The Matilda Infantry Tank was a vitally important vehicle to Allied
forces in the early years of the Second World War. It participated in the
Battle of France, and is probably best known as a well-armoured adversary to
the German Panzers in North Africa. However, it is worth remembering that
the Matilda was also used widely by Australian forces in the Pacific and
even on the Eastern Front by the Soviet Army.
With its broad service history and associated camouflage and markings,
the Matilda is certainly a worthwhile modelling subject.
Canadian modeller Mark Bannerman has put together a bulging package of
modelling material for this newest title in the Osprey Modelling series.
Mark commences with a few paragraphs of history and a description of
tools required for the forthcoming projects.
The next chapters cover three small-scale Matildas - a 1/76 scale
Cromwell kit of the Matilda Mark I, A11, in resin; Fujimi's 1/76 scale
Matilda Mk.III and ESCI's 1/72 scale Matilda. It is pleasing the see the
Mark I A11 Matilda covered, as it is an important and immediate ancestor to
the bigger and more familiar Matilda A12. This first project is finished in
BEF markings during 1940.
The Fujimi Matilda Mk. III is depicted as a vehicle on Malta during 1942,
and is painted in an intricate sandstone block camouflage pattern.
The final small scale project is a desert Matilda. All three small scale
models are built straight from the box, and are very nicely painted and
Five 1/35 scale modelling projects are next. Tamiya;s 1/35 scale kit is
the only game in town in this scale, but plenty of variety is obtained.
Mark Bannerman's modelling centrepiece is his 1/35 scale Matilda Mk.IV
"Frog" conversion. The Matilda Frog was an Australian flamethrower
conversion used against Japanese fortifications and tunnels in the Pacific
The modelling article and additional references take up 19 pages of the
publication. Construction is lavishly covered in words, pictures and
diagrams. This is an extensive conversion and it is extremely well done.
Indeed, I found this particular model so inspiring that I immediately
ordered several the resin Matilda Frog conversion as used in Mark's article
(plus a few others!) from MR Models.
Some of the composite photos of the completed Matilda Frog, including the
main cover image, are some of the most impressive that I have seen.
The next project shows extensive detailing and scratchuilding, followed
by Steve Zaloga's early A12 Matilda in France, 1940. The standard of
modelling on both these models is also excellent.
A further Matilda Mk.III in desert colours is included in a short
Chapter, followed by an interesting conversion to a 50mm self-propelled gun
in German service.
The book is rounded out with a list of Museum examples and references,
and a page of colours typically worn by the Matilda tank.
I found Osprey's "Modelling the Matilda Infantry Tank" to be inspiring
This title will be of great interest to modellers of Allied vehicles
whether you work in small scale or in 1/35.
Thanks to Osprey
Publishing for the review copy
Matilda Infantry Tank
(Osprey Modelling 5)
Author: Mark Bannerman
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: February 25, 2004
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1841767581
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