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Tamiya new 1/35 Valentine II/IV kit Question
British Columbia, Canada
Joined: June 06, 2008
KitMaker: 402 posts
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Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2017 - 01:53 AM UTC

Can we use this kit to get to a Canadian produced and used Mk VI?


Oregon, United States
Joined: March 09, 2017
KitMaker: 525 posts
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Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2017 - 02:00 AM UTC
I've got a set of MiniArt Canadian Mk VI tracks (indy) I'd trade or sell you to help you in the process.
Ontario, Canada
Joined: March 01, 2004
KitMaker: 3,123 posts
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Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 08:08 PM UTC

We really only used the Mk VIs in training and not for too long at that. We only kept 30 of them the very first ones off the line at Angus Shops and it is likely that these were a mix of Canadian and British features.

If you look up my monograph on the Valentine that is still at Camp Borden, you can see exactly what one of those Valentines that remained in Canada looked like. That monograph is out of print, but I have seen digital copies here and there. It is Museum Ordnance Special #10 from Darlington Productions.

There are probably walk arounds online of the Borden Valentine, so look for them as well.

There are differences in the fenders and stowage boxes plus differences in the turret and the mantlet depending on whether the vehicle had the BESA or .30 Cal. The wheels might have been peculiar to Canada as well.