World War I, a time when battle tank manufacturing was in its absolute infancy, offers us but a glimpse of the powerful, versatile, and lethal armored vehicle technology that would rapidly progress before the outbreak of World War II. These early-era tanks, to our modern sensibility, are fascinating in their simplicity though they offered soldiers of the time an opportunity to travel at higher speeds, traverse difficult landscape, and be equipped with dynamic and mobile weaponry.
The stocky, German-built A7V tank was manufactured in response to the inaugural British tanks first appearing on the Western Front in 1916. Designs for the A7V began that year, though it did not see combat until March of 1918. It was the only German tank to see operational service during the Great War and only twenty units were produced.
This 1/72 scale resin replica of the A7V — one of the very first models in our brand new Wings of the Great War: Armor Collection — features textured surfaces, accurate weaponry, realistic tracks, a removable display base, and authentic markings from "Mephisto," the last surviving A7V (on display in Australia, as Aussie troops captured it in July of 1918). Measures approximately 4¼" long.