differs from period photos and museum examples.
Reviewed by Rob
Sadly, World War I armour has always been a poor cousin to the more
popular subjects found in later conflicts.
Fortunately there are companies that want to address this shortfall
and this release is one of many in Gaso.line's 1/48 scale range.
The kit comes in a sturdy cardboard box that contains 39 resin parts
and a length of brass rod.
Packaging of the smaller items is good but I found the larger parts
prone to rattle around inside the stout cardboard box. As a result,
transportation of said items took its toll. This produced chipping
of the moulded on track links, something that is not easy to fix.
The design of the kit is clever in that it allows for quick and
straightforward assembly. There is only a modicum of flash and the
pouring plugs are simple enough to eradicate.
None of the items in this example had any trapped air bubbles or
contained deformities of any kind. Also pleasing was the sharpness
of the detail. It was well defined and not too over stated.
The instruction sheet consists of two photocopied pages giving a
breakdown of the parts as well as photos of the finished model. Part
numbers are indicated on the latter and due to the type’s simple
structure, these notes are quite adequate.
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If the modeller wishes to replicate
the built up example on the box art, then they will have to look
elsewhere for the decals as none are included in this release.
So now it should be a simple matter of picking a subject from period
photographs and modelling it…should it not?
Well, you would be hard pressed finding one that matched some of the
details on the kit. In fact comparison with restored examples found
in various museums across the planet also produced differences.
Normally one has to be very careful with such exhibits as there can
be many salient points that get changed in this process. Fortunately
there are three excellent vehicles that can be studied…the Brussels
example being almost totally original.
One of the most obvious differences is the width of the penultimate
armour plate on the side of the tank. This is drastically reduced
and as a result, the manufacturers have seen fit to lengthen the
track roller spacing to compensate.
Keeping to the side area of the Mk IV some of the rivet positioning,
especially around the forward region of the vehicle, is in variance
to wartime photos. The strip above the sponson doesn’t show the
usual double row of fasteners and the proportions of the sponson
detail will tend to raise an eyebrow.
The nit-picker will query the slightly under nourished circular rear
end plates and the un-ditching beam rails are usually found with the
angle facing the other way.
If one wants to include the rear armour shields, these will need
fabricating from plastic card and one of the aforementioned museum
examples will show the way here.
The exhaust has to negotiate a couple of roof hatches which will see
it take a different path than that seen on some Mk IVs and
consequently finishes a lot further to the starboard side than
The foregoing is not a complete list of kit discrepancies but does
give an indication of the type of study that is ahead of the avid
Obviously there are variations between individual vehicles so it is
up to the modeller to carefully scrutinise photographs to realise
reproductions of the Mk IV tank in kit form are scarce so it’s fair
to say that the modeller has high expectations when a new kit is
Upon opening the box, the well formed pieces look most inviting. The
problem is finding a vehicle that matches the features on this kit.
If you can…then you will have a nice model of a famous subject. And
most modellers will be happy to complete the kit “as is”; after all
it does have the appearance of a Mk IV.
However, there are also builders that desire more from a kit, one
that represents the “mainstream” subject found in period
photographs. For those unlucky souls, there is much remedial work
ahead of them.