Matilda - Infantarie Panzerkampfwagen Mk II (E) mit 5cm KwK 38 L/42 - case report

Comrades...this is my new girl: Infantarie Panzerkampfwagen Mk II (E) mit 5cm KwK 38 L/42
A captured Matilda II turretless, armed with KwK 38 L/42 5cm gun, used as a tank-destroyer in the landing training for  Operation Sea Lion.
Matilda II captured named "Oswald"
"Oswald" - front view

"Oswald" in landing training...
For do this beast, I´ll use an old Tamiya Matilda kit:
A very old kit from the "Dark Ages"...
      Plus a Verlinden Kwk 38 L/42 5cm naval gun (this gun will be modified...) and tons of plasticard and fun...
Kwk 38 L/42 5cm gun, from Verlinden.

      The ideal would be to order a new Tamiya kit and a complete interior in the Inside the Armour to her, but as I live in the "wilderness" of the earth, any order placed now takes 30 to 60 days to get here. So I'm going to do with what I have and do a lot of scratch ...
      First of all, the suspension. This beast had the raised one...

Notice the raised suspension...
      So, I don't use the original Tamiya´s holes to build the suspension boogies. I glued the boogie´s pins under the original holes, to raise the suspension...
Raising the old Tamiya´s suspension
      The Oswald was a turretless vehicle. So, the inside of the tank was visible. As the vehicle must have been modified by their captors, I decided to make an interior of Matilda based on photos and a certain "creative freedom", which I impute to the Krauts...Scratch and spare parts...
Scratching the interior...
Kraut design !!!

With the upper hull (dry-run):]
Interior view
Other side
To rear view...
    So far, so good !!! As the Germans modified him, also painted the interior of the oswald with with characteristic cream-colored ...
After the paint dry, I did the internal weathering (light condition...) and closed the hull!
Hull closed and glued

Notice the raised suspension and original Tamiya´s  track
As I closed the hull of Oswald, now it's time to start building the gun.

The Verlinden kit is a jewel...No bubbles, flashes or defects in the casted parts.
KwK 38 L/42 5cm parts
kit parts - close up
The instructions are clear and very well designed:
kit instructions
I In my search for the tank and the gun, I found that the cannon KwK 38 with this platform was used in bunkers and coastal defense. Since this tank has been modified for use in training and coastal facilities, nothing more logical to infer that the Germans used what they had.
So, I thought of changing the platform of the gun as they would their builders: Take the torch and cut the platform at the right height to fit the tank, keeping the maximum normal components of the platform.
Gun completed. This gun is a L/60, not the L/42
The kit gun: L/60 with muzzle brake (long barrel)
The correct gun: L/42, without muzzle brake and short barreled gun
Testing the elevation axis
Cut diagram

Surgery done !!!
The gun is a L/60, not the L/42. I'll have to cut the barrel of the cannon to the right length later...
Testing the gun in place:
Building the cradle of the gun platform:
The cradle - Note the small screw that will be the  rotation pin
Testing the gun...
Two "legs" to stabilize and reinforce the cradle...Notice the step
The legs with steps
The cradle with legs and step - close up
The little screw as a pin
I kept the original shield gun because of this photo: The inner shield is clearly the same shield used in the gun in the bunker configuration: The tank shows two shields: the internal (original) and the external, thinner.
Notice the internal shield - see pic below...
KwK 5cm in the bunker configuration (same of the kit)
And the gun in place:
The cradle glued in place. I forget the barrel ...uops...
Well, after cut the barrel, I start the construction of the external shield. The only references are the real pics...I used paper and perspectives... and...
external shield
rear view
The shield is done !!!
Shield completed
Notice the supports and the reinforce in metal (blue arrow)
Rear view
And it has horizontal drift ...
Eyes right !!!
Eyes left !!!!

Rear view
Now, it´s time to finish the hull details ...
I painted the shield with primer, for better visualization:
Frontal view - all measures are in millimeters

Side view - left

Left view of the shield - close-up
Angles of the  lateral shield
Lateral shield - specs
top view - specs
bird view - specs

The novel continues....More details in the "Oswald" Matilda:
Notice the MG 34 support
The real MG 34
Oswald with full armament
Oswald with full armament - front view
After discovering this picture:
Matilda KwK with LWS in in good company.
Landing training, ...
  I had the idea to do the cammo similar to that of LWS ...Let´s go...

Cammo done. Notice the LWS in background

Decal with Future

Starting the weathering...
The weathering going....
Oswald done...
Left side - The lower portion of the suspension will
be "dirty" when I make the base for the model ...

Rear view

The gun with  horizontal swivel...

Right side
Oswald is impressive !!!

Kojak in the Matilda Kwk 5cm

Notice the ammo racks...
Oswald with another "Navy Girl" !!!

Hugs !!!

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