Kit Preview : 1/76 Cromwell Combat Ready E-100 Krokodil
About the manufacturer
Cromwell now focuses on 1/76 and 1/72 Combat ready models which combine a reduced count of parts and a good level of detail. Older kit type models are still available, mostly on Ebay. I find Cromwell castings to be among the best on the market.
About the vehicle
Here is a brief description of the vehicle. I don't think it went past the blueprint stage. Given its weight and size it would have been very cumbersome and probably unable to cross any bridge. Furthermore it would still have been very vulnerable to air attack, so despite the huge 17cm gun I doubt that it would have been very successful in the field.
About the kit
The model is beautiful. It is really big and feels very heavy. I can't imagine the weight of a metal model of this beast! The casting is close to perfect as for most recent Cromwell pieces. There are very few parts and the kit really falls together. This is a science fiction model so markings and camouflage are whatver you want them to be.
The E-100 dwarfs the King Tiger next to it, not to mention the Panzer III.
Reviewed on 10/07/09.