Kit Preview : 1/76 Cromwell Combat Ready Merceded L3000A with office body

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

The Mercedes L3000 was a 3ton German truck. The A all wheel drive version was only built from 1940 and 1942. About 28,000 were built (all versions), which is low compared to the 82,000 Opel Blitz produced. More information
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    About the kit
    This is a one piece wargaming model with a solid cab. The sculpting is very good and it looks accurate, though I have not verified size accuracy.

    I wanted to test a way to hollow the cab from below to make this a "real" model by inserting an interior. Here is the truck after 30 minutes of work using a dremel motor tool. I started by using a 1mm drill bit to put holes through the windows and from the bottom and carved more material out using an inverted drop shaped cutter bit.

    Reviewed on 06/07/11.