Kit Preview : 1/76 MMS Bishop 25pdr SPG
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.
About the kit
This is the same hull as for the MMS Valentine, as would would be expected. The gun compartment interior is actually detailed so it is possible to cut the 2 rear doors and leave them open, add a crew and show the vehicle in action.
Overall a very nice kit. Kudos to MMS for what I believe is the first kit of a Bishop in braille scale.
Reviewed on Sep. 2, 2009.