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Comet tank in Irish service.

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  • Member since
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  • From: Dublin Rep Of Ireland
Comet tank in Irish service.
Posted by terry35 on Saturday, October 24, 2009 6:49 PM

The Comet in Irish Defence Forces service

The following is simply a summary of the comet section of Karl Martin's excellent book IRISH ARMY VEHICLES Transport and armour since 1922 mixed in with some additional findings of my own.

The Comet was chosen for service in the years 1954/55.  While vehicles like the chaffee and Sherman were considered, it was decided that the Comet was probably better overall. While the American Walker Bulldog would have been a better contender as a medium tank it was out of the price range of the Department of defence. The budget allocation for the financial year 1954/55 was £80,000 for four Comets.

Due to the economic condition of the country the first comets were not purchased until 1958. The price of the first four vehicles had fallen to £22,000; £3,000 was allocated for spares. Delivery took place in 1959.

Another purchase was made in 1959 of an additional four vehicles and parts. This amounted to £22,000 on vehicles and £3,500 on parts.

Due to a fault found in "HE" rounds by the British no such rounds were made available. Armour piercing rounds were available and 500 were purchased.

Britain had removed the Comet from its inventory by 1959. Some officers from the Department Of Defence visited England and inspected the vehicles due for delivery. One vehicle was found to be slightly defective and was replaced and now comes an interesting point.

In the Bronco instructions it states that smoke dischargers were only fitted to vehicles that were garrisoned in Hong Kong, well funny that all the Irish vehicles had smoke dischargers. Maybe they had come from Hong Kong to be de-commissioned and ended up being sold on to the Irish Department of Defence.

All vehicles were in service by the end of 1960 but with the comet out of British service they no longer had a need to carry spares and sold these to commercial dealers. This started a spare parts shortage during its Department Of Defence service.

A vehicle fire in August 1962 put an end to the career of one vehicle. No parts were available to undertake the necessary repairs. This one was used as an experiment to try out a Bofors 90mm recoilless rifle.

The Comet remained in Irish service throughout the sixties.  By 1970 only 55 rounds of "AP" were left and the final shoot took place in 1973.

One vehicle is preserved and apparently two remain as gate guards.

this image shows the state of two of the vehicles in the 1980's

It is one of these that I wish to represent.

I will post WIP next.

  • Member since
    May 2005
  • From: Dublin Rep Of Ireland
Posted by terry35 on Saturday, October 24, 2009 7:04 PM

O.K. straight on with the build. I am using the Bronco kit straight out of the box with not too much damage just fenders etc.

I just want to represent a vehicle that has been left out in the weather to rot. I have been told that the vehicles were painted grey. Of that I'm not 100% sure so I'm going to use as much interpretion of the B&W images as I can. Rotting paint faded paint and rust especially around the damaged fenders.

Some of the  sprues.

Progress so far....

The machine gun is removed for obvious reasons along with periscopes and other fittings that could easily just be "LOST"

Thanks for looking. I really hope this one runs a bit faster that the UHU.



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  • From: ladner BC Canada
Posted by stick man on Saturday, October 24, 2009 7:15 PM

Looking great so far! hope to see more soon

Smile [:)]

I'm 15 and I model I sk8board and I drum what could be better.
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  • From: Maine
Posted by cuchulainn on Monday, November 9, 2009 3:25 PM
looks great, so far!!! How's the project going?

Southern Maine Scale Modelers/IPMS

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: beacon falls , Ct.
Posted by treadwell on Monday, November 9, 2009 5:30 PM

Hey bro--

with your weathering sklls, this is gonna be one heck of a corker!!!---looking forward!!

tread : )



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    July 2004
  • From: Texas
Posted by wbill76 on Monday, November 9, 2009 5:41 PM


I missed this one when you first posted about definitely looks like a very special project and close to "home" for you. I hope this one's still alive? Wink [;)]


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