My Little Willy - Nudge nudge , wink wink

:face_with_peeking_eye: A plain brown package just arrived from Bovvy . revealing . .

It’s the Tank Museums own limited edititon 1/35th 3D printed resin kit !

More soon. . . B.


Nudge nudge , wink wink.

Say no more squire, say no more, say no more. A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind bat. :slight_smile:


Not so “Little” as if it was Braille Scale…
In the U.K. when the movie “Free Willy” was released T-Shirts featuring the advertising logo were popular, usually with the text added: “See wearer for further details”. Certainly more friendly than that favoured by Bikers which said on the back “If you can read this, the b*tch fell off”…




was it in a plain brown wrapper with “contains little willie inside” your wife you have been getting excited LOL


When it’s finished does it buzz?
Design by John Thomas…


Here we go…I went to great lengths to find this…



That one’s just a little too excited…



That’s what she said…



Yeah it had to go down before it could…oh never mind, this thread’ll run & run now :face_with_peeking_eye:


I say chaps , steady on , there may be grown ups reading this :grin:

Moving along now , here;s more -

                                   - Contents-

  - Also , a single sided A4 sheet with a potted history and assembly pic;s.

                 No rear steering wheels though . This is obviously based on the current displayed exhibit .

Ho hum , research time . . .
* From tank blueprints site


Looks like a lot of cleanup is needed, although it seems to have gone together without much difficulty.



As I recall, the name ‘tank’ was given to early vehicles so enemy militaries would think they referred to a water-holding vessel; this is the first time I’ve seen a vehicle that truly looks like a water tank.


Some care will be needed - the rear jack and headlights - are fairly delicate .

the tracks are almost hidden in supports but are robust and clean up well .

                 Now for some niggles . . .

      the rear block shows some distortion , annoying .

the roof looks like it took a knock here , a little file work .

  • On the left side , the upper track run is ‘short shot’.

  • a tiny repair job… The surface detail finish is very good here .

Not so much the hull sections - the flat plate surfaces have print lines .

         ( Caused by different resin / print settings ? ) 

The back panels are the worst affected . - careful sanding will be needed . Use a MASK ! :mask:

. . . So , I’ll give this an 8 out of 10 .

Rant over - Now for some build fun. . .


Is this a new design that they have commissioned and supported through drawings and measurement access, or a repackage of the FC Model Trend item from last year?



Damnit, now I want THAT for my birthday! :rofl:

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That’s a hard no. They should have resin printed the whole thing!


Sadly it seems like my recent 3D printed kits have had similar issues. Including Vargus. I’m starting to believe the tech just isn’t there yet to really compete with direct injection kits.

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I must say that I had high hopes , given the source of this kits providence , I.E. Bovingdon Museum , I did expect something better , and agree that the kit should have been entirely resin printed .

  • There are other kits around ,
  • Accurate Armour kit no. K016 - better , cheaper too.

The kit is new, from the 3D Gizmo brand. I’ve seen one made up, unpainted, and I thought it looked as good as any other 3D kit I’ve seen. That one didn’t have the slightly distorted rear piece. You should ask for a replacement part. 3D printing still has its limitations. Gizmo’s figures in 1/35 and 1/16 are very nice.

As for the rear appendage, it was removed during WW1 - but after the turret - so it is appropriate not to have it. The purpose was not steering, although the wheels did steer. It was called the Rigid Extension Member and was attached to the 4-bolt round trunnions each side of the rear hull. Its purpose was as a counterweight. Raised when going uphill and lowered when going downhill. Needed to be raised for static turns, which was awkward. Using the gear at the rear of the hull. Found to serve no useful purpose and to be an encumbrance, and not seen after the Mk I tank. And yes, the name “tank” was coined by the factory workers who though they looked like the riveted water cisterns of the day. And stuck when a name other than Landship was being sought.