Emhar MkA " Whippet" WWI Medium Tank 1918 1/35th Scale Plastic Model Kit (EM4003)
Emhar MkA " Whippet" WWI Medium Tank 1918 1/35th Scale Plastic Model Kit
Suitable for ages 14+
Paints and Glues Required
During WWI, a light "chaser" type tank fast enough to exploit breakthroughs made by heavier armor was needed by Britain. They had set out to improve their existing machines, as well as design a new light tank. The result- the Medium A (or Whippet) based on the prototype "Tritton Chaser", Britain's, as well as the world's, second production tank. It started down the assembly line in October of 1917, and was first used in battle March 26th, 1918, during the great German offensive. They are most remembered for their role in August of that year at Amiens when 96 Whippets were assigned to the Cavalry Corps, earning it the simile of "Cavalry Tank", and demonstrating that the days of the unarmored vehicle had passed. However, the Whippet did have its disadvantages. For instance, it was powered by two 45-hp Tylor gasoline engines, each running one track through its own transmission and clutch. Controlling the tank using the awkward controls and unreliable drive train was no easy feat, requiring coordination and strength to turn the vehicle without stalling an engine. Also, the small armored gas tank limited the Whippet's range to only 40 miles, which was not good for a tank which was meant to penetrate far into enemy lines. After the war as many as possible of the 200 produced were sold to other countries. Despite its problems, though, the Whippet was considered a moderate success.