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Bronco 1/35 Cruiser Tank Mk.II/IIA/IIIA CS

Bronco 1/35 Cruiser Tank Mk.II/IIA/IIIA CS (A10) kit courtesy of Jane Lu at Bronco Models United Kingdom - World War 2

Chas Kenny13/08/2017 11:30:40
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Steve,

The Bronco A9 is currently wishful thinking. However, Bronco have already released 5 Valentines plus the A10. The A9 must follow, at some stage. British Armour fans are certainly enjoying a Golden Age!

Chas

David Garden13/08/2017 17:05:18
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Yes Bronco have a habit of releasing several variants based on the same chassis.

Chas--I am a bit put off by the tracks too. Hope Bronco come through with an A9 but this time include desert sand skirts.

Looking at new releases though over 1000 parts is getting to be the norm for 1/35 kits. The new Meng Panther A has 1,118 parts and the Miniart T54A about the same number!

Gary Radford14/08/2017 09:31:05
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I picked one up at the IPMS Avon show yesterday, first impressions are it looks a lovely kit. Now where is that Scammell tank transporter???

Gaz

Chas Kenny14/08/2017 16:34:05
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David,

The Bronco tracks are easy. There are a few individual links to go around front and drive wheels. The rest are lengths of tracks. Unlike the Cromwell resin model, the upper run of tracks will be easy to fit because mud guard/track guards are fitted after the tracks have been attached.

Chas

Mark Bannerman09/10/2017 20:46:50
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A wee update - the Bronco kit has been base=painted. And now onto the details...once the weathering begins, it'll mute it down and look less like a Christmas tree smiley

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Scottie09/10/2017 20:49:51
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Mark,

​Very nicely done.

Scottie

joe strenko09/10/2017 23:27:30
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Mark,

Great little build and awesome paint acheme. 👍👍

Joe

Chas Kenny10/10/2017 00:45:06
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An update. The A9 from Bronco is definitely on. I've already placed an order for one.

Chas

David Hewkin10/10/2017 21:36:39
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Nice job on the caunter Mark. I love this series of early war British AFV's and look forward to seeing the releases from Bronco.

David

Evan Martin 122/10/2017 16:54:29
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Posted by Mark Bannerman on 09/10/2017 20:46:50:

A wee update - the Bronco kit has been base=painted. And now onto the details...once the weathering begins, it'll mute it down and look less like a Christmas tree smiley

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Mark

This website has always had a supportive friendly atmosphere. I love it for that reason, but what are we supposed to say when one of the the most published modellers in the magazine makes something so wrong. MM is a document of military history in model form. History is fact!

The first concern is your Caunter Scheme colours. These shades have been researched to the enth degree by the most knowledgeable expert on British AFV colours, Mike Starmer. I'm not going to write his paint mixes on the site because this is his living and his book 'The Caunter Scheme' is essential for anyone painting this Scheme and is very affordable. I will however post an accurate plate that shows the colours, Service Colour No.64 Portland Stone, Service Colour No.28 Silver Grey and Service Colour No.34 Slate. General Orders also stated alternatives to be used, Service Colour No.61 Light Stone in lieu of Portland Stone and Service Colour No.49 Light Purple Brown was used instead of Slate although few acknowledge this colour. The Myth that a Light Blue Grey mix substituted Silver Grey has never been proven. When Choosing paint colours for models it's best to go with well documented facts.

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'All' Cruiser Tank Mk II's were modified for desert conditions in Base Workshops in Egypt prior to being issued to the 7th and 2nd Armoured Divisions. Depicting a factory built tank for European Service in the Caunter Scheme without any of the Army's Middle East Modifications is simply wrong. The engines air intake for the A10 Cruiser Tank was on the port side, to keep dust from being sucked in, a long sand skirt was installed before being painted in the 7th Armoured Division Caunter Scheme or a 2 tone Scheme if issued to 2nd Armoured Division. In the photo below note the subtle change in colour between No.64 Portland Stone and No.28 Silver Grey. Also note there was a lot of variation in the areas the colours were used.f57fa743905edd06a93854a3f255cbc9.jpg

The louvre on the starboard side extracted hot air from the engine so there was no need to install a full length sand skirt, but a locally manufactured deeper guard was installed over the idler wheel. This exact configuration was also used on Cruiser Tank Mk II's in Greece.

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Bronco have just released the follow up to this kit complete with all the Middle East Modifications included. All these parts were present on 2nd Armoured Division Cruiser Tank Mk II's in Greece and North Africa with some missing the extra fuel tank but with brackets intact. Tanks serving in the 7th Armoured Division in the Caunter Scheme had all these modifications but no extra fuel tank.

cb35151-3.jpg Flimsy rack, repositioned number plate, extended starboard rear track guard and redesigned front track guard.

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