March 18, 2017

MTSC PRODUCT UPDATE: : Meng Models WWI 1/35th Scale AFV Kits

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Building The Great War in 1/35th & 1/16th Scale
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This very limited edition kit features crisp exterior surface with rivets and hex bolt head details, floors have tread-plate pattern, detailed commander/driver station with (seats, gear levers and steering wheel), two resin Daimler-Benz 4-cylinder engines, radiator with etched front mesh, detailed 57mm QF canon with breech and gunner’s seat, ammo box and seats for the forward machine gunners, rear compartment has additional seats for four MG gunners with racks and four infantry rifles, mounts for four 7.92mm Maxim MGs with ammo belts, optional separate large hull side crew doors, front vision ports, optional driver’s compartment side plates with separate visors (etched brackets), detailed undercarriage and suspension with (multipart bogie assemblies, chassis, drive sprockets and idler wheels) and individual workable track links, additional separately molded on-vehicle filigree parts. Decals and markings for two camouflage schemes: 542 “Elfriede” Abt.2, German Army, Villers-Bretonneux, France, April 24, 1918 and Exhibition of Spoils of War, Paris, France, October 1918.

....At the end of WWI, a limited number of A7Vs participated in the last strategic offensive of German army along the Western Front – the Spring Offensive (Kaiserschlacht). The A7Vs showed both advantages and disadvantages just like other new equipment in these battles: a single A7V destroyed and damaged five British tanks, while some A7Vs got stuck in sandpits and didn’t see further action. The A7V No.542 was such an example. The trapped tank was captured by the French after the battle. Later, it was sent back to Paris for exhibition. 
Only a limited number of TS-017s kits will be available. 

MGK-TS08 WWI French FT17 Light Tank with Cast Turret 
MGK-TS11 WWI French FT17 Light Tank Riveted Turret

MGK-HS05 WWI French FT-17 Tank Crew and Orderly
MGK-TS17 WWI German Krupp A7V Tank
MGK-TS17S WWI German A7V Tank w/Limited Edition Engine

MGK-TS20 WWI British Heavy Tank Mk V Male
MGK-TS21 WWI Mk A Whippet British Medium Tank

MGK-TS21S WWI British Tank Mk.A Whippet + Infantry Special Edition

MGK-TS29 WWI British Heavy Tank Mk.V Female

MTSC Product Spotlights
The British Heavy Tank Mk.V by MENG

In 1916, British and French troops launched the Somme Offensive against German army astride the River Somme in northern France. This battle, one of the bloodiest in human history, has also been remembered because of a new weapon that shocked the German army, the British Mk.I heavy tank. Tank, one of the greatest inventions in the war history of the twentieth century, marked the beginning of a new era of army mechanization. 

Mark series heavy tanks went through several improvements. The only thing unchanged was their unique rhomboid shape which remained in many people’s memory as the main feature of WWI tanks. In 1917, the British found a new transmission and engine, and then they started to improve Mk.IV tanks. Thanks to the epicyclic gearbox, only one driver was needed to drive the new tank. The tank was powered by a 150hp Ricardo 6 cylinder in-line petrol engine and could drive for 10 hours on a rugged terrain. This new tank was finally designated Mk.V. Mk.V tanks were first used in the Battle of Hamel in 1918, when they contributed to a successful assault by Australian units on the German 

During the development of British Mk.V Heavy Tank model kit, MENG received great support from The Tank Museum in Bovington, UK. As one of the most famous tank museums in the world, it keeps more than 300 vehicles, including the Mk.V. MENG’s designers measured the real vehicle and studied a lot of reference materials in order to accurately represent this classic tank. The kit features highly detailed exterior with rivets, full interior including driver's station, commanders cab open/closed, drivers cab roof armor and front armor open/closed, optional trench crossing device, brass chain, optional hatches, detailed engine/clutch/transmission assembly, full weapons stations plus other interior details such a ammo storage racks, machine guns, 2-piece gun barrel, pistol port open/closed, sponsons open/closed, fuel tank, detailed suspension with individual track links and photo-etch parts. Decals and color painting guide for (3) tanks: 9th Battalion, Tank Corps, British Army, France, 1918; Tank Museum, Bovington, UK and Tank 'Devil' 4th Battalion, Royal Tank Corps, British Army, Bovington Camp, 1925 - includes 36 page color instruction booklet.  
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Some Video Reference
Tank Mark V GREAT footage! (no soundtrack)
Short but sweet! Film of a British Mark V Tank covering territory. Footage from the National WWI Museum Archives.
The Big Picture TV-389 1957. Short but Great WWI footage in this US Army film restored by Jeff Quintet

The Mk A Whippet British Medium Tank by MENG

While the Mark I and later the Mark IV tanks were excellent infantry support weapons, and could even create a substantial breach in an enemy line when used in numbers, they lacked the speed to exploit that gap. In late 1916, William Tritton proposed a faster vehicle to the Landships Committee which would be capable of filling this role on the battlefield. The new vehicle, called the Medium Mark A or ‘Whippet’, was a radical departure from the heavier rhomboidal tanks. The caterpillar tracks, derived from the Little Willie prototype, were more conventional side-slung units as opposed to the all-around tracks of the Mark IV.

Though originally envisioned with a rotating turret, the production model had an armoured housing for three to four .303 Hotchkiss machine guns, which could be relocated between four gun ports. Approved in June 1917, roughly 200 vehicles were produced starting in October 1917. Unlike the large crew of the Mark IV, the Whippet managed with a standard crew of three, a commander, driver, and gunner. Given the gunner was responsible for manning both two machine guns (which could point forward, left, right, and rear), sometimes a second gunner was squeezed in. As its primary role was to get these guns into the enemy rear as quickly as possible, the Whippet was designed with two 45hp engines-one powering each track. This gave the Whippet a top speed of 8.3mph, far faster than its heavier cousins.

The Whippet reached the battlefield during the British Army’s low ebb following crippling 1918 losses in Flanders. Their first action was to cover the retreat of British infantry during the German Spring Offensive. The machine-gun armament of the Whippet proved devastating to infantry caught in the open of No-man’s land, with seven Whippets effectively halting two German infantry battalions at an engagement near Cachy and Villers-Brettoneux.

This 1/35 British Medium Tank Mk.A Whippet model kit features detailed upper deck, all rivets are replicated, armor plates of the turret can be bent easily, multipiece lower hull, separate armored walls for rear fighting compartment, four finely reproduced Hotchkiss machine guns which are movable, road and idler wheels, drive sprockets with attached chain and gear sprocket, cement free individual track links and multiple track spuds for hull. Decals and painting guide for: B. Company, 6th Battalion, Tank Corps, British Army, May 1918 and 3rd (Light) Light Battalion, Tank Corps, British Army, August 1918 - also includes markings for captured German and Russian Whippets.
Some Video Reference
British Pathe News reel on the Tank Medium Mark A Whippet

A7V The Empire's Moving Fortress by MENG

This beautiful MENG kit replicates the A7V tank made by made by Krupp Corp. The plastic model is 229mm long and 100mm wide. The model perfectly replicates the fighting compartment and driver’s compartment; workable track links are provided; all hatches and viewing ports can be built open or closed; precision PE parts are included.

The kit consists of:
509 parts in light beige plastic
224 parts in black plastic for the track links
30 PE parts
1 decal sheet
1 length of string
2 poly caps

Read a full length review as posted on Pearth Military Modeling site.

Kit can be built with an open interior

A stunning rendition of the Meng A7V by Steve Zaloga
Steve Zaloga's build with open interior
When German Army still depended on their machine guns and cannons, they were given a heavy blow by the British Mark I tanks in the Battle of Somme.
After that, Germany started development of its own tanks. After several setbacks, Germany's first tank, the A7V tank, was put into service in early 1918. The square-shaped tank was like a moving fortress when seen distantly and was greatly different from later tanks. Although normally the crew was 16 to 18 men, sometimes up to 26 were carried. Thus, A7V became the tank that carried the most men in the world. It adopted an improved Holt tractor chassis, and two 100hp Daimler 4-cylinder water-cooled petrol engines. Its armament was a 57mm Maxim-Nordenfelt QF gun and six Maxim MG-08 7.92mm heavy machine guns.

The early A7Vs were produced by Krupp Corp and Röchling Group. As the A7V side armor plates made by Krupp Corp were slightly deformed and Germany was in short of resources during the wartime, these plates were cut into five parts and then built together. Therefore, these early side armor plates made by Krupp Corp were not standard one-piece ones.

Only a limited number of A7V tanks were built and sent to battlefields at the late stage of WWI, and they didn’t help Germany reverse the results. However, as Germany’s first tank, A7V tank set a solid foundation for the rising panzer empire. 
At present, the only surviving A7V (506) is kept in the Queensland Museum, Australia. Another A7V (563) replicated by Germany is preserved in the Deutsches Panzermuseum. Unfortunately they are not the version produced by Krupp Corp.

Some Video Reference   

Essential Links:
The First Online Tank Museum
All about the tactics, battles, technology and evolution of tanks and armored vehicles worldwide from their origin, during World War One, World War Two, the Cold War and contemporary conflicts. A constantly growing encyclopedia. From light tanks to modern main battle tanks, through armored cars, personnel carriers, self-propelled guns, tank destroyers, amphibious vehicles and general purpose military vehicles. Articles cover the origin, development, features, variants and operational history of each vehicle, alongside a myriad of illustrations, specifications and historical or modern day photographs. features a wealth of color profiles, drawings and information on WWI AFVs is a WWI site with a nice forum, histories, images and much more on WWI armor.

Video footage of captured running A7V Elfried
On May 18, 1918, at Saleux, France, the German A7V Elfried is presented to Jules-Louis Breton, Assistant Secretary of State for Inventions. Officers and British soldiers are also present. Between 1 and 5 July 1918 in Bourron, fire tests are conducted on Elfried to verify the effectiveness of the 37 mm gun.

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