Kit Preview : 1/76 Cromwell Combat Ready T-34/76 1940 Model
About the manufacturer
Cromwell is a leading 1/76 resin model manufacturer. They mostly focus on the semi-built Battlefield Series for 20mm wargamers. Most models are display model quality though some can can have ugly mistakes. Better to check them out individually before buying. Solid block resin does not lend itself well to corrective surgery.
About the vehicle
Excerpt from Wikipedia:
The SU-122 was an assault gun which used the hull of the T-34 tank and was the result of an April 1942 specification for assault guns armed with guns of 122 mm caliber or higher. The SU-122 was designed by the Uralsky Machine Building factory (UZTM). The first production SU-122s were built at the end of 1942, for a total of 25 vehicles.
The SU-122 did reasonably well in combat against the Wehrmacht, although the HEAT round for its gun didn't perform up to expectations. Production continued from 1942 until the early autumn of 1943, for a total of roughly 1,150 SU-122s built. SU-122 was completely replaced by SU-85 in mass production because of its better anti-tank capabilities.
Here is the full entry on the SU-122.
About the kit
This a very simple kit. It has 3 parts, hull, gun, and commander's hatch.
Unlike the T-34/76 1940 of the same manufacturer, it is the correct length. All wheels are unfortunately a bit small. So the running gear ends up too short by 3mm. The underside is solid resin. It needs to cleaned out.
Some bits have broken off and are not all present in the bag!
The antenna holder and periscope have vanished, as well a piece of track. The rear fender piece has been glued back on but there is a gap to be filled.
The grab handles need to be replaced (or added), there are three long ones, two on the hull sides and one on the rear face of the fighting compartment, and two smaller ones on the engine deck. These are straight rods running through connectors, not staple shaped. They can be built using plastic rod (or steel) and plastic strip. Drill holes through the strips for the rods, slip the rods through, glue in position, file the strip to simulate the banding around the rod, glue the assembled handles in place.
Here is a link to pictures of the completed model: