Toy German WW1 Tank

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Project by ToyMakingDad posted 02-16-2013 06:00 PM 5353 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This toy tank is made to look like a German A7V, which was the only German produced tank to see action in WW1. The one shown above was the second one I built from my original plans. It went a lot smoother than the first one.
(Although the first one had room for a “clacker” gear on an axle that made a tank noise as the toy was pushed.)

The sides and tracks were made from 3/8” wine crate wood. The hull and front and back gun positions are made from pieces cut from a construction 2”x3”. The wheels under the hull are store bought.

The cannon swivels at the front of the tank as do all six machine guns.
They are dowels drilled into the side of other dowels that then pivot in holes that are covered either by flush sanded plugs or the 1/8” ventilation plates on the top of the hull.

Roughly 1/32 scale-ish so that toy soldiers could fight with or against it.

7” long
4” tall
2.5” wide at the tracks

Months after I built it, I came across a family photograph of my father’s uncle standing next to a captured A7V in France right after the end of WW1. It was a neat bit of history to see that, unknown to me, almost 100 years before I decided to build this toy tank a relative had actually been next to one. Even crazier when you consider that only 20 of them were ever built. (For any history types out there – The individual tank he is next to is “Nixe II” and it ended up at Aberdeen, MD until it was scrapped in 1942.)

Here are my blog entries about building it:

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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#1 posted 02-17-2013 03:01 AM

Unusual, nicely done and a bit spooky too.
You also have a very nice weblog detailing the build, quite funny too.
Keep it up, for when they say “You and whose army?” you’ll be ready.

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#2 posted 02-19-2013 06:58 PM

Wonderful toy, amaizing story, having this photo is priceless!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 02-22-2013 11:02 AM

Well done toy making dad, that tank looks like it could be out on the battlefield, ready for the allies to bomb….lol.
Sorry couldn’t resist BUT it really does look the real deal, top marks.
Cheers, crowie

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#4 posted 08-20-2014 05:25 PM


-- Ed

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#5 posted 11-13-2014 07:58 PM

Nice tanks, I have made a couple but you sir definitely do a good job. It is cool seeing protects that are well done and different

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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