WWI Female Tank 1:76


Land Battleships, or Tanks as they were later to be known as, were the answer to the deadlock along the Western Front due to trench warfare. The tank was seen as a means of crossing 'No man's land' to attack the enemy trenches ahead of the following infantry.

The British Mk I Tank was first used at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette on 15 September 1916 during the Somme Offensive. There were two versions of Mk I tank: a 'Male' version carrying two 6 pdr quick firing guns and a 'Female' version that carried four machine guns mounted in sponsons either side of the hull.

The 'Female' version was much more effective than the 'Male' as the machine guns allowed the crew to engage the enemy at close range whilst protecting them from small arms fire.

The Mk I Tank was an unpleasant environment to be in. The noisy engine was in the same compartment as the crew and it gave off unhealthy and dangerous gasses. There were 8 crew members, four of which were involved in steering and controlling the vehicles. Steering was by means of adjusting the speed of the each track independently. The Mk I Tank towed a wheeled carriage to aid steering, each wheel being independently braked to make the tank move in that direction.

The Airfix kit is of a Mk I 'Female' Tank but offers the possibility of converting to a Mk II or Mk III.

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  • Model: 10Air02337
  • 1 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Airfix

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 01 January, 1970.