Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 01:18 PM UTC
Bronco Models has announced their February releases. They are Releasing items for crossing a river, machine gunning at night and Airborne Tanks.
Bronco Models first and foremost have announced they will be releasing an A17 Vickers Tetrarch MkI / MkICS Light Tank.

The A17 Tetrarch was a light tank manufactured by Vickers-Armstrong. Work on the pilot tank began in 1937 as a private venture with no War Office backing. The A17 had armour up to 14 mm thick giving a combat weight of 7.6 tones. It was powered by a 165 bhp Meadows 12-cylinder petrol engine, giving a road speed of over 65 km/h. It was armed with a 2 Pounder anti-tank gun and a co-axial 7.92mm Besa machine gun. The War office approved the pilot tank in 1938 and placed contracts for 220 tanks. By 1941 the Light Tank had fallen from favor and the contract was reduced to 177. Of these 20 were sent to the Soviet Union, and a small number sent to West Africa for a invasion of French Madagascar. The remaining tanks were passed on to Airborne Forces in the UK. By 1944 some had been fitted with 3 inch howitzers and designated Tetrarch MkICS while others had "Little John" squeeze-bore adaptors fitted to their 2 Pdr guns. Tanks of the 6th Airborne Div, Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment were landed in France on D-Day and saw action until replaced by heavier Cromwell tanks. Tetrarch was retired in 1945 and placed in reserve until 1950 when all were scrapped
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CB35210 - A17 Vickers Tetrarch MkI / MkICS Light Tank


AB3578 - WWII German Rubber Raft

AB3579 - Universal Fuel Tank Trailer

All of these releases are 1/35th scale offerings.
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Crewman should be wearing the maroon Airborne beret and Recce Regt badge.....?
JAN 21, 2016 - 03:07 PM
SFAIK, it was the Tetrarch was only used for training, & wasn't used in a combat drop. It may have been used by the RA as an observation post though
JAN 21, 2016 - 03:53 PM
Thanks Jon, hard to find any reference material re the actual crew ie: RAC guys or para crewman.
JAN 21, 2016 - 04:40 PM
A small unit was used in the invasion of Madagascar in 1942 and approximately 20 were used in Normandy until replaced quite quickly by Cromwells and later by the Locust, although they were not dropped.
JAN 21, 2016 - 04:45 PM
The infrared gear looks nice, though I haven't seen a lot of photos of tanks using it. Frenchy will undoubtedly now post 10-20 shots, LOL.
JAN 21, 2016 - 08:42 PM
That infrared kit looks very nice. Might grab a couple for a panther and a 250 I'm building
JAN 22, 2016 - 09:22 AM
That raft seems like a curious subject but I have been interested in making a diorama of a Wehrmacht river assault for many years!
JAN 23, 2016 - 01:25 AM
The raft will look fine behind a Sd.Kfz 232 (8-Rad)
JAN 23, 2016 - 01:27 AM
I'm glad to see so many kits including a detailed interior. The Vickers may find its way onto my bench, sometime in the future.
JAN 23, 2016 - 05:31 AM

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