To go along with the FT-17 I designed last year (and as a nod to our site name), we decided to veer away from World War II for a bit to focus on AFV’s from the Great War. Dave gave me a challenge to make four new models in six weeks to kick off our WWI range and to launch our website with some new items that hadn’t been seen. It’s been hard keeping these under wraps for so long so I’m relieved to be showing them off now.
I started the challenge with the ubiquitous British MkV tank since it’s such an icon of the war. I had a blast counting rivets on this beast (seriously? who has fun counting rivets?) and I’m very happy with the result.
Although only twenty were produced, the unique German A7V was a necessity to add to the production schedule. Who doesn’t love the boxy A7V? Someday I’d like to paint a toaster to look like this tank.
Ok, so it’s not an armored fighting vehicle, but my gaming group seriously lacks transports for our WWI games. With that in mind the third kit I made was a British Crossley Tender. One of these days I’ll make an ambulance version of this truck and perhaps a soft top for it as well.
To round it all out I wanted an armored car in the mix. The Rolls Royce Armored Car seemed like a classy way to finish it off. T. E. Lawrence called these “more valuable than rubies.”