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Chieftain Models

United Kingdom

Marmon-Harrington Mk II, as delivered
As Delivered

Cost: £12.00.
Stated Scale: 1:56th.
Mixes best with: Several of the ranges out there...
Long Review: The first impression on opening the box was that the box was incredibly heavy. Not surprising, since the entire kit is white metal, instead of a resin hull and other bits with white metal accessories.
The vehicle is a homegrown armoured car produced in South Africa and used in the war in North Africa because of a shortage of suitable veicles produced by Britain. The were moderately popular and reasonably sound in use. The kit captures the look of the real vehicle quite well- it was an improvised solution, with a fairly rough finish, made by a company inexperienced in the manufacture of armoured vehicles..
The parts are the hull and turret, as well as a slot-in chassis. There are also two axles and a drive-shaft, the hatch halves, an AA Bren, a sand-channel and the four wheels. A spare wheel is cast onto the hull.
My sample has a damaged right front wheel-arch (easily straightened, or left as battle-damaged)- most likely caused by the Post Office using my parcel as a football. The parts are all well-designed, and there is very little cleaning that needs to be done- less than with many other companies' products.
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. Also on the page is a set of diagrams for the Caunter scheme, which is what most people associate with the North African theatre.
Commentary: Ian's had a rough start with Chieftain Models, caused by a number of factors outside his control. As the vehicles has completed are extremely well-done and presented at affordable prices (as well as covering a neglected period), I hope that he will now continue to expand the range.
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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