GB Modelli 1/72 British Mk. I (Male)
By Matt Bittner
The British Mk.I tank of WW1 was one of the first operational tanks ever. It entered service in August of 1916 and saw action that September. While originally called a "landship" it was the first to be named "tank" to hide its true use. The difference between a "Male" and a "Female" resides only in the guns used within the sponsons. The "Male" used one 6 pounder gun per sponson, while the "Female" used two Vickers machine guns per sponson instead (for a total of four machine guns in the sponsons).
The GB Modelli 1/72 Mk.I Male resin tank consists of 32 pieces of cream-colored resin. There are no decals so nothing to worry about there. With very few parts construction should be simple.
While the instructions contain photos of a built-up model, as well as photos of the real tank, there are no color call-outs at all. Most Mk.Is were finished either in khaki brown, olive or gray - there were also a few that were camouflaged in multiple colors. It's best to do research on a specific Mk.I you want to model.
Another winner from GB Modelli, and another that shouldn't take long to finish. In addition, I think it's the only available Mk.I in 1/72 scale, since the Airfix Mk.I/Mk.II is in 1/76. If you're a scale purist, this is good. If not, it's still better than the Airfix kit and will build into a Mk.I with no modification (there are a number of corrections needed on the Airfix kit to make it an accurate Mk.I).
We definitely want to thank GB Modelli for sending this tank it to review.