British Cruiser Tank A9 and A9CS
Bronco, 1/35 scale
Reviewed by Luke Pitt
We are indeed living in the Golden Age of armour modelling. Only a few short years ago a mainstream 1:35 scale kit of a British A9 Cruiser tank would have been unthinkable. German armour ruled back in the day, but thankfully manufacturers have turned their attention to other subjects often neglected in the past. I for one welcome the trend as the German flavour has somewhat lost its appeal for me.
Bronco’s new 1:35 scale A9 Cruiser Tank is presented with a fairly average illustration adorning the box top lid. I must confess, I’m a fan of good box art and this one just doesn’t grab me.
Opening the box however, is a totally different story. Presented over seven medium yellow sprues with an upper and lower hull tubs together with two small and one large turret mouldings, things start to brighten up. 300 plastic parts make up the kit with five more in clear.
Two photo-etched frets are included that include 42 parts.
The level of moulding on this kit is top shelf as is the fit of the upper and lower hulls. It is so good that they almost click into position.
Three marking options are included:
A well-drawn and precise instruction booklet is included covering assembly in 21 steps.
The upper hull has surprisingly few parts but has a huge number of rivets. The good news here is that they have been masterfully done in both shape and form.
The model scales out almost exactly compared to the drawings in the “Armour Photo History” by Peter Brown. To be honest I could not find any missing nick naks on the hull, turrets or road wheels when compared to this reference. The track guards are very pleasing as Bronco have moulded them so finely that they are almost scale in thickness.
The exhaust is a combination of plastic and photo etched parts. The photo etch has to be shaped into a cylinder and once done is accurate and quite pleasing to the eye. The storage bins, tools and extinguishers are all supplied as separate parts and are all nicely represented.
95% of modellers will be pleased with this rendition of the A9 Cruiser as it is, as am I . It is refreshingly different and quite well done.
Thanks to Bronco for the sample http://www.cn-bronco.com/en/index.php
Text and Images by Luke Pitt