There are two ideas that immediately come to mind; a World of Tanks themed project and a small Middle East Wars project.
World of Tanks
The World of Tanks computer game is a continuing obsession with me, and I particularly enjoy playing the Soviet tank destroyers. So I thought that I'd love to have a little set of my favourite tanks in the game.
|My favourite 'small' tank from World of Tanks is my Soviet SU-85i, or, as I|
like to call it, 'the poor man's StuG'.
|Action Hobbies do a nice 1/72 scale Su-85i, which would look great painted|
in my World of Tanks camo scheme.
|At the other end of the scale, my monstrous Object 268. Top of the Soviet Tank|
Destroyer line and my favourite German E-100 killer!
|Trumpeter make an Object 268 kit, but I think I would have to source my 152mm|
gun option from a third-party by the looks of it.
I noticed that a lot of modellers got the 'Cold War' bug last year and while it is a very interesting subject, for me, it was the Middle East Wars that have influential memories for me. I still remember black and white TV news images from when I was a kid of Israeli tanks during the Yom Kippur War (1973).
Of all the tanks involved during the Arab-Israeli conflicts, one tank stand out in my mind as being iconic of these desperate struggles and that is the - apply named - Israeli Sho't tank (105 mm L7 armed British Centurion tank). I was lucky enough to receive a 1/72 scale Black Dog made Centurian Mk. III lit from my brother last year...
And, quite by chance, this seemed to compliment a Black Dog Egyptian SPG 122mm conversion kit that I had already acquired for one of my Soviet T-34/85 kits...
So, together, I thought these models might make the embryo of a nice little Middle East collection or maybe just an interesting little diorama.
Which of these two ideas I will go with this year remains to be seen, I could actually build the two Middle East tanks I have between projects I suppose and leave the World of Tanks project until I finish my Finnish collection, I suppose. But, I do have something special in mind with which I will conclude my Finnish project...