Kit Preview : 1/76 MMS Mercedes 170VK Light Repair Vehicle
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 Mercedes 170VK was the second most popular Light Personnel Car with a production of 19000 (VW is #1 with 50000). This particular model was equipped with toolboxes and a small bench area and served as a light repair vehicle. As a side note the 170 was Mercedes' first postwar model.
About the kit
Nothing much to say. The tool area can be molded open for an interesting diorama. The top can be modeled open or closed with or without side windows. For some reason MMS have included a driver with this model.
Overall a very nice kit.