Kit Preview : 1/76 Cromwell Panther A
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
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About the kit
This is a used model acquired on ebay. The gun is broken and it is missing the AA gun mount and the tips of the exhausts. It is an older full build Cromwell kit. It is now offered as part of the Combat Ready range with open hull hatches (which I dislike as I prefer my tanks in combat). The Combat Ready version may also be a bit smaller as it is molded off an existing kit.
The zimmerit is particularly well done. The track assembly is 3mm short if you compare it to the Matchbox Panther G. The hull is a fraction smaller (1mm), which is acceptable. However the roadwheels are much too small. They came off easily and will be replaced by extra ones from a derelict Matchbox Jagdpanther (like the orange wheel in photo #2).
Reviewed on 09/11/09.
Updated on October 25, 2011
Here is the model after refurbishing. The wheels have been replaced with Matchbox wheels. The hub lacks a row of bolts but the diameter is correct. Broken exhaust have been rebuilt using plastic rod. 8thou wire handles replace the thick resin originals. The AA MG support is from MMS. The hull and turret MGs will be added later.