Finally got the Carden Loyd one man tank Mark 1 done and boy what a work, for sure the most complex tank I ever build, just the running gear is already around 180 parts per side.
It was a hard project as well, even simple things like dimensions was hard I found 3 sources that gave dimensions but all 3 where different, none of the sources I knew so I had no idea which to trust, in the end I found out that all had problems, 2 of them give dimensions of the Mark 1 *, these had 2 wheels on the side and 1 on the back so does cant be used, thankfully 1 of the Mark 4 version used the same running gear so I got at least the length, a picture with the crew next to it gave me the height and the wide was so that was some what of a guess.
Lot of pictures below some of a versions that where a little bit different, but these tanks where constantly updated, almost every picture shows small difference.
Little bit of background info:
the Carden Loyd one man tankette was build in 1924 as a AFV for every infantry man, the first did not have a turret and was build at home by Captain Carden and was build in large part out of wood, it had 14 wheels per side.
the Mark 1 was build in 1925, running gear was stretched and now had 10 wheels per side, a turret added with a Lewis MG that was normally used in airplanes was it only weapon, this version was now build with armored plate.
the Mark 2 suspension was changed, fuel tank was placed on the nose, these where just for testing so no worries about getting shot, as well other smaller changes
the Mark 3 complete redesign of the running gear now with just 4 larger wheels, fenders, tool boxes and many more smaller things was changed as well.
the Mark1* got 2 wheels added to the side and 1 at the rear for driving on roads, Mark 3* was also build.
at least 3 prototypes where build but other sources give as many as 10.
the design evolved over many other designs and ended with the well know Universal Carrier.
some off the parts are just attached for the pictures and some are a bit wonky
oops forgot next week the model will go to Ian from Friendship models, too be put up for sale
|new mark 1* option|
soon at Germania
feel free to comment
greetings Patrick Mondria