Monday, May 05, 2014 - 02:35 AM UTC
Bronco Models has sent Armorama news of the latest products coming up for release, with a nice mix of World War Two and modern. The next rendition of the Jeep, the Buffalo, Horch staff car and the all new Loyd carrier.
I cannot remember how many Jeep kits have been brought to us by Bronco Models but this one has a 75mm Pak Howitzer in tow. The third outing of the Buffalo with new spaced armour and the great injection moulded slat armour. For the World War Two German fans there is a Horch staff car early version, and while not clear I am hoping some great new figures are in the box. Lastly but certainly not leased we are getting an all new Loyd carrier with a 6pdr in tow, and while it is not stated I am again hoping for some great new Allied figures.
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I want MORE...and BETTER...right NOW!!
MAY 06, 2014 - 02:47 AM
I didn't say they were terrible. They're much better than Italeri or Tamiya. They're about on a par with MB, but Dragon, with a few exceptions, are still better. When Bronco start making better figs, and weapons and equipment, I'll wave bye-bye to DML. [/quote] Hmmmmm, don't quite agree there - the last 2 lots of DML British infantry I got had their putties round the wrong way. The detail was no better nor worse than the Bronco sets I've built, both were of a decent standard for injection molded figures. DML don't do their Allied kits as Gen 2 so no comparison there. The Bronco figures are perfectly acceptable and usually come with uniform markings which is also a plus. Al
MAY 06, 2014 - 02:53 AM
Another jeep with trailer, O.K., but the 75m.m. pack is the cherry on top of the whiped cream for me. If it does come with the figures it's even better. Never seen the Loyd design they have but it looks real nice so I'll take one of each. Great back ups for a vign. as I see it. Not being up on artillery could some one tell me if it's the same gun, (75m.m.) used by the U.S. Marines in the Pacific?
MAY 06, 2014 - 01:15 PM
Ha Ha, this is unbelievable, I wait for the resicast conversion kit for the 75mm gun....and then 2014 there you go...!!!! Thanks Bronco anyway, please keep the Airborne stuff coming.
MAY 06, 2014 - 06:08 PM
I do indeed hope that Bronco both actually releases this kit AND eventually gets to a "later production" version - we German fans NEED a new 1/35 styrene Kfz 15 type kit, this being both a cool-looking (IMO!) softskin and an important vehicle in the German WWII inventory. BUT... The "Type 40" (aka Type 1, Type 1A, Kfz 69/70/81 Horch "schwere gelandegangiger Personnenkraftwagen", s.Gl.Pkw, or heavy off-road personnel car) was NOT some "later version" of the mittler Gl.Pkw Kfz. 15! BOTH were concurrently-produced 4x4 field-cars under the Einheits program. Kfz 15 continued in production into 1943, whereas the somewhat larger Kfz 69++ ceased production late in 1941 (although s.Gl chassis continued to roll out for use in the SdKfz 221/222/223 series scout-cars...). This larger Kfz. 69+ car served notably as a small artillery tractor for light AT and FlaK guns, among other uses. There WAS a later version Kfz 15 - these had no external spare wheels. MAYBE Bronco or someone else will "grace us" with a kit of same! Posted here for discussion purposes only, a "BundesArchiv" pic of a later-production 15 without those early-style external spare wheels... And I, too, would most definitely LOVE to see a new Kfz 69++ heavy field-car kit come along in 1/35 styrene! That Tamiya thing (which I loved and built as an AA conversion several yrs back) REALLY needs updating. Both Bronco and HobbyBoss are positioned to do one, given as they have already molded the frame, suspension, etc. in their SdKfz 22x kits, and need "only" to do the body-work for a new kit! Cheers! Bob
MAY 07, 2014 - 01:57 AM
Yes. "In the US Marine Corps, under the E-series Tables of Organization (TO) from 15 April 1943 divisional artillery included three 75 mm howitzer battalions, 12 pieces each. The F-series TO from 5 May 1944 reduced the number of 75 mm battalions to two, and the G-series TO removed them altogether, completing the shift to 105 mm and 155 mm howitzers. Although the G-series TO was only adopted on 4 September 1945, in practice in some divisions the change was introduced early in 1945."
MAY 07, 2014 - 02:08 AM
Darren, if you expand the box art, in the fine print bottom left corner it states 'Four new figures included' more paras.! Woohoo,,,
MAY 08, 2014 - 11:35 AM
Thanks Gino. This will do very nicely for a vignett. I knew the marines used them but I wouldn't know one 75mm from another. The rest would go into the spares dept, some day kinda, kinda, maybe. The only other I knew about was the metal one from Tamiya years ago.
MAY 09, 2014 - 01:57 PM
If you want to save yourself the expense of buying the whole Bronco kit, I have a couple of the Vision Models 75mm howitzers that i'll let go of. My grandfather was an Airborne gunner at Arnhem, so i've been keeping hold of these thinking another wouldn't be released, but now the full jeep will be available I don't really need the Vision kits. They're lovely little models if you are interested.
MAY 10, 2014 - 04:47 AM

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