Kit Preview : 1/76 Cromwell Combat Ready Panzer III Ausf. J with short 5cm gun

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

More information at Wikipedia. and achtungpanzer.

About the kit
This kit looks beautiful. The tracks have perfect sagging and the details are finely molded. The turret top has some fine welding patterns. The cupola has a fine ring on top, which is missing two sections, probably a casting problem. It looks fine compared to the MMS Panzer III H and the Matchbox L. The Matchbox L is really showing its age. I broke the gun off when I tried to align it better. It needs some serious reconditioning to be a on par with the other kits..

Reviewed on 10/03/09.