Tamiya Mark IV “Male” WW1 tank
The one that started it all is Tamiya’s first WW1 kit. And a beauty it is, molding, fit, packaging, all are top quality. And, it “Runs”, having a little electric motor and drive, with track links that snap together perfectly, and stay snapped. All the builder has to do is follow the directions and he will have a great tank model. Even with the added motorization it took me three total evenings to get together, enjoying the whole time. The only glitch was that the little Phillips screwdriver they give you stripped right out, so I ended up using a busted-off X-Acto blade to put the sprockets together. (An eyeglass repair kit would have been better, but NO not this four-eyes, he doesn’t have one).
My internet search showed the usual disagreements and indecision on British tank paints, but I saw the “Making Of” film for the movie “Warhorse” featuring a perfect replica of our baby, and I liked the way theirs looked, so I slavishly tried to copy that, using Humbrol, Model Master, Vallejo and Tamiya’s weathering sticks. Link here…
When done it was time to take her out for a spin, so it went to the Kitchen table (Tamiya recommends NOT to run it in the dirt) for a test drive. It succeeded in scaring the cats and driving over my outstretched hand, passing the obstacle test.Fun fun fun all the way, the next tank will be boring by comparison I’m sure. Maybe I’ll ask Santa for a Radio-Contolled Panzer IV!
The Video is here! I got it on this Vimeo site at Martin’s suggestion (U-Tube was too complicated for my little brain)
Does it work? Is this thing on? Edited 9 hours later, too.
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