Monday, October 26, 2015 - 11:33 PM UTC
Bronco Models has released news of the latest kits in the works from the. These new offerings are a re-worked Comet, Panzer III Ausf A and sWS Flakviering 38, all in 1/35th scale.
British Cruiser Tank A34 ‘COMET’
The A34 ‘COMET’ was the last British tank type to enter service before the World War II ended. In essence the ‘COMET’ was a re-design of the cruiser tank ‘Cromwell’ equipped the famous 17pdr (77mm) Mk.2 OQF gun. Although the ‘COMET’ were the first British tank to come near matching the German ‘Tiger’ & ‘Panther’ in general performance but it appeared too late to play any major British tank combat in W.W.II. The first unit issued with the ‘COMET’ tank was the 23rd Hussars, 11th Armoured Division at Belgium theatre in January 1945. After the W.W.II, the A34 ‘COMET’ tank continue served in British Army and take action to their former colony in North Africa, Middle East Asia & South East Asia until end of 20th century 60’s. During the Korean War, the British Army sent a unit of A34 ‘COMET’ tank to Hong Kong for defence purpose. Up till now the ‘Hong Kong Coastal Defence Museum’ still can found one of this A34 cruiser tank ‘COMET’ is displaying there with good condition.

Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf. A (Sd Kfz 141)
The Panzer III was Germany's first battle tank, the previous designs being small scout tanks. In January 1934 Heinz Guderian had plans drawn up for a Medium Tank weighing 24 tons with a speed of 34 Km/h. Several companies submitted designs, but the Daimler- Benz tank was chosen for production in 1937. This was designated the Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf A, and 10 tanks were completed by the end of the year. Armour was from 5 to 15mm thick to protect against small arms fire and shell splinters. The main armament was the 3.7cm Kwk.36 anti-tank gun, with 2 x 7.92 mm MG-34 machine guns. Power was provided by a 246 bhp Maybach HL108TR petrol engine, giving a maximum road speed of 30 km/h. The Panzer III Ausf A to D were prototypes built in batches of 10-15 vehicles. They are recognized by their small road wheels with leaf-spring suspension. Two of the 10 Ausf A models were unarmed, but some, if not all, of the other eight saw action in the 1939 invasion of Poland. However the early tanks were replaced by the main production Ausf F with torsion bar suspension and large road wheels after 1940.

sWS w/2cm Flakviering 38
The sWS tractor was designed as a low cost prime mover for artillery pieces. It was designed on Hitler's orders on 7th May 1942 by Büssing-NAG engineering company. It was a 5 ton class half track replacing the earlier and more expensive Sd.Kfz 6 and Sd.Kfz 11 tractors. The sWS was built in several variants including a flatbed truck with armoured cab. This version was used to mount the 2cm Flakvierling 38 quadruple barrel anti-aircraft gun. These were standard weapons with wheels removed and the turntable bolted to the sWS cargo bed. The guns had a range of about 2,200 meters with a rate of fire 120 rpm per gun. These conversions were undertaken 1944 -45 as Allied air power became overwhelming. It is unknown how many conversions were built, but the type did see service in both Russia and N.W. Europe. Though primarily an anti-aircraft weapon, the 2cm Flakvierling 38 could also be used against lightly armoured vehicles.
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Why are there so many good kits put out at the same time?! Diamond necklace for my girl or... They still have the ones made of candy I suppose.
OCT 27, 2015 - 01:14 AM
I'am going to buy a extra large christmas stocking this year!
OCT 27, 2015 - 02:29 AM
OCT 27, 2015 - 03:42 AM
Great news on the Comet and I am sure the other releases will be just as welcome to the dark side. I hope Bronco have corrected all the little problems of the original. Very welcome return regardless
OCT 27, 2015 - 04:12 AM
I'm really happy to see the return of the Comet, and really hope that Bronco have significantly upgraded their old kit (one of their first if I remember correctly). They certainly have the experience, technology and knowledge to make this a stunner now. There seems to be a general misconception that the Comet was used during the Korean War, even though everything I have read seems to point out that Cromwells and not Comets served there. I would love to be proved wrong, it would be great to build a Comet in Korean War markings, if indeed they were used there.
OCT 29, 2015 - 12:31 AM
So far all kits released by Bronco after they produced a kt of the same vehicle by Miniarts have been almost completely new toolings.
OCT 29, 2015 - 02:32 AM
Looking forward to that Pz IIIA!
OCT 29, 2015 - 03:47 AM
Certainly not used there, all down to bad captioning of photos of a HK based one
OCT 29, 2015 - 08:22 AM
I'll not make the mistake I made last time and think I'll pick up a Comet later only to find I could no longer find it on the shelves. This time as soon as I see it I'll pick one up.
OCT 29, 2015 - 03:14 PM

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