Completing a WWI Model Landship Kit.

How to the Crew turret, manhole turret and rope box to a WWI Landship kit.

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Parent supervision required !!

For this simple project you will need:

An average Cereal sized Cardboard box or craft card.
Rubber bands.
Ruler or set square.
A craft knife or Scissors
Pencil or pen.
Acrylic or watercolour paint.
A paintbrush.
PVA adhesive or sticky tape.
Clothes Pegs.
Glue spreader or glue stick.
Wine bottle cork.
3mm dowel or matchsticks.
Cotton buds.


With the tank track assemblies and tank body fixed together, it is now time to add the crew turret, manhole turret, rope box and other parts needed to finish building the model landship.

WWI Tank kit. How to make a model WWI landship

Stage 1: Forming the crew turret, manhole turret and rope box.

Use Sheet 1.
Carefully cut around the crew turret, manhole turret and rope box as shown.WWI landship crew turret, manhole turret and rope box. Make all folds as shown taking care to fold along each line and then form all of the above.

Fix the crew turret to the front of the tank. The rope box to the back of the tank and the manhole turret to on the left side just in line with the gun sponson as shown in the images below.

Completing a WWI Model model tank kit Adding a crew turret to a WWI landship Adding a rope box to a WWI landship Adding a manhole turret to a WWI landship

With the crew turret now in place, it is time to add a gun. To do this take a 3mm piece of dowel then using the template on Sheet 3 cut a piece to suit. Adding a front gun to a landship.Make a hole in the crew turret and carefully insert the dowel to your desired length.Adding a front gun to a landship.

Stage 2: Adding the tow hitch.

With all of the above fixed in place, it's now time to add the tow hitch which can also be found on Sheet 3. Before cutting the tow hitch out take a pin or sharp pencil and make a small hole where marked on the template.Tow hitch on a WWI landship Do this now as it will be almost impossible to do without distorting the hitch once it is fixed in place. The holes will be used to drop a bent pin or piece of wire threw to complete the hitch. Tow hitch on a WWI landshipOnce this is done cut the hitch out, it will also need to be folded as shown below. Tow hitch on a WWI landship Tow hitch on a WWI landship

Next, carefully fix it in the centre of the front of the Landship below the crew turret. Notice that I have made a drop bar for the tow hitch. This can be done either with a paper clip of a bent dressmakers pin.

stage 3: Adding the exhaust system.

The next thing to do is to add the exhaust system. Use a couple of cotton buds with the cotton carefully removed. Using Sheet 3 take the cotton buds and place them on the template, then carefully bend them into shape as shown.  Making an exhaust system for a WWI landship modelWith both exhaust pieces made it is now time to add the exhaust baffle which can also be found on sheet 3. Cut out the template then begin to roll it up as shown to form a cylinder. I found rolling it up on a cotton bud stick helped. Apply some PVA adhesive to the card as it is rolled to hold it in place. The next thing to do is to stick each end of the rolled up baffle to a piece of card to finish the ends neatly. Once the card has stuck carefully trim around each end to finish off the baffle. How to make a model tank exhaust system for a WWI landship.

With that done it is time to fix it to the Landship body. Stick the baffle at the back of the crew turret as shown.Fixing an exhaust baffle to a WWI tank Next, make a small hole in both the front and back of the toolbox at the rear of the Landship body making sure that they both line up as shown. WWI Landship exhaust system assembly Stick the exhaust pieces in place by adding a drop of PVA adhesive to the hole then carefully insert the piece while lining it up with approximately the middle of the exhaust baffle. Trim the L shaped piece to fit to the side of the baffle as shown. Add another blob of adhesive to the end of the L that you just trimmed and stick it in place. Adding an exhaust outletFit the rear Dog legged exhaust piece by adding a blob of adhesive to the hole and a small blob on the top of the petrol tank and then carefully inserting it into the hole until it is flush with the back of the tank body as shown. Adding an exhaust outlet

Stage 4: Adding the rails.

Using sheet 4 first cut the rails out as shown in the first picture. Take another piece of card or an offcut big enough to stick the card to and then apply a thin layer of PVA adhesive to the back of the card with the rails printed on and stick it firmly to the other piece of card. This is done to reinforce the rails as they will break otherwise.

Once the glue has dried carefully cut around each rail and then fix it to the landship as shown.WWI landship railsWWI landship rails With the rails cut out, you can now stick them in place as shown below.WWI landship railsWWI landship railsWWI landship rails

Stage 5: Painting your WWI Landship.

With the model complete it is now time to paint it. Using Acrylic paint. watercolour or even coloured pencils or pens. I chose to use watercolours as that is what I had to hand. Acrylics are good for these types of projects and you can find a few choices for WWI English and German acrylic paint sets in the right-hand menu.How to paint a model WWI landshipWWI landship coloursWWI landship coloursWWI landship painted modelWWI heavy artilleryFree home painted WWI landship kit

Stage 6: Adding the un-ditching log.

Assemble the un-ditching log and fix it to the back of the Landship on top of the rails as shown once you have painted it.WWI landship unditching logWWI tank unditching logWWI landship unditching log placement