World War Toons British Infantry Tank A12 Matilda II

Published: May 13th, 2019     
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Reviewed by: 
Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: N/S
Company: Meng
Price: $17.00
Product / Stock #: WWT-014

Here is another caricature tank from Meng Models. These models are obviously targeted at kids, but
many of us "serious" modelers are finding them to be fantastic "breaks" from our usual in-depth
subjects. I am seeing them on the contest tables as well.
The kit comes in a strong end opening box with a colorful painting of a British Matilda. All the sprues,
instruction manual and tiny decal sheet are located within a single plastic bag.
All the parts show a good amount of detail, and it is intended to be a "snap fit" model. The instruction
manual is easy to follow, but the painting and decal diagrams are very small and quite dark, making it a
little difficult to determine decal positions and color demarcation areas. There are two decal schemes
offered: a British tank in the Caunter paint scheme and a captured German tank painted in Panzer Grey.
The model builds up quickly, although, care is needed with some quite large sprue attachments. Make
sure these are completely eliminated so the parts fit cleanly. I found the tolerances quite tight and in
some cases paint had to be removed for parts to slot into their mounting holes easier.
The most difficult part of this build was painting it. Some thought is needed into how to go about it,
especially the wheels, the tracks and slots in the side skirts. The tracks and all wheels have to be
attached before the upper hull is fitted to the lower hull assembly.
I started by painting the entire tank and all associated parts Tamiya Desert Yellow. Don't forget the
inside of the skirts and sponsons. The tires were painted Tamiya Rubber Black. When dry, the wheels
were assembled and the tracks slid over them. I ran a strip of tape along the underside of the upper
tracks which are visible through the side skirt slots. This prevented getting paint over spray on them.
The tape was easily removed with tweezers after all painting was done.
The two hull parts had to be joined at this point so the seam at the front of the upper and lower hull
could be removed. The rest of the tracks and lower hull were masked off in preparation for the next
colors.
The Caunter paint scheme was a British three color, hard edge camouflage used throughout the North
African desert war. Until recently it was though that a light blue was used in conjunction with tan and
dark green. It is now understood that instead of blue a light green was used. Reviewing pictures on the
internet, I mixed olive drab and light blue until I had a green I thought looked "right". I sprayed the light
green mix followed by dark green, using blue painters tape to produce the hard edges of the
camouflage. This was easier than it looked, but time consuming.

The external rear fuel drum and muffler were glued together and the seams along the sides sanded
away. One end of both fuel drum and muffler left a seam running across them. I cut disks out of
Evergreen plastic sheet and glued them in to cover the seams.
The exhaust pipes were painted and weathered to look burnt and rusted, then attached to the rear hull
deck and the muffler. Handles, spare track links and other accessories were added to complete the
building task.
The tank received a gloss coat, and when dry I applied the decals. They adhered well - all six of them! I
used Microsol to soften the decals and make them conform over rivets and other details. Another gloss
coat sealed the decals. I weathered the little Matilda with a wash and chalk powers, followed by several
flat coats. To finish up I used more pastel chalk to add dirt and dust to the tank to look like it was
fighting in North African desert against an army of Egg Panzer IV's!
I thoroughly enjoyed building this little tank, and it took second place in its category at the recent Moss
Con model show. I would recommend the kit to modelers of any skill level from beginner to advanced.
My sincere thanks to Meng Models and IPMS foe allowing me to build and review this Matilda.

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