Kit Preview : 1/76 MMS Tatra T57K Light Personnel Car
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 Tatra T57K was purpose built for the Germans in Czechoslovakia. It was used as a light staff car much like the VW type 82. 6000 were produced.
About the kit
This is a simple but well molded kit. Everything seems to be there except the gear lever, the turn indicators and the rearview mirror. The body sides are too thick and would gain from some thinning. There is no interior door detail whatsoever as usual for MMS.
Overall a very nice kit.