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Bronco Models Chinese Sd.Kfz.221
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Posted: Thursday, October 01, 2009 - 03:31 PM UTC
Doug Dropeskey provides an in-depth review of Bronco's German Sd.Kfz.221 armored car in Chinese service, a newer release in 1/35.

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Thanks!
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Posted: Saturday, October 03, 2009 - 03:19 AM UTC
That's a really superior review, one the rest of us could use as a model for our efforts. Nice work, Doug!

One minor addition: it's important to differentiate between the Nationalist government (KMT or Kuomintang) and the Chinese Communists (PLA or People's Liberation Army) in speaking about "China" during this period. The Nationalists never really had full control of the country, and the Communists (supplied intermittently by the Soviet Union depending on Stalin's mood and alliances) controlled parts of the West throughout. That's probably more information than the average kitbuilder is looking for, but it happens to be one of my areas of interest.
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Posted: Saturday, October 03, 2009 - 03:46 AM UTC
I may have to rewrite a review I'm working on to come up to this standard!
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Posted: Saturday, October 03, 2009 - 07:39 AM UTC

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One minor addition: it's important to differentiate between the Nationalist government (KMT or Kuomintang) and the Chinese Communists (PLA or People's Liberation Army) in speaking about "China" during this period.



Hi Bill,

Thank you for the kind words and I sincerely appreciate your feedback.

Rather than attempt to explain the complex political situation involving various warlords, the Kuomintang, and the Communists, I chose to focus on nationalist Chinese efforts to create a core national military and industrialize. The nationalists began the modernization effort, the nationalists approached the Soviets, the nationalists approached Germany, the nationalists bought the Sd.Kfz.221 armored cars, and the nationalists eventually worked with the US. The Chinese communists came into existence as a result of this process, and eventually vied for political supremacy with the nationalists, but I left them out of my brief introduction because, as I see it, they are tangental to the story.

All that being said, I am not happy with the introduction and continue to seek more information about these vehicles.


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I may have to rewrite a review I'm working on to come up to this standard!



Hi Gary and thank you. My inspirations were Terry Ashley of Perth Military Modeling and Jack Webb.

-Doug
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Posted: Saturday, October 03, 2009 - 01:13 PM UTC
Doug, it is an OUTSTANDING review, really sets the bar higher for us all. I think you made the right choice. Interestingly, the Communists were annoyed that Stalin was giving aid to the KMT (Nationalists), but Stalin always did what benefited the Soviet Union, not what advanced the cause of "world Communism" (which turns out to have been largely a myth).