Cruiser Tank Mk.I A9 Mk.IA

    Cruiser Tank Mk.I A9 Mk.IA

    Plastic model kit of the company GECKO MODELS for the construction of a British Cruiser Tank Mk.I A9 Mk.IA of WW II, in 1/35 scale.

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    Plastic model kit of the company GECKO MODELS for the construction of a British Cruiser Tank Mk.I A9 Mk.IA of WW II, in 1/35 scale. Includes sprues with plastic parts, assembly instructions, P.E. parts and decals.

    The Tank, Cruiser, Mk I (A9) was a British cruiser tank of the interwar period. It was the first cruiser tank: a fast tank designed to bypass the main enemy lines and engage the enemy's lines of communication, as well as enemy tanks. The Cruiser Mk II was a more heavily armored adaptation of the Mark I, developed at much the same time. The Mark I cruiser began to be delivered in January 1939. The Cruiser was an effective tank in the French, Greek and early North African campaigns. The 2-pounder gun was lethal against the early Italian tanks encountered during the North African campaign and could hold its own against Rommel's early Panzer IIs and IIIs. It could also breach the 20 – 30 mm of protective steel on later opponents, such as the Panzer IIID and the Panzer IVD. It was effective until the Germans introduced the more thickly armored Panzer IVE to the desert in the Spring of 1941. However, its minimal armor made the A9 very vulnerable to most Axis anti-tank weapons. Also problematic was the lack of high explosive shells for the 2-pounder gun, and even worse the lack of armor-piercing shells for the 94 mm gun on the close support version. Another issue was that the areas around the front machine gun turrets created a frontal surface that was more vulnerable to enemy fire than it would have been had it been a simple flat plate. The mechanical unreliability of the Cruiser was also a disadvantage. In particular, tracks were easily slewed, causing difficulties. The Mark I (A9) was used by the 1st Armored Division in the Battle of France (1940) and by the 2nd and 7th Armored Divisions in North Africa until 1941.

    Scale
    1/35
    Era
    WWII
    Nationality
    Great Britain
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