Crusader III

Kit: Crusader III  /  Manufacturer: Italeri 1/35

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Model by Paul Lee

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A brief history

Crusader_tank_IIIThe Crusader was designed as a Cruiser tank and meant to be fast and mobile, however this would come at a cost to armour protection, which made it vulnerable to pretty much any anti-tank weapon of the time. Initially armed with the 2pdr gun, this was quickly shown to be insufficient. The Crusader III remedied this by being armed with the 6pdr which kept it on par with German tanks until the arrival of the infamous Tiger.

This Crusader is the second half of the Traditional Rivals theme and represents a tank from the Desert Rats opposing its arch enemy the Afrika Korps. This is the older Italeri kit and to my knowledge, the only kit of this vehicle in 1/35 scale. It still builds up very nicely though although I did have some problems aligning the turret hatches.

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