El Alamein & Command Versions
two kits in
S u m m a r y
||Mirage Series 8 - 72804 [El
Alamein] and 72805 [Command]|
||each kit contains121 light
grey injection plastic parts, three black rubber parts [tracks
and tow cable], one P.E. fret containing five parts, decals for
four vehicles [1 British, 2 Australian and 1 Polish in the
command kit and 4 British vehicles in the El Alamein kit] and
three double sided A4 sheets with history, build instructions
and colour and markings drawings. Command tank has 4 white metal
USD$14.96 online from Squadron
||Long overdue subject, heaps
of detail and very accuratel; clean mouldings; very accurate|
||Rubber band tracks that are
Mirage's 1/72 scale
Grant Mk.I tanks are available
online from Squadron.com
These two kits are almost identical to Mirages's 1/72 scale M3 Lee
kits except for the turret and other small details.
The only difference between these two Grant kits is that the more
recently released Command tank has a small bag with a white metal
half figure of ďMontyĒ, a A/A 30 cal and mount.
I am told that the tread pattern on the tracks is not quite
accurate for the Grant tanks, but Mirage offers a photo-etched fret
to upgrade them. Iím ordinarily not overly impressed with rubber
band tracks; but these are very detailed and, according to the
instructions, can be glued with plastic glue.
These are very impressive kits, far above the Airfix and Hasagawa
examples. All the hatches are moulded open and although Mirage make
Polish and U.S. tank crews for them, they donít do a British one.
The parts count alone says they are going to be interesting builds
and Iím really looking forward to putting them together.
Click the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
I canít do anything but heartily recommend these
two, and the Lees as well, to anyone who is into 1/72 scale allied
Squadron for the review sample.
Review and Images Copyright © 2004 by Glen Porter
Page Created 15 November, 2004
15 November, 2004
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