World War I, a time when battle tank manufacturing was in its absolute infancy, offers us but a glimpse of the powerful, versatile, and lethal armored vehicle technology that would rapidly progress before the outbreak of World War II. These early-era tanks, to our modern sensibility, are fascinating in their simplicity though they offered soldiers of the time an opportunity to travel at higher speeds, traverse difficult landscape, and be equipped with dynamic and mobile weaponry.
Developed in late 1916, the Mk. A "Whippet" was a medium tank designed to complement the heavier, slower tanks already in service with the British Army. It was designed to use its mobility and speed to break through lines created by its heavier predecessors. They first saw combat action in March of 1918, proving very effective at covering infantry withdrawals during the Spring Offensive. Approximately 200 were manufactured.
This 1/72 scale resin model — an exciting addition to our Wings of the Great War: Armor Collection — is a replica of a Mk. A "Whippet" and features textured surfaces, accurate weaponry (including four Hotchkiss machine guns), realistic tracks, authentic British markings, and a removable display stand. Measures approximately 3½" long.