Kit Preview : 1/76 Cromwell Combat Ready Bren Carrier
About the manufacturer
Cromwell now focuses on 1/76 and 1/72 Combat ready models which combine a reduced count of parts and a good level of detail. Older kit type models are still available, mostly on Ebay. I find Cromwell castings to be among the best on the market.
About the vehicle
The Bren carrier wit h the sloped rear body predates the box-shaped Universal carrier types. It was issued to infantry battalions (10 per) and used by the BEF in France and on other fronts until 1942. The crew was 3 men, including one on the left rear manning th Bren gun.
About the kit
Not much to say. We have three carriers without stowage and 5 Bren guns without mounts. The steering wheels are molded to the body, which is not ideal but understandable. The body has the correct depth unlike the Universal carriers from MMS and Airfix.
Reviewed on 11/04/09.