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Classic Airfix box artwork, the Churchill Tank Bridge No.2 has to be one of the most interesting military vehicles ever conceived and will soon be joining the Vintage Classics range A trio of impending releases in the popular Vintage Classics range not only marks the arrival of some much anticipated 1/76th scale AFV kits, but also serve to chart the first 30 years of British and Commonwealth tank development. The evocative artwork featured above shows a vehicle which may look a little ungainly, but was one which illustrated both the ingenuity of Allied engineers during the Second World War and how the tank became an essential battlefield weapon in just a few short years of warfare. Based on the turretless hull of a British Churchill Tank, the Tank Bridge No.2 was a heavy duty mobile bridge which was intended to speed the advance of Allied mechanized units, allowing them to negotiate ditches, canals and spans where bridges had been destroyed. Introduced in 1942, the bridge tank was used in Italy and later in Northern Europe and adopted a single unit as opposed to other examples which used a more complicated dual hinged arrangement, which took longer to deploy and was less reliable. Capable of carrying the weight of even the heaviest Allied tanks, the bridge was deployed by a clever feat of engineering and utilised a pivoted arm attached to the front of the vehicle, which took less than 2 minutes to fully deploy. An incredibly interesting military vehicle, even if tanks are not usually your modelling theme of choice, this magnificent model could prove difficult to refuse for many and may stimulate something of a renaissance in 1/76th scale armour modelling.