Kit Preview : 1/76 Cromwell Combat Ready SdKFz 8 12t Half-track
About the manufacturer
Cromwell is a leading 1/76 resin model manufacturer. They mostly focus on the semi-built Battlefield Series fro 20mm wargamers. Most models are display model quality though some can can have ugly mistakes. Better to check them out individually before buying.
About the vehicle
The 12 ton half-track was not as widespread at the 8 ton model. It was overkill for towing heavy artillery and underpowered for towing heavy tanks. It was used to tow heavy pieces such as the 15cm gun.
About the kit
This kit is better than the 8 ton SdKfz 6 from the same vendor. It features a detailed dashboard and a separate steering wheel. The grab handles in front of the rear seats are molded solid but it will be difficult to correct. making wire handles is easy enough but how would one drill the holes to fit them?
The windshield is misshapen. I would replace at least the top bar with plastic strip.
Here is a shot of the 1t, 3t, 5t, 8t, and 12t half-tracks. Only the 18t Famo is missing: