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Chieftain Models

United Kingdom


Alvis-Vickers Scorpion/Scimitar, as delivered
As Delivered













Cost: £15.00.
Stated Scale: 1:56th.
Mixes best with: Several of the ranges out there...
Long Review: The first impression on opening the box was "Whoa- is this for real or did he shrink down a plastic model?". The sheer detail of the kits is incredible.
The basic hull and turret are cast in a creamy resin with no mould-plugs to remove, and all the other bits are supplied in white metal with neglegible flash. Here I must admit that two (but only two) of the parts were a little miscast: one of the hatches has some flash, and the barrel of the Scimitar has some pitting which may weaken it a little. Considering the scope of the vehicles, this is really a minimal problem.
Anyway, back to the vehicles. The Scimitar contains enough parts to make either an earlier or a later version vehicle. I must admit (being a novice to post-WW2 kit) that I was slightly puzzled by some of the parts until I had a look on the website, where I found a nice, clear set of instructions on how to assemble the model. Once I found that, everything fell into place with pleasing ease.
Included in the kit is a commander (a half-figure made to fit into one of the hatches), and a half-body driver.
Also included in the package was a set of decals from Dom's Decals, made especially for the range. I will be adding a proper review of these later (once I've assembled and painted the Chieftain samples). All in all, though, I'd say that the kits are worth every penny, and I certainly look forward to seeing the other items produced, especially because many of them are not available elsewhere yet.
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: Sent as review sample.
Sculptors: Ian Crouch.
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