I've got a Little Willie!!

News about new releases and kit reviews

I've got a Little Willie!!

Sponsor

Sponsor
 

I've got a Little Willie!!

Postby Mark » Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:32 pm

Ok Wingnut2, stop sniggering!!

Little Willie was the first prototype British Tank, and the forerunner to the Mk 1. It never saw service, and there is the remains of one in the Tank Museum at Bovington. Here is a link to the Wiki entry if you want more detailed info. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Willie

On to the kit. This is a resin kit produced by Accurate Armour. There are about 80 odd resin parts, including clear lamp lenses, a photo etched sheet, and a small set of transfers.

The box art is simply the finished kit.

Imagefullsizeoutput_bca by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

The instructions are text and photos, and are going to take careful reading.

ImageIMG_3977 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

The resin parts are nicely cast, plenty of detail, but I get the feeling it's going to be quite challenging to assemble. It's not quite up to the standard of some of the modern conversion sets, and not up to the standard of some of the recent resin figures & busts. Nuts Planet and Mirico (75mm figures and 1/12 scale busts) are streets ahead.

The main parts

ImageIMG_3979 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Fiddly bits

ImageIMG_3980 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Less fiddly bits

ImageIMG_3981 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Tracks are link and length. Fruil Model make a set of tracks supposedly for the Whippet and Little Willie. I think they would look better, but I'm not sure if they'll fit. They are designed for the Emhar kits, although Emhar don't make a 1/35 Little Willie. They do make a 1/72 scale version (a tiny willie?). I shall see if I can get a set locally and try them.

Etched fret, decals and clear resin lenses. The decals are simply the '1915 Little Willie' that has been painted on the tank in the museum.

ImageIMG_3983 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

There you have it. The kit doesn't have the rear steering wheel as Accurate Armour didn't have enough info to reproduce that accurately. They state that it's a museum model, that shows the tank as it is now (minus some damage that was caused sometime in its life).

It looks like a challenging build, and certainly not for the beginner. Resin parts take a lot of preparation and fettling to get to fit. Most certainly not your modern Shake n Bake kit that Meng or Tamiya might produce. It's expensive too at £60 plus VAT and postage. Still, if you want a 1/35 Little WIllie, it's the only game in town (or you could take a cold shower :lol: )
Cheers
Mark

If you nose runs and your feet smell, you're upside down !
User avatar
Mark
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 16311
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:44 pm
Karma: 427

Re: I've got a Little Willie!!

Postby wingnut2 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:43 pm

It all depends what scale :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :oops: sorry could not resist ;)
When the tuff get going follow them........
User avatar
wingnut2
Lieutenant
Lieutenant
 
Posts: 994
Joined: Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:23 pm
Karma: 9

Re: I've got a Little Willie!!

Postby steve131 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:41 pm

I saw Willie in the flesh in August well worth looking at. ;) :lol:
User avatar
steve131
Brigadier
Brigadier
 
Posts: 4201
Joined: Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:22 am
Karma: 60

Re: I've got a Little Willie!!

Postby casper » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:59 am

steve131 wrote:I saw Willie in the flesh in August well worth looking at. ;) :lol:

was that the last time you saw it :o :laughing-rolling:

Love your little willie Mark :shifty: :snooty: :lol:
My Honda MP4/4 Build Diary
viewtopic.php?f=80&t=5208
User avatar
casper
General
General
 
Posts: 13668
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:23 pm
Location: North Wales
Karma: 380

Re: I've got a Little Willie!!

Postby snapdragon » Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:35 am

I have a 1/1 scale little Willie.....

Least said, the better, but I blame my medication!

Looks a nice kit and with care should build up to a nice result...... Must have cost a fortune though!

Here we go with more adventures in superglue land! :superlglue:
Partwork Building is like meeting enemy action - no plan survives first contact!!
Certified model building idiot! Please treat with kindness!
snapdragon
Colonel
Colonel
 
Posts: 3683
Joined: Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:37 pm
Karma: 160

Re: I've got a Little Willie!!

Postby Mark » Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:03 pm

Yup, superglue is required for assembly. I believe you can also use epoxy, but I find superglue more than adequate.
Actually, it was slightly cheaper to have it posted to Hong Kong rather than the UK as the VAT was more than the extra postage. No VAT on export orders, and HK is a duty free country. I will probably add to my stash of MFH kits before I leave, and Tamiya are a lot cheaper here than the UK. I can resist anything, except temptation :oops: :oops: :oops:
Cheers
Mark

If you nose runs and your feet smell, you're upside down !
User avatar
Mark
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 16311
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:44 pm
Karma: 427

Re: I've got a Little Willie!!

Postby wingnut2 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:46 pm

Ah Oscar Wilde :laughing-rolling: that great golfer :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: ;)
When the tuff get going follow them........
User avatar
wingnut2
Lieutenant
Lieutenant
 
Posts: 994
Joined: Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:23 pm
Karma: 9

Re: I've got a Little Willie!!

Postby steve131 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:35 pm

casper wrote:
steve131 wrote:I saw Willie in the flesh in August well worth looking at. ;) :lol:

was that the last time you saw it :o :laughing-rolling:

Love your little willie Mark :shifty: :snooty: :lol:

:lol: :lol:
User avatar
steve131
Brigadier
Brigadier
 
Posts: 4201
Joined: Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:22 am
Karma: 60

Re: I've got a Little Willie!!

Postby steve131 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:36 pm

What type super glue you use thin or gel on this .
:?:
User avatar
steve131
Brigadier
Brigadier
 
Posts: 4201
Joined: Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:22 am
Karma: 60

Re: I've got a Little Willie!!

Postby Mark » Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:54 pm

Cheap supermarket type!
Cheers
Mark

If you nose runs and your feet smell, you're upside down !
User avatar
Mark
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 16311
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:44 pm
Karma: 427

Re: I've got a Little Willie!!

Postby Mark » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:38 pm

My Little Willie needed a little extra something. A set of Fruil tracks.
They sell a set which is for the Whippet and Little Willie. It comes with a drive and idler sprocket, but they are way too large for the Little Willie. Therefore a little modification may well be in order as they are very close, but not quite a perfect match to the kit tracks.

ImageUntitled by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

They are, however, much more detailed, and I think will add a lot to the model.

ImageUntitled by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

On the down side, they look like a lot of work to assemble!! An experimental prod showed that they didn't exactly fall together.
Cheers
Mark

If you nose runs and your feet smell, you're upside down !
User avatar
Mark
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 16311
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:44 pm
Karma: 427

Re: I've got a Little Willie!!

Postby wingnut2 » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:50 pm

What's the wire for ?
W2 ;)
When the tuff get going follow them........
User avatar
wingnut2
Lieutenant
Lieutenant
 
Posts: 994
Joined: Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:23 pm
Karma: 9

Re: I've got a Little Willie!!

Postby steve131 » Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:05 pm

Surprised Fruil got sprocket wrong Snapdragons love them :think:
User avatar
steve131
Brigadier
Brigadier
 
Posts: 4201
Joined: Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:22 am
Karma: 60

Re: I've got a Little Willie!!

Postby Mark » Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:52 pm

The wire is to make the track pins.

I think the sprockets are probably for the Whippet rather than the Little Willie. It won’t be a problem, hopefully!
Cheers
Mark

If you nose runs and your feet smell, you're upside down !
User avatar
Mark
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 16311
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:44 pm
Karma: 427

Re: I've got a Little Willie!!

Postby wingnut2 » Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:08 pm

Mark wrote:The wire is to make the track pins.

I think the sprockets are probably for the Whippet rather than the Little Willie. It won’t be a problem, hopefully!

Thanks Mark :) I have never built a tank (but I have 2 in my stash thingy) looks like a lot of detailed work, will watch and learn with your progress.
W2 ;)
When the tuff get going follow them........
User avatar
wingnut2
Lieutenant
Lieutenant
 
Posts: 994
Joined: Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:23 pm
Karma: 9

Re: I've got a Little Willie!!

Postby snapdragon » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:49 am

The sprockets are for the whippet.

I will follow the build as I am interested in how Mark gets on with the tracks... Maybe the kit manufacturer got something slightly wrong size wise.

With Friul tracks, the only thing I would ask them to change is to put straight lengths of wire in with the tracks instead of coils of wire!
Partwork Building is like meeting enemy action - no plan survives first contact!!
Certified model building idiot! Please treat with kindness!
snapdragon
Colonel
Colonel
 
Posts: 3683
Joined: Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:37 pm
Karma: 160

Re: I've got a Little Willie!!

Postby Mark » Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:51 pm

There’s only a fractional difference in the spacing between the two sprocket guides between the kit and Fruil tracks. Nothing a little bit of butchery won’t fix :lol:
Cheers
Mark

If you nose runs and your feet smell, you're upside down !
User avatar
Mark
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 16311
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:44 pm
Karma: 427


Return to Model previews and reviews

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests