This kit is identical to
Kit No.35s07, you even get the turret room armour sprue. All that is new here
is sprue "P" with the bits to make a 17Pdr M10, an aluminium barrel
and a new decal sheet. I will confine my comments here to the new bits, you
can click on any of the above links to see reviews of the earlier kits.
It is inevitable that comparisons with the Academy 17Pdr M10 will crop up, so I will make appropriate comments where applicable, but this is not meant to be a direct comparison of the two kits.
The gun is very impressive with many small parts and the whole breech is noticeably bigger than in the Academy kit, the details such as shields also appear to be more accurate. You get a very nice aluminium barrel with two part plastic counter weight and muzzle break assembly. Again the muzzle break looks better than the Academy item being larger and rounder in shape. The barrel again fits into the breech with a spring so it moves as on previous kits, still haven't worked out why?
There are very minor sink marks in the middle of both barrel counter weight halves, but nothing that will loose detail when filled.
The mantlet has very nice detail with more accurate shape and includes the cut-out for the main telescope sight and small casting numbers on the top edge. The large weld seams seen on some mantlets aren't there, but overall this is the better of the two mantlets.
Six nicely moulded armour
piercing rounds are provided with detailed painting instructions for the markings
included The rest of the sprue has a British No.19 radio, three British style
fire extinguishers, the two spare track link mounts and three superb 9mm Sten
Guns with alternate metal stocks.
The box art and the instructions show rubber block track but the same steel cleat track from earlier kits is included?
The markings are very colourful and include markings for six vehicles.
Overall the new bits are very nice and should build into a nice 17Pdr M10, but I feel we are in the same position as with the AFV club/Academy M-18 saga where a combination of the good bits from both kits will produce the best result.
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