by Mick Toal
Mick Toal of Albury NSW used the 1/35 scale Italeri M13/40 as the basis for one of the tanks captured by Australian forces in Libya in 1941 and pressed into service against their former masters during the capture of the coastal fortress of Tobruk by Commonwealth forces.
Tamiya also produced an M13-40, but it lacks the finesse of the Italeri offering, which is also produced by Russian company Zvezda.
The captured tanks have long been modelled, and Italeri even supply the prominent Kangaroo markings, but Mick believes the tanks were in their base Italian green, and not the sand colour indicated in the instructions.
The model was built out of the box, the infantry are stock-standard Airfix multipose 8th Army, and the tank commander is a modified figure from the Tamiya Churchill "Crocodile".
Images and Article Copyright © 2001 by Mick
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