Recreate the British Second World War Tank Cromwell with a Tamiya 1/35 scale model kit.
This is a plastic assembly model kit of the Cromwell Mk.IV British Cruiser Tank Mk.VIII, A27M, which served alongside the Churchill infantry tank after the Normandy landings in June, 1944. The distinctive riveted armor and turret have been precisely reproduced. The large road wheels, which allowed the Cromwell to move quickly on the battlefield, have also been accurately rendered.
Parts are included to depict features which were unique to Normandy: "Normandy cowl" ducts which prevented the exhaust gases from entering the tank and hedgerow cutters, which were attached to the front of the tank to allow it to move through the thick brush. Five kinds of decals and a tank crewman figure are included.
Loved making this as a project over lockdown 3 it has really gotten me back into the world of modelling and a fantastic kit for anyone to even start with.
This is an excellent kit of a classic British tank. I have built two of them over the years and they go together very well. In fact the engineering and fit of parts is so good that if you follow the instructions and take care with the glue you can practically guarantee a great result. Then all you need to do is chose the colour scheme from the several options in the kit. The only slight down side is the 'rubber band' tracks which are well detailed but will require a dab of 'Superglue' or similar sticking the track down on the top of the second and fourth road wheels to properly replicate the run of the track on the real thing. There is no end of photos of Cromwells in NW Europe available with a simple internet search to whet the appetite or provide inspiration. Recommended to anyone wishing to model a Cromwell although some previous modelling experience or parental supervision is advised for anyone under the age of 14.