Ever since I was *yay high* I can remember going to the Bovington Tank Museum every year or so, and each time coming to the conclusion that the Vickers Independent was the finest example of an armoured vehicle in their expansive collection.
When Copplestone Castings brought out a kit for the thing I bought it without really thinking, and ever since it has bolstered the forces of the Tsar in their apparently eternal struggle against the foul Queen Victoria.
However, for a long time 'Little Vicky' had been painted in a rather unbefitting, gordy black and gold colour scheme, with some crappy bits of plastic crudely glued to it for a smoke stack (if you want to see it, its somewhere in the archives of this blog) - but times have changed.
Here she is in her new green and white livery. I chose the colours after seeing an Ottoman warship from the 1870's wearing the same paint, and deciding that it looked rather nifty.
Here she is with some Eureka Russians, just to show scale.
I have to say, I'm rather chuffed with her, and am quite looking forward to see her steaming across the table.
What do you think?