by: Darren Baker [ ]
This review is purely a look at what is in the box of the new M1224 MaxxPro MRAP in 1/35th scale from Bronco Models. I will say that Bronco Models has been in touch and informed me that due to a packing error a sprue is missing from the box; however it is being sent and once it arrives I will be sending this model off to Mario Matjasic to do a much more in depth offering on the model. So letís take a look in the box.
The Model arrives in the usual packing favoured by Bronco Models, so we get a thin cardboard tray with a separate card lid with the artwork printed on it. The sprues are packed in individual plastic bags with the exception of a duplicated sprue and two sprues that have been packed together for no reason that I can say; this is a lot of plastic bags at a time when Europeans are declaring war on plastic waste. The clear parts have their own bag and the photo etch and decals are packed together. Lastly of course there is the instruction booklet.
Taking a close look at the contents of this offering reveals very little in the way of problems. A close look reveals a few ejector pin marks which may need to be addressed on the finished model and there are a few flow lines on some parts, but these do not feel to have caused any issue with the finished surface. The sprue themselves seem to be well laid out as they look to allow easy access with snips or your preferred removal tool. The sprue gates themselves are not excessive in number or size and so a pleasing aspect of the model.
One thing I have noticed about this offering from Bronco Models is that unlike previous recent releases this one has gone back to the large parts count, that has I feel resulted in a model that will deter the novice modeller and may even concern the average modeller (if there is such a thing). I suspect that the model has been approached in this way in order that future releases of slightly different variants are easily produced. The moulding quality looks good to me with nicely moulded detail present, but some parts are so thin that removal could prove difficult without breakages. I was pleased with the level of detail provided for the engine and crew cab.
The photo etch included with this offering from Bronco Models is not excessive in nature and for the most part of a size that will make working with it a reasonable task. The finishing options are an unexpected selection with two US Army versions and two Czech offerings; I am surprised that all of the finishes are a straight buff despite two versions being depicted as vehicles in Afghanistan, one in Germany and the last in the good old US of A. The instruction booklet is quite nicely laid out and has a huge 78 stages to complete.
With the limited knowledge I have of this vehicle and as it is going elsewhere from me, I think Bronco Models has done an exceptional job with the contents of the model. I would have liked to see a model that was an easier build, but you canít always want detail, accuracy and ease of build in the same product.