Kit Preview : 1/76 MMS DShK 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun and crew
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 gun
Read the Wikipedia article.
About the kit
This is a model of the wheeled HMG version. There is no instruction sheet but with a couple photos it should be easily assembled. The parts are: the gun, the trail, two wheels, the ammo box (which sits to the left of the breech at an angle), and a seat. The gunner need to have his legs twisted further apart to clear the trail. He has an open collar, which is rare for Russian figures. The kneeling soldier is just providing support (or orders), He is not touching anything.
Overall a very nice kit of a rare piece.