I’m baaaaaack, Bronco 1/35 British A-9 Cruiser (Hello, Schultz)
First Model finished in over a year. Got plenty of excuses but you don’t want to hear ’em. Been starting them and God knows still buying them, just don’t get round to finishing them. Finally got the bug to complete this paragon of British armor.
The A-9 was Britain’s first modern tank, designed to exploit breakthroughs and create trouble behind the lines, using (Cruising) speed and it’s multiple machine guns. Due to the parsimony of the times (fundzalow) the A-9 was built as cheaply and simply as possible, having very thin armor. The forward sub-turrets were a popular feature of ’30’s designs. Only 125 were built. They served in France in 1940, and the Libyan desert during the early campaigns where they were much more useful than one would think.
The Bronco kit is a good one, assembly posing no problems being not overly complicated as some Broncos can be. I painted it with brushed-on Vallejo colors I mixed to replicate the desert Caunter scheme, marked (hopefully) as a tank taking part in Operation “Compass” in 1940-41, the campaign that drove the Italians out of Libya, and Britain’s first success.
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