Kit Preview : 1/76 MMS Cromwell VIIF
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
This is a late model Cromwell wide better armor and wide tracks.
The Wikipedia entry on the Cromwell is a good place to start if you want to learn more.
About the kit
This is a typical MMS tank kit. The track/wheel assembly is one piece with the guide teeth backed by a continuous strip of metal. I find this to be acceptable as it is hardly seen behind a dark wash. The roadwheels are a bit oversize, which reduces the very noticeable gap between track and hull. Otherwise the kit seems to scale out to 1/76 well against scale drawings from Bradford. Assembly is straightforward. You will be left with an extra gun (the 95mm howitzer) and spare wheelhub caps