Kit Preview : 1/76 MMS 105mm M2 howitzer
About the manufacturer
MMS is the leading 1/76 white metal model brand. The quality of casting and level of detail are comparable to traditional plastic kits, albeit without etched metal detailing. Smaller details such as mirrors are often omitted , and the running gear of tracked vehicles is usually a simplified one piece casting where the guide teeth are backed by a solid metal strengthening strip.
Due to the tight packaging in unprotected plastic bags, parts often come bent or one might say, with pre-built battle damage. Care must be taken to straighten things out lest parts be broken. Most MMS models I have seen are accurate, the only exception being the Shermans which have too short tracks, too much ground clearance and a too short transmission cover.
About the vehicle
The M2 howitzer was the standard light infantry howitzer for the duration of the war. Renamed M101, it remained in service well into the 21st century.
The Wikipedia entry on the howitzer is a good place to start if you want to learn more.
About the kit
I misplaced the left trail leg so rest assured it comes in the bag. The model is nice, complete with telescopic sight and somewhat detailed handwheels. The gun tube is too tapered. Most period photos show the tube as being almost straight so I don't know why the kit tube is so tapered. The Matchbox 105 in the M7 kit has the same taper so perhaps MMS used that as a guide, which does not epxlain why Matchbox made theirs so tapered.
Overall a very nice kit. I have the MMS gun crew to go with it too.
Reviewed on 9/10/2009