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    Ken
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    http://yarkshiregamer.blogspot.com/2019/12/a10-cruiser-tanks-for-desert.html

    New units have been a struggle to get finished this year so I have got some training in before the Analogue Hobbies Winter Paint Challenge X begins in a few weeks.

    I will mostly be painting tanks this year so nothing better than a couple of 28mm Caunter A10s for a pre season warm up.

    The vehicles are from Warlord Games who sadly don’t do a desert version with side skirts and my modelling skills aren’t up to making some myself, still look reet to me.

    As always more pics on the blog, link above.

    Regards Ken
    The Yarkshire Gamer

    Http://yarkshiregamer.blogspot.co.uk

    #127972
    Nathaniel Weber
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    Those are really cool and very nicely painted. The turrets are so delightfully blocky.

    How did the A10 fair in combat? I’m not well up on the Western Desert.

     

     

    #127980
    Ken
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    They weren’t that bad for the time, a pre war design they did reasonably well against the Italians in Op Compass on 1940 but were outclassed by the German PzIII when they arrived in 1941.

    Regards Ken

    The Yarkshire Gamer

    Http://yarkshiregamer.blogspot.co.uk

    #128002
    Darkest Star Games
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    Great looking tanks you have there.  I’ve always liked that scheme.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #128026
    MartinR
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    Yes, the 2pdr was one of the more effective AT guns of the period, but struggled against some the better Armoured German tanks.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    #128157
    Steve Burt
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    The big problem with the A9 and A10 was the running gear. Apparently they shed tracks all the time; half the tanks in Greece ended up being left there due to shed tracks. The A13 with it’s Crusader-style running gear was much better.

    #128184
    MartinR
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    The big problem with the A9 and A10 was the running gear. Apparently they shed tracks all the time; half the tanks in Greece ended up being left there due to shed tracks. The A13 with it’s Crusader-style running gear was much better.

    That is interesting as it looks very similar to the suspension on the Valentine, which was pretty reliable. Maybe it was a track problem? I shall have to read ‘The Great Tank Scandal’ again!

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    #128188
    Cerdic
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    Maybe by the time the Valentine was in production they had worked out a tweek that fixed the problem. Sometimes in engineering a very minor modification can make a big difference…

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