How to make a model WWI landship.
How to make WWI Landship tank track assemblies.
Parent supervision required !!
For this simple project you will need:
An average Cereal sized Cardboard box or craft card.
Ruler or set square.
A craft knife or Scissors
Pencil or pen.
Acrylic or watercolour paint.
PVA adhesive or sticky tape.
Glue spreader or glue stick.
Wine bottle cork.
3mm dowel or a matchsticks.
With the Sponsons made and the QF-6 pounder 6cwt Hotchkiss guns assembled it is now time to make the landship tank track assemblies.
Stage 1:Forming the assemblies.
Use Sheet 2.
Carefully cut around each track assembly template, do not remove the rectangle that forms the opening for the sponson and gun as this will weaken the template before the folds are made causing the template to buckle. Make all folds as shown.
Once the folds are made, it is nessesary to flatten the template out again to enable the careful removal of the sponson opening.
With that done, place the track assembly template with the writing as shown in the picture, this is very important to prevent putting the wrong sponson in the wrong opening as there is a left and a right. Place the correct Sponson under the template as shown. With the correct sponson chosen, apply glue all around the sponson opening.
Adding the gun sponson to the track assembly.
Take the gun sponson with the gun facing forward, as shown in the picture, and feed it through the sponson - making sure that gun mount is at the front of the tank track assembly and that all the tabs are in contact with the track assembly template.
Completing the track assembly.
With the gun sponson fixed firmly in place refold the track assembly template tabs and begin stick them to the opposite template.
It is best to stick the bottom tab in place first because this will help ensure that all the tabs line up in position correctly. With the bottom tab fixed, put the track assembly on a flat surface and line up each tab and stick them individually. Depending on the thickness of card, try to make sure that the template doesn't buckle or distort as the tabs are fixed.
Adding tank tracks to a model WWI Landship.
The next thing to do is add the tank tracks - which can be found on Sheet 4. Cut each track at its full length and then stick it around the track assembly as shown. You will notice that the ends of the tracks are different. This helps to make a neat butt joint when you stick them around the track assemblies. Add the first track as shown, starting on the bottom and fixing the track approximately midway on the base of the tab, laying it around the assembly so that it ends on the bottom tab at the other end of the assembly. With the first length of track in place add the second length by butting it up to the first and trimming it to fit. As the join is on the bottom, if it does not fit perfectly, it will not notice.
It is now time to assemble the Model WWI Landship body.