|Picture courtesy: http://tinyurl.com/n684nzz|
The Matilda Mk I shares its name with the better known Mk II but in reality the tanks were completely different and shared no components or parts at all.
Designed by Carden at Vickers-Armstrongs in 1935 (you can see the similarity to the Carden designed Bren carrier in the running gear I think??) the army requirement was for something cheap that used standard components to also allow for easier maintenance.. which is exactly what they got...in reality however, the design was hopelessly outdated
So what do you get when you open the box? Very little - the kit is so simple they don't even provide an instruction sheet...
There are just 6 parts on that sprue..
Which when cut off and clicked together give the following snappy little armoured perambulator...
So what was the tank actually like? Mixed bag, mostly bad, I'd say...
Hull and turret were well protected against the current crop of anti-tank weapons (Armour thickness: Maximum 60mm Minimum 10mm - NB. Panzer II max 13mm), but the tracks and running gear were completely exposed.
Armament was either the .303 Vickers MG or in some cases the larger .5 inch, so no anti-tank capability - this was real WWI thinking...
Maximum speed was 8mph (NB. Panzer II 25mph), but cross country no better than 5-6 mph - in fact there are reports that the infantry could move faster and often had to wait for the tanks to catch up.
In addition to these other disadvantages, there were also crew issues; besides operating the machine gun the commander also had to direct the driver and operate the wireless (which was in the hull due to lack of room in the turret)... in addition to the commander there was just one other crew (driver)
|Nice detailing on the rear casing..|
Last of all some pictures of the completed items.... with figures for scale - they are tiny!