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  1. Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Even this shot gives some idea of the difference in size between the Mark IV and the FT.
  2. A (very) brief break in the weather meant I was able to give the sponsons quick blast of primer as a witness coat. As expected, it showed work still to do, but that was the point, and overall I’m happy with progress. Witness coat on sponsons by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr The FT interiors got a blast of white while I was at it.
  3. Obviously I am no expert, but if I’m correct, the unditching beam rails on this example are the normal layout, not the kinked type found on top tow equipped vehicles, so I think I’m safe enough ignoring the tow fittings, and hopefully enough stowage will make their absence ambiguous anyway! Mark IV supply for discussion by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  4. That’s interesting, the references I’ve read suggest that the “top tow” tanks were all Females, and that the Mark IV supply tenders were built to replace/supplement the top towers after Cambrai. I haven’t seen a photograph yet which shows the top of a supply tank clearly enough, but, thinking about it, I don’t think I’ve seen a photo of a Supply hauling sledges either.
  5. This is the best image I have found of the possible shape of the ammo storage on the Hotchkiss variant, shown for discussion only and will be removed on request (image culled from a French forum I think) Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Clearly mine are a massive simplification but I don’t believe they will be very visible once the crew is installed.
  6. If anyone has a reference photo or drawing for the roof hatch fitted to the drivers cab of the supply tanks, I’d be grateful for any thing you can share. I believe they were similar, if not identical, to the hatches on the Mark V, so that might be an alternative route to copy.
  7. In between bouts of sanding and filling on the Mark IV, slow progress continues on the Meng FTs: Ammo lockers by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr My best guess on the machine gun belt stowage was lockers, these should have twin cut outs to enable the belts to be lifted, but there comes a point were you have to make a commitment, and since so little will be visible, these vague representations will have to suffice. Meng FT progress by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr I’m almost at the point I need to stop and get some paint on the inside
  8. The challenge will be filling the Tamiya sponsons so they look like sheet steel. Worst comes to the worst, I could scratch build new ones, but I’m hopeful these will pass muster. Once I’m happy they’ll get a witness coat which will be rubbed down and then the rivets reinstated. Supply sponsons- work in progress by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  9. For anyone unfamiliar with the supply tanks, in 1917, they were mainly obsolescent earlier marks, converted by field workshops, so you could still see the outlines of the gun fittings etc, but by the following year purpose built Mark IV supply tanks were fielded. Britain’s last tank action of the war was allegedly a Mark IV supply which used its single forward firing gun to take a German position.
  10. PS before anyone corrects me, I know the port on the door was for the Lewis gun, not a pistol, I was just being lazy.
  11. I need to be patient and let the filler and glued parts set hard overnight. Patience is not one of my strong suits, so I may try and distract myself somehow.
  12. Made one of those all or nothing, in for a penny, in for a pound decisions today. Inspired by this photo: 12883938334 by DURIEZ Frederic, on Flickr Original at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/55208677 I decided to turn the Mark IV into a supply tank. I believe Mark IV supply tanks were factory built as such, the sponsons being apparently unarmoured, which seems a bit unfair on the crewmen in the back. This is the clearest photo I have so far seen of the supply sponsons, so gave me a enough of an idea to make a start Untitl
  13. In other news, the proprietor of Modelu has seen the photo above, and tells me the arm is a misprint, and he’s sending me a replacement figure. Excellent customer service, and evidence of why Alan is such a pleasure to do business with. No connection other than as a very satisfied customer. I may still replace the head, I suspect the very naturalistic appearance the 3D scanning gives may not give sufficient relief for me to paint reasonably (I’m lousy at painting figures anyway!).
  14. Yes, so by my reckoning that equates to around 30 per tank, although how 30 were stored in the roof box is beyond me. I’m assuming (in the absence of finding any photos to prove either way) that the bolted sections that clip them onto the track were reattached to the grousers for stowage, so as not to be lost and the grousers rendered useless. At least prior to ops, if not during, when I suspect the grousers were left in place even if they were liable to damage on hard surfaces.
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