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Chieftain Models

United Kingdom

Marmon-Harrington Mk II, as delivered
As Delivered

Cost: £10.00 plus an additional £2.00 to convert it to the flame thrower version with trailer.
Stated Scale: 1:56th.
Mixes best with: Several of the ranges out there...
Long Review: Another of Chieftain's stunning all-metal kits, this Italian tankette was designed in 1933, and soldiered ont hrough the Spanish Civil War and the war in North Africa in spite of being hopelessly outclassed by almost all its contemporaries.
The kit captures the look of the real vehicle quite well- small and quaint, yet still managing to put on an air of capability.
The CV-33 kit consists of eight parts (the hull, two track units, a pair of hatches, and engine access hatch and optional MGs or light cannon). The Lanciflamme trailer adds another six parts (the trailer itself, its chassis and the two wheels, the armoured hose connecting the trailer to the tank and the new projector mounting to replace the CV-33 armament). Each part is cleanly moulded with almost no cleaning required, and the fit (even without adhesives) is pretty amazing and must be seen to be believed.
There are no instructions included in the kit, but they are available for download from the Chieftain Models website. They take the form of what appears to be about a page of clear drawings and instructions.
Commentary: Ian's had a rough start with Chieftain Models, caused by a number of factors outside his control. The vehicles are extremely well-done and presented at affordable prices (as well as covering a hither-to neglected period, and he seems to be expanding the range rapidly, many items being done with Artizan crewmen, and complementing the ranges supplied by Artizan.
Historical Accuracy: Five Very Good.
Scale: Four
Sculpting: Five Very Good.
Casting: Five Very Good.
Sources: Purchased for own collection.
Sculptors: Ian Crouch.
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