I'd forgotten it was half term so the museum was very busy but I still managed to avoid getting hordes of kids appearing in every picture. The star of the show for me is the Tiger II because it is just so massive in the flesh. You don't get any idea of the size of these things from models or photos. But to stand in front of one and imagine it's advancing towards you with all guns blazing is just terrifying. This is one photo I would have liked someone to be standing near the tank to give you a size comparison. Although it doesn't look it, it must be six feet from the floor to the top of the deck
Another thing I found interesting was some of the camo patterns. The Somua shown below is pretty typical of what I think of as a French camo pattern, lots of bright colours.
So I was surprised when I saw this Char B1 in the next hall. It's camo is very dull. A dark brown overlaid with patches of black.
And I was even more surprised by this maroon and sand camo pattern on the Panther. I guess that's why it's good to visit places like Bovington. Nothing like seeing the real thing to put things into context.
So on with the rest of the photos:
|A Vickers Light Tank|
|Mk IIa Light Tank|
|Daimler armoured car|
|A Hetzer, I was surprised by how small it was.|
|Tetrach in its air drop container|
|Stug III with interesting log 'side skirts'|
|Engine compartment and interior of a JagdTiger|
|If you painted up a model like this people would criticise your painting skills! It just goes to show modellers can get too precious about how their tanks look. That being said i don't think I could bring myself to paint one like this!|
|Battle of the Bulge camo Greyhound and M10|
|An SU 100 in Iraqi colours|
|The museum also has lots of informative static displays like this section through a Centurion tank|
|A Firefly and Churchill|
|Renault FT 17|
|A tiny Vickers light tank|
|A Matilda with an interesting camo pattern which really does break up its outline.|
|A colourful Lee/Grant|
|An interior shot of the Lee/grant|
|Lastly a Sherman DD|