Kit Preview : 1/76 MMS T-60 Tank early model
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 T-60 was an early war Soviet light tank. Armed with a 20mm aircraft cannon and very ligthly armored, it was suitable for scouting and not much else.
The Wikipedia entry on the T-60 is a good place to start if you want to learn more.
About the kit
This is a typical MMS tank kit. The track/wheel assembly is one piece with the guide teeth backed by a continuous strip of metal. I find this to be acceptable as it is hardly seen behind a dark wash. This is an early model T-60 with spoked wheel and the short exhaust. The kit also provides the more complex later exhaust with an external silencer. MMS also have on offer the later T-60 model with plain roadwheels. The tank commaner/gunner is a nice touch. He is designed to hold the hatch with both hands. Some of the parts are redundant. Better that than the other way around. The gun is a piece of spaghetti in white metal. It is best cut off and replaced with a straight plastic or metal rod.
Previewed on Sept. 28, 2012