Kit Preview : 1/76 MMS A13 Mk1 Cruiser MkIII
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
Please refer to the instruction sheet hereunder. According to the Osprey Vanguard "British Tanks in North Africa", this tank never saw action in the desert, only with the BEF. However the A13 MkII, with a Crusader type turret, did see action in North Africa.
About the kit
Overall a very nice kit.