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Building the Tadpole

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The 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.
The 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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About Kevin Brant (SgtRam)

I am an IT Consultant and father, with a passion for plastic models. I mostly prefer 1/35 Armor and 1/48 Aircraft. My main interests are anything Canadian, as well as WW2 German and British Armor and Aircraft. I have been building models since I was a young kid, got away from it for awhile, but r...


Excellent build! Can you post a close-up of the trapezoidal roof hatch? On the earlier Mk IV kits Takom screwed up the shape and detail of the hatch - I'm wondering if they fixed it in this version. BTW, those boxes on the sponson doors don't need cutting if you want to display them open - they are armoured chutes for the gunners to dump out used brass! Sadly, opening the door just highlights the lack of rivets and other stuff on the inside...
JAN 28, 2015 - 03:17 AM
nice to see the single click tracks. the 5-part-per-link were PITA
JAN 28, 2015 - 03:27 AM
Great build and even greater kit but why did you replace 6 pounder barrels?
JAN 28, 2015 - 05:22 PM
The Lion Marc barrels look better, and include the rifling at the barrel end.
JAN 28, 2015 - 05:39 PM
Just looked at the PMMS review, and indeed it seems the Tadpole doesn't have metal barrels - Takom gives plastic ones instead. Pity, as the "Male" kit has nice metal ones! And I see from Terry's review they kinda fixed the roof hatch, but still got it wrong! Oh, well...
JAN 28, 2015 - 05:47 PM
The Lion Marc barrels look better, and include the rifling at the barrel end. [/quote] Oh, I see.
JAN 28, 2015 - 06:40 PM
that mortar looks cool in the back! 120mm mortar??
JAN 28, 2015 - 10:58 PM
What I don't get is why a company would include all that beautiful detail on the guns and then make it so difficult to open the doors to make them visible. Is there a rational explanation for this?
JAN 29, 2015 - 11:01 AM
Why would you expect ANY model company to do something rationally, when they can leave their problems for us modellers to solve..? No, seriously- It's the current trend for some of the more progressive model manufacturers to include details that will probably never be seen unless the modeller chooses to open up EVERY window, door, hatch, gun port, etc on their model. There are quite a few modellers that like to display their models in this way. I dunno, probably because some of those guys will want to show off those details at shows or contests. I don't necessarily include myself in that group. I build my models for my own enjoyment, so I tend to take it easy on my weathering, depicting my vehicles as new, but not "factory-fresh". At most, I'll build a model, for instance, one of my M4A1s, with the Commander's and 2 Drivers' hatches open, occupied by the 3 corresponding crew members, so as to show off my figure-painting skills. I also built one of my DRAGON #6511 M4 "Normandy" kits in such a way that I could "crack it open" in order to show off all the extra details that I jammed into it- In other words, fully-detailed drivers' and fighting compartments, including the turret interior, guns, turret basket, drive train details and a fully-detailed Wright R-975 Radial Engine and engine bay. I elected to assemble this particular model with all hatches open, but without any crew members being present, so as to display all of these details without them being obscured in any way. I generally don't do dioramas, except for a very few vignettes, simply because of the limited space that I have available for model display. A good number of my tanks are completely "buttoned-up", in which case I didn't bother with ANY interior details being included in the build. What would be the purpose in adding stuff that I, or anyone else for that matter, will never see? ALL of my 1/35 stuff has as much exterior detailing as possible. I LOVE PE and RESIN!!!
MAR 07, 2015 - 04:34 PM