For modelers, in the one true scale (1/144), Brengun has added an especially useful photo-etched set of WWII armor tools to their catalog. Associated with the U.S., that label shouldn't prohibit anyone for using them in any setting where appropriate.
The small, metal sprue contains four examples each of the following:
- starter crank
- pickax handle
- pickax head
- hex wrench
- two styles of pry bar.
Quite the variety. The choice by Brengun to 'etch' the pick as two parts is a bit curious. Maybe a test of ones skill level? Then again, spares were sometimes stowed separately. Owing to the diminutive size of these tools, removing the parts from their attachment points may be problematic. Caution and a new hobby knife blade are recommended.
The injected molded details in 1/144th scale (pioneer tools, etc.) can be over-sized and this offering from Brengun solves that problem. [Pro Tip: If you are prone to heavy signs, Do Not remove these tools from the sprue until needed, otherwise you are liable to find yourself in a futile search for them in the carpet. :)
My thanks to Brengun and IPMS/USA for the review copy.
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