7TP / Vickers E
Mirage Hobby's 1/72 scale 7TP / Vickers E kits are available
online from Squadron.com
S u m m a r y
||MG72601 7TP Light Tank |
MG72602 7TP Twin Turret Light Tank
MG72603 Vickers E Mk.A Tank
MG72604 Vickers E Mk.B Tank
||Each - more than 150 parts
in dark grey styrene; two flexible track lengths.|
USD$9.96 each rom Squadron.com|
||High quality mouldings;
fine, consistent surface features; well detailed for this small
scale; nicely detailed soft full-length "rubber band" track|
Reviewed by Brett Green
Mirage Hobby from Poland has released four 1/72
scale variants on the theme of Vickers E tanks. These are:
MG72601 7TP Light Tank
MG72602 7TP Twin Turret
MG72603 Vickers E Mk.A
MG72604 Vickers E Mk.B
The Polish 7TP was based on the British Vickers E
design. The initial 7TP tanks shared the twin-turret design of the
original Vickers E Mk.A, but improvements were introduced in 1937
and 1938, including the replacement of the twin machine gun turrets
with a single turret. This new turret was fitted with a 37mm Bofors
Mirage Hobby has produced four separate versions of
the vehicle by offering different parts for the engine deck,
superstructure and turrets. The core parts, including the running
gear, tracks and lower hull, are common to all four models.
The quality of the parts is very good indeed.
Surface details are subtly rendered, whether they be recessed panel
lines or raised boltheads. There are some minor sinkmarks on the
hull sides and on the suspension swing arms, but these will be
mostly hidden by the running gear. Otherwise, the presentation of
the kit parts is close to perfect.
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The detail is good too. I particularly like the
drive sprockets and idler wheels; plus the fine raised detail
representing grills on the engine deck.
Rubbery lengths of track are supplied - one for each
side. The tracks are very flexible. This is especially important on
a small model with delicate suspension. Detail on both the front and
back faces of the tracks are not adversely impacted by the soft
material. Guide horns have also been moulded on to the back of the
Instructions are called out over 19 steps by
exploded view diagrams. They include English-language history notes
and comments peppered throughout the instructions. Two marking
options are supplied - one Polish and one German.
Small scale armour models have come a long way over
the last few years. Manufacturers such as Revell have really gotten
behind this niche, and it appears that Mirage has also made a
commitment in this area.
These 7TP / Vickers E derivatives will be of
interest to small scale modelers and wargamers.
Squadron.com for the review sample.
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Created 07 July, 2002
22 July, 2003
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