treats us to an article entitled ?The Mother of them all? where he details the design and development of ?Mother? (bizarrely the off-spring of ?Little Willie?). The trials and demonstrations at Hatfield Park and Elveden, the Solomon camouflage schemes and further use of ?Mother?. The centre spread of this issue is the latest revised drawing from Dick of ?Mother? in 1/76th scale with internal details, a larger scale detail page, several photos, and on page 20 (back cover) a colour impression of ?Mother? as she might have appeared in action. Dick also includes cross-sections of the obstacles traversed by ?Mother? at Hatfield Park in 1916.

Dick also provides the next article , a reality check of 1/35th scale kits of the Medium Mark A ?Whippet, comparing the Meng and Takom kits. With the support of photos the good and bad points of both kits are listed, but as the Takom kit is nearly double the price of the Meng kit, many will be decided by finances.

Editor Tom Cole reviews ?Modelling WW1 Tanks? by Frederik Astier, which is a beautiful treatise on getting the best from the currently available WW1 tank kits and placing them in dioramas.  This book will certainly provide plenty of inspiration.

The final article for this issue, and 2016 is by Graham Cobb who gives us an excellent treatise on the colours of WW1 vehicles using contemporary illustrations from postcards, cigarette cards and other illustrations to describe the subject.  This article shows the usefulness of having colour covers for Tankette, without which the impact of Grahams article would have been seriously impaired.

Another great Tankette from editor Tom covering many subjects.  This is possible because we have a portfolio of articles to choose from, but the ?bank? needs regular topping up, so if you have a favourite subject that can be melded into an article, get in contact with Tom.

Whilst writing, be aware that Tom is looking to step down from his role as editor after too many years in post, so if you fancy having a go, again, get in contact with Tom.

Paul Middleton 1528   20/12/2016





So the penultimate issue of Tankette for 2016 has arrived, and the cover photo from John Woolford is a DUKW at the War & Peace Show. Inside the cover are colour photos of the British armoured train to go with the article by Mike Gill on page 4.

Replacing the editorial is a list of some of the local MAFVA branches along with the usual admin. Mike Gill?s article on building a British armoured train is a detailed guide to items used,  how to use them, and part two will appear in Vol 51/6.

Next we have Part two of Dick Harley? reality check on the current 1/35th scale Tank Mark IVs from Takom.  Here he looks at the Takom kit of the Mark IV Hermaphrodite, and elaborates on what can actually be built from it.  As it happens, there were no Hermaphrodite Mark IVs, as they were all converted from Mark V & V*s, so the kit is misleading.  Dick also gives information on the Takom kit of the Mark IV Tadpole tail, describing the few vehicles that were actually built. The article is well supported with period photographs, and rounded off with an updated configuration checklis and a summary of Mark IV Male, Female & tender production.

Mike Starmer gives us a precis on colours for the new kit from Hobby Boss of the Vickers Medium tank.  As most of you will know, Mike has made a quest of researching colour schemes to provide accurate information,  in this case, the inter-war period.

The centre spread for this issue comes from the pen of the late John Church and gives us plans of the Bedford QLR special bodies, complete with interior detail.  With plastic kits of the QLR in both 1/72nd and 1/35th now, this will be very useful for the model maker wanting to detail their model.  There were many variations an fits of this WW2 communications vehicle, and this helps clarify some of it.

Page 12 is taken up with information on Association elections and the AGM.

From the very beginnings of motorised military transport, Bill Ward brings us an article on the Cugnot steam wagon of 1769.  Complete with illustrations and an unscaled plan, this would make for a very different model.

Editor Tom Cole then brings us an article which covers the Transportable water unit, known as Bikini, based on the Commer Q4 4x4 chassis. These were designed to support the Green Goddess Fire Pumps of the Auxiliary Fire Service in the 1950?s.  This is supported bt photos and scale drawings in 1/76th by Mick bell of the Commer Q4 Transportable water unit and also the General Purpose version used as a hose layer and foam tender.

We close with another article from Bill Ward on the Auxiliary Omnibus Companies, describing their vehicles, colours and markings 1914-1919. Each company is desbribed with their vehicles and an illustration of their unit marking. Several photographs support the text and this spreads over to the inside of the back cover with a modern photo of a surviving example of a B-Type bus at Tyne Cot Cemetery in 1914.

The rear cover carries colour photos of a preserved example of a Bikini unit.

Another excellent compilation of articles Tom!

Paul Middleton 1528   28/10/2016





The cover of the latest issue of Tankette illustrates the high quality of models on show at this years? MAFVA Nationals at St Ives.  The subject is a Tiger 1 with crew, hatches open, and interior lighting to show off the internal detail. The coverage of the Nationals continues on page two with more photos of a Horsa glider model and some of the many people who make the show happen.

As usual, page three carries the administrative information, the contents list and a flyer for the South Wales MAFVA Open Afternoon.

Well known author Jim Mesko gives us his first article for Tankette, which is a treatise on the M24 Chaffee (or ?Bison? in French circles) and its service in the French Indo-China War. Profusely illustrated with photos, this is an easy to read history will provide you with a wealth of information on the subject.

Dick Harley returns with a postscript on the LGOC B-type Armoured Lorries.  This brings us his latest findings on the WW1 trucks and buses with new photos.  He also includes a modelling update on available source kits. This is followed by 1/48th scale multi-view drawings by Dick of the LGOC ?b? Type Armoured lorry (R.N.A.S. Pattern) 1914 and the LGOC ?B? Type Armoured Car (War Office Pattern) 1915.

Dick?s contribution to this issue continues with his next article reviewing and comparing the Takom & Tamiya kits of the Tank Mark IV, both Male & Female.  Titled ?Reality Check?, this article runs through and compares the good & bad points of the kits, with advice on which route to go. Photos and a drawing support the text which will be continued in part two.

David Nicholas returns with his pet subject of the inter-war British Medium Tanks, this time with a review of the new 1/35th Hobby Boss kit of the Mk 1.

As with most issues of Tankette, we get feedback on articles, often with corrections or further information.

Expert small scale model maker Andy Lang brings us an article on building various versions of the Italian CV-33 Tankette using the DOC Models kit. Andy describes his techniques to produce these exquisite (and tiny) models, and the results can be seen with a page of colour photos inside the rear cover.

The issue closes with the rear cover featuring more colour photos from the MAFVA Nationals 2016.

There are more photographs and the competition results on the MAFVA website at .             

Another excellent issue!                                                                                        

Paul Middleton 1528   16/8/2016





The third issue of Tankette for 2016 has arrived and on the cover is an excellent photo of a ?What If? diorama of a Panther II complete with night vision devices.

Inside the cover is a set of photographs of a preserved PzKpfw IV taken at the ?El Goso? barracks in Spain by William Puchades.

Page three carries the usual admin. Details such as officer contact information, index and a flyer for the excellent Military & Flying Machines Show, incorporating the Essex MAFVA ?Present Arms Show?.

David Nicholas presents an article on the armoured Burford-Kegresse 30cwt half-track of 1925, entitled quizzicly ?The first real British APC??. With in depth description, multiple photos.

We then have a neat article by Dick Harley entitled ?British Home defence Trains, 1940-1944?.  Dick presents a history of the armoured trains built to defend the British Isles during WW2, how they were developed and deployed. The centre spread of the magazine is filled with 1/120th scale multi-view drawings of the armoured locomotive and wagons, and Dick provides hints on sourcing kits to use as a basis, thus the reader could produce a model.

The next item is by Belgian Raymond Surlemont who gives us part 2 of his treatise on Soviet tank production during The Great Patriotic War. This gives details of types, names of factories and numbers, allowing an overview of how production developed, moved, changed and adapted.

The last article for this issue comes from the quill of Peter Davenport who gives us a marvellous read on the Dragon Mk. 1.  A concise history alongside a detailed description of the vehicle is matched to 1/35th scale drawings.  It will be interesting to see if the new plastic kit of the Medium Mk 1 tank from Hobby Boss can be used as a basis for a model.

Inside the back cover are photos of a model of a British armoured train made by Mike Gill.  Mike will be contributing an article on building the model in a future issue.

On the back cover are photos taken at the GraetPatriotic War Museum in Moscow by John Ham. Several rare exhibits are shown including a Japanese Type 2 Ka-Mi amphibious tank.

Another excellent issue, well done Tom!                                                        

Paul Middleton 1528   30/6/2016





The second issue of Tankette for 2016 features a smashing diorama of a 17pdr ?Pheasant? and tractor in a desert setting. The inside cover has a set of colour photos from the ?Museo de medios Acorazaos? in Spain.  The four exhibits featured include a PzKpfw 1, Stug III, PzKpfw IV and 88mm FlaK.

As always, page three carries contact information and also a flyer for the Shepway Military Modelling Society Show. We then have a four page article from Chairman John Ham on British Sherman Armoured recovery Vehicles.  This excellent collation of information relies on isometric drawings, stowage plans and sketches to illustrate the various modifications and variations of these important workhorses of our armoured formations. Reading the article reminds me that I must find notes I made of a Sherman ARV that was fitted with multiple MG?s and an M10 that was used as a tug after losing its turret in a Royal Artillery A/T unit.

Having covered the Cromwell tank in great detail, the prolific Dick Harley then provides us with a treatise on the A24 Cavalier. He covers both the development and fate of these ?spinsters? of the tank parish, including drawings of the A24 Cavalier Mk 1 & Cavalier O.P. in both 1/48th & 1/76th, with a section on modelling the subject.

We then have a report on the 2016 AGM of the Association from the Chairman.

Dick Harley returns with a follow-up to his epic Cromwell Kitography series with a ?postscript? which updates his latest research on the subject. New kits are described and more photos are included.

The next article is from Canadian member Ed Storey who has provided some very interesting photos of WW2 tanks which Dick Harley discusses and finds explanations for them. I have seen the colour photos before but those shown on the inside back cover are of high quality and size.

The back cover features the flyer for the 2016 MAFVA Nationals and examples of previous Best of Show models.

Another excellent issue, well done to editor Tom Cole for putting it all together.

Paul Middleton 1528   23/4/2016





The first Tankette for 2016 is now out and all paid up MAFVA members in the UK should have received it by now, with overseas members getting theirs soon.  If you think you have missed out contact Neil Wharton the membership officer ( ), but do not delay, the print run is trimmed closely to the membership numbers with little in the way of spares.  We do not want to accumulate a back issue mountain as in the past.

The cover photo is an excellent study of a KV-1 diorama which is keeping with this Soviet ?special? issue.  Inside the cover is a page of colour photos taken by Paul Evans at the Ukraine Tank Museum, and I am looking forward to seeing models of the tanks in the header photo??

Page three, disappointingly PC with no nubile females, but the admin. notices and a flyer for the Twenot show on March 26/27th.

The first article is by Raymond Surlemont and is part 1 of ?Soviet Tank production during The Great Patriotic War (1941-45). This is a well detailed work with supporting photos and will form a good research tool.

On page 7 Ed Storey has supplied six images of AFV?s from the Russo-Finnish war, most useful for those interested in the subject. This is followed by a page of photos supplied by Max Hundleby of a KV-II found by a German Officer during the Barbarossa offensive.

Editor  Tom Cole then provides a summary of the Soviet T80 Standard Tank which is tied to the following centre spread drawing of the T-80UD drawn by Hubert Cance in 1/35th scale.  It would be interesting to compare this drawing with the current plastic kits that are available.

The next page is given over to two book reviews and a talk through on Mr. Hobby Paints.  Don Howe gives us a resume of his military career with reference to what he found out about the Soviet T44 tank.  Not only is this an article about the tank, but a fascinating narrative of life, army service and how it affected Don.

John Ham reports from his visit to Moscow in 2015 for the 70th Victory Day Parade., and describes the Kubinka tanks that were on parade. This is well supported with photos to illustrate what was on display.

Tom Cole presents the next article on the ?Na Ispug? which takes the article written by Slava Shpakovski, and presents a fresh look on this AFV that was built out of desperation.  Drawings and photos support the text, and would allow the modeller to produce a fine model.

Slava Shpakovsky also supplies two photos of a fake ?Na Ispug? that resides in the Kiev Museum of the Great patriotic War, from which a resin model has been produced.

The last article returns to parades in Moscow which John Ham reports on with colour photos supplied by Jim Kinnear, Andrey Aksenov & John Ham himself.

Another excellent issue with plenty of reference material.

Paul Middleton 1528   29/2/2016





So now we have the final issue of Tankette for our Jubilee year, and our revered editor has pulled out all the stops to make this one special.

Starting with the cover shot which for this issue is a beautifully finished Grant model seen at this years? Nationals.  The inside cover has a wonderful spread of photos of our members at various events in the past few years. Page three carries the association notices and lists contact details for the officers.

Dick Harley brings our first article titled ?Reality Check: The AEC Armoured Cars?, which is an overview of the AEC series of WW2 British armoured cars, but with emphasis on producing accurate models from the MiniArt 1/35th kits. This includes details of the vehicles and references the information against the kits, identifying the faults of each and how to correct them. The help with this Dick has included photographs and sketches from the manuals.

On page 6 we have a trip down memory lane with a vintage photo of former editor John Wilkes exhibiting models at an outdoor show in 1973.

The next article is ?Driving the Holt Tractor? by David Fletcher.  This gives an insight into the mechanicals of the early tracked vehicle.

Editor Tom Cole provides the next article which describes the first tanks to reach Australia.  Interesting that the article details the Vickers Medium, recently announced by HobbyBoss.

Naturally it also details ?Mephisto?, the A7V tank captured and brought back to Australia, which leads neatly into a page of photos of the Schnuck replica and Max Hundleby, the MAFVA legend and A7V Guru.

Webmeister Tom Cromwell then gives us a follow-on article to Dick Harley?s Kitography on the Cromwell which details how he put an interior into his Cromwell ARV. Fascinating stuff to read that put my own efforts on a scratch-built Cromwell to shame, but that was 40 years ago!

?The box that Rigby drew? is the next article by Dick Harley, which chronicles the No.1 Lincoln Machine, better known to us all as ?Little Willie?.  Dick includes his revised drawings of the ?Tritton? machine as a centrefold in 1/76th scale, along with several larger detail drawings illustrating the tracks, interior layout and the hydraulic jack.

The gremlins crept into Tankette 50/4 with the wrong plan being printed with Peter Davenports Vickers Medium article.  For completeness the Medium Mk II** article is repeated with the correct 1/35th scale drawing.  Peter comments that he has actually updated the drawing from fresh evidence, so perhaps the error was a good thing!

I wonder if HobbyBoss will model all the variations and use these excellent drawings?

Min Young supplies us with an excellent report on the 50th Independence Anniversary Parade, which is well supported with photographs of the principal AFV?s operated by the Singapore Army. These include indigenous types such as the Bionix APC & Primus SP gun, and upgraded imports such as the Leopard 2SG. The colour photos fill both sides of the back cover.

Another excellent issue that can be obtained with membership of MAFVA.  Check out the membership pages at for joining details.                                        

Paul Middleton 1528   4/12/2015





I was issued the latest Tankette at the St Ives Model Show today and Editor Tom Cole has tied together an interesting variety of articles.

The cover photograph is a Chieftain taken during a recent MAFVA visit to the REME Museum reserve collection.  It illustrates the later Stillbrew armour quite well. The inside cover has colour photos from two sources. The first three are of RAF Regiment Saladins and Saracens, the second three of various AFVs on exercise in Germany.

Page 3 gives the usual admin. information and a short editorial plus the index to articles.

Alan Brown provides the first article which describes how to build and improve the Italeri M1097 Cargo Carrier variant of the hummer in 1/35th scale.  Alan used aftermarket products and some ingenuity to produce a neatly detailed model.

The next article on page 6 is titled ?Reality Check: The South African Reconnaissance cars? where Dick Harley covers recent publications and kits by IBG Models.  He points out errors, how to correct and the good points of so we can improve our models. A very helpful article.

Tom Cole follows on seamlessly by reviewing the decal set by Starmer?s Armour of South African WW2 vehicles.  Mike Starmer, the British & Commonwealth camouflage and markings guru is well known for his range of decals and publications as well as the series he originally had published in Tankette quite a few years ago.

Peter Davenport continues his interesting series on inter-war armour with an article on the Vickers Medium Mk IIA* along with a fine centrespread five-view drawing in 1/35th scale.

MAFVA Chairman John Ham supplies the next article which describes the recent Airfix release of the 1/72nd scale Airborne Jeep & 75mm Pack Howitzer. This includes photos of the real thing and Geoff Lacey?s drawings of the British Airborne trailer needed to replace the supplied standard U.S. trailer.

MAFVA research Officer Chris Lloyd-Staples has written reviews of the latest Nuts & Bolts book on the SdKfz. 7, a mask set for airbrushing British markings and Albion Alloys Connecto products.

Australian member Ley Reynolds & friends give us an interesting article on Australian pattern carriers and their use post-war.  Plenty of photos support the text.

Finally Jon Mordecai gives us a report on Tankfest 2015including colour photos of Shermans used in the ?Fury? re-enactment and a visiting PzKpfw. 38(t).

Another excellent issue.                                           

Paul Middleton 1528   27/09/2015





The fourth issue of Tankette for our jubilee year is now out, and it should be noted that we now have the print run very close to the actual membership demand.  You can no longer rely on collecting back issues at shows, as we do not plan to carry excess stock!  If you want Tankettes, then ensure that your subscription is paid up, and that you are paying the correct amount.  If in doubt, contact Neil Wharton at .

Editor Tom Cole has given a lot of coverage in this issue to our Golden jubilee year Nationals at Duxford earlier this year.  By way of a change, the cover photo by John Woolford is a stunning image of a Sherman M4A3 HVSS by Jeff Adams that won a third prize in Class 9.  Inside on page two are photos of the ?best in Show? and the winner, Mark Humphries receiving his award from Max Hundleby, MAFVA member 002.  The wrecker, and the London bus he also entered (and also shown on page 2) were truly stunning works of modelling art.

On page three Tom?s editorial talks of the Nationals, and the sad fact that we will be moving the Nationals in 2016 from Duxford to St Ives, just down the road.

Page four sadly carries the obituary for our late President, Gary Williams.  Gary has worked diligently for the best part of fifty years to ensure that MAFVA has prospered, and only recently handed over the reins to ?younger? members as ill health took its toll. 

On page five, we have a potted history of MAFVA in Scotland by Dick Harley, one of the founding fathers north of the border, who details the erstwhile local magazine ?Centurion? as well as the rise and fall of local branches.

On the next page Dick continues his Cromwell Kitography detailing the decals, metal gun barrels and etched brass available in different scales to help produce a variety of Cromwell variants.  This series is excellent, and if used in conjunction with the recent articles in Military Modelling, or the multitude of books now available, should help modellers with producing a wide variety of accurate models.

We then have six pages of the ?centrefold? with colour photos of prize-winning models from the 2015 Nationals as well as a complete listing of the results.

We then have the ?reviews section?, where Rob Lockie describes his journey in search of acceptable T-34 engine grills, covering both etched brass and the new ?D printer products from Zavod 3D Miniatures.  The new phenomenon of 3D printing is providing more and more in the way of specialist products which may well be useful to those wishing to improve their models.

We also have a book review of ?Armoured Horseman? which looks like it will be a good read. We then have a plan of the British Inter-war Medium Mark IIA* in 1/35th scale by Peter Davenport.  Unfortunately an error at the printers saw the plan repeated on page 19 instead of a different variant.  We were offered another print run, but the editor decided that rather than waste time, effort and materials, the missing plan would be included in the next issue.  So apologies to our members, these things happen. On page twenty, Peter davenport describes the Vickers MkII**Medium with a lot of detailed information on subtle changes and modifications.

We then have another review, this time by Dick Harley of the Armour Colour Gallery 6 and 9, Camouflage & Markings of the 6th South African Armoured Division, North Africa & Italy, 1943 ? 1945, by William Marshall.  From the review, these two books are a must have for those with an interest in either the North African or Italian campaigns, or South African forces.

The final article is a little unusual for Tankette in that it is a modern-day ?Paper Panzer? that never even got to the mock up stage.  The proposal was for a mixed missile/gun system for air-ground defence mounted on an Abrams MBT hull.  The author and model maker is to be congratulated for his interpretation of a vehicle concept that has in fact surfaced in the Russian design bureaux!

The back page of this Tankette carries even more excellent photos of models that were exhibited at the 2015 MAFVA Nationals.

Paul Middleton 1528   22/08/2015






The arrival of the latest Tankette sadly coincides with the passing of the man who has kept MAFVA going, at times on his own, our president Gary Williams.

The colour cover shot is a T34/85 with re-enactors at a show, and this is followed on page two by colour photos of a 1/35th scale model of the French Char 2C built by Gary Wenko using the Meng kit with Azimut rail bogies.

Page 3 carries the usual contact details and contents list.

The first article is by Peter Davenport and describes the US M1 57mm Anti-tank gun, which was based on the British six pounder. The photos included will be most useful to those building the new 1/35th scale kits by Riich.

Next, tying in with the photos of the model on page two, Tom Cole re-visits the history of the Char 2C and includes the 1/76th drawings by Mick Bell.  This is an awesome tank, and even in 1/76th the drawings are big.

From the pens of David Fletcher & Dick Harley comes part three of the series on the LGOC B-Type Armoured lorries.  This is sub-titled ?Modelling the armoured B-Types?,, and like it says on the tin, covers how to build these early APCs in both large and small scales.  The scale drawings by Dick are included along with guidance for adapting the Airfix and Keilkraft kits. Also included is a rather good two view drawing of chassis and engine details.

Next we have an article on building a Croatian armoured train by Ley Reynolds.  This odd-looking engine was captured by partisans in 1945 from the Croatian Fascist government forces.  Something very different.

Dick Harley returns with more on the Cromwell Kitography describing and comparing the after-market tracks and replacement parts available in large and small scales.  There is also an interesting note that Cromwell road wheels  damaged by continental cobbled roads were sometimes replaced by the perforated Crusader wheels.

John Rulton brings us a topical history of the MAFVA nationals, how it started and then evolved to it?s current format. Interesting to note the artwork on the sample poster from 1989 is a new Zealand M41.

We then have several book reviews followed by a description of the diorama built by the Cambridge Branch for the Muckleburgh collection, added to this the back cover has colour photos of the model.  With details of models built and converted, and how the base was made, this will hopefully provide inspiration to some of you. The final article is a review of the Geisbers Models 1/76th scale TOG 2. Tom Cole gives a potted history of the heavyweight tank and describes the model.  Oliver Cole provides a CAD colour drawing of the Tog 2 as it appears at Bovington today.

Another excellent issue of Tankette from the hand of Tom Cole!

Paul Middleton 1528   22/06/2015





The second jubilee issue of Tankette is now out and has a varied feast of delights for us Mafiosi.

The cover features a rather good model of an Afrika Korps PzKpfw IV F1. Inside on page two are colour photos from Ed Storey of Canadian Ferrets on active service. Also, a photo of the diorama built by Cambs MAFVA for the Muckleburgh collection.

As always, page three contains the Association contact details and the editorial from Tom Cole. Tom waxes lyrical about the joys of spring, the start of the model show season and of course, the MAFVA nationals at Duxford, now only a month away.

Dick Harley continues his ?Kitography? of the Cromwell tank, and in this, part IV, he covers the Mk IV and VI with Type F hull, the Mk Vw and VIIw with welded hulls, and the Cromwell ARV Mk I. Also included are the Dozer and AA versions of the Centaur, plus the Cavalier & Charioteer. Scale drawings in 1/76th & 1/48th of the ARV by Dick are also featured.

Dick Harley also provides the second article in partnership with David Fletcher on the LGOC B-Type Armoured lorries of WW1. This is part two and covers ?Kitchiner?s Armoured Bus? with plenty of photos and detailed information. Again, Dick has provided a scale drawing of the beast, this time in 1/32nd, with promises of how to make models of the subject in the next episode, in both 1/32nd & 1/76th scale. There is also an interesting list of the German shelling of British coastal towns.

On page 13 John Ham presents his Chairman?s report, and tells us of the progress within the running of MAFVA and such new developments as the Facebook page set up by publicity Officer James Maher.

The next article is part three of Gwyn Evans ? treatise on ?De-coding Mark IV serial numbers?. This is truly a great work of the enthusiastic detective who seeks to explain numerous conundrums with WW1 tank production. This is essential reading for the WW1 tank enthusiast.

We then have the reminiscences of Tankette in the early days from member 002 Max Hundleby. None of your modern technology then, it took serious ingenuity to produce colour chips then!

John Rulton then gives us part two of ?MAFVA Early days? with details of how the magazine was produced, who were the main ?movers and shakers?, and how the association was set up. Hopefully newer members will enjoy reading about our origins, whilst the older members will enjoy the trip down memory lane. We then have a series of reviews including information from John Ham on WW1 kits and colour photos of Simplex light railway locos.The back cover features colour photos of the RTI kits of refuellers and the Leyland Hippo that are featured in the reviews by Les Freathy.

Thus another fine issue from the hand of Tom Cole. A word of warning. The print run of Tankette has been tailored much closer to the existing membership level in order to avoid unnecessary expense and save the hassle of storing back issues. If you are not subscribed there is the chance that you may miss obtaining a copy, so make sure your subscription is up to date.

Paul Middleton 1528   29/04/2015





Well!  Who would have thought it?

MAFVA is now 50 years old, and so to celebrate our Golden Jubilee we will have ?special? editions of Tankette.  For the first of these, Volume 50 No 1 has a cover made up of a selection of the colour covers from previous Tankettes woven into the number 50.  Also include is the Jubilee logo designed by Tim Neate which is also available as a lapel badge, souvenir mug and calendar.  Inside the cover are four colour photos of Sherman tanks located at the Arnhem Museum, sent in by Paul Evans.

Page 3 carries the usual contact information (please note that Neil Wharton is now the membership officer, all queries should be sent to him).  Some remarkable notes in Tom?s editorial and of course a list of this issues contents.

John Rulton kicks off with a detailed history of MAFVA relating how it all started with a 3 line advert in the original Airfix magazine. This well-researched work explains how the Association developed in the way it has, and the personalities who shaped the way it works. From this you can see that MAFVA is a very different animal from the one starting out fifty  years ago.

David Fletcher & Dick Harley then bring us the story of the story of the LGOC B-Type buses as they were used in WW1.  This three-parter is a re-vamp of an article by Dick that was published in Centurion, the newsletter of the MAFVA Lothians branch.  Several branches have printed their own newsletters in the past, and nowadays these appear on-line as ?blogs?, on facebook, or as e-mails round-robined to members.  I believe only the South Wales branch ?Dragon? is still in print.

This in depth article is profusely illustrated with period photos, backed by a 1/32nd scale (The ?true scale? as Dick would say) plan of the AEC ?B? type Armoured Lorry (R.N.A.S. Pattern) 1914. By co-incidence peter bailey reviews the recent book by Dr. Bill Ward, long time MAFVA member and WW1 guru, ?Ole bill- London Buses and the First World War?.

On page 12 there is more from David Fletcher in the form of part two of his series on Russian Armoured Cars, this time covering Lanchester types.  As previously this is well supported by photographs

Following a book review by Chris Lloyd-Staples, we then have part two of the article by Gwyn Evans unravelling the mysteries of the WW1 Mark IV tank serial numbers.  In this section various charts show how many tanks were issued to different units, and from which manufacturer they were derived.  Loads of facts and figures which will assist the model-maker to ?get it right?, as far as possible with their scale miniature.

Page 18 sees more short reviews of various Osprey books and Starmers Armour decals, a great source of markings for your models in all three scales.

Inside the back cover are colour photos taken by David Payne of the amalgamation parade of the First & Second Royal Tank Regiments on Saturday 2nd August 2014.

The back cover features covers from Tankettes across the fifty years of publication.  This must be some sort of record, as some commercial modelling publications have barely lasted a tenth of that!

Well done Tom another excellent issue.

It must be remembered that as the magazine of the Miniature AFV Association, we do not pay for articles, all the material is sent in by the membership, and we have been very lucky to have the quality of input across the fifty years.  Tom, the editor, will welcome all contributions for consideration, and will use them where possible with other material on the same subject to make a complete article.

Paul Middleton 1528   19/02/2015





The final issue of Tankette for 2014 arrives just in time for Christmas, and what a brilliant mix Editor Tom Cole has assembled for our delectation!

This issue starts with a stunning head-on view of a Canadian LAV III taken by Ed Storey at the Canadian National Day of Honour in 2014 in Ottawa.  This is completed with a report on page 21 (not 17 as per the back page)detailing the exhibited vehicles and further photos that appear on the back cover.

On page two are photos from the Saumur Model show of 2014, as part of the report from the Cambridge MAFVA trip. The top photo is of the impressive Tiger II from the collection driving past the crowd.

Page 3 has the usual list of officers, contents and a guest editorial from Neil Wharton, who has recently taken over as membership secretary from Gary Williams. We then have an epistle from Chairman John Ham who brings the membership up to speed with recent changes and happening for the Association.  One correction I need to point out, the temporary suspension of PayPal is over, as Neil Wharton has started a fresh account, for any membership, back issue or PayPal queries, please contact Neil direct on .

The first article is the series on Russian armoured cars of WW1by David Fletcher, this time the Sheffield Simplex design .  David gives a potted history of the development of the design , its production and what little is known of its service, with three excellent large format photos to support the text.

Raymond Surlemont then brings us part three of his history of German Armoured Trains in WW2.  Here the different armoured trains are listed and their service described.

Gwyn Evans starts a series titled ?De-coding Mark IV serial numbers? which describes how to comprehend the blocks of numbers allocated to production runs of this type of WW1 tanks.  This will be continued with the sequence of production.

From Dick Harley on page 12 we have a set of walk around photos of the FV4202 also known as the 40 ton Centurion.  This is to support the modelling article by Mark Gilbert in Tankette 49/5, and includes a reprint of the drawing (1981) by Bob Stimpson in 1/76th scale. This is typical of the way that MAFVA can amalgamate old new information in Tankette, providing the membership with as complete an article as possible.

We then have a report from Simon Ward on the recent visit of Cambridge branch to the Model Show at the Saumur Tank Museum. As always a mix of business, adventure and pleasure, taking advantage of the location.  The Museum is one of the largest collections in the world, and with the addition of the model show, and of course the beautiful environs make it a ?must do? objective.

Following a book review, the next item is another page in the Cromwell Kitography by Dick Harley.  With the use of training manual diagrams the different types of track adjustment  on the various versions of Cromwell.

Peter Davenport brings us a fascinating find  of photos of experimental vehicles trialled in Quetta, Pakistan during the 1930?s.  These show lorries fitted with Martel type suspension, and the eccentric system of a blunted drive sprocket  being pushed round by the truck tyre, plus engaging with the outside of the track seems quite bizarre. Most fascinating.

We then have a drawing by John Church of the Sherman V (M4A4) ARV2 in 1/76th scale.  Although the drawing is some 30 years old and shows a need for some TLC, it is still very useful for those wishing to make a model of this important recovery vehicle.

Following research in the Liddell Hart Military Archive, Andy Lang has put together details of markings on Italian tanks at the battle of Beda Fomm, and Dan Taylor has drawn these up in colour for the inside back cover.  These records were made following instructions given by Brigadier Caunter of 4th Armoured Brigade to his staff, and have provided us with a plethora of detail.  Well done Andy & Dan, this is why we have colour in Tankette!

Paul Middleton 1528   24/12/2014




So the penultimate issue of Tankette for 2014 has arrived with a stunning cover photo of the JS-2 on display at Overloon in Holland. (Not that it saw action there, like some of the other exhibits did!)
Page 2 carries colour photos of the FV4202 built by Mark Gilbert as per his page 4 article.
Page 3 carries the usual admin info and a short editorial from Tom Cole.
Page 4 sees the article by Mark Gilbert where he gives the background to the FV4202 experimental tank, and then describes how he built it.  Although the source for plans is given, I would have liked to see the drawings with the article, even though it would be a repeat for Tankette: it was first seen in Vol. 17/2 which is 32 years ago!
Following a couple of book reviews we turn to part three of Dick Harley's treatise on the Cromwell tank ? the Cromwell Kitography, where he lists available kits and describes their qualities, both good and bad, and their possibilities.  Included are his drawings of the rear decks needed to convert the Tamiya kits.  This is quite comprehensive for the modeller who wants to make a ?different? model from the basic kit, or maybe even the complete series. It is great to have these model conversions described, but even better with a drawing or two to help visualise the subject.  There is also a rather nice print of ?Blenheim? that our older members will recall from the Profile publications. (I think Almark covered it in a set of transfers, that?s decals to you youngsters.)
Next we have two articles by Mark Lane.  The first discusses his adventures in using 3D printing to make parts in 1/35th scale.  Quite an interesting read, bringing us up to speed with recent developments.  The second article is quite useful for builders of post-war British vehicles in that it describes the equipment from the Larkspur series of radios worn by tank crews.
We then have a pair of drawings from the John Church archive.  The first is plan no 557, FV4204 Chieftan Mk 5 A.R.V., the second being Plan 545, the Giant Viper mine clearing equipment. These British post-war equipments appear in 1/76th scale and include details to aid the model-maker.
Carl Dennis gives us a report on the Norfolk Tank Museum, a small privately owned establishment which has a fascinating collection of armour and other military artefacts. The caf? is quite good as well!
Ye Ed produces an article for us on the Berlin Infantry Brigade which details the vehicles used and the Berlin Urban Camouflage Scheme, known to many as the ?Rubik Cube Scheme?. A very informative text is backed up with monochrome and colour photos providing a handy reference for modellers and wargamers.
The back cover has more colour photos of the exhibits at the Norfolk Tank Museum.
Another excellent issue leading up to the jubilee year for MAFVA.
Paul Middleton 1528   09/10/2014



Tankette 49/4 is out, and as promised, Tom Cole has made this a special for the 2014 MAFVA nationals, held in June at IWM Duxford.  Both the front and rear cover, plus extra pages in the centre feature photos of the models plus the results. There is also a brief write up on the show (by your present scribe) to give a taste of the atmosphere during the event.
Inside the front cover are colour photos of the three WW1 lorries that appeared at the military vehicle Show, and parked right outside the MAFVA marquee!
David Fletcher provides the first article in this issue, fittingly for the centenary of the start of WW1, it concerns the Austin Armoured cars that were built for Russia.  The design and production is detailed, and supported by period photos.  Once again, David has expanded my knowledge, and I am sure I will refer back to this article.
Dick Harley continues his Cromwell Kitography with Part Two, where he reviews the available Cromwell kits, identifying their faults, which variant they actually are, and their merits.
Graham Cobb gives us the benefit of his techniques in building his Minerva armoured car which won the John Baumann trophy at the Nationals this year.
One of the joys of Tankette is that you can publish an article on an obscure vehicle, and find that other readers have that missing piece of information, photograph or source of parts.  This allows the author to re-visit the project, and submit a fresh article to expand the original.  In this aspect, Peter Davenport gives us part Two of his article on the French Citroen TAMH ambulance.  Here Peter has more information on the internal stretcher arrangements, and even a drawing of the Stretcher , Modele 1892 itself.
Page 22 is given over to the Noticeboard and details of the MAFVA elections 2015.
On page 23, we have part two of the series on German Armoured trains in World war two by Raymond Surlemont.  This article describes the history and development of the German Panzerdraisine and has side views of several types.  For those wishing more detailed information, one of the best sources about is Les Trains Blindes by our own Paul Malmassari, which has multi-view 1/72ns scale drawings of just about every type of armoured train I have heard of.  Several of these drawings have appeared in Tankette.
Chairman John Ham contributes an article on conversion possibilities for the new Airfix 1/72nd scale RAF vehicles sets. This is supported by photos and the Geoff Lacey drawing of the Bedford MWC water tanker.
The final piece for this issue is a photopage from David Payne of the Warrior APC fitted with bar armour and the latest gizmos used by the British Army.
Yet another brilliant issue of Tankette, well done Tom!
Paul Middleton 1528   14/08/2014




Editor Tom Cole has titled this issue of Tankette as a ?Self-propelled Guns Special? and starts of f with the cover photo from John Woolford of an M40.  This is operated by our friends at the Duxford Aviation Society MT Wing, and is a US 155mm SP weapon that was in Royal Artillery service post-war.  I wonder if this was Tom working on ?insider information? after the recent revelation that the Royal Artillery ?Firepower? museum in London is to close?
Inside the cover we have some useful photos of a sexton 25pdr SP gun at the Muckleburgh Collection in North Norfolk. Tom gives his editorial, on editorial changes on page 3, and invites feedback.
We then have an article on the South African G6 Rhino 155mm SP gun, supported by excellent 1/76th scale multi-view drawings by the late Mick Bell. These are ideal for the scratchbuilder or perhaps for someone who has obtained the Baxmod 1/35th scale kit.
Stepping back in time the next article is by David Nicholas on the British pre-WW2 Birch gun, and is supported by photos and 1/35th scale drawings by Peter Davenport.  This is quite a an excellent history of the development of this promising design that was cut short.  The excellent period photos enhance the detailed text, which is useful, as there is no surviving example.
Next Colin Rosenwould, now settled in North Wales, supplies us with two excellent and useful photos of Israeli SP equipment, notably the L-33 Roem SP 155mm based on the Sherman chassis, and the Makmat 160mm Mortar Carrier.
Interspersed with the articles are book reviews, MAFVA news and details of the forthcoming MAFVA Golden Jubilee calendar.  It is quite amazing to think that MAFVA has been going for (almost) 50 years and that Tankette started off a simple roneo?d newsletter.  Incidentally, we also have ready  MAFVA jubilee lapel badges and mugs, which went on sale at the 2014 MAFVA nationals last weekend at Duxford.
Colin Rosenwould brings another item to this issue, namely his build of a 1/35th scale model of the prototype FV 3802, which was a 25pdr SP gun on the Centurion hull.  Quite a pea-shooter on an elephant, this prototype survived it?s trials to be used at the Artillery ranges at Shoeburyness for many years.  It then appeared at Duxford where I experienced a ride on it.  Apparently at Shoeburyness the empty fighting compartment was fitted with a settee to carry range personnel about the site!  Well done Colin it looks an excellent model.  More of Colin?s work, and that of his fellow branch members can be found on their website .The final article is from Peter Davenport and concerns detailing  the Revell (ex-Matchbox) M7 HMC ?Priest?.  This is now a venerable kit which benefits from super-detailing to improve it.
Inside the rear cover we have superb colour photos of a US M55 155mm SP gun of the Vietnam era modelled by John Paulding, and also the surviving example at Fort Hood in Texas that John based his model on. Colin Rosenwould?s FV 3802 also features.
The back page features the British AS 90 155mm SP gun, which has now seen 20 years of service.
Well done Tom, another excellent Tankette.
Paul Middleton 1528   17/06/2014




So the latest issue of Tankette arrived today, and once again, editor Tom Cole has put together a magazine that is full of interesting and useful material.

The cover photo is of a replica Panzer III built on the hull of an FV432, not a restored example of a real Panzer III!  Glad to see you?ve kept up with the vehicle recognition classes Tom?.

Inside the front cover are photos of the Japanese Type 97 Te-Ke Tankette displayed at Puckapunyal in Australia.

On page 4 we have an obituary for one of the founding fathers of MAFVA, John Church, written by Dick Harley.  The story reads like a history lesson of the hobby and associated events, and Dick adds in a couple of stories which really illustrates Johns? character.  A sad loss to his family, friends, MAFVA & the hobby.  To illustrate the John Church legacy, Tom has included plan No 557, drawn in 1996, of the FV4204 Chieftain Mk5  A.R.V.  As always the plan is in 1/76th scale with sufficient detail for the model maker to complete an excellent rendition of the vehicle.

Next we have an article by David Fletcher on the Isotta-Fraschini Armoured car designed by Charles Jarrot.  The solitary example built was sent to the Russians in 1914, who then rebuilt it.  The rebuilt vehicle was very different in appearance from the original, and this can be amply seen in the photographs David has supplied.

By way of a complete change the next article is Dave Blomleys? treatise on making spoked wheels, for cases where there is nothing suitable that is available commercially.

The centre spread for this issue is the Japanese Type 97 ?Te-Ke? Light Armoured Car (37mm Type 94 Gun), drawn in 1/35th scale by Hubert Cance.  Although titled an armoured car, it is tracked , and in reality a light tank, perhaps in the same way that some US light tanks were termed ?Combat Cars? due to internal politics within the army. Photos of the subject vehicle appear on the inside of the front cover.

We then have a letter from the MAFVA Chairman, John Ham in which he outlines the latest developments and changes within the Association.  This is followed with a statement of accounts covering the years 2010 -2013.

Dick Harley provides the next article which he has called the ?Cromwell Kitography?.  This will be a six part series on sourcing information, building acceptable models from the available kits, and a few conversions.  In this, the first part he debunks previous written works on the Cromwell, in particular his 35 year old article from Tankette 14/5.  He also gives us a table of the various production marks of Cromwell and references some of the trustworthy books needed by enthusiasts.

We then have a series of book reviews, and then some excellent colour photos taken on the Salisbury Plain training area by veteran MAFVA photographer David Payne.  Vehicles covered include the Warthog with cage armour, Foxhound and Husky, and David has produced excellent photos which enhance the back cover of the magazine.

Another excellent Tankette, well done Tom!

Paul Middleton 1528   24/04/2014





The first Tankette of 2014 has hit the streets, and the cover features a beautifully made King Tiger model by Christian Bray.  Inside the cover are more models, the FV 4005 by Centurion Guru Mark Gilbert, and models seen at the Small Scale convention at Heiden, Germany.

Editor Tom Cole gives us a brief few words and the sad news of the passing of one of the MAFVA ?Originals?, John Church.  [See website Roll of Honour entry too - Ed]

Page 4 sees Mark Gilbert describe how to make a 1/35th Centurion FV 4005, which includes construction photos and plenty of references.

We then have a short piece on modelling wading kit for Churchills, and a diary page for shows and events.

Raymond Surlemont then gives us the first part of an article on German Armoured trains. This first part gives a quite detailed description of the units involved, and will make an excellent reference should you wish to start building one.

The centre spread for this issue is a 1/35th scale drawing by Hubert Cance  of the Japanese Type 3 75mm ?Ho-Ni III? SPG which has photos of a surviving example with it.  If I remember correctly there is a resin conversion set, but cutting plastic will also do the job based on a Tamiya kit.

We then have several short book reviews, and a kit review of the S&M Stalwart in 1/76th.

Peter Vierhout provides a report on the International Small Scale Convention that took place at Heiden in Germany in September 2013.  From the report it sounds like an excellent show!

Tim Neate gives us Part 3 of his series on the Saracen.  He lists the various marks and modifications, as well the specialist conversions, and supports the text with some really good photos, including colour ones on the back cover.

The last article is by Editor Tom Cole himself and concerns the AA4 Mk 7 Radar used by the Royal Artillery with Ack-Ack guns and Thunderbird Missiles, then later by the RAF to cover a radar ?gap?.  As well as Tom?s text, and some excellent photos, there is also the 1/76th scale drawing of the unit by the late John Church.  A very complete package for the model maker.  Another excellent issue, well done Tom.

Paul Middleton 1528   02/03/2014




The final issue of Tankette for 2013 has landed on my mat and editor Tom Cole has surpassed himself with an interesting mix of articles.  Another John Woolford colour photo graces the cover, this time of a 1/35th scale A9 Cruiser in a desert setting.  The inside cover features photos of exhibits at the Cuban Museum of the Revolution, not  on the usual museum circuit!
Tom?s editorial and the administrative notices fill page 3, and then we hit the real ?meat? of the magazine.
The first is an illustrated article by David Fletcher on British armoured cars built for Imperial Russia, which it turns out, is far from straight forward.  As David states at the beginning, it is an ongoing work of research with new documents surfacing to unravel (or confuse) the known history.  Large format photos help with identifying details for model-makers.
Mark Gilbert, The Centurion Guru, gives us a treatise on the Centurion FV4005, a standard hull fitted with a 183mm gun in a large boxy turret.  This was intended to be a Tank Destroyer AFV, but was dropped in favour of the 120mm armed Conqueror.  Mark refers to the plan by Bob Stimpson that appeared in Tankette Vol 12/3, and of course the example that is on display at Bovington.  Part two will run us through the build of the model.
We then have a review of the Dragon 1/72nd scale Ersatz Panther/M10 as used by Panzer Brigade 150 in Operation Grief, part of the Ardennes Offensive of 1944.  Many years (decades!) ago I converted the old Tamiya Panther to this variant so was quite interested to see the article.  The review is supported by the centre page spread of a four-view 1/35th scale plan by Hubert Cance of this vehicle.  I note that Hubert has left the muzzle brake on, whereas I thought they were removed to more closely imitate the M10 they were masquerading as.
Ye Ed, who has a bit more than a passing knowledge on the subject, gives us a short article on the AA3 mk7 Anti-Aircraft Radar.  Tom supports this with a John Church 1/76th drawing of the beastie, and also colour photos of the surviving example on display at IWM Duxford.  I?ll have to have a look when we are at Duxford for the Nationals on June 15th 2014.
Next we have part two of John Ham?s article on the waterproofing of Churchill tanks.  This includes photos and isometric drawings of the wading trunking from the manual. Extremely useful if you intend to model a wading Churchill (Another one on the ?to do? list?).
The ?notice board? follows listing events and meetings in the early part of 2014, flyers for ?On Track? and the Nottingham Open day, plus a book review by Gary Wenko of a new book covering Japanese Tankettes.
Tim Neate then steps in with part two of his article on the Saracen APC.  In this episode Tim describes the various modifications fitted to Saracens during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, with several photos and drawings by John Church in 1/76th scale.  More will be in Tankette 49/1.
Well done Tom, another excellent issue.
Paul Middleton 1528   14/12/2013


Starting with the excellent cover photo taken by John Woolford at Tankfest of a restored Stuart light tank, Tankette 48/5 is full of interesting material. Colour photos of Mastiffs, Ridgeback and Saxons wearing bar armour appear on page 2, ideal if you are building these as models.
On page 3 the Tom Cole gives his view in the editorial, as well as text to support the photos on page 2.
Part 2 of the Vickers Medium Russian Export version known as ?The English Workman? from Peter Davenport details the history and service of this vehicle along with photos and drawings.
Peter Bailey gives us a report on the 2012 London Opens, an annual show in central London, known for its friendliness and of course the bacon rolls!
Page 8 has a review of the new Zvezda British Bofors in 1/72nd scale, written by John Rulton. John includes a lot of relevant information in his text which will help modellers decide how to finish the model.
Next we have an article on the prototype Beutepanzer conversion which mounted a PaK 40 75mm on the Vickers Mk VI hull. This supports the1/35th plans that appear on the centre spread by Hubert Cance. Now that we have a (relatively) cheap 1/35th plastic Mk VI this would be a simple conversion, and of course the small scale guys have had the JB/Airfix offering since forever!
Next we have part one of a new mini-series by John Ham entitled ?Waterproofing Churchill Tanks?. In this first part John examines the Dieppe Churchills in depth with lists of materials used and photos to illustrate the work involved to make these tanks suitable for wading operations.
On page 15 Tom Cole brings us a follow up article on the centurion Bridgelayer featured in Tankette 48/4. This gives more history of the development and service of the vehicle, plus some very interesting photos from the archives.
Tim Neate is the next to bring us a new multi-part article, this time on the FV 603 Saracen APC. Tim lists the variations to the basic APC used by the Royal Engineers, Territorials, RAF and service in Hong Kong. More to follow. This includes photos of the variants, and on the inside back cover are colour shots of the vehicles at the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence.
The back cover carries a colour photo essay of the Universal carrier taken at the War & Peace Revival Show at Folkestone. A good reference for those intending to build the recent Riich Carrier kit.
Well done Tom, another excellent issue.
Paul Middleton 1528   25/11/2013



So here we have Tankette 48/4 which Editor Tom Cole has made a ?special? for the 2013 Nationals.  To provide space for the Nationals coverage this issue has an extra 4 colour pages, which are filled with photos of exhibited models plus some of the full size attractions.
The cover carries a John Woolford photo of a Panther in a late war diorama, the inside cover has photographs of the ?Best of Show? winner, a Japanese Type 95 light tank by Andy Lang.  Page three carries the usual Editorial, office rhubarb and events list. Pages 4 ? 7 has part one of an article by Peter Davenport on the Medium Mark II 1931 Russian Export model ?English Workman? Type 1.  This is a variation of the Vickers design so prevalent in the 1920?s and the article includes a 1/35th scale multi-view drawing.
We then have the results of the 2013 Nationals and a couple of Osprey book reviews, followed by kit conversion and decal reviews.
Next we have the colour centre spread which features the models that were on show at the 2013 Nationals.
Page 15 returns us to WW1 and the second part of John Hams? treatise on the Chinese Labour Corps, a fascinating insight in to a little publicised unit of the Great War.
Tim Neate then brings us an article on a subject that has long held my interest, namely the use of the American Corporal Missile system by the British Army.  This includes photographs of a Corporal battery setting up and an Orbat for a Corporal regiment.  Tim Neate then follows this up with a short piece on improving the 1/76th scale PST kit of the PT-76b which Tim had built as an Indian Army vehicle.
The next item is a two page 1/76th set of drawings for building a model of the Centurion Bridgelayer: FV4002 by John Church. 
We then have a new page for Tankette which is a ?Notice Board? giving details of MAFVA events, news, and in this issue the Chairman?s mid-year report.
Both page 23 and the rear cover carry more photos of the models at the Nationals.
Another excellent issue of Tankette with some important innovations.
Paul Middleton 1528   14/09/2013




The latest issue of Tankette has hit the streets and the cover photo takes a change from the usual subject of a restored AFV at a military vehicle show, in that it is an ?in service? photo of a Canadian  Lynx  recce vehicle in Cyprus, 1976. On page two we have three photographs from the visit to the Wheatcroft Workshops that relate to the report by Bob Lockie.  On page three editor Tom Cole gives half his column space over to support information to go with the cover photo provided by Ed Storey.  This is the kind of useful information that when packaged with a photo, plan or kit makes it a lot easier to produce a model.
Next is the afore mentioned report by Bob Lockie on his visit to the Wheatcroft Workshops with the Friends of the Tank Museum.  It sounds like a Santa?s grotto for tank enthusiasts, and hopefully produce more rare vehicles to display in the collection and at military vehicle shows.
Next we have a page of book and product reviews to tempt the membership into buying new stuff.  The source of hex bolt heads from Chris Lloyd-Staples sounds most interesting.
We then have a 1/35th scale 4 view drawing of the British WWI Mk. IV female (machine gun armed) tank drawn by Hubert Cance.  This should help with building the Emhar kit for the Great War enthusiast.
Page eight gives us part 2 of the Thor missile article by Tom Cole with photos, drawings and a mass of information on the deployment of this early Cold war ICBM system.  There are also multi-view of the trailer and missile in 1/76th scale by Mick Bell which will help both potential scratch builders and those working on the BW Models kit.
Something a bit different is the next article on the Chinese Labour Corps in WWI by John Ham.  A lengthy detailed work by John gives a lot of information plus a photo which is fascinating.  Many years back I visited the cemetery at St Omer (Northern France) and amongst quite a few nationalities from both World Wars buried there were quite a few Chinese, now I know why. On page 15  to continue the branch feature we have a report by Colin Rosenwould on the Nottingham MAFVA Open day, a fun day out that I enjoyed and enhanced by the hospitality shown each year by the branch members.
Another 1/35th multi-view plan by Hubert Cance is next  this time featuring the T.26 M.1931 (Finland), One the descendants of the Vickers export designs with twin MG turrets.  This could be built from a variety of available plastic kits in different scales.  Keeping with the Finnish connection is an article by Keith Taylor which lists information sources, kit availability, and decal sets for the Finnish vehicles.  Very useful if you wish to model vehicles from the various Finnish conflicts.  This is complemented by three large format colour photos of models of Finnish vehicles on the inside of the back cover. The back cover has four lovely colour photos of models in the competition of the Nottingham MAFVA Open day 2013. Another excellent edition from Tom Cole, full of information and inspiration.
Paul Middleton 1528 30/06/2013






Bang on schedule comes the second issue of Tankette under the editorial management of Tom Cole, and this one has a glorious cover photo of a U.S. Army operated Sherman with Cullin hedgerow device seen at  a vehicle show recently.
Inside the front cover are photos of a 1/35th scale Centurion ARV by Alan Brown and the humungous Railway gun by Peter Denyer.  These photos relate to articles in this issue.
As usual page 3 is given over to administrative stuff, notices and an editorial where Tom waxes lyrical about the forthcoming MAFVA Nationals.
Page 4 has a very important message from recently elected MAFVA Chairman John Ham regarding recent events within MAFVA, the constitution and elections.
John Rulton provided a look back to the arrival of resin kits in the hobby, and the subsequent impact they have had on model-making.  The pioneering work by Eric Clark was instrumental in expanding the interest of many model-makers (including myself) by supplying vehicles not available from the commercial suppliers.  Who can forget the excitement of opening the package from Eric, gingerly extracting the parts from the cotton wool (which insisted on sticking to the parts) and admiring the detailed (for the day) parts for that new model.  Prior to cyanoacrylate we were using epoxy, rubber based glues or anything else we could find to glue the models together.  And the buzz generated when you took it along to the club meeting was phenomenal!
From Paul Gandy comes a report on the activities of the South Wales MAFVA, in particular the display the branch put on for their open afternoon.  Paul talks through the models and the modellers who exhibited at the show, quite an inspiring collection.
Tom Cole brings us the first part of an article on the U.S. Thor missile system in RAF service along with plans of the specialist vehicles by Mick Bell in 1/76th scale.  An interesting article for me from a technical point of view, as these were then the cutting edge of the space race, and also as many of the abandoned launch sites later became used as exercise locations for radio exercises by units of the Royal Signals.  A 1/76th scale kit of the tractor and trailer is available from BW Models as kit BW187.
A new author, Alan J. Brown, appears next with a ?how to? article converting the Centurion gun tank to the ARV (Armoured Recovery Vehicle) Mk II version.
Alan bases his work on the old Tamiya kit, but it would be equally applicable to AFV Club offering.  Plenty of photographs of the real vehicle and in progress work on the model, plus the completed work are included, as well as very useful working drawings.  The tail end is a list of other sources of information, also very useful.
Bob Lockie then reviews  Value Gear resin stowage items which look like a very cost-effective way of customising your 1/35th scale tank.
The final item in this issue is a potted history of Finnish armour at war 1939-1945 written by Keith Taylor.  This gives a chronological history of the fighting between Finland and the Soviet union, and later against German units, along with the AFVs used by them.  This is backed by colour photos of AFVs in Finnish service on the inside of the back cover.
The back cover itself has photos of models on display at the On Track 2013 model show from February.
Another excellent issue to interest the AFV model maker.
Paul Middleton 1528 05/05/2013




Here we have the first issue of Tankette Volume 48, also the first issue under the steady hand of Tom Cole.  Following the pattern of previous issues, the cover features a large format photo of ?Golden Miller? the Matilda tank at Bovington.
On page 2 are more colour photos, this time of the subjects of two of the articles that is Mark Gilberts Irish Army Comet, and Neil Craig?s Scammell ?Snow White?.
Page three carries Tom?s introductory editorial, and the usual administrative information.  NB MAFVA had its first AGM (after 48 years!) recently, and a few changes have been made since this issue was put to bed.  For an up to date list of the officers visit , the association website.
The first article is by Neil Craig and details his build of the Scammell Tank Transporter seen in wartime photos, ?Snow White?.  Using the venerable Airfix 1/76th kit as a basis, Craig uses photos and words to illustrate the changes he made and the detail he has added to produce a splendid model. 
To support the conversion article Neil has included the Geoff Lacey plan of the cab, and also trailer drawings by TMC based on those by John Church.
The next article is a 1/35th scale build of the Bronco Comet by Mark Gilbert, completed as one in service with the Irish army post war.  Looking unusual in its grey paint scheme, this is definitely not a run of the mill finish.  The article is supported by photos, and the 1/35th scale plans of the Comet by Hubert Cance.
We then have a report of the Cambridge branch trip to the annual model show at the Musee des Blindes in Saumur, France.  This is bound to get a few more groups interested in a trip there, as fellow MAFVA member Bill Hanna has a set of gites a few minutes? drive from the town.
Peter Davenport provides the next article on the Light Tank Mk 1 India Pattern, a rare and poorly documented AFV, and Peter not only gives us the historical data, but also a 1/35th scale drawing of the beastie.
The editor is the author of a piece on the Australian Matilda Bulldozers in 1/76th scale, and describes building a model from the Airfix kit and Matador conversion set.  Tom adds several photos of both his model and the museum exhibit at Puckapunyal.
The last item is a visit to the El Alamein museum in Egypt by Paul Evans.  His report is mostly photos of the vehicle exhibits which appear on the colour back cover.
These articles are interspersed with numerous book reviews and sources of material, making the magazine a very interesting read.  Well done Tom, is the next issue ready?
Paul Middleton 1528 27/02/2013




So here we are with the last issue of Tankette to be edited by Neil Wharton. Neil originally volunteered for the job for a period of 5 years, and liked it so much he stayed for another 5! During his tenure Neil has seen in the important changes of A4 and colour, as well as procuring the services of john Woolford, a professional photographer who has provided many high quality and eye-catching covers for the magazine. Good luck to Neil in his future endeavours, and also to Tom Cole who takes up the reins from Volume 48/1.
Talking of covers, the front cover of this issue is a wonderful study of an M60 at the 2012 Tankfest show by John Woolford, and then inside on page 2 is a series of photos taken by Neil at the Wheatcroft Collection workshop of a Panther undergoing restoration. 
In his editorial on page 3 Neil talks of the highs and lows of editing a magazine, new kits and Scale Modelworld at Telford last month.
Page 4 gives us a two-in-one article on a pair of Soviet vehicles, the Ural 375D 6x6 Water Tanker 7 the Ural 4320 6x6 Workshop Truck. !/76th scale plans of each type by Mick Bell feature alongside photos and a potted history.
The next article is on the DT-30 Vityaz (Knight) articulated tracked vehicle from the Russian Federation, quite a futuristic looking beastie.
The main feature is an article by Dick Harley on the Nellie trenching machine. This is a very well written piece on the machine, with a small potted history, description, photos and 1/76th scale plans by Dick which cover three pages in a centrefold. Good luck to anyone bold enough to have a go at scratch building it. My over active imagination has just fired up thoughts of a 1/35th scale rendition of this monster?.
On the back of the fold out page is a 1/35th scale drawing of the Japanese Type 97 ?Shinhoto Chi-Ha? medium tank by Hubert Cance. This is an up gunned and re-turreted version of the original Ch-Ha, and Neil has found a couple of photos to go with the text and plans.
Next Neil reviews the AFV Handbooks series of CD, a new source of information.
Ed Storey then gives us a study of the operation of the German 88mm bogie assembly. This is well supported by photos and follows on neatly from earlier articles by John Rulton on the infamous Acht-Acht gun.
The manner of articles that are published in Tankette (and other publications of our genre) is that the moment an issue is ?put to bed? fresh information turns up. In this case Chris Grove has sent in more information regarding the Citroen Ambulance TAMH drawn by Peter Davenport in the last issue, which add to the article.
The colour photos inside the rear cover are more taken by Neil Wharton at the Wheatcroft Collection Workshops and include Charioteer (Ex-Finnish) 88mm Flak 36 and Valentine.
The rear cover is a full page photo of the replica WW1 Mark IV tank made for the Spielberg film War Horse.
An excellent issue for Neil to sign off with.
Paul Middleton 1528 10/12/2012


TANKETTE Vol. 47/5


Here we are with the penultimate issue of Volume 47 of Tankette, and the news that after 10 years at the helm, Neil Wharton will be stepping down from the role of editor at the end of this year. Originally Neil volunteered to do the job for 5 years, and this seems to have stretched as he enjoyed himself so much. Tom Cole has volunteered to take over with Volume 48 and is already putting material together. As Neil has said within the magazine, if you have an article for Tankette, send it in. It is far easier for the editor if he has a wider choice of material on hand to put together a balanced magazine. MAFVA is an association of model-making friends, and it relies on input from the membership.
The cover of 47/5 has another excellent cover from the lens of John Woolford, this time of the M8 MHC (Motor Howitzer Carriage) seen at the 2012 War & Peace Show. Tamiya released a kit of this vehicle many years ago which is short of a lot of details and interior. An article covering corrections appeared in Tankette Vol. 16/4 written by the current writer. I would imagine that there are plenty of detail kits from the aftermarket guys, but in those days it was down to plastic card and inventiveness.

Inside on page 2 Neil has put together a photo essay of a cut-away Leopard 1 seen during a Friends of the Tank Museum visit to RMCS Shrivenham this year. The colour pages are certainly proving their worth with photos like these. The regular editorial on page 3 gives Neil the opportunity to talk about his work as editor and plans for the future. Hopefully with more time available next year he can put a few articles together for Tankette.


The first article comes from the pen of Belgian member Raymond Surlemont and discusses the use of Soviet tanks and their crews in Spain during the Civil War 1936-39. As many readers will know, the Spanish Civil War was in many ways used by the supporters of each side (The Fascists were supported by Italy & Germany, the Republicans by Soviet Russia) as a laboratory for developing and trialling tank doctrine, ultimately the ?Blitzkrieg? tactics. Raymond?s article covers detailed reports of tank action, including their combat against Italian CV-33 Tankettes. Whilst the information is very interesting, the stilted prose could have used a re-write to make it easier to read.


Dick Harley provides the next article, a philosophical look at the way kit instruction sheets have changed since he took his first tentative steps in the hobby. He points out how those of us that were sticking together Airfix kits in the sixties and earlier actually learned the names of the components from the text, whereas now we rely on the text-free multi-national diagrams. 


Ed Storey gives us a write up of the unveiling of an M1917 (US copy of the Renault FT that were supplied to Canada in 1940 as training tanks) that has been restored at the Canadian War Museum. The history of the vehicle and its restoration make an excellent read. This is followed by book reviews.


The centre spread for this issue is the German WW2 Landwasserschlepper amphibian drawn by Hubert Cance in four view 1/35th illustrations. Of course this monster is available from both Bronco, Hobby Boss and Dragon in most versions and a variety of scales now, but the drawings certainly help with visualising this vehicle. David Nicholas supports these drawings with an article on the LWS, and I was surprised to find that three were evaluated by the British after capture. Quite fascinating as I was unaware of this (or had probably forgotten?.).


Neil Wharton gives us a review of the reprinted Nuts & Bolts book on the Saurer Rk-7 wheel cum track vehicle, released to coincide with the release of the Hobby Boss kit.


John Ham gives us a review of the LM decal range from Greece and refers to the series of article by Fyll Metsovitis on Greek Armour back in Vols 31/4 & 33/6 of Tankette. 


Peter Davenport gives us an excellent article on the Citroen Ambulance based on the Camionette TUB with multiview drawings in 1/48th scale including internal views. This is an update of the material from Mick Bell published in Tankette 31/5 made with the addition of more information. As Peter states, it may not be perfect till a volunteer finds and measures a surviving example. The amusing bit for me was the reference to the internal height of the vehicle being based on the average height of a pre-war Frenchman, perhaps that explains why British designs have a greater headroom? In my family most of the French are a lot shorter than the English, Americans and others, so does that design criteria still exist in France, or do they now allow extra height for export models?


John Ham provides a second article returning to his interest in military rail transport with an in depth review of the Retrokit kit of the WD 40 and 45ton Pollwagon. This includes photos of the model and the real thing and provides useful information to kit builders.


Page 18 is given over to a 1/76th set of drawings by Geoff Lacey of the A.E.C. 4x4 Armoured Command Vehicle L.P. (Low Power) as used by the British Army and allies in WW2 and later. Details are included as is the penthouse attachments that fitted on the side to give more ?office? space. At least two of these ACV?s survive, one at I.W.M. Duxford, the other at Blandford in the Royal Signals Museum. As an aside, an old school friend told me he had seen an ?A.C.V.? on a Divisional HQ vehicle park in Germany during the 1980?s. I wonder if that is a third example, but may have been one of the 6x6 models produced by A.E.C. post-war (as modelled by Dinky & Matchbox).


Page 19 has photographs taken at the Wheatcroft Collection at Castle Donnington and one shows our own John Woolford in action. This Collection is worth a visit & the site also has the Racing car collection. The rear cover is given over to more photographs taken by Neil at the Friends visit to Shrivenham earlier this year.  Excellent colour photos of a variety of exhibits both WW2 and modern, German and British, armour and soft skins. To give it is current formal title, the Joint Services Command & Staff College  houses a wide variety of exhibits to support training courses. It caused a bit of angst when some WW2 German exhibits such as the Jagdpanzer IV Lang were sold off into the private market, but at least the Henschel turreted King Tiger went to Bovington.


Another excellent and interesting issue of Tankette. 


Paul Middleton 1528 21/10/2012




Another stunning cover photo from the hands of John Woolford greets us as we look through the new issue of Tankette. The subject id a model KV-2 that was in the Nationals 2012 competition at Duxford in June. The excellent detail of damage effects show what is possible in modelling to the extent you can almost taste the cordite from the scene. More photos from the 2012 Nationals appear inside the cover and on the rear covers, reminding me of the models I did see, and some that had not registered in my brain. More photos will be posted on the MAFVA website. Hopefully the quality of the models shown, plus the atmosphere, the traders gathered together, the attraction of the Military Vehicle Show and of course Duxford itself will attract more of you to attend next year (Rumoured to be Father's day again, June 16th).

Page 3 (Sorry, no pin-ups) finds Neil's editorial displaced by several important notices regarding the Model Shows at London and South Wales in October this year. One phenomenal step forward for MAFVA will be the elections which will take place soon. This will hopefully make the Association more inclusive, and persuade members to participate.


The articles start with a three page postscript to the previous article on the Vickers Tanks of the Chaco War, 19323-35. This is all fascinating stuff on Bolivian armour from a 'Little War' that many of us will know nothing about. New photos are shown, as well as a photo of the wreckage of one Vickers still laying where it was destroyed 78 years ago. I'm surprised that it has not been snapped up by an 'entrepreneur' yet.


Page 7 has a very complete set of drawings by John Church of the Churchill Great Eastern Ramp in 1/76th scale. As well as the overall views are numerous detail drawings to help with model construction of thsi complicated vehicle.


John Rulton has contributed a few bits for this issue, the first being titled 'The Acht-Komma-acht' in Braille scale. John outlines the history of the famous German 88mm gun and untangles the complicated designations with a view to building accurate models in 1/76th scale. manufacturers are taken to task with their errors, and reference literature is listed with comments. John completes his second page by promoting 'green' modelling using cardboard trays collected from the supermarket to store part built models in.


The centre spread for 47/4 is a 1/35th set of drawings of the Vickers medium Mk1 drawn by Peter Davenport. I think that there is only a hard to find resin kit available in 1/35th, so a lot of plastic bashing would be needed to produce a mode, but possibly the old Spojnia Polish 7TP can supply the suspension and tracks. A page of text from Peter supports the plans.


Dick Harley continues his overview on the recent Mini-Art Dingo's with an in-depth review of their kit 35087, the Dingo Mark 1A. Dick discusses the the camouflage and the markings included in the kit, linking them to reference books and including a photo of one of the subjects. In a well researched piece he then covers the details of the folding roof and the A.A. Bren gun mount, and also how the four wheel steering actually worked. Bravo! Dick, no excuses for getting it wrong now!


The final article for this issue comes from Canadian member Ed Storey and describes the Canadian Forces Registration system for military vehicles. Yet another interesting read on a subject i had not seen before, with four subject vehicles covered. Yet another splendid issue.


As always Tankette can be obtained via the website or by contacting MAFVA HQ direct at

Paul Middleton 1528  



Issue three of 2012 has arrived with yet another splendid cover photo, this time an M4A4 Sherman.  Inside the cover is a page of photos of 88mm FlaK 18 (both real and small scale) to go with john Rulton?s excellent article.

Page 3 as always carries the Association admin details, Neil?s editorial about recent kits, and a short preview of the MAFVA Nationals.

We then turn to John Rulton?s article on building the FlaK 18 in ?Braille Scale? Part 2.  This is an extremely well rounded article as it describes where to source the parts, how to build it, and backs the words up with plenty of photos, website references and a set of plans by Geoff Lacey.  This is very similar in approach to the old Chris Ellis articles from Airfix Magazine in the 1970?s, which allow an average modeller to improve a model, or built something different, and John has improved on the style!

Chris Lloyd-Staples provides reviews of the Masterclub replacement wheel set for GAZ-AAA based vehicles,  and also Albion Alloys tubing.

The centrespread for this issue is the SdKfz 250/1 Ausf. A (Alte) mit 2,5cm (Hotchkiss SA 34) PaK 112(f).  Bit of a mouthful, not unusual for German designations.  This is in fact the ?Old Model? 1 ton Armoured half-track but fitted with the French 25mm anti-tank gun.  I can only recall one photo of such a combination, in service in North Africa, so it may have been a one-off.  Five 1/35th scale views of this small vehicle should make life easy to convert the basic kits from any scale.

If Interwar British armoured cars interest you then Dick Harley has given us a splendid article on the Lanchester  armoured cars.  Building on a previous article and combining information from other sources, Dick has expanded the knowledge of this archaic armoured car giving names, locations and markings, as well as information sources.

A follow up on the article in the previous issue on waterproofing brings some interesting corrections and observations by Robert Lockie.  We then have the ?John Ham page? of reviews covering kits from Armourfast and Airfix, decals by Mike Starmer and Kingfisher and a book from Osprey.

The final article for this issue is a kit bash to build the Chieftain Khalid: a slightly whimsical offering from our  webmeister, Bill Hanna.This obscure (for most of us) AFV was the half way stage between the Chieftain and Challenger, and was sold to Jordan. 


Converting for beginners: a Khalid from Airfix Chieftain and Matchbox Challenger parts  

As well as photos of the model at various stages is a beautiful photo of the Khalid at Bovington. Unfortunately the author is not credited.

Another great issue with a variety of subjects, the magazine can be obtained from the usual sources or via this website.                                                                                     

Paul Middleton 1528   15/05/2012



Tankette 47/2

Tankette Volume 47/2 starts with a fantastic photo by John Woolford of John Pearson?s Valentine DD. This ties in well with later articles on wading tanks. Inside the cover are a set of photos of the US Army M-ATV, the subject of a recent 1/35th scale kit as mentioned by Neil in his editorial on page three.John Ham provides an excellent article on waterproofing various tanks for wading ashore as at D-Day. As well a general introduction there are diagrams of the fittings for Cromwell, Priest, Churchill and Centaur Dozer. This is an excellent information source for wading conversions.
The centre spread for this issue are 1/48th scale drawings of two ?Paper Panzers? , the Porsche Typ 245-010 Leichter PzKpfw (Light Tank) and the Porsche Typ 245-010 Leichter Flak und PzKpfw (SP Anti-Aircraft Tank). I must admit to knowing very little about these two designs, but they certainly look interesting, although the former looks like it needs a giant key in the back to wind it up. The plans are by Hubert Cance and up to his usual excellent standard.David Nicholas gives us part 2 of his treatise on the steering of tracked vehicles on page 12 . Here he explains the use of gear boxes and compares different systems.
A fascinating article on 3D printing follows authored by Hans van Oerle. My colleagues at the company HQ in Los Angeles have a 3D printer, but I have not had an opportunity to see it in action yet, so this is an excellent resource for me. Hans describes the techniques and processes of drawing in 3D and printing, as well as listing websites for reference. He even offers kits for sale, made by this system.
Bill Scriven gives us the last article for this issue which is a build and review of the Giesbers Models 1/76th scale Oxford Carriers. Backing up the text is the 1/76th scale drawings of the Oxford by John Church, and the inside back cover features colour photos of Bills? models. The back cover carries a selection of photos of the Buffalo mine resistant vehicle, another AFV subject to a recent kit.Another issue with a wide selection of information to keep us readers happy and waiting for the next issue.??
Paul Middleton 1528 08/05/2012


Tankette 47/1

The first issue of Volume 47 has arrived to start the Tankette year off. The colour cover photo is stunning close up of the armoured Warthog tracked carrier. More colour photos are inside on page two and show the M1070 truck tractor with M1000 Tank transporter Trailer.

In his editorial Neil gives a brief synopsis of recent kit releases and also a few thoughts on reviews and editorials.
David Nicholas commences a series on the steering of tracked vehicles covering several ideas from the early AFV engineers. This is supported by photos and drawings to illustrate the text.

Dick Harley provides a review of a book on Canadian camouflage and markings in WW2, and Andrew Bird gives a brief review of Allied-Axis issue 8. There is also a piece originally penned by me to help Neil out with his editorial, but now inserted a stand alone piece discussing the advantages of MAFVA membership.T

he centre spread for this issue is the Autorail Russe as per the Auto Rail ?Orlik? 1919 Czech legion drawn by Paul Malmassari in 1/48th scale. I am now going to have to research this beastie, but I suspect it was in use during the fighting in Eastern Europe as the Soviet union was forming.

more book reviews follow on Nuts & Bolts No 28 which covers the semi-tracked Maultier, and also the new book by our own Tom Cole on building and converting Airfix Military models. Tying in with the Maultier book review is a page of 1/76th drawings of the Ford Maultier and variations including the Einheits cab.

On pages 14 & 15 peter davenport gives us kit reviews of the Fujimi PzKpfw IV Ausf J and the Milicast A11 Matilda Tank Mk 1.

We then have a few more book reviews including ?More bang for no bucks? about the short use of M108 SP howitzers by the Australians in Vietnam, the Osprey book ?The Chaco War 1932-35? reviewed by Andy Lang, and ?Gunpower 29 The Schneider CA & St Chamond? reviewed by Dick Harley. The last two named reviewers know the subject matter, so we can be sure of a fair assessment.

The final article is by South Wales member Mike Gill who writes about building the pewter model armoured cars produced by C.A. Atkins. this is supported by photos of his models which give ideas on the colour schemes.
The back cover is another John Woolford photo taken at Bovington, this time of the Tortoise that was running at last years Tankfest.

Another fine issue of Tankette, but if you have not got it, do not delay, the print run is limited, so get your subscription into Gary Williams tout de suite!


Thanks to a lot of hard work and despite two sets of surgery, editor Neil Wharton has managed to squeeze the last issue of this years Tankette into the post before Christmas.
The cover colour photo is an M36 seen (I believe) at Beltring. Inside the cover is a set of photos sent in by long term MAFVA member Ralph Page. Four of the photos are taken at the collection of military equipment that is, or was, at Trieste in Northern Italy. The other two are of Dutch DAF YP408 APCs at Sennelager in Germany.

Neil?s editorial covers visits to two shows and touches on a few subjects, reminding readers that MAFVA is an association of friends, and that we should all contribute to the magazine.

The first article is by Belgian member Raymond Surlemont and covers the German Schupo Sonderwagen built in the 1920?s, and still seen around the Reichstag in 1945. There is what I assume is a 1/35th scale three view drawing of the Daimler M.1921 version, and sketched side views comparing Daimler, Benz and Ehrhardt versions. This is followed by reviews of Osprey books and accessories by Reality in Scale and Inside the Armour.

John Rulton is given time on his soapbox asking contributors to provide more information when they send in photos and discussing ways that modellers can improve the presentation of their models. An interesting discussion, worthy of contemplation.

The next scale drawing is a 1/76th rendition of the pre-WW2 French AMD Laffly armoured car drawn by Mick Bell with five views. Variations of detail seen in North Africa are also included. Continuing the French armoured car theme is the centre spread of a 1/35th scale drawing of the AMC White Model 1920, Indo China model drawn by Hubert Cance. For those of you who don?t know AMD stands for Automitrailleuse de Decouverte, or Reconnaissance Armoured Car.

Page 12 sees part two of Mike Starmer?s treatise on British Ground and Air Recognition Markings: WW2. Mike covers the use of the white star, red & white AFV stripes and the madness that was the sign board. He also covers the use of the roundel and the St Andrews cross, and details the use in several theatres of war. 

The final article for this issue continues the study of military railways with a look at post-war movement of British military vehicles by rail by Paul Gandy. The equipment is described and profusely illustrated with photos taken at different locations around the country. Paul also lists the kits of the rail wagons available in kit form in different scales. The back cover carries a selection of colour photos taken by the editor at the 2011 London Opens.

Another excellent issue covering a variety of topics. Well done Neil, what has 2012 got for us? 

Paul Middleton 1528 12/12/2011


Now that Editor Neil Wharton is recovering from surgery he is back at the helm of Tankette. Volume 46 issue 5 is now out and recognisable from the rather tasty cover photo of a Panzer III taken at the Tankfest 2011 at Bovington.

Inside the cover is another page of colour photos, this time taken at the MAFVA Nationals/Military Vehicle Show at Duxford this year.

Neil?s editorial waxes lyrical on past modelling projects and discusses potential future ideas.

John Ham continues his look at the rail transport of tanks. Well illustrated with period photographs this article also includes drawings of the British war Flat and diagrams of loading and stowage.

The centre spread is a 1/35th scale four view drawing of the Soviet KV-1G/KV-1S-85 (85mm S-341) drawn by Hubert Cance. This is a big beastie that could be converted from the currently available kits.

Next we have two pages of reviews of books and a link to a website for some interesting reminiscences by a wartime gunner.

We then have two pages of references on British colours taken from BS 381C of 1930. Although un-credited I believe this might be from Mike Starmer.

Mike is credited with the next article on British Ground & Air recognition markings; WW2. This is titled part one and covers three pages of text with relevant drawings. The various markings are discussed in chronological order and a useful addition is photographs on restored military vehicles showing the roundel and the RAC flash. Squeezed in between is a plate of colour art depicting a Humber LRC of the RAF Regiment. 

The back cover has a set of photographs of models taken by Peter Davenport at the 2011 Nationals. Although they are not labelled, they can be identified by checking on the MAFVA website Nationals page where the results can be found. If the raffle ticket number is visible in the photo it can be cross referenced from the table of entries.

Yet another interesting issue with a good mix of plans, photos and information.

Paul Middleton 1528 29/09/2011



Despite impending surgery Editor Neil Wharton has successfully got Tankette 46/4 out to TNT, so hopefully they have delivered the magazine to the subscribers. It should be emphasized that the print run is considerably shorter than previous times in order to minimize the stockpile that has to be stored, as well as paid for. If you have not yet received your copy (apart from overseas members) please e-mail Gary Williams to check the state of your subscription. Problems can & do arise with both the mail and payment systems, so be patient and make polite enquiries. 

Once again John Woolford has weaved his magic with the cover photo, this time a 1/35th diorama that was shown at the 2011 nationals at Duxford of an M4A1 Sherman undergoing maintenance with the engine hatches off and a complete engine on show. Both inside and outside of the rear cover has more model photos by John from the Nationals showing the excellent work on display.
Inside the front cover are photos taken by Carl Dennis of a local event of restored and running AFV?s including a Comet, Valentine, Churchill, M10 17pdrFox Armoured Car and AS90 SP Gun. All useful reference material.

Page three carries the usual Association information and Neil?s editorial, where he waxes lyrical about half built kits, a sin most of us lapse into. My worst was 25 years, an LVT4 which I completed just before the Italeri kit came out. 
There is also a notice for the display by the South Wales Branch in Cardiff. If you see that there is a show going on near you, go along and have a natter with the members. Perhaps you will enjoy your time and want to join.

Dick Harley provides a very useful article on the modelling options for the Daimler Dingo Scout Car in 1/35th scale. It includes charts which show which kits produce which variants, W.D. numbers of each contract and mark, and also available markings and their accuracy.

Noted author Ian Daglish adds information on the debate about the 3.7inch AA gun versus the 88mm which certainly sorts out the nitty-gritty.
We then have kit reviews of antennae, Besa 7.92mm liners and Pz IV exhausts by Orange Hobby, a relative newcomer to the hobby.
John Ham writes a short piece on the Japanese Type 4 HO-RO SP Gun and this is supported by a 1/76th scale multi-view plan by Geoff Lacey.
The centre spread for this issue is the Carrier ?Valentine? 25pdr. Gun, Mk.1, ?Bishop? (North Africa) printed in 1/35th scale by Hubert Cance and backed a by a page text and three wartime photographs of the weapon. 
John Ham also supplies us with the first part of his treatise on the Rail Transport of Tanks with period and museum photographs and more 1/76th scale drawings by Geoff Lacey to illustrate the early British ?Rail Flats?. More is promised in future issues of Tankette on an interesting subject. We have had many plans in Tankette in previous years of railway related military subjects and indeed, member Paul Malmassari has written what is probably the most authorative book on the subject of armoured trains. This series will support that with the non-armoured rail vehicles.
Another review fills page 17 of this issue, this time by Robert Lockie of the book ?Panther? by Tony Canfora. Bob gives a detailed appraisal of the publication which certainly has me tempted.
Finally, the prolific John Ham has written an overview of the 2011 Nationals and also a description of how the Nationals and its competition works. This rather aptly faces the colour page of photos from the nationals including a Meerkat dressed as Erwin Rommel!
If you have not got this issue of Tankette contact Gary Williams without delay on .

Paul Middleton 1528 07/08/2011 


The third Tankette of 2011 has arrived and I was fortunate to have an advance copy delivered to me by John Ham, who has become the new MAFVA courier.

The cover is another masterpiece by John Woolford of a T34/85 at the War & Peace Show.  John was awarded the 2011 Mick Bell Award for his contribution to Tankette.

Inside the cover is a page of photos sent in by Max Hundleby of a Centurion on display on a roundabout in Leyland, where this type of AFV was manufactured.

 As usual page three is filled with the Association admin information, notices and Neil?s editorial comment.  Neil takes the opportunity to wax lyrical about the MAFVA nationals and in particular the joys of the Bring & Buy stall.  Last year this sourced Neil some out of production kits.  He also describes catching up with some stalled projects.

Andy Lang provides a splendid article on Vickers Tanks in the Gran Chaco War 1932-35.  This article on the poorly recorded war between Bolivia & Paraguay is well illustrated with photographs, including one of a surviving 6 tonner in La Paz, Bolivia.

We then have Kit & Book reviews covering the Nuts & Bolts publication on the 2cm Flakvierling 38, Kingfisher transfers and accessories, Inside the Armour Besa ammunition boxes, the Osprey on the Humber LRC (Two reviews), and various tools.

The centre spread is a 1/35th scale drawing of the Japanese SS-KI Type E (Armoured Engineer Vehicle) Bridgelayer by Hubert Cance.  I am wondering whether you could use Vickers 6 ton suspension if you wanted to scratch build this beauty. The following page has photographs and technical details on this vehicle.

Peter Davenport gives us an excellent article with details of the accompanying 1/35th scale plan of the Mk II* Medium taken from the example at Bovington.  Whilst it has been skilfully drawn, it has come out rather fine in print.

John Rulton leads a Zimmerit workshop using various materials to reproduce the anti-magnetic mine paste and also tow ropes. Bruce Harron chimes in with other techniques. 

The penultimate page has a 1/35th scale drawing of the Rotatrailer by Geoff Lacey, ideal for the new Valentine kits.  Next to this plan is the inside rear cover with colour photos of the Bovington example.

The rear cover has photos of some tiny models of rare AFVs including the Minenraumers, Panzerdraisine and others.

Yet another interesting magazine from Neil.

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And now we have the second issue of Tankette for 2011 which has a dramatic pair of photographs of an M26 Dragon Wagon taken at the War and Peace Show on the cover. As is the regular practice the cover has been given the ?Woolford? treatment, and is really eye-catching. Inside the cover is a series of photos taken at Duxford during a visit by the MAFVA steering committee. Photographic coverage of this visit continues on the rear cover with an FV432 in action, a Meteor engine and a mine plough that was intended for the Trojan.


As usual page 3 carries the Association notices, lists the officers and carries the editorial. Neil covers the work of the Steering Committee, gives an insight into the editorial dilemma and talks about some new kits. Amongst the changes brought in by these meetings is to reduce the print run of Tankette to avoid the massive surplus of earlier issues. It must be emphasised that in order to be sure of getting your copy you must re-subscribe promptly. There is only a short over run which will soon be sold out.


The major article in this issue ties in well with the cover photos as it is about the M26 Dragon Wagon. Simon Ward has written a short history of the vehicle and has appended the recollections of an American crew member who served on these tank transporters in the early 1950?s. Fully supported by the correspondents own photo collection, this is a fascinating read. 


The centre spread for this issue is a 1/35th scale drawing of the Valentine Mk XI drawn by Hubert Cance, which is supported by a potted history and photographs on the following pages. Useful stuff with the new wave of Valentine kits that are due to arrive.


We then have a series of reviews covering Besa ammunition boxes from Inside the Armour, the Fujimi PzKpfw 1b in 1/76th scale, and Black Traks. Four short book reviews follow with useful information extracted for model-making.


The final section is by John Ham and encapsulates the Bedford QL and variants. We have a review of the new Airfix kit, a list of the variants, 1/76th scale drawings Geoff Lacey of the QLD, QLT & early & late QLRs and a page of colour photos of preserved QLs. This is the policy that the editor, Neil Wharton is trying to implement, ie plans, photos and text of one vehicle brought together on the pages of Tankette.


Another excellent issue ramping up the quality of membership of MAFVA.


Paul Middleton 1528 20/04/2011





The First Tankette of 2011 has arrived at last after several production hiccups lead the editor Neil Wharton to return the proofs. The wait is worthwhile. Once again John Woolford has worked his magic with the cover photo of a Challenger at Tankfest, and the beautifully atmospheric shot of a T34/85 at the War & Peace Show complete with suitably attired Desantnik.

Inside the front cover is a fine set of colour photos of the Scammell Commander the subject of plans further inside the magazine. 

The usual admin notices are on page three alongside neil?s editorial which discusses aspects of production and also new kits. There are also a reminder about the Nationals (Duxford, June 19th) and also reminds readers to ensure that their subscription is up to date. The print run has been cut back to avoid building up stock, and will be maintained at a level to supply the membership and only a few more. So if you want to ensure that you get your copy ensure that your re-subscription is sent in promptly. 

David Nicholas has penned another fine article on the nuts and bolts side of tanks, namely suspensions. This illustrated treatise covers the development of the various types from the tractor origins through leaf springs, Horstman, slow-motion, Christie and torsion bar to the latest hydro-gas suspension used on Challenger.

This is followed by two pages of reviews including the Matilda interior set from Inside the Armour.
The centre spread for this issue is the Scammell Commander Tank Transporter drawn in 1/76th scale by Mick Bell.

Paul Middleton 1528 16/03/2011




With Only three days left of the year the last issue of Tankette Volume 45 (No 6) arrived in frozen Baldock today.

Once again the cover is a spectacular colour photo by John Woolford of a restored M8 armoured car taken at the War & Peace Show 2010. Inside the cover is a set of colour photos of T34s and other Soviet vehicles taken by Ian Collins in Gdansk, Poland. Interesting that they have a T34/76 on display, quite a rare bird. One point, although I am very pleased to see photos from a new location, in these days of frequent overseas travel, it would be good to see more information on where to find these vehicles. Quite a few of us get the chance to travel with work and might like to take the opportunity to have a break from the work.

Neil gives page three over to his editorial, the usual MAFVA admin information and a note from yours truly on the new show to replace the cancelled Trucks ?N? Tracks, to be known as ?On Track?. More can be found at 

We then move on to the real meat of Tankette with an article on the Soviet ASU-57 airborne Self-Propelled Gun. Quite a lot of detailed text, a museum photograph and an anonymous 1/35th scale plan give a rounded source for those interested in this vehicle. I remember building a Russian kit of the ASU-57 many years back, but cannot recall if it is still available.

This is followed by two book reviews, the first on Bart Vanderveens Historic Military Vehicle Directory reviewed by Dick Harley, the second on the recent Trackstory on the FCM 36 French tank.

John Ham makes a valued contribution on the Vickers 6-ton tanks and Tanks in China. This is supported with period photographs supplied by Andy Lang, kit reviews by Mark Gilbert and a 1/76th scale multi-view of the following Vickers-Armstrong designs: Model ?E? Type A & B 6 ton Light Tank; 1934 Vickers 6 ton Light Tank Model ?E? Type B, China variant; Vickers-Carden-Lloyd Light Tank Model 1936, Latvian version; T26E Vickers-Armstrong 6 ton Light Tank, Late Model, Finland; three turret variations and details for the exports to Finland.

With source kits in both small and large scales, these would make some interesting projects.

The centre spread has been moved to pages 16 & 17 and consists of a five view 1/35th scale plan by Hubert Cance of the Italian late WW2 Carro Armato Pesante P.40. It will be interesting to compare this plan with the recent kit from Italeri. This plan is backed by a history of the vehicle completing the story.

The back cover and inside back page hold a series of photos taken by Chairman Spike Judd during a recent visit to Vietnam. Vehicles shown include a Chinese Typ-e 59 (or is it a T-55?), M41 Light Tank, M132 Flame thrower version of the M113 APC, what I think is the turret from the LVTP-6H howitzer armed version*. Also a turret which I think may be from one of the ?Brown Water Navy armed landing craft.

Altogether an excellent issue of Tankette to close the year on. Well done Neil and roll on Volume 46!

*Whilst checking details I came across the link below showing the LVTP-6H still in service with the Phillipino Marines in Urban Camouflage.  

Paul Middleton 1528 29/12/2010




Tankette 45/5

he penultimate Tankette of the volume arrived recently and as usual is jam packed with interesting stuff.
The cover has two large format photos of ?Funnies?, which is a lead in to an article inside. At the top is the Churchill AVRE at Graye sue Mer, below is a Sherman Dozer at the Musee des Epaves, both in Normandy. 
Inside the colour cover is a page of photos of M60 variants, mostly taken in the USA.

Page three has the usual admin notices and the editorial from Neil, where he comments on recent ?happenings? in the world of military modelling and the magazine subject matter.

We then have an article on the development of the ?Funnies? in Suffolk (England) and their use by the 79th Armoured Division under Percy Hobart. This is quite a read, putting a face on the well documented vehicles.

The centre spread features a 1/35th five view drawing of the Japanese WW2 Type 3 75mm ?HO-NI III? SP gun by Hubert Cance. This is a later SP conversion built by the Japanese and would make an interesting conversion using available plastic kits. I believe that there are resin conversion sets available to make life easy. Preceding this is a short piece of text on the vehicle and a photo of an earlier SP.

Page 13 gives us a 1/35th scale anonymous drawing of the T56 Infantry Tracked Utility Vehicle, which was a variant of the more well known Ontos SP gun with it?s six 106mm recoilless rifles.

Next we have a double page spread of photographs from the Dunlop Trials in the Middle East in the 1950?s. These black and white photos are most interesting showing early Land Rovers , Bedford RLs and what I believe is the crashed wreck of the B24 Liberator ?Lady Be Good?.

The next plan is in 1/76th scale by John Church and features the A.W.D./Multidrive TTF-MTM-55 8x6 Articulated Fuel Tanker spread over two pages. This will be a complicated scratch-build but John?s drawings will ease the work immensely, as there are so many detail views. Half a page of text adds to the information including serial numbers issued.

Tucked in between these articles are several reviews on recent books, John Ham reviews the Osprey book on the M60 versus T-62, Dick Harley reviews the book by TANKS on the Czechoslovak Independent Armoured Brigade 1943-1945 (Capricorn Publications), and the Tank Power Vol 338 on Polish Tanks is covered.
The rear cover, both inside and out has a series of colour photographs of the Czech DANA ShKH 152mm SP gun, which is the subject of a new release in plastic from Trumpeter.

Once again Neil has put together another very interesting issue of Tankette, and the good news is that 45/6 is already in the distribution network (but probably stuck in a snowdrift!).
Merry Christmas!

Paul Middleton 1528 24/12/2010




Mick Bell Author's Prize winners 

2008 John Church
2009 Hubert Cance
2010 David Nicholas

These are awarded in "arrears", ie. the winners are can only be decided after a Tankette volume is completed.



Tankette 45/4

Hot on the heels of Tankette 45/3 comes 45/4 and an excellent selection of articles and information with a bit of an edge to British material.

Another excellent colour photo adorns the cover, this time the Valentine at the Tankfest held at Bovington this summer. Inside the cover is coverage of an SdKfz 247B seen at a model show in Germany. Whilst a replica, it appears to be quite accurate. Is it the one seen at the War & Peace Show?

Page three has the usual admin material and the editorial from Neil Wharton. This time Neil is asking members to send in material for articles, thus allowing him to a have a selection to choose from, and to tie articles, plans and photos together. This is how he manages to make a more complete article, and allows the variety in each issue.

The first article is on the British TMV 6x6 vehicle designed for Special Forces and other Military reconnaissance roles. This is one of the new generation of designs I had not seen before, and with the attached photos makes an interesting read.

Page six gives us a great 1/76th scale plan of the Leyland 19H/3E, 10 ton, 6x4 GS tipper truck by the late Mick Bell. This includes chassis and detail drawings ideal for the scratch builder. Mick may be gone, but he has left us an incredible legacy of information.

John Ham follows this with reviews of the Kingfisher Miniatures trailers, a relatively new name in 1/76th scale multi-media kits.

The doyen of tank research, David Fletcher has given us an article on the Tank, A1E1 Independent, an article previously seen in Tracklink. This is tied to photos from the archives, photos on the rear cover taken by the editor and a wonderful 1/35th scale plan by Hubert Cance. This is certainly a vehicle I would want to model, with its multiple turrets, side access doors and archaic detail that was the vogue in the 1930?s.

Gwailu Mann from Australia provides us with an article on modelling the Chinese Type 98 MBT and includes drawings in 1/72nd scale. Excellent stuff not covered elsewhere.

William Ward has sent in a follow up to the Lanchester article seen in a previous Tankette with some very interesting facts on a pair of vehicles abandoned then recovered for use.

Page 18 has a review of the latest offering from Starmer?s Armour decals covering the 6th South African Division in Africa and Italy. Next to it is a report from peter Davenport on a visit to Chateau de Nantes where he found and photographed a De Dion Bouton truck of WW1 and a ?Soixante-quinze?, the French 75mm gun. These appear in large format photos on the inside rear cover in colour.

As mentioned earlier, the rear cover features photos taken by Neil of the Independent tank at Bovington, again in colour.

Another great issue, and apparently 45/5 is soon to appear as well. Well done to Neil getting the publication on track, juggling between work, illness and family responsibilities.

Paul Middleton






The third issue of Tankette for 2010 has hit the doormat and ripping the envelope open reveals yet another masterpiece of photography and layout on the covers. John Woolford is to be congratulated for this work of art, where he has given us a real feel for the exhibits at the MAFVA Nationals this year. The use of large colour photos on the A4 layout means we can actually see a lot more detail on the models. As a bonus he has included my favourite from the show, the Bailey bridge diorama. 

Page three has the usual admin notices and editor Neil Wharton?s editorial. This time Neil discusses the value of commercial magazines who duplicate material and the cost of living. 

Next we see an article that originally saw the light of day 27 years ago in Centurion, the newsletter of the Lothians MAFVA. Dick Harley has revised and updated his original work on the Lanchester 6x4 Armoured Cars, added several photographs and Neil has added the 1/76th scale drawing by John Church to round off a complete article. As a bonus there is a list of registrations allied to WD numbers, names and users where known. 

Two pages of reviews follow, three books supplied by Casemate UK and an ?Instant Diorama? from Cove Models. 

The centre spread in this issue is a 1/35th scale five view plan of the Vickers Medium Tank Mk III E1 by Hubert Cance. This drawing of the inter-war British multi-turet design fits in well with the Lanchester seen earlier in the magazine. 

Following this we have a ?how to build it? article on the Chinese Type 86B IFV. Gwalu Mann from APMA (Australian Plastic Modellers Association) gives us a potted history of this vehicle (which increased my knowledge of this vehicle by a mere 100%) and then explains how to build one from his 1/72nd scale drawings. He does state that his work must be considered provisional, but I don?t suppose too many folks get close enough to measure a real on. Not only does he draw the basic vehicle, but also has a set of drawings showing it in swimming mode complete with outboard motor! 

Sadly, we have to record the passing of two long term MAFVA members, both of whom had great input to MAFVA and modelling, Dott, Nicola Pignato and Roy Coddington. Both will be missed. 

Page 15 has another review, this time from John Ham on a new release from Osprey on the Spanish Civil War. Also there is a question from Richard Harlow concerning the use of the British 3.7? AA gun in the ground role. 

Of great interest to the membership is a list of traders who offer a discount to MAFVA members. If ever there was a reason to join the Association, this is it. If you spend enough you could recover the cost of your subscription! This is a growing list put together by Information Officer Chris Lloyd-Staples. If you know of any other traders willing to join the list, get in contact with Chris via the website. 

We are treated to another review on the Nuts & Bolts book on the various Flakpanzers based on the Panzer IV. Finally, and perhaps a tribute to Roy Coddington is a write up with photographs of the 

modern British JCB HMEE-1 excavator. As a former Royal Engineer Roy had built a good collection of military engineering vehicles, so would probably have had a go at this one. 

Another cracking issue Neil, and I understand 45/4 is close to completion. 

Paul Middleton 1528 




It has taken quite a while to get this, the latest Tankette, out due to various technical problems and the editor having a period of poor health. Thankfully Neil is a lot better now and can actually see what he is typing.
Volume 45 Issue 2 has got to be the most eye-catching front cover that Tankette has ever had. It features the U.S. M40 155mm SP Gun and a Soviet T54 MBT in action at Duxford during the 2010 Military Vehicle Show, which partners the MAFVA Nationals. John Woolford sets up these covers for Neil, and I think that you will agree that he has done a wonderful job. page two, also in colour has a montage of exhibits at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Apparently there are plans to move a lot of the exhibits to another US Army facility at Fort Lee, south of Richmond, Virginia, in 2011.
Page 3 has now become the regular location of Association contact information, notices and of course Neil?s editorial. Neil points out that Tankette now has a much smaller print run to reduce costs and to curtail storage issues. So if you want to be sure of obtaining your copy of Tankette send in your subscription to Gary Williams without delay!
The second part of the history of tracks by David Nicholas appears on page 4, and is amply illustrated with drawings and photographs to show the development of track design from the start of WW2 till the modern day. This is a well put together work, neither too heavy nor too light . It may well spark a reader into doing his own further research on the subject. David also looks at the problems of producing tracks in model form and the progress seen with individual link and ??length & link?.
On page 9 are various reviews which precede the only scale drawing in this issue, which is a two page filling centre-spread of the Soviet T34/76 model 1942/43 from Zavod (factory) 174/ F34 STU Tankdozer by Hubert Cance. This 1/35th scale four view drawing is of the T34 a T34 variant fitted with a dozer blade. I do not know if any manufacturers have produced the Russian dozer blade, but this drawing should make it possible for the average plastic basher to scratchbuild their own.
Peter Davenport gives us an article on his experiences of using an etched brass fret intended for a 1/76th scale Henschel King Tiger. Peter points out the positive and negative points in attempting to use this set, but also makes us aware that this is a personal viewpoint. Page 13 is rounded off with a review of Panzerwrecks X and the back issue availability spreadsheet.
A name from the past provides the next article, a very complete piece on the markings of the tanks of the Nationalist forces of General Franco in the Spanish Civil War by Raymond Surlemont (Member 280!). I am fairly sure I saw this article some 20 years ago, but now it is laid out on A4 pages it seems a lot easier to read and use for modelling projects. Raymond has filled four pages with sketches of the markings and views of the relevant vehicles explaining their location.
The last article in this issue is a potted history of the German Leopard 2 MBT, covering development, production and ?customer specials?. The text is supported by 12 photos, those on each side of the back cover being in colour of course, which improves the visualisation of the camouflage schemes.
An excellent issue although a bit light on scale drawings, but you can?t have everything in one issue. 


Paul Middleton (1528) 28/07/2010

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TANKETTE Vol. 45/1

The first issue of 2010 has arrived, and the colour cover really leaps out at you. Featuring a restored Sherman, PzKpfw 38(t) and Daimler Dingo, the quality of print and layout are due to John Woolford who has worked his magic to great effect. Page 2, also in colour features exhibits at the Fort Lewis military Museum in Washington State, USA, and includes an M728 CEV, M15 ?Special? half track, Trophy equipment from Iraq (2S1 122mm SP & an M1939 twin 37mm AA gun) and an M5 High Speed Tractor. The M15 ties in with later pages.

Page three is now the standard place for all the admin bumph, notices and of course the editorial written by Neil Wharton. Neil has had a turbulent few months, but has managed to keep Tankette in production, well done mate! One very important note from El Presidente (Gary Williams), is that we are completely sold out of Volume 44/1. This is a result of the reduction in the print run that was decided a while back. It means that Gary will have far fewer future back issues to store, but for you the member, it means that if your subscription is lapsed, you may miss out completely on an issue. So make sure you are subbed up with a safety margin. The Stop Press at the bottom of the page announces the MAFVA Nationals 2010 at Duxford on June 6th (Does that date ring a bell?). You will be able to pay your subscriptions and pick up any back issues you may want direct form Gary at the show.

David Nicholas supplies the first part of his treatise on tracks and this illustrated history of the development is a very readable and concise article. Although it concentrates on the British development, it was frequently copied by others (sounds familiar...). David has included both photographs and drawings to make the text easily understandable.

The centre spread in this issue is a vehicle that I have been considering as a project for over 30 years. I have had a donor Tamiya kit sitting in the loft for over 20 years! The M15 ?Special? Gun Motor Carriage was an M3 Half-track built for the US Army mounting a 40mm Bofors Gun with two .50 calibre machine guns in a rotating turret. Hubert Cance has drawn this vehicle in 1/35th scale in five views and with details of the turret. It certainly shows the advantage of the A4 page, allowing the drawings to be neatly spaced. Whilst this drawing would be a lot of help in building a conversion I would not dare now. As Dragon have released the M3 Half-track, they are bound to produce kits of every variant.

Page 12 gives us reviews of two etched brass sets by ET Models, and yet another of those products which is meant for something else, but has good uses in model making. In this case it is the Fiskers wire mandrel, which works a bit like a very expensive tool I have seen on the internet.
We then have a review of the latest Nuts and Bolts book on the PzKpfw II Ausf. D/E and variants. Below the review is a very interesting large format photo of a truck (Opel) mounted crane lifting the gun out of a Marder.

Below this is the list of available back issues, and harking back to the earlier comments, illustrates the magazines you need to get before the also run out.
Peter Davenport gives us a review of the M12 SP 155mm Gun. As well as pointing out the good and bad points, Peter also lists a few suggestions for improving the appearance of the model. This is the sort of article that is very useful for those of us who actually get kits stuck together from time to time.
What follows on pages 15-18 is the sort of thing that makes Tankette so useful: An illustrated review and build of the kit, a potted history of the subject vehicle and photographs and artwork as well. The vehicle is the M10 17pdr (later known as the Achilles), the kit is the Academy 1/35th scale kit. Peter Battle takes us through the assembly of the kit, noting the several glaring errors and how to fix them. I have the kit and will be using this and other references to complete the model. (When it is made that will be my third 1/35th scale model of the M10 17pdr. A conversion of the old Tamiya kit, and the Accurate Armour resin kit being the other two.) A short review of Panzerwrecks X completes the page.
The colour rear covers present a photo essay of current Japanese armour, including the Type 87 six-wheeled armoured car and the Type 89 IFV.
Another excellent issue, and proof of the progress in production of Tankette.
Paul Middleton 1528

Tankfest cover and MAFVA Nationals main image ? Copyright 2010. J.W.G.D. All Rights Reserved. May not be reproduced without the permission of the photographer.



The Mick Bell Authors? Prize for 2010 is awarded to David Nicholas. This prize is awarded annually for a plan or research article in Tankette. David wrote a series of articles in Vol.44 on interwar armour. Although MAFVA is a modelling organisation the prize recognises those individuals who have an interest in military vehicles, who may not have an interest in modelling, but also contribute to Tankette.
Mick Bell was a prolific contributor to Tankette, producing a series of high quality drawings that have enabled modellers to build many, and often unusual vehicles, over the years. 



So here is the last issue of Volume 44, our first A5 and colour issues. The editor, Neil Wharton has make great strides in what must be an exasparating learning curve, and has pulled in some helpful folk to use their talents. 

Once again we have a very eye-catching front cover featuring AT34/85 at the Slovakia Military Museum, and the British Army Trojan armoured engineering vehicle. It looks quite a beast with mine plough attachments on the front, enormous crane/grab (shown lifting a plastic pipe fascine bundle) and towing a four-wheeled engineers trailer. If I remember correctly, the venerable (but still serving) FV432 was called a ?Trojan? when it first appeared. The name was dropped as a car company had the copyright. Wonder how they are getting away with it now?

The inside cover colour pages show M113?s and M1 Abrams in Australian service. The colour page is at it?s best showing off the camouflage.

Page three has the usual administrative information and Neil?s editorial comment of the last six issues and their impact. An important note is that we have cut down on the production run to minimise storage and print costs. The advice is to ensure that you re-subscribe as soon as you are due to avoid missing an issue. Mike Gill gives us part two of a series on the Bedford QL and it?s variants, this time covering the QL-B, Fire Tender, Commanders Caravan, GS 4x4-2, Dental Laboratory & Trailer, Tipper, Mobile Operations Room, Wireless types J106 & J145, Terminal Equipment Vehicle, Office Truck, & Mobile Kitchen. With it are plans from John Church in 1/76th scale for the QL 6 ton-4x4-G.S., QL-B Bofors Tractor, 950 gal. Bulk Fuel tanker. An interesting addition is a note from the printer of this magazine asking about a printing press shop set up on an Army truck. Apparently an employee showed him some photos, but that was some 50 years ago.

Tom Cole supplies us with information about ?Flirt II? the First World War Tank which is now on show at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life. Four photos support this article.

Les Freathy then gives us a review of the new book on the AEC Matador "Taking the Rough with the Smooth". It was on sale already at the Milton Keynes Model Show yesterday.

The regular centre spread is a 1/35th scale five view drawing of the Free French conversion of a Chevrolet CMP C30S fitted with a captured German 5cm PaK 38 anti-tank gun. Looks like a fairly simple conversion of the Tamiya Quad and a Dragon PaK 38. If memory serves me well, this vehicle was called "La Revranche" (Revenge?).

We then have a two page article on the Swedish CV90120 Light Tank which is packed with information and supported by eight photographs.

Peter Davenport gives us his musings on building variants of the King Tiger in small scale. I find these article interesting to see other peoples ideas of producing a model. No two modellers think alike!

Dick Harley has sent in a review of the book Combat Camera 1, ?Cromwell and Centaur?, by Ian Carter. Dick gives the book a fair appraisal and points out the errors that need to be taken into account.

We then have a very useful article by John Ham on how he built ?Carole? the Firefly Vc of the 13/18th Hussars on the eve of D-Day. Using the Dragon 1/72nd kit, but with a lot of extras, both bought and scratchbuilt. John supports the article with diagrams and sketches of the deep wading equipment that was fitted.

Another book review follows on Volumes 1 & 2 of the Blitzkrieg Armour series, Western & Eastern Front.

The back cover and inside back cover feature photographs and a short piece by Mike Gill on his visit to the Slovakia Military Museum.

Yet another interesting Tankette, here?s looking forward to Volume 45!

Paul Middleton 1528 Feb 2010 



So here we are galloping through 2009 with the fifth issue of Tankette arriving hot on the heels of issue 44/4. The editor Neil Wharton is to be congratulated on his production rate in very trying circumstances.

Continuing the policy of large format photographs on the colour cover, we have images of a Stug III, T34/85 and Comet from Tankfest 2009. John Woolford took the photos and set up the cover, and is given a few lines on page three about submissions for publication. Inside the cover are more colour photos from Pierre Delattre of modern French vehicles.

Page three has the usual admin text plus Neil?s editorial where he discusses the challenges of modelling whilst away from home, as well as some articles.

Mike Gill provides an excellent article on modelling variants of the Bedford QL, listing resources, plans and supported by the 1/76th scale drawings by John Church of the QL-D (GS) and QL-T (Trooper), complete with interiors.

Dick Harley pops up next with his regular contribution of reviews, this time of the Dennis Oliver book ?Jungle Armour?, which comes in for some constructive criticism and John Rulton provides an excellent overview of the recent Italeri release of the 1/72nd kit of the Italian 90/53 gun ?with servants?, including the hassles associated with the ?bendy? plastic used.

An anonymous review follows covering the etched brass sets by E.T. Models who are based in Shanghai. In my experience of etched brass you need fingers like ?E.T.? to manipulate some products, so perhaps the trade name is rather apt??.

The centre spread for this issue is a 1/35th scale four view drawing of the A30 Avenger S.P. Gun by Hubert Cance which fills the two A4 pages. This is backed by an article on the Avenger on the following pages with photos, specifications and text. Very interesting, as I was unaware that the Avenger had seen service post war.

There then follows a review of the Fiskars Finger Tip Craft Knife, a novel approach to cutting plastic. Peter Davenport returns on page 14 with part 3 of his series on scratch building the French Char 2C in 1/76th scale. This covers the construction of the turrets and other details to round off an impressive small scale model.

Dick Harley returns on page 16 with a postscript on the article ?Churchills Lost at Dieppe?. Then a welcome return to contributor and noted Belgian AFV historian, Raymond Surlemont, on page 17 with an article on Armour in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). This article covers the armoured trucks and their markings, with photographs of many examples, and an explanation of the initials sported by these vehicles.

The rear cover carries more colour images from Tankfest 2009, including the Tiger 1, T34/85 with living history re-enactors, Panzer III and Challenger 1.

As always, back issues are available from Gary Williams, 45 Balmoral Drive, Holmes Chapel, CW4 7JQ, Tel: 01477-535 373, Fax: 01477 535 892., but note that the print run is considerably smaller these days and stocks run low very quickly. It is too expensive to consider a second print run. To avoid missing out get your subscription in to Gary promptly (and for the correct amount!). 

Well done to Neil on another excellent issue of Tankette. 

Paul Middleton (1528) 14/11/09 



Fresh from the press is the new issue of Tankette, already number 4 of Volume 44, the new colour A4 size production.

The extremely eye-catching colour cover features what must be the surprise of the year in ?Tankie? circles, the full size A7V replica built by Bob Grundy and his team.  It is interesting to note the input from veteran MAFVA member Max Hundleby that helped with the construction of the magnificent AFV.  Definitely 1:1 scale modelling!  Also on the cover are two models from the 2009 MAFVA Nationals, one of which caught my eye on the day, an M60A1 of the New Jersey Army National Guard resplendent in ?Stars and Stripes? paint finish.

On page two, and still in colour, is a report on the new Canadian War Museum in Ottawa , Canada .  As well as the informative text are four photos showing some of the interesting AFV?s on display.  I am intrigued as to the identity of the two vehicles beside the Italian CV33 Light Tank.  Anyone know?

Neil?s editorial appears on page three (Neil a page three star???) covering discussion on magazine input and also the current trend of kit prices.  Whether you can afford the current high prices or not, they are definitely not ?pocket money prices?, and I for one will be relying on the ?Stash in the Attic? for future projects.  An important note is that the range of John Church drawings are now available from Barry Wright of BW Models.

Moving on to page four are updates on modelling the Vickers Mediums and the text to accompany the 1/76th five view drawing on page five of the AMX 30 Pluton Missile Launcher by Hubert Cance.  The article includes photos of the vehicle based in the Musee des Blindees at Saumur.

The first entry in this issue by Dick Harley follows with a review of the recent publication by Barry Beldam and Steve Guthrie titled Armour Colour Gallery 4, Camouflage and Markings of Canadian Armoured Vehicles in World War Two.  As this covers a subject in which Dick has a vast knowledge he is able to give a concise review and explain a few errors that have crept in.  Dick provides his list of Churchills lost at Dieppe as added support to the review on the next page.

Also on page seven is the current list of available back issues.  Please note that the print run of the current volume is reduced, thus spare copies after distribution to paid up members is minimal.  Thus if you want a copy, resub now and get your missing issues ordered!

The next plan is the Tank, Medium, MkIII (Vickers), drawn by John Church in 1/76th scale.  This interesting British multi-turret design from between the wars did not see series production, but did see development work in three variants.

Neil has given us a colour centre spread of four pages with photographs of models from the 2009 MAFVA Nationals at Duxford.  The large page format allows us to see the level of detail in these models, even the small scale ones.  It is also a reminder of the standard of modelling in the competition these days.

On page 13 Peter Davenport gives us part 2 of his mini-series on scratch building a French Char 2C in 1/76th scale.  So very refreshing to see a model that has not come ?Out of the box?, the way we had to build a model that was not in the Airfix range back in the last century.  All the sketches and detailed information can be scaled up to produce a 1/35th scale model as the quality of work is really good. 

Mark Gilbert then provides us with a page of tips using various putties and fillers.  All good stuff for both the novice and experienced modellers amongst us.

Page 17 is a page of reviews, in one case an omission from a previous review.  The books covered are Concord, British Armour in North-West Europe Volume 1, Normandy to Arnhem, by Dennis Oliver; Blitzkrieg Armour Volume Two and Two Soldiers, Two Lost Fronts by Gregory & Gehlen.

Observation post is where Dick Harley takes us all on a trip down memory lane (again) comparing the book ?Fifty Famous Tanks? by George Forty with a later book by Simon Dunstan.  A fun article for all our readers.

The last article is an essay on the M551A1 Sheridan and is supported by a page of colour photos on page 19.

The back page is devoted to some excellent photos of ?Schnuck? the replica A7V at the Tankfest, Bovington this year.  Included is a shot of Max Hundleby proudly standing in front of the vehicle holding a model of it.

Another good?un Neil!                                                                                               

Paul Middleton 1528




The third issue of Tankette for the year has been launched from MAFVA Central and carries a wide variety of fare for the readership

The new colour cover format does justice to an excellent photograph of Bovington?s HVSS Sherman.  Now that we have the joy of colour and the A4 size, Editor Neil Wharton is always in search of suitable images to grace the cover.

Inside we have more colour photos taken by Olaf Kievit at the Cavalerie Museum in Amersfoort , The Netherlands.  An interesting selection of AFV?s are shown, and it certainly looks like the Museum is worth a visit when in the Netherlands .

The administration details share page 2 with Neil?s editorial epistle.  In this issue Neil includes some feedback from John Rulton and notice of the second ?Editors Award?, which deservedly goes to MAFVA stalwart Dick Harley.  Congratulations Dick!

David Nicholas continues his essays on British inter-war armour with a four page treatise on the Carden-Loyd Tankettes.  Copiously illustrated with period photographs David covers the development of this strange little vehicles from the prototype Tankette through to the Mk VI of 1928 and is a fascinating story.

Page 8 gives us an amusing insight into the Tommy Atkins range of 1/76th armoured cars.  These delightful pewter castings produce excellent models of vehicles not always available from other sources.

The next page features a letter from Andy Evans, the editor of Scale Military Modeller Magazine, a commercial magazine which has undergone a re-birth under his steady hand.  SMMI is an 80 page source of information on the latest releases with in box reviews as well as build articles.  More importantly for MAFVA is our own MAFVA News page compiled by our PR Officer Colin Rosenwould., and the offer of a 10% discount on subscriptions to paid up members.  (Even more of an incentive to maintain your subscription!)

The centrespread in this issue is a 1/35th scale five view drawing of the Panzerjager Lorraine, known as the Marder 1.  This French built tractor was captured in considerable numbers in 1940, and as was the way of the Germans, they converted them to various SP guns, including this version with a 75mm PaK 40.  There are various resin and plastic kits of this vehicle, in both 1/35th and 1/76th scales. The following page is given over to wartime photographs of the Marder and one of the surviving example (I believe the only surviving example) at Saumur.

Something a tad different greets us on page 13, in the first episode of a three part article on building the French Char 2C in 1/76th scale.  The source of plans is listed, but the article concentrates on how the author cobbled together plastic to make the model.  Quite a feat and a wonderful model results.  At least this Gallic monster is big enough for me to see in 1/76th scale!

Dick Harley makes an appearance with a book review of the recent Concord publication on British Armour in North-West Europe Volume 1 by Denis Oliver.  Dick points out the errors and shortfalls of this book, which means that I shall insert a copy of Dick?s review in my copy of the book.

Paul Middleton 



fter a slight hiatus Neil has managed to get the second of the A4 size Tankettes published and distributed. Well done to Neil juggling the hobby with the day job to produce a high quality magazine.
This issue starts with a stunning colour photo of a Chieftain Fascine carrier fitted with a mine plough. The colour continues on page two with images of four models by Frank Blanton from Virginia, USA.

Neil has a short editorial giving an insight to the current situation wit the material for the magazine and also some of the feedback he has received. He shares page three with notices about the 2009 MAFVA Nationals (21st June at Duxford) and the Mick Bell Award which is given for contributions to Tankette. This year the winner is Hubert Cance who has supplied a vast number of plans.

We then move on to a detailed article by David Nicholas covering the British Vickers Mediums of the inter-war period. Illustrated with photographs and plans of both the Mk I and Mark II (drawn by Ken Musgrave in 1/76th scale), the article is quite complete for someone wishing to create a model and covers five pages with very detailed information.
This is followed by a review of the book ?Red Ball Express? by Pat Ware in which reviewer Dick Harley notes the comparisons with an earlier Wheels and Tracks article. He also points out the use of photos of preserved vehicles in the book, rather than using period photos all the way through. Very useful if you are considering buying the book.

The centre spread for this issue is by none other than the award winner for contributions, Hubert Cance, and he gives us a 1/35th scale rendition of the modern French AMX 10 RC armoured car. The five view drawing shows us the up-armoured version of this six-wheeled AFV as used in the Gulf War of 1991, as operated by the ?Division Daguet?.
To back this drawing are two pages of text and photos of the vehicle which will help the reader interpret the vehicle.

John Rulton contributes on pages 14-16 with a modelling article on building a late Panther Ausf G in 1/76th scale by cross-kitting. Well illustrated, John takes us through this conversion in his inimitable style, with his comments on the kits used a great help for those contemplating the exercise. A world away from when the Airfix Panther was the only game in town!
Neil chimes in with a review of the Nuts and Bolts book on the Panzerjager I, which he feels will be very useful for those building the recent release from Dragon.
Page 18 has a marvellous piece from Dick Harley regarding a fascinating photograph from the MAFVA archives of the outside display at Bovington during the 1960?s. This was before even I went down to darkest Dorset, and must have been around the time some exhibits were used in the film ?It happened here?, about the German invasion of England.
Les Freathy has supplied photos of a 1/76th scale diorama entitled ?Forward to the Rhine? which appears I colour on page 19. This features several conversions and resin kits in detail. I?m not sure how old the diorama is, but the merit Military Policeman (A model railway accessory) features in it.
The back cover is a selection of colour photos of the post-war French AMX 13 tank and variants. Although one image is a deflated looking Israeli AFV, is this a theme with the Post-war French AFV?s?
Another excellent A4 issue, reinforcing the progress with Tankette.
Paul Middleton 30/05/09 

Hornisse by John Ham



Well, it is here, the BIG one! To compare the old style Tankette with this new issue is not really feasible, as the larger format has allowed Neil Wharton (the editor) a much better format. The print is slightly larger, allowing an easier read, the photos are now of a much more useful size so we can really see the detail, and the plans can now be laid out neatly even in 1/35th scale.
I was fortunate to attend the inaugural meeting of the Nottingham branch at their new venue, and Neil had journeyed across with the new magazine to issue to the lucky folks there. Neil will be handling distribution of Tankette, but Gary Williams will still be handling back issues alongside being the Secretary of MAFVA.
Discussion of the new Tankette at the meeting was wholeheartedly in favour of the end product.

The colour cover photo is of a CVR(T) Scimitar with bar armour taken at Bovington in 2009. (How current can you get?) Page two, also being in colour has several photos of various Centurions to back up the later articles.
Page three is given over to the usual admin details, subscription rates etc, and of course the editorial from the fun-loving Neil.

The first article is from David Nicholas and concerns British Tank development at the start of the Inter-War period. This is a wonderfully informative piece ably backed up by large photographs from the Tank Museum covering the Medium D with its trials and tribulations. 
Next we have a 1/35th scale drawing of the DAF-139 Amphibie 4x4 cross country car, a Dutch pre-war prototype that was so well hidden from the invading Germans that it was never found again! It featured driving positions at each end and reminds me of the original ?Push-me Pull-You?.
Dick Harley then gives us a review of the War Paint Volume 1 by Dick Taylor, where he highlights more than a few errors. I will have to put a copy of the review in my copy for reference when I use it.
Neil contributes a review of Nuts and Bolts Volume 22, the 15cm SiG33/2 (sf) 38(t) ?Grille? with photos from the book.
The magnificent centre spread is a 1/35th scale drawing of the A41 ?Centurion? Mk 5 drawn by Hubert Cance. I will be interested to hear feedback from the Centurion Appreciation Society on these plans.
Following a theme Mark Gilbert has penned an excellent article on modelling the Centurion, and having seen the models at Cambridge meetings can appreciate the work he has put in. He gives a list of the Centurion development, which is quite a mine field to the uninitiated, which will help with future modelling projects.
This is followed by a 1/48th plan of the later Centurion Mk 11 (LR), again (I presume) from Hubert Cance. If I had not got such a backlog of modelling projects I would be tempted to start modelling the Centurion series.

Tom Cole has supplied an interesting article on the Slapton Sands Sherman with photos showing the DD Sherman details that survive.
Neil gives us what may be the last possible shots of Little Willie at Bovington before it starts its Perspex-clad merry go round ride.
More large format colour photos, this time of the ex-Swedish Centurion at Bovington adorn page 19, and the back cover has colour photos of polish Leopards, T-72s and APCs on exercise.
There we have it, the new look A$ colour Tankette. An excellent job of work and well worth having. Subscriptions and back issues can be had from Gary Williams at 45 Balmoral Drive, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, CW4 7JQ. Tel: 01477-535373 or e-mail


Paul Middleton 15/02/09



Well here we are almost at the end of 2008 and the pleasant surprise of receiving the new Tankette fresh from the hands of Gary Williams, ?El Presidente?, at IPMS Scale Modelworld in Telford .  It rounded off a very enjoyable weekend, although the suspension on my car groaned at the extra weight.

Tankette 43/6 is of course the last of the old ?small? (half foolscap) issues of the magazine before which switch to A4 and partial colour.  Neil Wharton, our esteemed editor has done a sterling job of keeping this volume up to speed whilst fine tuning the new size in the new volume.

Don?t forget to resub at the new rate from now on: UK ?14.00, Europe and Surface worldwide ?16.00, Rest of World Airmail ?19.00. 

Volume 43/6 starts with a fine side view of the Cadman PzKpfw IV on display at Euromilitaire in September 2008.

Pages two & three are given over to editorial policy and the forthcoming changes to Tankette.  Naturally this is of great importance and needs to be read and understood.  Please note that the officers of the Association are also listed on page two.  If you have an enquiry please contact the correct person.  We are all volunteers and have limited spare time to forward messages to other people.  If you have a problem contacting people try via the links on the website, or post a message on the MAFVA Forum, accessible from the website.

There then follows a very interesting article on the Panther Command & Liaison vehicle 4x4 from BAE (Great Britain).  This new vehicle is just entering service and no doubt will be seen on our TV screens soon. It is designed to replace Landrover, Saxon, FV432 and CVR(T).  Let us hope it is up to the task.  A lot of detailed text is supported by photos, all we lack is a plan to make a model.

We then have a 1/76th scale multi-view plan of the Valentine Mark III & V.  This will help modellers to correct/modify the Fujimi kit.  I believe that this anonymous plan is by Geoff Lacey.

This issues centre spread is a 1/35th scale multi-view drawing of the French FCM 36 by Hubert Cance.  There is/was a wonderful resin kit available of this AFV (which I have built), which may still be around. Certainly no collection of French 1940?s armour would be complete without a model.  I would also suggest that members trawl back through old Tankettes to find the plan drawn by Andy Boyce direct from the one surviving example of the tank at Saumur.  Comparison of the two pans might prove interesting.  When I persuaded Andy to draw this beastie it was with the rider that I made a model.  Thus I was very pleased to get the resin kit, as you can see a scratchbuild would have been quite a task!

This plan is backed up with text and photos supplied by the editorial team covering design, procurement, service and German conversions.

After this article comes this list of available back issues.  If there are any you want contact Gary direct to see what he has in available as the stock diminishes on a daily basis.  We will have a selection available at shows attended by the MAFVA crew.

Page twelve has two book reviews by yours truly on subjects that have received little attention previously, both worth a read.

The Mick Bell archive provides the next plan in 1/48th scale of the Schofield Tank from New Zealand in WW2.  At least we cannot be accused of not trawling the entire planet for resources in Tankette!  This four view drawing is supported by a photo and text to help produce a model or simply update the readers? knowledge.  Again this bears comparison with drawings that have appeared in past issues of Tankette by Jeff Plowman, the noted NZ Tank author.  The index of back issues can be searched on the MAFVA website at .

The last article for this issue is a report by Colin Rosenwould of the Nottingham MAFVA team (and also our Publicity Officer) who put on a fine display of models at the 2008 Euromilitaire show.  A well written and amusing piece it certainly gives the flavour of the event, supported by photos of interesting models.

The final words of the issue cover the legacy of a nearly complete set of Tankettes in the Steve Bicknell collection which are available for the use of the membership.  Any plan that is in a back issue that is no longer available from Gary Williams can be photocopied expressly for the member in exchange for costs.  Tom Cole is running this service, and can be contacted on the address on page two.  It is hoped that this will also allow cross-reference between the existing plans and new material to be made.

The back cover has two fine photographs from Duxford ?08 of a T34/85 and a Chieftan Marksman AA tank.  With the new enhanced Tankette the possibilities with photographs for the covers are much wider, so Neil would welcome material as well as articles and plans for the magazine.

Another fine issue, leaving us hungry for the new size in the New Year.  Well done Neil, and good luck with the next volume!

As always, Tankette is available from Gary Williams 45 Balmoral Drive, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire , CW4 7JQ , Great Britain .  Tel:01477-535373, e-mail:   .

 Paul Middleton 22/11/08

Tankette 43/5


Keeping on track with current plans Tankette 43/5 has just arrived. This is down to Neil Wharton, the editor, and his team nailing the various articles together, but would not reach us if it were not for Gary and Heather Williams and their helper getting the magazine into envelopes and into the post. So well done to them all, and to the authors of the articles and plans.

The cover photo is of an M113 on SFOR peace keeping duties, a Canadian one I think.
Neil gives us some interesting thoughts on subjects around the hobby in his editorial, ending with the perennial plea of all editors asking for articles.

Page three has feedback from David Nicholas on the article by Tom Cole on interwar British tank development. This is an excellent example of how an article can draw fresh information into the magazine to enhance the original article. Not only that but David has offered articles of his own! The page also has a correction on the Cover photo of the Staghound (Tankette 43/2) from Paul Handel.

Tom Cole has been busy and now presents us with a piece on the Matilda 1 with photographs to back up a very interesting text. The original Matilda is quite often in the shadow of its bigger sister, so Tom has done well to put the article together.

On page six is an article on the WASP Rapid Deployment Reconnaissance Vehicle of South Africa, a vehicle I had not heard of before. Supported by photographs the article gives us a good description of the vehicle.

The centre spread for this issue is a 1/35th scale five view drawing of the M3A1 White Scout Car by Hubert Cance. It would be interesting to compare the old Max/Peerless/Airfix offering to this plan, as that ancient kit is the only 1/35th kit available. Neil has thoughtfully included text and a few supporting photos of the White on following pages. 

We then have a rather good article on the Japanese Ka Mi amphibious tank of WW2. The text is backed up with several photos and a 1/48th scale drawing of the beastie. I believe that someone did a resin kit of the Ka Mi and was thinking it would look good afloat in a diorama.

Neil & Tom Cole enter the 1/76th versus 1/72nd scale debate and play Devil?s advocate. The history of how we ended up with the two close scales is quite involved, as is the same debate between 1/35th and 1/32nd.

Fyll Metsovitis gives us a review of a book few of us will likely to have seen on the Armour of Cyprus. Again, rare information.

The last plan of this issue is a 1/76th scale four view drawing of the Morris Commercial 6 wheel Light Truck from the archives of Mick Bell.
The back page is adorned with two photographs of the French Char D2 in 1940. 

Another excellent issue with some rare stuff inside. What can we expect in the next issue Neil? 

Paul Middleton 17/09/08 


Tankette  changes:  ?The Way Ahead?



After much discussion and a ?Summit? meeting of the steering committee, various changes have been decided within MAFVA and more specifically Tankette.


To improve the look of Tankette it has been decided to enlarge to A4 size with colour covers.  This will allow better layout of articles, increase the space for 1/35th scale plans and permit photographs to be of a useable size, rather than the postage stamp sizes we have been limited to in the past.

This improved look will hopefully attract new members from the current generation of enthusiasts, and entice lapsed members back into the fold.

With 20 pages available, various other possibilities exist within the magazine.  One is a branches page.  This will allow readers to see what is happening around the branches, encouraging attendance at meetings and shows.

It is also intended to carry a limited number of adverts.  We already have interest from several traders, and the income from this will help fund the changeover.

Naturally all this good news comes at a cost, so the subscription rates will have to rise to pay for the improvements.  Much as been done to keep the costs of membership abnormally low for the past few years, in fact it has been calculated that we should in fact be charging some ?45, if we had stayed in line with some other publications!  See the new rates below.

Other measures have been agreed to reduce the stock of back issues that currently sits in the loft of MAFVA HQ.  This includes a special offer on back issues at shows, and complete years (six issues) for a measly ?7.00 (Pre Volume 40 only).  So if you want to fill any gaps in your collection, contact Gary ASAP before they all go.

Alongside Tom Cole, our new assistant editor, we are pleased to introduce our new Publicity Officer, Colin Rosenwould.  It is his task to promote MAFVA wherever and whenever he can through the commercial and club press, at shows and elsewhere.

This time of change will need the support of all members if we are to survive as an association.  You can all do your bit to help.  Get your subscription in on time and at the correct rate.  Ensure that all the members you know do the same, and encourage any lapsed folk to re-join.  Send in an article, photos or a review to Tankette.  All is welcome.

Visit the website and join in the discussions on the MAFVA Forum.  Visit branch meetings or branch stands at shows.  Stop and have a chat, we all talk tank.

Lastly, remember, MAFVA is an association of friends.  Let us keep it that way and remember that the people who run MAFVA, produce Tankette and put on the shows do so in their own time, for the greater good.  Their only wags are satisfaction and a widening circle of friends in the hobby.

The summit was a real success for us all, and that so many were willing to travel a great distance in atrocious weather to support MAFVA, shows that we are in safe hands.  It was also pleasing that ?ordinary? members attended as well as the officers of the Association.

Caption competition:

 back issues of the first copy of the new format Tankette are already changing hands for huge sums on the black market.






Hot on the heels of Tankette 43/3 comes 43/4, along with lots on articles, plans and news.?
The cover photo is model of the FV3802 by Colin Rosenwould which won its class in this years Nationals. This vehicle was a prototype 25pdr SP on the Centurion hull, one of many experiments in the 1950?s.Next to the usual admin. bumph, Editor Neil graces the page with his ruminations on the 2008 Nationals at Duxford and also on recent releases. Of more importance to us is Neil?s mention of discussions and research into the possibility of expanding Tankette to A4 size. This opens up possibilities for better articles and other improvements, but needs to be gauged against cost and postage. If you have a view on this contact Neil direct on .?
This is followed by Tom Cole with part two of his article on the development of British Armour in the inter war period. This is a comprehensive and well illustrated article which explains why we had the variety of vehicles we did during WW2.To tie in with the article and photographs are a pair of anonymous 1/76th scale drawings of the A9 Cruiser Tank and the Infantry Tank Mark I, The Matilda I.?
The centre spread in this issue is the Skoda S. 11, LT VZ 35 (Czechoslovakia) R2 (Early) (Romania), drawn in 1/35th scale by Hubert Cance. Supporting this is text and two photographs to explain the development of this AFV, which saw service with the German Army as the PzKpfw 35(t).Andy Lang provides a review of a book on the little known Gran Chaco war between Bolivia and Paraguay. Sounds like it is worth a read. Page 11 has a 1/76th scale multi-view drawing by Mick Bell of the Canon Automoteur T13 Type III, Vickers-Carden-Lloyd. This Belgian SP gun based on the Vickers design saw action against the German Blitzkrieg in 1940, and those captured were used by the Germans later. Pages 12, 13 and the back cover carry large photos of models at the MAFVA Nationals 2008 at Duxford, quite an inspiration.
The final article for this issue is a 1/76th scale drawing of the M688 Loader-Transporter for Lance Missiles. This vehicle was part of a series of Lance vehicles and the article includes detail views of the components and locations within the vehicle.?




Yet another Tankette has reached the world and with this one the cover photo is of the recently restored Panther at Camp Borden, Canada.?
Page two gives the usual administration information and an editorial from Neil Wharton. More photos and text on the Panther from Ed Storey follow.?
Tom Cole provides us with a potted history of inter war tank development in Great Britain. This is an interesting read which will prompt many to follow up the article with a bit more reading. Page seven sees a change of era with four photos of the Soviet PT-76 amphibious Light Tank.  The centre spread jumps back to World War One with a 1/35th multi-view scale drawing of the Whippet tank by Hubert Cance. I would like to hear how this compares with the Emhar kit.  The intrepid Spike Judd provides a book review and a survey of Museums in the Portsmouth area, useful if you are en route to France with time to kill.
Page 11 gives us an article by Peter Davenport about the up-armoured version of the giant French Char 2C, something I knew nothing about. All the changes are listed making a conversion possible. To compliment this is a 1/76th scale four view plan of the Char 2C by Mick Bell. This is one tank I have fancied building, but have never got round to it. The only remains of the original machines were a set of the rail transport adaptors that were in a yard at Saumur a few years back.?
We then have a 1/76th scale plan of the U.S. built M107 SP 175mm gun by John Church, complete with scrap views to aid modelling. Incidentally John was the winner of the inaugural Mick Bell Award for outstanding contributions to Tankette, as announced at the Nationals this year.?
Mike Potter provides a review of two small scale kits by Pegasus and Italeri, useful info before you part with your cash.?
The back page is a full page print of the Austrian built SK 105 Kuraissier, which if I remember correctly has seen action in Spanish Sahara in recent years.
As always Tankette can be obtained by joining MAFVA or as back issues.  Contact Gary Williams, 45 Balmoral Drive, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire CW4 7JQ or  or see the back issues page on this website. 

Paul Middleton 11/07/08?



TANKETTE  Volume 43 No 2


A new issue of Tankette is out, and the cover is adorned with a photo of a Staghound armoured car from the collection at Latrun in Israel.  Alongside the usual Association information on page two is a split editorial.  A few lines from the usually verbose editor, the rest penned by his newly installed assistant, Tom Cole.  Tom has outlined ideas to improve the magazine with the research of text to go with plans.

We then have a photopage of the Slovak M35 Lizard, the armoured 6x6 twin AA truck.  Some of these vintage looking machines have escaped the Balkans and are now in the hands of military vehicle enthusiasts.

Tom Cole surfaces again on page 4 with his maiden article, this covers the Staghound armoured car with an excellent potted history, technical details, kit survey, illustrations and a trio of plans by Hubert Cance.  In 1/76th we have a Staghound 1 with deep wading kit,  the centrespread is a 1/35th rendition of the Staghound III (late) with the Crusader turret, and in 1/48th Staghound with the 75mm M8 Howitzer turret.  This is the sort of thing that will make Tankette a very useful research tool for modellers.

Moving on to modern subjects we have a 1/76th scale drawing of the Chieftain Mk 7 A.R.R.V. (Armoured Repair & Recovery Vehicle) drawn by John Church.  As usual with such a complicated vehicle, John has provided scrap views to assist the model maker.

Going back in time to the 1930?s the next contribution is from the legacy of Mick Bell, which is a 1/76th scale multi view drawing of the French ?Automitrailleuse de Reconnaissance Citroen Kegresse P28?.  This fascinating vehicle is one of the French half track recce vehicles that were about before WW2, although I do not recall seeing any pressed into German service after 1940.  Fifty examples of this vehicle were built in 1933 and put into service.  I have found a photo of one in a depot in June 1940, so they were still around then.

Raymond Surlemont continues his series on wheel & track convertible tanks, covering the Christie designs and ending with the Schofield Tank designed and built in New Zealand in 1940. 

Tom Cole has a few words about a new venture for the MAFVA Nationals this June.  This is a Bring & Buy table to help members off-load their surplus kits or collect that needed item at a reasonable cost.  This is the sort of place to collect kits needed for conversions to keep the costs down. 

The back page has a large print of an M-53 Lizard, I think at Beltring.

Hopefully this is the first of many excellent issues, and the two conspirators are to be congratulated.

If you have not received your copy of 43/2, it is probably because your subscription has lapsed.  To resolve this contact Gary Williams on or on 01477 535373 or by writing to 45 Balmoral Drive, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, CW4 7JQ.  He can also offer back issues.

If you wish to join MAFVA, again contact Gary by the above means or see us at Duxford on Sunday 15th June at the MAFVA Nationals.       

 Paul Middleton 1528



TANKETTE  Volume 43 No 1


The first issue for Volume 43 has duly arrived and starts of with a very interesting photo on the cover of a Soviet T-28 multi-turret tank that has been captured by Finnish troops and will no doubt be pressed back into service by them.   In front of the monster is a winch mounted on a sled, and the Finns appear to be camouflaging it with white sheets.

Inside, Neil the editor has a ramble about the culture of gathering kits for projects and then pruning the oversize collection to make room for fresh purchases. He also discusses the cost of attending model shows and of importing kits.

The first article is by Colin Rosenwould on the Trumpeter LAV-C2 kit in 1/35th scale.  It is good to see a modeller enjoying the hobby, finishing a kit without too many problems.

Next is a 1/76th scale drawing of the M110, Howitzer, Heavy, self-propelled 8 inch by John Church.  This includes detail sketches and the longer barrel for the later versions as seen in the first Gulf War of 1991. 

A welcome return for contributor Raymond Surlemont of Belgium, with an article on Wheel cum Track Tanks covering 1919 -1940.  This is the first part of a series which will prove quite interesting.

As usual, Neil has given us a scale drawing for the centre spread, this time a HK.V.Toldi in 1/35th scale. I must admit to be in the dark on this S.P. anti-tank gun, but it appears to be the Hungarian Toldi tank mounting a PaK 40 75mm gun in the manner of the German Marder series.  As far as I am aware there are only resin kits of the Toldi, so this would either be an expensive conversion or a heavy scratchbuild in either large or small scales!  Either way, an excellent model would be forthcoming as this five view drawing gives all the information one would require.

Page 10 gives us three reviews, the Criel Models Obice Skoda da 100/17 mod.14 and the Sovereign 2000 Humber Mk II armoured Car both reviewed by Lee Lacey, our man in Essex.  The third is by Chairman Spike Judd of the ICM 1/35th scale BS-3 100mm Field Gun.

These are followed by a four photo spread of photos of the XM-800 prototype MICV located at Fort Knox.

We then have a marvellous 1/76th scale drawing by Mick bell of the Truck, Firefighting, 5 ton, 4x4, Crash, Thorneycroft TF/B80/SUN, Royal Navy.  This would have to be a scratchbuild unless Barry Wright has it in the BW Models range.

The use of improvised armour by Brazilian rebels between the World Wars is covered in a short un-credited article, supported by four period photographs.  This would have fascinated the late John Baumann, and no doubt generated a few plans for models.

On page 14 we have a rather good (un-credited again) drawing of the Praga V35-0-1 six wheeled APC in 1/48th scale.  Unfortunately there is no interior detail, but there are a few knocking about the UK at Military Vehicle shows and the Anti-Aircraft version is on show at Duxford.  As with all these drawings, they can be re-scaled using a photocopier to the required format.

The back cover also has a Finnish flavour with ?Before and after? photos of a Vickers tank in wartime service and one on display at a museum (Parola?).




Tankette 42/6


Finally we get the last issue of Tankette Volume 42, and Neil Wharton, the editor has done an excellent job to catch up.

The cover photo is of a Scammell Recovery in New Zealand. These WW2 breakdown trucks soldiered on in service for many years after the end of hostilities, both with the British Army and even later in Civvy Street. I believe I saw one being used in Belize in the 1970?s.
Page two has the usual official stuff (note changes of address and the changes to subscription rates!), plus an interesting editorial from Neil. His recent move has prompted him to reassess his loft insulation (stock of unmade kits) and he describes how he has used ?ebay? to move some of it.
We then have a 1/76th scale drawing by John Church of the Towed Rapier Fire Unit Truck on the Bedford MK/MJ chassis. This is a detailed set of information on a complicated vehicle, with sections and sketches to illustrate the details over three pages.
Also on page five is a chart detailing available back issues. Quite a few are no longer available, so it is worthwhile contacting Gary Williams to secure any that you do not have. It is currently too expensive to have a re-run of old issues. Occasionally Gary gets returns of ancient copies which he will make available to the membership. Contact him direct for information about specific issues.

A short historical article on the Armoured Carrier, Wheeled, Indian Pattern follows, as does a review of the recent Tamiya early Stug III. Interesting to hear negatives about a Tamiya kit, although the reviewer recommends it.
This issues centre spread is a 1/35th scale drawing by Hubert Cance of the Minerva Modele 1914 Armoured Car. I believe there are resin kits of this WW1 beastie about, but it would be an interesting scratchbuild provided you could find the correct wheels.
Page ten has a two page article on Brazilian early armour, specifically the imported French FT17 and Italian CV33. Eight photographs support the text, and it would certainly be a different finish for a model.
As per usual we have an offering from the files of Mick Bell, this time the French Tracteur Caterpillar Schneider CD. This WW1 tractor was also used as the basis for an SP gun that went into German service in WW2. The running gear looks very similar to the FT17 so should be easy to scratchbuild a superstructure for it. The plan is printed in 1/48th scale, but can easily be changed to 1/35th or 1/76th on a photocopier.
Mike Gill gives us the low down on how he built his Centurion Armoured Ramp Carrier (ARK). An interesting read for those who are thinking of trying some conversion work.
Rick Lowe provides a page full of photos of armour in New Zealand at a military Vehicle Rally.
The back cover is an excellent period photo of Lanchester Armoured Cars on parade at Peshawar, India, between the World Wars.

This issue is now available direct from Gary Williams. If you are a member and have not yet received your copy, either the post office has eaten it or you need to resub! Overseas members need to allow the usual delay before arrival of the magazine. Contact Gary Williams to check on your subscription.
Gary Williams, 45 Balmoral Drive, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, CW4 7JQ, United Kingdom. .







Tankette 42/5


The penultimate issue of volume 42 opens with a fine photo of a Scimitar CVR(T) in Gulf war markings adorned with a Union Flag. Fine inspiration for a model, for which there are many kits to base the project on.
The editorial on page two covers ye editors trip to the IPMS UK Scale Modelworld Show at Telford and reminisces on ?how it was? when he started modelling last century.
Max Hundley, our A7V guru, reviews the recent releases of the German WW1 A7V kit from the Weston Toy Co. on page 3, alongside a review from Neil Wharton (Ye Ed.) of the Nuts & Bolts issue covering the German 3ton halftrack.
Page 4 has more excellent 1/76th plans from the pen of the late Mick Bell, this time the Tractor, Crawler, Size 2, Fowler Challenger 33, Mk 4. Quite an obscure subject which would need some detailed research to complete the model, although the plans are excellent.
The same could be said of the 1/35th drawings by Hubert Cance on the next page of the BMW ?Rutscher? Project. It looks like one the many German late war ?Paper Panzers?, in this instance a double barrelled Panzerjaeger type with Tiger/Panther resilient road wheel type suspension.
We then have two pages of photos, the first is of various T-55 Soviet tanks, the second covers the Staghound with three wartime in service photos and one of the prototype 
T-17E3 with the 75mm howitzer turret. The latter is a good subject with kits from both Italeri & Bronco out now.
Hubert Cance makes a second appearance in the centre pages with a 1/35th scale multiview drawing of the M15 ?Special? GMC, that is the US SP halftrack fitted with the 40mm Bofors AA gun in a turret. This is a well timed subject as we have new kits of the US Halftrack and also the Bofors arriving in the shops or due soon. 
We then have several pages from Raymond Surlemont with part two of his history of Skoda Tank Designs. Well detailed, this makes a fascinating read.
We return to engineering plant with a 1/76th scale drawing of the Michigan Model 75A/DS Light Wheeled Tractor. Scrap views assist with the building of this complicated bit of 1960?s kit.
Page 14 gives us four photos of Bovingtons? running Matilda 2 ?Golden Miller? taken at a Tankfest show. On the facing page is a 1/48th drawing of the Valentine 17pdr SP gun, here labelled as the Archer.
The back page has an excellent full page print of the German Nashorn in the Kubinka collection, Russia..
Well done to Neil for the work in catching up with magazine a bit more , and to gary Williams and team for getting the magazine posted out so quickly.
Paul Middleton 12/07





Tankette 42/4


Tankette 42/4 has arrived and the editor, Neil Wharton must be congratulated for over coming the variety of calamities that have befallen production of the magazine.


A house move is stressful enough, but when you have no communications with the outside world, and cannot find where the magazine material is it must be a real purgatory.  So well done Neil, lets hope you can get back up to speed shortly.


The cover photograph is of a prototype Crusader AA 1, the type with the walled turret.  Popular opinion is that the ones that went across to Europe were open turrets with ?wings? on the standard Bofors gunshield.  It is good to see a large print of this photograph.


The usual admin notices and editorial follow on page two, and the sad contents of page three are obituaries for two of our leading members, Mick Bell and Jim Marshall, two faces who will both be sadly missed.


Mick is remembered with several plans in this issue, the first being a Snow Removal Unit, SP, 5ton, 6x4, Rotary, All Wheel drive, Type 54.  Typical of the oddball and peculiar but necessary vehicles that interested Mick.  This is in Micks favoured scale of 1/76th with many detail drawings to aid the scratchbuilder.


Then comes an interesting article on the brand new Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) which is an Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle designed for the US Marine Corps. Four photographs support this article.


The centre spread of this issue is an example of a German conversion of the little French Chenillette UE. Designated the 3.7cm PaK 35/36 (sf) auf UE (F), this turned the UE into an SP anti-tank gun.  The plan is by Hubert Cance in 1/35th scale with five views of the UE and another five of the tracked trailer.


Page 10 carries another offering by Mick Bell this time in 1/48th of the French Char Renault D1 with six views including a longitudinal cross section of the hull.

Allan Grieve provides interesting personal recollections of his time in the army, in particular his time in Burma in tanks.  These memories are priceless and must be recorded before these old soldiers pass away.


We then have four interesting photos of the US M6 heavy tank, which did not enter service during WW2, but may have made a difference if it had.


The last plan in this issue is again by Mick Bell, this time in 1/35th, and is of the British inter-war Vickers Armstrong Light Amphibious Tank L143.  Six views provide enough information for the scratchbuilder.


The rear cover sports a fascinating photo of M10 SP guns of 20th Anti-Tank Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division in Palestine , March 1946.


As always Tankette is available from the secretary:

Gary Williams, 45 Balmoral Drive , Holmes Chapel, Cheshire , CW4 7JQ , e-mail  


Tankette 42/3


The third issue of Tankette arrived a little while ago and proves to be quite a tasty issue.

The cover photo is a Centurion Ark bridging vehicle, not too unusual, but the location is.  It is part of the  Is raeli Tank Museum at Latrun, and the famous  Sherman on a high pedestal can be seen in the background.

The Editor, Neil Wharton, covers a variety of topics in his editorial ending with the news of the Tamiya Chenillette UE.  Dick Harley presents some fascinating information on the Free French use of Centaurs at the end of WW2 and beyond.  All these little bits of information take years to gather and then analyse to present an article as interesting as this.

We then have text and drawings of the Guy ?Ant? 15cwt 4x2 1.5m Light Warning A.A. No.4.  This mobile radar station is drawn in 1/76th scale by John Church with multiple views and details enabling an interesting model to be built.

On page 6 Neil has started to use photographs from the John Baumann collection, this time several vehicles from the display in the moat at  Belgrade I believe.  The heavy Panzer 1, CV33 and other Tankettes are included.

Book reviews follow on page 7 giving an indication of what you can get for your money.

The centrefold for this issue is the Soviet AT-1, a self-propelled gun version of the T-26 light tank.  This is four view and drawn in 1/35th scale by Hubert Cance.

Page 10 is a 1/48th rendition of the Renault D2 French tank of WW2 drawn by the late Mick Bell.  As always, a well drawn plan allows the scratch builder to produce a decent model, and of course being in 1/48th it can be scaled up or down on a photocopier.

Raymond Surlemont makes a welcome return to the pages of Tankette with part one of a series on Skoda tank designs.  This section covers tankettes, wheel-cum-track and light tank designs.

The last two pages have photographs of models that appeared at the recent MAFVA Nationals at Duxford, the back cover has photos of a BRDM 2 & BMP2 at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

As always Tankette can be obtained by joining MAFVA either through the website, or by writing direct to the Secretary, Gary Williams,  45 Balmoral Drive, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, CW4 7JQ Tel: 01477-535373.  Current UK subscription is ?9.00 and includes six issues of Tankette.  Full details are on the website, as are an index to plans and articles and available back issues.