New project on the way. British Mk 1 Heavy Tank WW1 1/72 scale.

Decided to try a new project and in a new scale. Most of my armor builds over the last 20+ years have been in 1/35 scale. In the last two years I have started working in 1/48 scale armor and 28mm Warhammer AOS and 40K figures and I really enjoy the smaller scale and thought I would try a 1/72 scale tank.

I have always been a big fan of early armor and with this is mind I thought that the MB Models 1/72 scale British Mk1 Tank would be a interesting subject for a build. The kit is great and I was truly surprised by the detail in this scale. I have just started and will share some photos of the kit and build in my next post. But, below I have added some pictures of the real vehicle and a brief history.

The Mark I was the world’s first tank, a tracked, armed, and armored vehicle, to enter combat. The name “tank” was initially a code name to maintain secrecy and disguise its true purpose.[3] The type was developed in 1915 to break the stalemate of trench warfare. It could survive the machine gun and small-arms fire in “No Man’s Land”, travel over difficult terrain, crush barbed wire, and cross trenches to assault fortified enemy positions with powerful armament. Tanks also carried supplies and troops.

British heavy tanks are distinguished by an unusual rhomboidal shape with a high climbing face of the track, designed to cross the wide and deep trenches prevalent on the battlefields of the Western Front. Due to the height necessary for this shape, an armed turret would have made the vehicle too tall and unstable. Instead, the main armament was arranged in sponsions at the side of the vehicle. The prototype, named “Mother”, mounted a 6-pounder (57 mm) cannon and a Hotchkiss machine gun at each side. Later, subtypes were produced with machine guns only, which were designated “Female”, while the original version with the protruding 6-pounder was called “Male”.

The Mark I entered service in August 1916, and was first used in action on the morning of 15 September 1916 during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, part of the Somme Offensive.[4] With the exception of the few interim Mark II and Mark III tanks, it was followed by the largely similar Mark IV, which first saw combat in June 1917. The Mark IV was used en masse, about 460 tanks, at the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917. The Mark V, with a much-improved transmission, entered service in mid-1918. More than two thousand British heavy tanks were produced. Manufacture was discontinued at the end of the war.

Uniform almost finished

So, I spent some time tonight adding tones and highlights to my driver uniform. Still have a few items to work on but he is getting there. 

The figure is from Gaso-Line and the cast is fantastic. I really enjoy there figures, they have great design and possess. Really happy to see them do Imperial Japanese Army set.

Amusing Hobby Huge kit on the way!!

Amusing Hobby has started showing images and the actual kit of there Ferinand jagdpazer Sd.Kfz 184 with full interior and also with a 16ton Strabokran crane. This is one big kit. It seem Andy from Andy’s Hobby Headquarters has one so I hope to see a review and build on his YouTube page in the future.

Maschinen Krieger Strahl Democratic Republic Deep Recon Suite.

Brief History of Ma.K or SF3D: From Krueger’s Krieger at http://www.maschinenkrueger.com/joomla/

Brief History of Ma.K or SF3D: From Krueger’s Krieger website located at http://www.maschinenkrueger.com/joomla/  “SF3D was a Sci Fi plastic model series which ran during the mid 1980s. The series was created by artist Kow Yokoyama with Kunitaka Imai and Hiroshi Ichimura. SF3D was introduced in the Hobby Japan Magazine as a special monthly installment of scratch built models. Nitto, a small Japanese company picked up the rights to make plastic kits of Kow’s designs. The models produced were very high quality with crisp molding, fine details and they included copper rod, brass tube, spring coils, and photo-etched parts. They were one of the first multimedia kits produced. The series ended after a few years. In 1998, the series was reintroduced by Nitto and Kow under the new name Maschinen Krieger Zbv 3000”.

I have always been a big fan of these kits and story since early 2010 . I found a few images on-line and just started to dig into the story and the kit. With artist like Kow Yokoyama, Kunitaka Imai, Hiroshi Ichimura, and Licoln Wright I just couldn’t believe what they created. Over the years I have drifted in and out of the subject but more and more I find myself being pulled into this wonderful world. So with that I started a new build with a gutted kit I had sitting around that I had removed a few parts from for another kit. This gave me a idea of a deep recon soldier with minimal  equipment for fast movement over great distance, basically a gutted suite for speed and stealth not firepower and strength.

Union Signal Corps 1863

Over the 4th of July weekend I found myself reading a interesting story about Union Signal Corps teams that were at the Battle of Gettysburg. Many of these teams found themselves in some very interesting and important locations during this battle.

 On The second day of the Battle of Gettysburg a Union Army Signal unit was located on top on the hill little round top and they are the ones that raised the alarm that the southern army was pushing that location. I started to think that I would build one of these soldiers taking a break with his signal flag. The figure is from Evolution with a Ultracast head. Signal flag and pole are made from brass rod and lead sheet. The bas will be a hill top over looking the Confederate Army advance.

Banzai Charge Saipan July 6, 1944

I started working on the first of two figures that I will be building for a small scene depicting one of the last Banzai charges of WW2. I will be using a Bravo 6 and Def models figures in this little scene. I haven’t decided on how many figures but I’m thinking three. Above will be the first figure and I hope to have him done soon. Below I have attached a write up from History Channel website (Nov 17, 2009) explaining more about the charge I’m trying to make.

“By early July, the forces of Lieutenant General Yoshitsugu Saito (1890-1944), the Japanese commander on Saipan, had retreated to the northern part of the island, where they were trapped by American land, sea and air power. Saito had expected the Japanese navy to help him drive the Americans from the island, but the Imperial Fleet had suffered a devastating defeat in the Battle of the Philippine Sea (June 19-20, 1944) and never arrived at Saipan. Realizing he could no longer hold out against the American onslaught, Saito apologized to Tokyo for failing to defend Saipan and committed ritual suicide. Before his death, however, Saito ordered his remaining troops to launch an all-out, surprise attack for the honor of the emperor.

Early on the morning of July 6, an estimated 4,000 Japanese soldiers shouting “Banzai!” charged with grenades, bayonets, swords and knives against an encampment of soldiers and Marines near Tanapag Harbor. In wave after wave, the Japanese overran parts of several U.S. battalions, engaging in hand-to-hand combat and killing or wounding more than a thousand Americans before being repelled by howitzers and point-blank machine-gun fire. It was the largest banzai charge of the Pacific war, and, as was the nature of such an attack, most Japanese troops fought to their death. However, the suicidal maneuver failed to turn the tide of the battle, and on July 9, U.S. forces raised the American flag in victory over Saipan”.