Kit Preview : 1/76 Cromwell Combat Ready Maus
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 Maus is a paper tank that embodies Nazi delusions. It was a waste of resources and would not have had much of an impact in any case. The Jagdtiger had trouble getting anywhere because of its weight and at 72 tons, was 1/3 of the weight of the Maus. Just imagine that not a single bridge could hold this machine.
More information at Wikipedia.
About the kit
This kit looks nice. The tank does not have a complex shape so it's not a complicated casting. There is some simulated casting texture on the turret. There are only four parts (hull, turret, gun, hull tach cover). The gun has a metal insert and looks straight. The build should be straightforward. The paint scheme is up to your imagination since the tank never saw unit deployment.
Reviewed on 11/12/11.