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Bronco A13 Mk.I Cruiser Mk. III
AlanL
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Posted: Monday, November 17, 2008 - 08:01 AM UTC
Hi Guys,

Any further developments on the track issue, have Bronco indicated in any way they might sort it out?

Thanks

Al
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Posted: Wednesday, November 05, 2008 - 10:47 AM UTC
I picked it up in Toronto at Hornet Hobbies. It cost me CDN$50 including taxes. A very good deal. It is a real disappointment about the tracks and a good set of aftermarket ones will make it absolutley outstanding. The rest of the kit is very nice. I have heard on other forums that some people have heated the tracks in hot water and then stretched them. Since they are not of any use as they are I may give it a go. I'll post here after I try it.
AlanL
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Posted: Wednesday, November 05, 2008 - 06:54 AM UTC

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I have started construction of this little beauty and the hull and turret are very nice. The one major, and I do mean MAJOR flaw is that the tracks are a good deal too short. I have spun the idler wheels to the rear most position and the tracks are still so tight that they are in danager of ripping the suspension arms off! I do hope Bronco rectifies this error, because there are no replacements in aftermarket and it definitely spoils and extremely nice kit.



Glad I waited, I'll hold off getting one until they sort out the track issue or the AM chaps come up with a set. You would think they could have got the length of the track correct !!

Al
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Posted: Wednesday, November 05, 2008 - 05:27 AM UTC

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I have started construction of this little beauty and the hull and turret are very nice. The one major, and I do mean MAJOR flaw is that the tracks are a good deal too short. I have spun the idler wheels to the rear most position and the tracks are still so tight that they are in danager of ripping the suspension arms off! I do hope Bronco rectifies this error, because there are no replacements in aftermarket and it definitely spoils and extremely nice kit.


Steve-- thanks. Where did you get the kit and how much did it run you?
thanks again
DJ
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Posted: Wednesday, November 05, 2008 - 04:44 AM UTC
Steve,

I had heard about the same thing. From what I recall, warming the tracks and "training" them slowly appeared to fix this. I haven't done so myself yet, but I'm sure we'd all like to hear more as to how this kit goes together.

Mike
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Posted: Wednesday, November 05, 2008 - 04:42 AM UTC
Steve, thanks for info. I hope Bronco gets some feed back and fixes the problem.
IdiotStick
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Posted: Wednesday, November 05, 2008 - 04:31 AM UTC
I have started construction of this little beauty and the hull and turret are very nice. The one major, and I do mean MAJOR flaw is that the tracks are a good deal too short. I have spun the idler wheels to the rear most position and the tracks are still so tight that they are in danager of ripping the suspension arms off! I do hope Bronco rectifies this error, because there are no replacements in aftermarket and it definitely spoils and extremely nice kit.
210cav
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Posted: Friday, October 31, 2008 - 05:14 AM UTC
Looks like a superb model.. HobbyLink Japan is taking pre-orders. The estimated cost $60 plus S/H or 46 Euros. This certainly is not cheap.
DJ
Treadhead12
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Posted: Friday, October 31, 2008 - 03:26 AM UTC
Found some history of the British 1st Armored in France 1940

www.historicaleye.com/1starmoured.html

Interesting reading.
Treadhead12
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Posted: Friday, October 31, 2008 - 02:02 AM UTC
Thanks for the info. I forgot about the Vickers VI. I have to look up the history of the British 1st Armored Division. I am not sure it got into combat in France in 1940.

I did get some micro-armor miniatures to do some 'what if' British 1st AD in 1940. I went back and looked them over and I have some A9's and A10's. Now to come up with some possible engagements.
Drader
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Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 02:08 AM UTC

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Besides the Matilda I and the Bren Carrier, was there any other 1940 BEF armor?



Cruiser tanks A9, A10 and A13 Mark II (though the 1st Armoured Division was sent over late and didn't really from part of the BEF), as well as lots of the Light tank Mark VIB and C with divisional cavalry regiments. So far these are only available in resin, but Bronco plan an A13 Mark II for the fuuture. Carriers included the Bren, Scout and Cavalry versions as well as some Universal Carriers Mark I. There were also several marks of Dragon gun tractors on a similar chassis. Armoured cars were mainly Morris CS9 with a few Guys.

David



Treadhead12
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Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 01:56 AM UTC
Thanks for the review. I found it useful and indicated that.

Yes, I would like to see some more 1940 BEF armor. I got the Tamiya Matilda II off e-bay earlier this year and bought the Osprey book on the Matilda. Besides the Matilda I and the Bren Carrier, was there any other 1940 BEF armor?
AlanL
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Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 05:36 PM UTC
Hi Mike,

Thanks for the review. Gald to see the arrival of this kit and lets hope Bronco do a few more of the Crusier family. The weakest point I see with the kit is the tracks. Judging by a build blog I saw om ML they are too short for the kit so lets hope Bronco sort this problem out or the AM guys come up with a replacement set.

Personally I'm glad they started with this version, opens up some good possibilities with the BEF.

Cheers

Al



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Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 01:46 PM UTC
Mike High provides an In-Box Review of the 1/35 Bronco A13 Mk. I Cruiser Mk. III.

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