|KIT:||Emhar 1/35 Mk V 'Hermaphrodite' WWI Tank|
|KIT #:||EM 4005|
|PRICE:||$39.98 (354.96 at Squadron)|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
The British Tank of WWI (so named as it was given the cover name of water tank during development), was undoubtedly one of the more successful military weapons to come out of WWI. It was developed into several different variants, each based on improvements to the basic design. The terms 'male' and 'female' come from the armament carried. The 'male' tanks had large side sponsons carrying 6 pound guns, while the sponsons on the 'female' tanks were smaller and carried machine guns.
The Mark V tanks had some made into 'hermaphrodites' in which one sponson carried the 6 pound gun and the other had machine guns. While not as esthetically pleasing, this did improve the versatility of the tank. Apparently all the tanks so converted were originally 'females'. A number of these tanks were used by early Soviet forces, having been abandon by either White forces or by the British Expeditionary Forces after WWI.
The Emhar kit is basically a reboxing of their standard 1/35 WWI tank kit with an additional sprue to replace and add to the sprues in the normal kit. This sprue is shown in the upper right corner of the image and is of a darker grey plastic. The kit itself is very nicely molded with nice, crisp surface detail and and though there is a bit of flash, most of it is on the sprue runners and easily handled during normal construction.
The kit provides the option to build either a male, or female or hermaphrodite from the parts that come in the kit box. The tracks are a vinyl material that the instructions state can be easily glued together. The large parts have the part number cast in the back of the parts themselves. I also noted that most parts had ejector pin marks on them, but most, if not all, will be hidden after construction.
The instructions are quite well done with 16 construction steps, some of which will be skipped if doing a fully male or female tank. There is no interior to speak of and there is no color information given during construction. Markings are for eight tanks; four British, one German and three Russian. They are basically overall dark grey with one hermaphrodite having tan splotches on it. Decals are very nicely printed and come with wax paper taped over them to protect them from damage.
Regardless of which variant you choose, this should make into an excellent model of these interesting WWI vehicles.
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