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Wings of the Great War: Armor Collection Tanks of World War I

Wings of the Great War: Armor Collection Tanks of World War I

World War I - a time when battle tank manufacturing was in its absolute infancy - offers us but a glimpse of the powerful, versatile, and lethal armored vehicle technology that would rapidly progress before the outbreak of World War II. These early era tanks, to our modern sensibility, are fascinating in their simplicity, though they offered soldiers of the time an opportunity to travel at higher speeds, traverse difficult landscapes, and be equipped with dynamic and mobile weaponry. From land ships to bizarre contraptions that were as deadly to their crews as they were to the enemy, they are all here, in all of their brutal glory!

#WW10203 - British Mark IV Male Tadpole Heavy Tank (1:72 Scale)

-- Updated September 23rd, 2017 --

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One of the nice things about our new site is that it now allows us to highlight some of the more noteworthy items being released by each manufacturer. In the case of Wings of the Great War, what follows is a list of some of the more intriguing products that are scheduled to come out shortly which we feel would be of interest to the savvy collector.

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British Mk. A "Whippet" Light Tank - "Firefly", B Company, 3rd Tank Brigade, Amiens, France, August 8th, 1918 British Mk. A "Whippet" Light Tank - "Firefly", B Company, 3rd Tank Brigade, Amiens, France, August 17th, 1918 (1:72 Scale)

In the autumn of 1917, a light tank called the Mark A was ready to be used on the Western Front. Nicknamed the Whippet, it was faster than previous tanks, particularly the ponderous Mark IV, but was still unreliable and vulnerable to artillery fire. Weighing in at 18 tons, it could traverse ground at nearly double the speed of its heavier counterpart, clocking in at a blistering 6 mph.

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Captured Mark IV Male Heavy Tank - "Paul", Abteilung 12, Fort de la Pompelle, June 1st, 1918 Captured Mark IV Male Heavy Tank - "Paul", Abteilung 12, Fort de la Pompelle, June 1st, 1918 (1:72 Scale)

The British Mark IV "Male" heavy tank was an up-armored version of the Mark I, with all of its fuel stored in a single external tank (located between the rear track horns) in an attempt to improve crew safety. The sponsons could be pushed in to reduce the width of the tank for rail transportation and rails could be carried on the roof to act as an unditching beam.

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German Sturmpanzerwagen A7V Infantry Support Tank - "Mephisto", Villers-Bretonneux, July 1918 German Sturmpanzerwagen A7V Infantry Support Tank - "Mephisto", Villers-Bretonneux, July 1918 (1:72 Scale)

The Sturmpanzerwagen A7V was an enormous vehicle, hurriedly designed following the appearance of British tanks in 1916. Ground clearance was only 40mm (1.57 inches) and the length of the track on the ground was too short for a vehicle of its size. The result was an unstable vehicle with poor cross-country performance.

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French Char d'Assault Schneider CA1 Light Tank - Group AS 4, "Groupement Bossut", Juvincourt-et-Damary, France, April 1917 French Char d'Assault Schneider CA1 Light Tank - Group AS 4, "Groupement Bossut", Juvincourt-et-Damary, France, April 1917 (1:72 Scale)

The Schneider Char d'Assault tank was France's first real attempt at differentiating dedicated tanks from dedicated self-propelled gun systems. Like it's predecessors before it however, the system would never meet its potential due to the design theory of melding a long hull on a short set of tracks.

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Royal Naval Armoured Car Section Rolls Royce Armoured Car - Light Armoured Motor Batteries of the Machine Gun Corps, "8-C-2", Western Front, 1916 Royal Naval Armoured Car Section Rolls Royce Armoured Car - Light Armoured Motor Batteries of the Machine Gun Corps, "8-C-2", Western Front, 1916 (1:72 Scale)

The Rolls-Royce armoured car was a British armoured car developed in 1914 and used in World War I and in the early part of World War II. The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) raised the first British armoured car squadron during the First World War.

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British Mark IV Male Tadpole Heavy Tank - Armored Testing Ground, Central Stores, Erin, England, 1918 British Mark IV Male Tadpole Heavy Tank - Armored Testing Ground, Central Stores, Erin, England, 1918 (1:72 Scale)

A large number of Mark IV tanks were also used for development work. In an attempt to improve trench-crossing capability, the tadpole tail, an extension to the rear track horns, was introduced.

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