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The side frame used as a jig to align the centre panels. A little care & patience is required here.

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fter receiving the newly released Takom Mk.I Female in the post as a Christmas present I couldn’t wait to unwrap her & start couldn’t building. As this year is the 100th anniversary of the Tank’s baptism of fire I thought it would be appropriate to build a vehicle that had participated in this momentous occasion. After researching the various vehicles and tank companies I decided to represent a vehicle that belonged to “D” company, tank D9 “Dolly” commanded by a 2nd Lieutenant V.Huffam. This tank had been ditched and recovered on the 15th of September Flers battle and then participated and was knocked out in the attack on the next objective, Gueudecourt, on the following day. After I started to build the vehicle I realised that it would be more interesting to sit the vehicle in a period setting via a small diorama. As this particular vehicle was lost for some time in No-Man’s Land I thought it would be reasonable to assume that a German MG squad may have passed the tank at some stage. Due to the lack of WWI Imperial German figures available I had some difficulty locating a suitable MG crew, however MasterClub from Russia had some figures available that fitted the bill and were duly ordered online. Good friend and fellow modeller Jamie Degenhardt kindly offered to paint up the MG team and the figures were duly cleaned up and delivered along with the relevant references for Jamie to work his magic painting wand over.

IN THE MK.I’S BOX Upon opening the kit box the modeller is faced with a seemingly daunting amount of parts. However, this did not prove to be the case as a large proportion of the parts are actually left over from Takom’s earlier MK.IV releases. The parts are moulded

The idler wheels trapped between the side frames. These were glued in place prior to attempting to join the two track frames per side The spare Mk.IV sprockets modified to simulate the front toothed MK.I idlers. The internal hole pattern is different however is not seen on the finished vehicle.

in a nice, pale grey finish and are very well rendered. Takom’s usual habit of providing an abnormal amount of sprue gate joins doesn’t seem to be the case in this instance and really weren’t too much of an issue at all, with most joins being in areas that were easily cleaned up. The click-together tracks are supplied in their own bag and are almost ready to use straight away. A small etch fret for the upper exhaust covers is supplied for extra finesse. The kit instructions supplied are in an easy to read book format. Decals are supplied for one marking option, with another two unmarked camo scheme options also presented on a small booklet courtesy of the ongoing collaboration with Mig AMMO. The entire presentation is not unlike similar offerings by Meng.

CONSTRUCTION PHASE 1 – CENTRE BODY AND SIDE UNITS Steps 1-19 are concerned mainly with building up the main centre body of the Mk.I, the two side rhomboid frames and their associated drive units. I diverted slightly from Takom’s instructions in that I used one of the rhomboid track frames as a jig to align all the centre panels, fitting one at a time and flowing a very small amount of Tamiya Extra Thin cement along the join, taking care not to join the panels to the side frame itself. I would advise to allow each panel to dry before continuing onto the next, this ensures a rigid, aligned structure. I did however refrain from gluing the main roof panel to the other panels as I wanted to ensure a snug fit once the two side rhomboid units were joined to the centre structure. Probably one of the more annoying aspects of a tank of this design is the sheer number of idler wheels – Takom keeps the modeller busy here, with 3 parts making up each idler assembly. This equates to some 162 small pieces to clean up. In theory as this area is not really A

The side sponsons built as separate structures. Note the replacement door handles from brass rod.

The Vickers MG shields. These need to be glued & thoroughly sanded for a smooth, cylindrical appearance.

MR Modellbau’s resin cab on Left, Takom’s example on right. Can you spot the difference?

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