1⁄35Building the Tadpole
IntroductionThe British Mark IV tank entered production in 1917 and served with the British Army until the end of World War 1. The Mark IV was also the test bed for other development work, one being the Tadpole. The Tadpole, named because of the extended “Tapdole” tail, was tested to see if the increase in length would help when the tank crossed trenches. The testing proved that the extra length caused the tank to be too rigid, and there is no documentation stating that the Tadpole was ever used in combat.
KitThe Mark IV Tadpole kit from Takom adds to their line of World War 1 Mark IV tanks. The kit is very similar to the previous Mark IV releases, but includes the extended sides and rear mortar. The other addition, not included in the first releases, is the new glueless workable tracks. The kit does have some great looking detail, which includes the famous riveted surface. The plastic is well molded throughout, with very little flash. As there are no records showing the Tadpole was used in combat, and it seem the only images I could find show no markings on the vehicle, thus Takom did not include any decals.
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