An MKIV tank from the easily forgettable movie 'War Horse' at Bovington.
Whilst the movie was nothing to write home about, I must give it a thumbs up for several items of kit.
The MKIV being one of them.
Even though the tank only plays a minor role in the tearjerker, the degree of realism is relatively high.
Seems Im not the only one to think so according to the bloke in this segment:
The 'War Horse' Tank - YouTube
Though purists might turn up their noses at a 'replica,' this one has one big advantage over most WWI tanks; it runs.
Article on the beast:
The Tank Museum at Bovington in Dorset has acquired the working replica World War I tank used in the hit Stephen Spielberg movie War Horse.
Fully operational, the meticulous copy of a British Mk IV is set to go on display at the museum when the film is released later this week. It will also be a star attraction in Tank-fest, the Dorset-based Museum's popular working tank displays later in the year.
The tank was based on the museum's own example of a Mark IV and built by OSCAR award-wining special effects company Neil Corbould Special Effects LTD, following several visits to the museum in 2010.
"The vehicle is a wonderful re-creation with all the presence and menace of the real thing," said museum curator David Willey. "But inside, it remains simple and modern."
Built around the engine, transmission and track from a modern commercial excavator, the special effects company, which also has credits on Saving Private Ryan and Gladiator, studied original documents relating to the Mark IV held in the Tank Museum archive.
The tank makes a brief appearance in the movie, which is the latest adaptation of the popular children's novel by Michael Morpurgo, telling the moving and harrowing tale of a horse and its relations with the various people it meets before and during the course of the First World War.
The movie connection is going to be a draw, but for the museum the replica offers a perfect solution to the need for a working World War One tank.
"We obtained this replica because with the World War One centenaries approaching, we wanted a working example of a tank that was representative of that conflict," added Willey..
"For conservation reasons, we are no longer able to run any of our own vehicles from this period. We have long been investigating the possibility of building our own replica, so when this vehicle became available to us we were eager to acquire it."
Tank Museum acquires replica Mark IV World War I Tank from Steven Spielberg's War Horse | Culture24