A34 Comet Mk 1A in 1/72
...the kit from new manufacturer, Vespid Models
The second small scale kit from this new manufacturer, and it gives us a wartime version of the British Comet tank.
Moulded in grey plastic, with link and length style tracks, some etch brass detail fittings and a turned brass gun barrel included. The fit of parts is excellent, including the tracks, which fitted perfectly as I built mine. There are a couple of things which indicate there will be another version coming at some point. The turret have wiring for smoke dischargers (which are also on the sprues) and the instructions indicate that you need to remove the wiring from the turret shell, best with a sharp craft knife. One other detail to remove, though this time not noted in the instructions, is the central oblong on the back of the turret shell. This is a number plate, as applied in Irish service. This features on the example that is kept in a museum in the Far East and which clearly was their main reference. The same thing appears on the larger scale 1/35 kit by Bronco Models. Again, remove this with a sharp craft knife.
There are 3 options provided for markings, all in British service at the end of WW2.
Overall, a super little model and one which build very nicely. Some fine details so do be careful as you go, such as the headlamp guards. I managed to break one of these when I removed it from the sprue, even when trying to be careful.
These are on sale in the UK now, thanks to the UK importer, Tiger Hobbies Ltd.