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Cromwell Mk I Conversion (Airfix)

The 1943 programme of tank building was noted for its compromises.  Decisive improvements in British tank design were on the horizon but development problems continued to delay their implementation.  Therefore, when it appeared, the Cromwell was not the developmental leap that had been hoped.  Components like the Rolls Royce Meteor engine would go on to be an excellent power source, but many hulls were completed with the elderly Liberty engine (designating the tanks as Centaurs) and therefore retained the problems of their predecessors.
    This kit  provides resin and etched brass parts to backdate Airfix’s Cromwell tank.  It includes revised stowage, track guards, driver’s panel and a replacement co-driver’s hatch.  It also has a 6-pdr main gun.  The parts allow the modeller to duplicate a number of early model Cromwell and Centaur configurations.
    For reference, it is worth looking for the Polish book on the subject, ‘Cromwell’, by Janusz Ledwoch (publ. Wydawnictwo Militaria, 2012).

Price: £7.50

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