Kit Preview : 1/76 Cromwell Combat Ready JSU-122

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
Click here for an overview of the vehicle.

About the kit
The model is beautiful. It needs 6 grab handles in place of the 4 that are molded on the hull side. The suspension has some casting imperfections that need corrected. The last picture shows it next to the Fujimi JS-2. The engine decks are very different where they should be identical. I suspect Cromwell has it right. If you compare the roadwheels, the ones from the Fujimi JS-2 are substantially smaller.

Here are some pictures of the almost completed model. I'm having issues with the flat coat. The Polly S diluted with water had no effect despite multiple sprayed coats (close to 10 I believe). I had the idea to use Future mixed in as liquid medium and bam! The tank comes out looking like it had just been snowed on! I then used a brush dipped in enamel thinner to remove the varnish and ended up with an almost flat model. I am pondering my next move and have since painted the light aluminum.

Reviewed on 10/10/09. Updated on 11/4/09.