Mk.A Whippet British Medium Tank
This is the British decided that they needed a less expensive tank so the Medium Tank Mk. A Whippet was developed. This had a crew of three and was armed with four Hotchkiss machine guns. It first saw battle in March 1918.
The kit contains
- 7 sprues molded in tan styrene
- 1 Main hull
- 3 Sprues of track parts in Black Styrene
- 2 Stings for tow cables
- 1 decal sheet
- 1 instruction booklet.
The kit is not too complex and assembles in 16 stages which are not to complex.
- Step 1 builds parts of the main hull
- Step 2 builds the rear of the main fighting compartment which does have some interior detail which is not seen once the turret is complete.
- Step 3 assembles the top and one more side of the turret.
- Step 4 completes the rest of the sides of the fighting compartment; two holes need to be drilled at this stage if you want to use the optional sight port.
- Step 5 finishes off the main fighting compartment, attaches it to the main hull and then install the underside of the hull. I found that there was a need for some filler on a few of the joints once the turret is complete.
- Step 6 this stage adds the guns and exterior details to the main hull.
- Steps 7 to 13 build the wheels and track structure etc. These need to be assembled carefully and in the correct order to ensure the tracks install and work properly.
- Step 14 adds the wheel assemblies to main hull
- Step 15 and 16 finish the exterior and the track assemblies. The tracks assembly very easily, the only issue I found with build was the fact I found the tracks do tend to come apart easily.
The last two things to do is select which version you want to do the paint it and it and add the selected details. The decal sheet has other options that are not detailed in the instructions and I wished they had been to give more options.
Overall I found this kit enjoyable and build into an impressive representation of the Whippet. The only things I would suggest that could improve this kit would be a details of the additional decals supplied and also better track assembly.
Thanks go to Squadron and Meng for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.