Kit Preview : 1/76 Cromwell Combat Ready SdKfz 251/22 Ausf. D with Pak40
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
More information at panzer-reich.
Here is a beautiful 1/35 model.
About the kit
The kit bag states 251/9 but this is really a 251/22 with the long 75mm antitank gun. The model is finely cast with a detailed gun breach and mounting. The half-track has a full interior though the steering wheel is missing. Be sure to paint the driver compartment before you fit the gun! The MG is a bit one dimensional. I prefer to pick one from MMS.
Reviewed on 09/09/09.