|A Modern Great
Design work began in 1942 on the Archer, a self-propelled anti-tank gun intended as a stopgap until a full-time solution could be found. Mounting the gigantic 17 pounder gun on the relatively small Valentine infantry tank chassis was a challenge which the Archer’s designers met with an unusual solution – installing the gun back-to-front, with the fighting compartment taking up the front of the vehicle. Using armor-piercing rounds, it could defeat 192mm of armor at 914 meters, enough to pose ample threat to any German armor of the day. Production began in 1944, and Archers were delivered to the British Army’s Armoured and Infantry Divisions, who began using it from October.
| ★Left: Take a closer look at the superlative detail on the 17 pounder’s breech and around the gunner’s seat.
★Right: The driver’s seat also gets the detailed Tamiya treatment, with numerous levers and instrumentation.
| Tamiya Color paints for painting the 1/35 British Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun Archer
|Tamiya Color Spray Paint||Tamiya Color Spray Paint
|TS-2 Dark green||—|
|Tamiya Color Lacquer Paint||Tamiya Color Lacquer Paint||Tamiya Color Lacquer Paint|
|LP-3 Flat black||LP-4 Flat white||LP-11 Silver|
|Tamiya Color||Tamiya Color||Tamiya Color|
|X-10 Gun metal||XF-15 Flat flesh||XF-61 Dark green|
|X-11 Chrome silver||XF-49 Khaki||XF-62 Olive drab|
|X-12 Gold leaf||XF-52 Flat earth||XF-64 Red brown|
|XF-1 Flat black||XF-56 Metallic grey||XF-84 Dark iron|
|XF-2 Flat white||XF-60 Dark yellow||XF-85 Rubber black|