This is the 1:76 scale Mark IV Supply
My adoration of the Mark IV is widely known, and a Supply Tank
or Tender seemed a good bet.
Its based on the Airfix .WW1 Tank. with the necessary changes
to make what is actually a Mark II into a Mark IV. In this
case it was: corrected cab, cupola moved inboard to correct
location. Fuel tank, fan and added armour at rear. De-ditching
gear from Plastruct. I realised that as the sponsons were
a nice simple box I could probably take a chance and show
them both open. The load is a mix of Mills bombs (grey boxes)
and small arms ammunition (light brown boxes). I made these
from plasticard, following notes taken during an extremely
interesting display by the Great War Society . the markings
are all taken from their examples. The crewman is modified
from AB figures WW2 tankies. Tracks are Matador.s resin bits
I don't have a unit for this tank, but the markings are all
sources from photos "Baggage" on her sponson appears, from
unit War Diaries, to denote a machine from a Battalion.s own
pool of tenders, rather than one of the Brigade level Tank
Supply Companies. I.m still checking this, and there is more
She's works/WD number 2556, Banshee
- B8 of No.2 Section, No.4 Company B Battalion, Tank Corps at Cambrai.
We were working on a Cambrai display for Colours, the big wargames fair held in
Reading (now out at Newbury), and, all we lacked was a IV Female.
I.d got all the bits - Matador do a set of sponsons, a fascine and track
with grousers - and after hitting a copy of the original instruction sheet
on how to fit a fascine in a War Diary at the PRO, the whole lot made sense. The Matador sponsons needed a little settling in, and I wanted to take the
chance to show a set of sponson doors open. Details are all taken
from either photographs or War Diaries. The red and yellow flag
is to mark the position of her fascine, black cans carry water, red
cans petrol. The Lewis guns are
Needless to say, another Airfix conversion. This is Male 9020, J17 of
B Company 10 Bn Tank Corps. She served at Amiens, was hit and put
out of action on August 25th, and then refitted and shipped out to serve
with the White forces in the Russian Civil War.
Next to things like a V* and VII there is probably as much work in a
V conversion as anything, as most things need work. J17 appears
in a photo of her section taken at the time, which seems to show
her with the unpopular 26.5inch tracks. This added to the scratchbuilding, and
I was pleased to be able to cover some at least of the work with grassy-mud.
I think the sponsons are a scratchbuild, as I didn't have the
Matador set at the
time. However, if I did her again, I'd use theirs. I've
found no evidence that 10 Bn carried any forms of names at
this date, although their Mk IVs caught up in the
March Offensive did - using the Battalion colours. Her ID stripes are
painted as per the official drawings, issued in April/May 1918.
Its always the way - you scrtachbuild a thing and then a kit comes out! Anyway, this is my 1/76th Whippet. She's 6th (Light) Tank Battlion, summer 1918, but I've neither named nor numbered her following photos and pending more info. Figures are converted AB WW2 tank crew. Photos are by Alan Boughey.