Airfix Churchill Crocodile in 1/76 Scale

Airfix kits just have that nostalgic smell and something that takes me back 35 years, and I love them. They may not be as well detailed or the same size or fit together as well as any other more modern brands, but I don’t care. Even the cardboard box and the instructions have a deja vu type feeling for me. To complete my recent Churchill tank building spree here is the Crocodile flame thrower to join them.

The wheels are fiddly as you have to add them individually and get them straight. But apart from that this went together pretty easily. The tracks were toast in this particularly eBay purchase, but luckily I had a nice new set of flexible tracks from a Dragon kit left over. Very nice. The fuel tank towed at the back is particularly well put together and obviously a different, newer mould than the actual tank. The turret hatches are all moulded shut which is always a shame. You could do some tweaking and open them up, but I am always too worried about making a pig’s ear of it. I did add an aerial but that was about it.

In plastic I do not think there is another alternative for this vehicle. It is a bit smaller than my other 1/72 scale Churchills, but not too much so that it really makes much difference. In the last photo for comparison I have put an Esci, Plastic Soldier Company, Dragon and finally an Airfix Churchill together. You can see Mr Airfix is a touch shorter than the others. Now he really needs a flame to show the flame thrower in action. Ouchy hot.

Airfix 1/76 Churchill Crocodile\

5 thoughts on “Airfix Churchill Crocodile in 1/76 Scale

  1. Looks great, Will! 🙂 I think at least one generation has been scarred by having to assemble the suspension and wheels of the Airfix Churchill and Panther – you’ve done well, but I could never get them straight! I’m assuming they kept the original Churchill tank model and just added the newer trailer and flame gun bits!

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  2. I completely agree with what you have said in your first paragraph Will !! this one comes up trumps ,well done again, Fortunately I didn’t have to put one together as I stuck to US one and my mate did Brits and I do vaguely remember him complaining about the wheels.

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