Kit Preview : 1/76 MMS M5 Lght Tank
About the manufacturer
MMS is the leading 1/76 white metal model brand. The quality of casting and level of detail are comparable to traditional plastic kits, albeit without etched metal detailing. Smaller details such as mirrors are often omitted , and the running gear of tracked vehicles is usually a simplified one piece casting where the guide teeth are backed by a solid metal strengthening strip.
Due to the tight packaging in unprotected plastic bags, parts often come bent or one might say, with pre-built battle damage. Care must be taken to straighten things out lest parts be broken. Most MMS models I have seen are accurate, the only exception being the Shermans which have too short tracks, too much ground clearance and a too short transmission cover.
About the vehicle
Please refer to the instruction sheet below.
About the kit
This kit combines the chassis and hull of the M5A1 kit reviewed here with the round turret of the M3A1. The hull roof is different. It lacks tools onthe rear plate and the round vent between the front hatches is an optional separate part.
Reviewed on November 1st, 2011.