A Big Beast


Copplestone Castings have just released a new tank (resin and white metal):

Ordered Thursday AM, delivered Friday AM.

(Only partly assembled)

Here it is next to some figures:

Obviously based on the Mark VIII that didn’t make it in time to WW1:

Here’s it being tested by the Rebel Colonists/Americans.

And also inspired by a certain movie:

Mechanical effects supervisor George Gibbs said The Last Crusade was the most difficult film of his career.[10] He visited a museum to negotiate renting a small French World War I tank, but decided he wanted to make one.[11] The tank was based on the Tank Mark VIII, which was 36 feet and 28 tons. Gibbs built the tank over the framework of a 28-ton excavator and added seven ton tracks that were driven by two automatic hydraulic pumps, each connected to a Range Rover V8 engine. Gibbs built the tank from steel rather than aluminum or fiberglass because it would allow the realistically suspensionless vehicle to endure the rocky surfaces. Unlike its historical counterpart—which had only the two side guns—the tank had a turret and two guns on its sides. It took four months to build and was transported to Almería on a Short Belfast plane and then a low loader truck.[10]

The tank broke down twice. The rotor arm in the distributor broke and a replacement had to be sourced from Madrid. Then two of the valves in the device used to cool the oil exploded, due to solder melting and mixing with the oil. It was very hot in the tank, despite the installation of ten fans, and the lack of suspension meant the driver was unable to stop shaking during filming breaks.[10] The tank only moved at ten to twelve miles per hour, which Vic Armstrong said made it difficult to film Indiana riding a horse against the tank while making it appear faster.[11] A smaller section of the tank’s top made from aluminum and which used rubber tracks was used for close-ups. It was built from a searchlight trailer, weighed eight tons, and was towed by a four-wheel drive truck. It had safety nets on each end to prevent injury to those falling off.[10] A quarter-scale model by Gibbs was driven over a 50-foot (15 m) cliff on location; Industrial Light & Magic created further shots of the tank’s destruction with models and miniatures.[14]

Some more details from The Miniatures Page (TMP).

What am I going to sue it for ?

Errrr…..
It’s a bit late for WW1, too late for RCW and definitely in the “What If ?” category.
Maybe BoB ? Afterall we do have this figure:

Possibly AVBCW ?

I’m sure I’ll find some use for it, and the tank in the American testing video did seem to have camo paint.

Maybe I’ll just have to think up some campaign for the Republic of Hatay, and get to use those nice Perry Afrika Korps figures they’re bringing out…which is where I started all this madness…

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