1:72 Crusader Tank Mk3

1:72 Crusader Tank Mk3
Brand: Hasegawa
Product Code: HMT26

Recommended Age:14+
1:72 Crusader Tank Mk3

Crusader Mk3 - Cruiser Tank

The Tank Cruiser Mk VI or A15 Crusader was one of the primary British cruiser tanks during the early part of the Second World War. Over 5,000 tanks were manufactured and they made important contributions to the British victories during the North African Campaign. The Crusader tank would not see active service beyond Africa, but the chassis of the tank was modified to create anti-aircraft, fire support, observation, communication, bulldozer and recovery vehicle variants.

The first variation 'Crusader I' tank entered service in 1941 and though manoeuvrable, it was relatively lightly armoured and was under-armed. Improved armour thickness to 49mm marked out the "Crusader II' variant. The main armament for the Crusader Mark I and II's was an Ordnance QF 2 pounder (40mm) main gun, but the 'Crusader III' was fitted with an Ordnance QF 6 pounder (57mm) main gun. This variant was more than a match for the mid-generation German Panzer III and Panzer IV tanks that it faced in combat. As part of the 1st Armoured Brigade the Crusader was to prove vital during the Battle of El Alamein, at Tobruk and in Tunisia. Retained in service because of delays with its replacement, by late 1942 the lack of armament upgrade plus reliability problems due to the harsh desert conditions and the appearance of Tiger I heavy tanks among the German Afrika Korps saw the Crusader replaced by US-supplied M3 Grant and then by the Sherman medium tanks.

Data: Total length: 7.57m, full width: 3.08m, total height: 2.68m, engine: Nuffield Liberty water-cooled 12 cylinders 340HP / 1,500 rpm, armed: 6 pounder x 1 Besa mg 7.92mm x 1, maximum speed: 44km / h , Crew: 5 people

Kit Features:

  • Skill Level 3
  • Length: 3.6 in (91 mm)
  • Width: 1.5 in (37 mm)
  • Age 14+

Plastic Model kit which requires paint and glue to complete.