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nigel56

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This is the motorised version of the WWI Mark IV Tank, complete with figures.

The box is full and the manual has a history of the tank with photographs and decals to make 3 versions. The tracks are individual links and look very simple to construct.

The quality and detail is stunning, rivets everywhere.

The fit is exceptional as these photos will testify. This is an amazing model.



The motor fits in so well.

A word of warning for anyone intending to do this model BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN APPLYING THE GREASE. Get that on the styrene and your primer might not set down.

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First, congats on being the first to post in this section lol.

Second, nice choice of armor. I didn't know any of those Tamiya kits actually came with the motors. This will be something I watch closely.  [smile]
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Mike, it's an incredible model, the fit is just out of this world. As you will see in the photos that follow that the roof is not intended to glue down and still looks great.



This is going to be a beauty to paint, and most of all weather, I hope I have enough rust to do the job.
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Don't rust her up too much, and remember, the Germans loved capturing these things and using them for themselves  [wink]

Those German A7V's were awful and even the Germans hated them lol.
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Nigel, 

Nice start on a nice kit! Phil Flory did one a couple months ago and I really enjoyed watching it come together, you should have a lot of fun with this!!!

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nigel56

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Good old Phil. You could see he loved doing the model.

I bet he's changed the battery a few times [rofl]
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The wheels on the tank go round and round...



..and round and round...[wink]
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Job done, and wheels in place with sides now in place.


Starting to look more like a tank now.

Info: to prevent secret agents to find out about what they were working on, the British gave it a code name of "Tank", which baffled a lot of spies and has been adopted as a name for an armoured motorised gun vehicle to this day.

Thank heavens they didn't call it bucket! Can you just imagine a Sherman Bucket ? [rofl]

As a reminder to this joke I am doing the Hyacinth version (a real British Joke...!), I'll let you find out that one means



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Managed to get all the track links done, and they all work. I did a trial run last night and she works perfectly.



I've read an article, in the Airfix Magazine, and the modeller raised the question that because it has a motor is it more of a toy than a model, so he did his build without the motor. Begs the question why did he do the motorised version in the first place?

How many modellers build, paint, and weather their models and then secretly pretend they work and make the appropriate sounds...we all have, it's our inner child come out to play. For me if I do a model of a tank, and I've done quite a few in my time, I would love to see one actually work. The tracks moving and clambering up and over obstacles, the cat running away in fear thinking it's under attack. It's great!

Afterwards you switch it off and put it on a shelf and step back and say "I made that, and it works" with pride and a slight grin on your face. Bring it on! Release the inner child. [wink]

As mentioned above Phil Flory made a step by step video of this build, the secret look on his face when it actually worked. I can imagine him bringing that up from under the table, switching it on and sending it across the table towards his friends and say "Hey, look what I built!" I can imagine Bobby doing that as well, and there's no harm in doing so.

So "cop on" Mr Airfix Modeller, "why so serious?"
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These are the two 6 pdr sponson guns, models in their own right.



Thankfully I will not lose all this detail as the motor method allows you to remove the sponsons via the polly cap method. Time to get some nice metallic paint on these, Dark iron me thinks with buffed up edges.

Thanks for looking.
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Guns received a black primer and then Mr Metal dark iron, finally polished with cotton buds.



I think the cast iron look really suits this tank, and I'm pleased with the way the texture has shown through.

Interior of sponson is going to be a dirty white, with special attention to the floor. The part of the barrel that shows through on the exterior will be painted the same as the cammo, with scratches showing some of the iron with rust.
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WOw! I didn't know the guns were fully represented in this kit. What other goodies does this build have in surprise?
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In a word, rivets and more rivets, and oh did I mention the rivets. [wink]

It actually has the trench bar and chain, which is a nice touch.
The rest is going to be the painting and the five figures of British Infantry, that came with it.
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Great looking model, I think the motorised aspect of this kit is great and would definitely build it as a working model too, I remeber building a few Tamiya 1/24 cars years ago that had motors in them and I would buld them again if I had the chance.

The details look really nice from here and not toylike at all. I can't help imagining Indiana Jones having a fight on the tracks

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Originally Posted by Brundledonk
Great looking model, I think the motorised aspect of this kit is great and would definitely build it as a working model too, I remeber building a few Tamiya 1/24 cars years ago that had motors in them and I would buld them again if I had the chance.

The details look really nice from here and not toylike at all. I can't help imagining Indiana Jones having a fight on the tracks

Pete


What a brilliant idea, wonder if I need the motorbike and sidecar, I know how to do them now.

Thanks Pete
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