Kit Preview : 1/76 MMS Unic P107 Flak 20
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
The Unic P107BU was a french Army light tractor for 75 and 105mm artillery pieces. 1006 were built between 1938 and the start of the war and another 2270 completed before June 1940. It was perhaps the only vehicle to have attained its production quota during that chaotic period.
Here are some pictures of a preserved Unic P107.
The Wehrmacht impressed many captured Unics and made minimal changes. Most were lost on the Russian front. Some survived to face the Allies in France. The MMS instructions sheet indicates that it was used in North Africa but I have found no evidence backing this up. A number were modified as makeshift flak or pak carriers and used in Normandy.
About the kit
Overall a very nice kit of a very unusual vehicle.