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by Chris Hall
Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: MK IV Tank
Topic: Mark IV 007 Build
Replies: 124
Views: 35892

Re: Mark IV 007 Build

Steve - Those armour plates look absolutely perfect ! I was going to do a post about them, but I won't now, as you've cracked it ......... :wink: . How did you fix them to the existing panels ? My research strongly suggests that they were a field modification by the various Tank Workshops (Erin, Rol...
by Chris Hall
Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:05 am
Forum: MK IV Tank
Topic: Mark IV 007 Build
Replies: 124
Views: 35892

Re: Mark IV 007 Build

Steve - I should have thought of this before, but a synapse has just fired in my brain :oops: . Do you have a copy of "Tank Action in the Great War" by Ian Verrinder ? It's all about B Battalion, and mentions: 'Bloodstone': B27, commanded by 2nd Lieut, W.L. Hoyland, part of No. 6 Section (No. 5 Comp...
by Chris Hall
Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: MK IV Tank
Topic: Mark IV 007 Build
Replies: 124
Views: 35892

Re: Mark IV 007 Build

Steve - The extra armour at the rear has been troubling me, too ....... Of the remaining Mk. IV's, I know that Lodestar III (in Brussels) has it. A quick search of t'interweb came up with this picture: http://i1150.photobucket.com/albums/o607/woodlandsrx68/Armortek/Lodestar%20III%20rear.jpg The top ...
by Chris Hall
Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:33 pm
Forum: MK IV Tank
Topic: MK IV Tank markings and identities
Replies: 3
Views: 1463

Re: MK IV Tank markings and identities

Ian -

Thanks for the kind words, and the offer of information. I've sent you a Private Message regarding 4571, 5th Battalion.

All the best,

Chris
by Chris Hall
Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: MK IV Tank
Topic: MK IV Tank markings and identities
Replies: 3
Views: 1463

Re: MK IV Tank markings and identities

Ian - I feel your pain ......... :wink: I've just put up another post ("Are your louvres on the right way round ?") which alludes to the same problem. Army records were very bad at the time, especially at chaotic periods like 3rd Ypres, Cambrai and the Michael offensive. I think the main problem, th...
by Chris Hall
Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: MK IV Tank
Topic: Are your louvres on the right way round ?
Replies: 1
Views: 1190

Are your louvres on the right way round ?

I spent a happy day at Bovington yesterday, trawling through the Archives and taking numerous photos of their unparalleled collection on WW1 tanks (which I've often done before, but never with such a specific project in mind). Although I was particularly interested in anything relating to 'my' tank ...
by Chris Hall
Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: MK IV Tank
Topic: Mark IV 007 Build
Replies: 124
Views: 35892

Re: Mark IV 007 Build

Steve - I wouldn't worry too much about your tracks rusting unevenly. I was at Bovington yesterday, trawling through the Archives, and I found pictures of the Mk. IV at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in the USA. Admittedly the APG tank is a non-mover, and lives outside, but the pattern of the rust on ...
by Chris Hall
Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:03 am
Forum: Armortek Owners
Topic: Yet another restoration project from the Bovington Museum
Replies: 8
Views: 2002

Re: Yet another restoration project from the Bovington Museu

Now there's an interesting thing ...... nice to think it'll be brought back to life ! It certainly looks like a Mk. V to me - the radiator grill on the mid-rear horn is right, as is the extra turret box on top. I think the only thing wrong with it is the paint job. 'Hilda' was the Mk. IV Hugh Elles ...
by Chris Hall
Thu Feb 19, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: MK IV Tank
Topic: Mk IV Male, 4086
Replies: 13
Views: 5016

Re: Mk IV Male, 4086

As Ian says, the Bovington records should prove definitive. However, here's a link to the artist who painted Stephen's picture (I've got a print of it as well): http://www.davidrowlands.co.uk/gallery/gal_detail.asp?varPaintCode=053 As it was researched by Major Holt, and commissioned by 1RTR, the pr...
by Chris Hall
Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: MK IV Tank
Topic: Mk IV Male, 4086
Replies: 13
Views: 5016

Re: Mk IV Male, 4086

Kevin - Let's try and nail down your Tank Number (or, perhaps, add to the confusion !). I've just had a flick through Mitchell's book. While mine is the 1987 reprint, it "reproduces the original text and illustrations complete and unabridged" (well, that's what it says in the front !). Mitchell desc...
by Chris Hall
Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: MK IV Tank
Topic: Mark IV Colour
Replies: 27
Views: 8904

Re: Mark IV Colour

Paul - Love those pictures ........ 'Lusitania' (the top one) was actually a Mark II, used at Arras in mid-1917. The original Mark I's were pretty tired out by then, so the Tank Corps had to use what they'd got. The Mark II's were superficially similar to the Mark I's (losing the tail wheels), but t...
by Chris Hall
Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: MK IV Tank
Topic: Mk IV Male, 4086
Replies: 13
Views: 5016

Re: Mk IV Male, 4086

Kevin - I haven't read Mitchell's book ("Tank Warfare") for some years, although I do have a copy. From memory it was written in the 1930's, and was somewhat self-promoting, although it is certainly a good account from Someone Who Was There. I can't comment on the Tank number (without doing some dig...
by Chris Hall
Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:06 pm
Forum: Armortek Owners
Topic: How do people move their tanks around ?
Replies: 18
Views: 4650

Re: How do people move their tanks around ?

Gentlemen - Thanks for your quick and detailed responses. I'm particularly interested by Mick's response, as I've been thinking about an ERDE trailer, but without the specific conversion so I can use it for other things. I've also looked at the YouTube video suggested by Adrian - not only are there ...
by Chris Hall
Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:19 pm
Forum: Armortek Owners
Topic: How do people move their tanks around ?
Replies: 18
Views: 4650

How do people move their tanks around ?

I've just tried to fit the frame of my Mk. IV into my Land Rover Discovery, and it's clear that, when completed and ready for the show circuit, she won't fit alongside all the other things I'd need to take (wife, dog, overnight bag .......... ). So a box trailer is probably the answer. Fortunately I...
by Chris Hall
Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:01 pm
Forum: MK IV Tank
Topic: Mk. IV No. 50 - Beutepanzer Female (Liesel)
Replies: 77
Views: 28896

Re: Mk. IV No. 50 - Beutepanzer Female (Liesel)

Build time: 14.25 hours Elapsed time: 17 days (taking it easy !) Well, I'm up to Stage 9, which is probably when everyone thinks they're starting to achieve something (well, that's certainly how I feel). She's now a 3-dimensional being, recognisably a WW1 tank shape, and all the body panels fit real...