May 28, 2015

Tamiya's WWI British Mk.IV Male + WWI British Infantry Set

During WWI, much of Western Europe was reduced to a massive battlefield criss-crossed by a seemingly unending network of trenches. The original British Mk.I tank was developed to break the deadlock; the Mk.IV was a later model based on many of the same design principle, and of which around 1,000 were produced starting in March 1917. A "Male" variant was developed to smash through enemy lines and in addition to machine guns it utilized large 6-pounder guns, in contrast to the separate Female variant equipped with only machine guns for armament. The Mk.IV saw a variety of action, including a mass deployment of around 400 at the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917, additionally prevailing in the world's first tank on tank battle with the German A7V in April 1918.
About this kit:
This plastic model accurately recreates the unique form of the British Mk.IV Male tank and is motorized to allow dynamic forward motion.
• 1/35 scale. Length: 230mm, width: 143mm.
• Fine molding faithfully recreates the flat armored panels with numerous rivets.
• Pre-assembled motor and gearbox unit included.
• Durable metal sprockets transmit motor power.
• Moving link type assembly tracks make for realism and easy assembly.
• Comes with 3 marking options.
• Requires one R6/AA/UM3 battery (1.5V) (separately sold).

Tamiya has also has a five figure
WWI British Infantry Set. Item 35339 
This set of 5 adaptable figures depicts British infantry from WWI in realistic pose, including an officer, machine gunner and 3 riflemen.
•Uniforms are also faithfully captured, as are accessories such as Lee Enfield rifles, Lewis machine guns, gas mask pouch, canteen and more.
•Rifles feature optional bayonet parts, while helmets can be attached with or without canvas cover.

British infantry in WWI were issued with Pattern 1902 uniform and Pattern 1908 webbing to be worn over the top. Both were manufactured in khaki for camouflage reasons. On their lower legs, infantrymen wore puttees and officers leggings. From the middle of the conflict, steel helmets were distributed and often had canvas covers to reduce reflection.


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