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Offline gedmundson

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Mk. IV tank D-51 Deborah - revisited
« on: October 26, 2020, 03:25:13 AM »
Last year I completed a model of the Takom 1/35 scale Mark IV female tank which was found by archeologists and is now displayed in the town of Flesquières near Cambrai, France. Based on conflicting references, I had added the D-51 tank number to both sides, and also added the tank's factory number "2620" to the aft part of the hull.  I was recently in touch with the author of the book "Deborah And The War Of The Tanks 1917", John A. Taylor. Although he liked the photos of the model I shared with him, he pointed out that the markings were incorrect for "Deborah" although they showed the classic example of how most of those vehicles were marked. Careful study of photos had shown the only marking to be added to the sides of Deborah was a red triangle outlined in white (still barely visible on the museum artifact - purpose unknown to John). Although I'd  made note of the triangle, I chose to ignore it and go with the classic markings.

Based on my correspondence with John, I made an effort to correct my model, and spent about 2 hours of time with my airbrush removing the previous markings and adding the triangles - so here are a couple of photos of my corrected model. It's not often one goes back to modify a finished model based on new information (in my case the evidence was staring me in the face) but I thought in this case it was worth it.


The real Deborah in Flesquières Tank Museum


This is the model originally as I'd finished it


Old marking removed and triangles added.



Cheers,
Gary

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Re: Mk. IV tank D-51 Deborah - revisited
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2020, 05:51:54 AM »
Very nice as usual.

Your postings of ww1 armour and vehicles is inspiring me to have a go at something other than aircraft. There are some good value kits out there with more planned.

Gary

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Re: Mk. IV tank D-51 Deborah - revisited
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2020, 06:01:15 AM »
Great correction, having the chance to see the original thing is really uncommon when speaking of a hundred years old iron lady, well done!
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Giuseppe

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Re: Mk. IV tank D-51 Deborah - revisited
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2020, 11:04:58 AM »
    Great research and follow through Gary, and that 100 year old archeological artifact is a real gem! Impressive work which lends great credibility to what you do for the Hobby!
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Lance

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Re: Mk. IV tank D-51 Deborah - revisited
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2020, 04:00:26 PM »
very beautiful indeed!
you acheived a great result goth with icorrect and correct markings.
the removal of the decals tourned out perfect.
did you paint the triangle?
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edo

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Re: Mk. IV tank D-51 Deborah - revisited
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2020, 06:19:47 AM »
Gary, Giuseppi, Lance and Edo - Thank you for your kind comments which are very much appreciated.

Edo - you asked about the triangles - After painting out the original markings, I masked the triangles using Tamiya tape, and airbrushed on a red-ish brown colour. I then took a light khaki mix of thinned Vallejo acrylic, and carefully painted the outline with a fine 000 brush.

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Gary

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Re: Mk. IV tank D-51 Deborah - revisited
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2020, 06:39:43 AM »
I like that a lot Gary!


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Re: Mk. IV tank D-51 Deborah - revisited
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2020, 04:13:56 PM »
thank you Gary, you did wonders!
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edo

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Re: Mk. IV tank D-51 Deborah - revisited
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2020, 08:31:37 PM »
Great re-work Gary.
Thanks for sharing.  ;)

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Re: Mk. IV tank D-51 Deborah - revisited
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2020, 10:32:27 PM »
Impressive artifact (need to know more about it!) and absolutely beautiful build, Gary!

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Re: Mk. IV tank D-51 Deborah - revisited
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2020, 06:58:43 AM »
Guy, Edo, Bob and Richard - thanks indeed for your comments!

Richard - the book that John A. Taylor wrote covers a great deal on Deborah in addition to more about tank warfare leading up to the Nov. 1917 battles. I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

Cheers,
Gary