Kit Preview : 1/76 MMS Austin, Morris and Hillman 5cwt Light Utility Trucks
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
Everything you want to know about "Tillies" is here .
About the kit
These are very simple kits. My Austin was acquired completed, but it lacked several parts, including the tailgate which was replaced by a plastic strip. All MMS Tillies are identical, save for a different body and tarp. The three trucks have different wheelbases in reality but this is not apparent on the models.
The Austin's side lights should be mounted further back, closer to the top of the fenders. On all models, there were lockers extending the wheel wells to the full length of the body. One could use plastic card to reproduce this. Click here for a preview of the 1/35 Accurate model. They should all come out as neat litle models.
The Morris Tilly
The Hillman Tilly
The Austin Tilly
Comparion shots of all three
Comparison of the Austin Tillies from MMS and Milicast Battlefield (one piece casting)
The Milicast model is too long and narrow, with a very small cab. The grille tapers towards the bottom where it should be straight. In brief not one of Milicast's best.