The Set:AFV Club have just released this set of brass 17Pdr. Gun Ammo for use with the applicable Sherman Firefly and 17Pdr. M10 SP "Achilles" kits from Academy, AFV Club, Dragon and Tasca. (note they are not applicable for the Comet which used different 17Pdr. ammo).
The set has 20 cleanly machined brass shells and a sheet of etched end caps for each round with finely engraved stenciling that can be read quite easily. There are differently and correctly engraved caps for the 4 different types of rounds in the set so you have to make sure you use the right cap for the right round.
There are 4 rounds for each type plus 4 used shell casings for a good selection with the types included being:
- 4 x A.P.D.S (Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot
- 4 x SHOT A.P.C.B.C (Solid Armour Piercing Shot)
- 4 x A.P.C (Armour Piercing Capped)
- 4 x HE/T Mk.I (High Explosive with Tracer)
- 4 x Spent Shell Casings
The etched brass base caps have as mentioned the appropriate engraved stenciling for each round type as well as the central firing cap ring and also have an engraved circle on the inside of the cap to seat the lip of each round into ensuring the caps are perfectly centred on the rounds, something that can be a problem?
On the back of the packaging is a simply instruction guide to adding the appropriate cap to the rounds and you should take note of this to get them on the correct round for authenticity.
There is no painting guide for the coloured bands on the rounds and there is also some fine stenciling on the shell casings that is not provided but for the base rounds they are an excellent start.
Conclusion:This is an excellent set of 17Pdr.ammo with 4 of the 9 types of ammo used with the 17Pdr. provided for a good selection with the detail on the rounds very well done and the separate engraved cap adding the finer details.
This set should be very welcomed by Allied fans to add the final touch to the various kits available.
Highly recommended 8/10
|Sherman VC M4A4 Firefly
Military Ordnance Special No.19