Toy British WWI Tanks

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Project by ToyMakingDad posted 11-22-2012 03:58 PM 3383 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve lurked here a long time and wanted to share an orginal project.

These are two British WWI tanks that I made from bed slats, a few dowels, a Clementine box and a 2×3.
I made “R3” for the son of lifelong friend. My friend is in the Armor Branch of teh US Army and needless to say, tanks are a popular topic around their house. I’ve since made a German tank for R3 to fight against and will post that project later.

Construction was pretty straight forward. The tracks and hull are solid pieces. The sponsons are a combination of dowels in a block of pine sandwiched between the wood from a Clementine box. The main guns swivel through 90 degrees.

Hard to tell from the pictures but they are:
9” long
3” tall
5” wide at the sponsons
3” wide at the tracks
So while not perfectly to scale, 1/32 or 1/35 toy soldiers look about right.

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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#1 posted 11-22-2012 04:45 PM

Welcome to Ljs
This is really a cool and fun design.

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#2 posted 11-22-2012 08:50 PM

Tanks for sharing, less lurking more tanks please !

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 11-22-2012 09:48 PM

Nice tanks. I had never see one with the cannons on both sides like that…............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 11-22-2012 10:38 PM

welcome to LJ’s … fun project

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 11-23-2012 12:45 AM

Welcome to LJs. Your tank is really cool!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 11-23-2012 02:39 AM

Hey everyone. Thanks for the positve feedback.

Jim – The tank is a model of the British WW1 Mark IV tank. The “Male” version had a 6 Pounder gun on each side. The “Female” version had machine guns on each side. And before anyone asks… yes they had a version with a machine gun on one side and a cannon on the other. :)

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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#7 posted 11-23-2012 02:58 AM

Very Nice Indeed!! Thanks for Posting!


-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#8 posted 11-23-2012 05:46 AM

Great job, did you make them from plans? Welcome to the community, we have a great group of people here.

-- Ray

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#9 posted 11-23-2012 04:05 PM

Raymond – Thanks. This is an original design. I have one or two good ideas a year I think this was my one for 2010.
I put up very rough patterns on my blog when I finished the first one:
The “clacker” on the first one that makes tank track noises is described here:

I still want to come up with a easier way of doing that.

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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#10 posted 02-03-2013 09:35 AM

G’Day “dad”,
I’m very impressed with your workmanship on the tank and your own design….Well done indeed.
Cheers, crowie

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#11 posted 08-20-2014 05:38 PM

Very cool tank. This was rather timely, as I recently viewed a documentary about the British tanks of WW1 on The History Channel.

-- Ed

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