Designed in 1940 & developed by Vauxhall Motors, the Churchill Tank was best known for its heavy armour, large longitudinal chassis with all-around tracks with multiple bogies, its ability to climb steep slopes, and its use as the basis of many specialist vehicles. It was one of the heaviest Allied tanks of the war.
The origins of the design lay in the expectation that war in Europe might be fought under similar conditions to those of the First World War and emphasised the ability to cross difficult ground. The Churchill was rushed into production to build up British defences against a possible German invasion. The first vehicles had flaws that had to be overcome before the Churchill was accepted for wide use. After several marks had been built, a better-armoured version, the Mark VII, entered service during the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. The improved versions performed well in the later stages of the war.
The Churchill was used by British and other Commonwealth forces during the North African, Italian and North-West Europe campaigns. In addition, 344 Churchills were exported to the Soviet Union during the Second World War and more than 250 saw active service on the Eastern Front. Despite production ending in 1945, the Churchill remained in service with the British armed forces until 1952.
Mould Tools made in 1961, pack Illustration by Rob Jobson, 1975. Enjoy the nostalgia with Airfix Vintage Classics.
This kit represents the Churchill Mk.VII Tank in 1944 British Western Europe colours & includes British decals.
This kit comes in moulded grey plastic. Construction & Painting is required
We recommend the use of Deluxe Plastic Kit Glue when building this kit.
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