1/400 scale British Cromwell Tank (10), ideal for the Heller Landing Craft Set. Soon available in other scales. Watch out for other British Tanks of WW2.
The Cromwell tank
, officially Tank, Cruiser, Mk VIII, Cromwell (A27M)
was one of the most successful of the series of cruiser tanks
fielded by Britain in the Second World War
. Named after the English Civil War
leader Oliver Cromwell
, the Cromwell was the first tank put into service by the British to combine a dual-purpose gun, high speed from the powerful and reliable Rolls-Royce Meteor
engine, and reasonable armour
, in a balanced package. Its design formed the basis of the later Comet tank
The name "Cromwell" was initially applied to three different vehicles during development. Early Cromwell development led to the creation of the A24 Cavalier
. Later Cromwell development led to the creation of the competing Tank, Cruiser, Mk VIII, Centaur (A27L)
design. The Centaur tank
was closely related to the Cromwell, both vehicles being externally of very similar appearance. Cromwell and Centaur differed in the engine used. While the Centaur had the 340 hp Liberty engine
, the Cromwell had the significantly more powerful 600 hp Meteor.
The Cromwell first saw action in the Battle of Normandy
in June 1944. The tank equipped the armoured reconnaissance regiments of the Royal Armoured Corps
, in the 7th Armoured Division
, 11th Armoured Division
and the Guards Armoured Division
. While the armoured regiments of the latter two divisions were equipped with M4 Shermans
, the armoured regiments of the 7th Armoured Division were equipped with Cromwell tanks. The Centaurs were not used in combat except for those fitted with a 95mm howitzer, which were used in support of the Royal Marines
during the amphibious invasion of Normandy.
Some part cleanup will be necessary. The 3D printing process uses a waxy substance to support certain part features during the printing process. Although the parts are cleaned by Shapeways, some waxy residue may remain. It can be safely removed with water and a mild aqueous detergent like "Simple Green" using an old, soft toothbrush, Q-tips or pipe cleaners. During the printing process, liquid resin is cured by ultraviolet light. Microscopic bits of resin may remain uncured.
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