Lightweight, compact, agile, versatile, and reliable, the ¼-ton truck, or Jeep as it is commonly known, was a natural vehicle of choice for British and American airborne forces dropping behind enemy lines in small assault gliders. Often towing small trailers, Jeeps were ideal for transporting squads of airborne troops and their gear quickly and quietly in challenging operational scenarios.
Crisply molded in light grey and light olive styrene, this Bronco kit promises to provide many hours of high-quality modeling. A signature of Bronco’s commitment to recreating the finest of details, the kit is packed with 12 sprues of Jeep and personal gear parts, ranging in size from tiny to medium, 10 sprues of figure parts and personal gear, two frets of excellent photoetched brass, and two sheets of decals (one for the Jeep, and one for uniform rank insignia).
Some of the other notable features of this kit include a fully detailed four-cylinder engine and fully detailed drive train and suspension. Additionally, the kit features lots of tiny suspension parts, optional headlight configurations, detailed crew compartment, lowered windshield with protective cover, and equipment with stowage straps. Eight superbly molded airborne troops are provided with full weaponry and personal gear. The instructions include a full-color, detailed figure-painting guide. Full-color painting and marking diagrams are also provided for the vehicles. The decals are crisply printed and in register.
As noted, the kit is chocked full of small parts and fine details, and is best suited for modelers of intermediate and advanced skill. Given Bronco’s strong track record for producing superb kits with extensive fine detail, and from looks of what’s in this box, I highly recommend this kit to experienced modelers looking for a finely-detailed airborne Jeep with an eye towards creating a diorama or vignette depicting British airborne ops in the latter stages of World War II.
Thanks to Dragon Models USA for the sample kit and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.