Char Britannique A.16 Crusader III
Cruiser Tank Mk.VI

Revue de la Maquette Hasegawa au 1/72

Char Britannique A.16 Crusader III, Cruiser Tank Mk.VI, 1/72 Hasegawa MT26

This Hasegawa model of the Crusader III has been painted Middle Bronze Green, using Humbrol No. 30, pour représenter un véhicule deployed en la Campagne de Tunisie. Following the Allied victory en Afrique du Nord en 1943, all remaining Crusaders were withdrawn, to be replaced by chars Sherman. The Hasegawa kit was easy to build et fun to paint. Short antennas, made from a discarded cat’s whisker, were added to the turret roof.


  • A.16 Crusader III
  • Decal Sheet
    • 16th/5th Lancers (B Squadron), Tunisia 1943
    • 17th/21st Lancers (C Squadron), Tunisia 1943
  • Tank Commander


Scale model avec superb detail. Rivets, hatches, et other raised detail make this an attractive model.

Bon choix de sujet, the Crusader III played an important part at the Bataille de El Alamein et en la Campagne de Tunisie, where it fought well against Pz.Kpfw. III et IV.

Only 58 parts, very easy to assemble.

High quality kit. Parts fit very well, et there is practically no flash. Two holes immediately behind the turret hatch need to be filled before painting.

Compatible avec Revell et ESCI.

The tracks are of the old pin-and-hole variety which never seemed to hold together for very long. The manufacturer recommends welding them avec a hot tournevis. The technique actually worked in this case, because there is no tension on the joint. The tracks seem a little longer than they need to be, some of the slack should be taken up. We cut the track et hid the joint behind one of the side skirts. The large road wheels provide enough surface area to allow the track to be glued in place.

The painting instructions show a Crusader III avec full side skirts, but there are no parts in the kit which would allow the model to be built in this way. Some conversion work will be required to arrive at this interesting variant.

It would have been a nice touch if the kit had included alternate parts which would have enabled the modéliste to build the earlier, et more numerous Crusader I et II versions avec the 2 pdr. gun. The unique gun mantlet of the Crusader II will be very difficult to scratchbuilt.

Les chars Crusader III put up a good fight against Panzer III et IV at El Alamein, et en la Campagne de Tunisie. The Crusaders of 6e Division Blindée were more heavily armoured than earlier Crusader I et II models, et they mounted the more powerful 6 pdr. gun which offered 106 mm of armour penetration at 100 meters range et 0 degree inclination of armour. In contrast to slow-moving chars d’assaut like the A.12 Matilda, les chars Crusader were designed to take the initiative in fast-moving tank battles.

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