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The Yanks Are Coming (Run Away)

The Meng FT 17 (Riveted) using the supplied base as a ‘base’ for the dio, I added some details to show more story. It represents the ‘5 of Hearts’ at Saint Mihiel, September 1918.
This was the first battle of the American tankers of the 304th Brigade. The trench is a ‘communications trench’ as opposed to a fighting or fortified trench.

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13 responses to The Yanks Are Coming (Run Away)

  1. Nicely done, sir….I like it.

  2. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    This one for sure is a somewhat different view, as much in time period as well as subject.
    Very nice work, you are off to a good start.

  3. STUNNING!!! Well done!!!

  4. I’ve seen one or two of these built up, and yours is a good example of what can be achieved with the kit without breaking the bank.

  5. I’ve got this kit (half built), and I can’t believe how small it is. You’ve done a good job with the base and added extra detail which adds up to a believable scene. I want to display mine showing off the interior detail which Meng supplies as standard and am not sure how to do it so I’ve come to a halt with it for the time being.

  6. Merrill,
    Great and very cleaver display. Very nicely done.

  7. St. Mihiel. Easy mistake.

    Great work, Merriill. You almost have me convinced to do WW1 creepie-crawlies.

  8. It comes the little tank!


  9. Great looking model Merrill. And on a first class diorama.
    A bit of drama built in. Did he make it over the trench???
    What did you enjoy the most? Building the tank. Or designing and building the dio?
    Modeling minds just gotta know.
    California Steve

    • All the Meng kits are well engineered, with a few fussy bits, that said, I spent more time designing the setting than actually building it, I wanted a believable communications trench, using the kit base, the sandbags on both ends were sculpted with epoxy putty, and different ground works were added over styrofoam, the trench support slats were basswood, stained with acryl washes. And no, the tank crew would have had to wait for engineers to ford that trench, the Germans widened and deepened most of their trenches in 1917, to block tanks.

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