The Mk I Tank

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The Mk I Tank

It has been years since I’ve built any models, so long in fact I don’t remember the last, some sort of airplane for certain though, but as I was thinking about a new hobby to get into I remembered the enjoyment I used to get out of building models. Except for the painting. I was always in a bit of a hurry with the painting. A skill that benefits from patience for sure.

I’ve been reading a number of personal accounts from World War I soldiers, few of which have mentioned the tank to any great degree, but I thought that would be an interesting model to start with.


The Mk I Male Tank from Airfix is inexpensive ($5), but at 1:76 scale, it is rather small. I didn’t want to start out with anything too pricey, but I’d like to try a larger version in the future (or get smaller hands and better eyes!).

The assembly is pretty straightforward with this one – which is to say there isn’t very much of it – which is good for getting back into the hobby and brushing up on the skills. Speaking of brushing up, I think that’s where the real work is here. The camo paint job. I hope to investigate some weathering techniques with this as well.


So far I’ve found it all quite relaxing. But that may just be the fumes…

September 28th, 2013|Categories: Scale Modeling|4 Comments


  1. JRD Skinner October 18, 2013 at 2:08 PM - Reply

    Great new digs! I used to love model making as a kid – I should try picking it back up. There’s definitely something relaxing about the process.

    • Jim October 20, 2013 at 10:35 PM - Reply

      Thanks, JRD.

      It is relaxing – and a nice break from things that require staring at glowing screens.

  2. bmj2k October 20, 2013 at 5:29 AM - Reply

    Loved model making as a kid, and I’ve just gotten a couple of Universal Monster models that I’m looking forward to working on. I used to do tanks and airplanes, with the occasional Star Trek model tossed in and like you, painting was something I always rushed.

    • Jim October 20, 2013 at 11:04 PM - Reply

      I saw your post on those kits and wondered if you were going to put them together. I’ve always done the armor/aircraft stuff, but I definitely want to check out some other things.

      I think the painting was sometimes rushed because I didn’t have the proper tools and/or know-how. The web should be quite helpful with painting techniques. If not, I’ll get some firecrackers and simulate battle damage. 😉

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