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Bronco Models
« on: January 22, 2012, 09:09:00 AM »
The following in-box kit reviews of the Bronco Models M24 Chaffee are now available for your viewing pleasure:

PMMS - Bronco Models 1/35 Scale US Light Tank M24 'Chaffee' - Early Production with crew NW Europe 1944-45 - (product number CB-35069)

Chris ''toadman'' Hughes blog - Bronco Models 1/35 M24 Chaffee: what's inside the box

Model Armour.com BRONCO - US LT M24 'Chaffee' w/Crew



Bronco Models - 1/35th scale M24 Chaffee (product number CB-35069)
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Nice model of the Chaffee and it appears to have a workable torsion bar suspension. 
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Re: Bronco Models
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2012, 04:00:44 AM »
Over on the Modeling Madness page, Scott Van Aken has shared a couple of images and a description of the Bronco Models 1/35th scale M114A1 155mm Howitzer for your enlightenment.   

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(Image source: Modeling Madness/Scott Van Aken)

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Prior to Bronco offering this model, the only other model of this artillery piece available in a large scale was from Testor's/Italeri.  That model originated with a company called Peerless many years ago.  The Peerless model of the 155mm Howitzer has been the subject of much discussion on a number of forums as to what the exact scale is since it is not quite 1/35th scale.  I have also read in various discussions that the original Peerless kit had motorization features included which may explain some of the toy-like qualities of this model.  Now that Bronco has come up with a new model of the 155mm howitzer known by several designations and more recently as the 155mm Howtizer, Towed, M114 and M114A1 there should be many happy artillery modelers in this hobby. 

Reference: Wikipedia - M114 155 mm howitzer


***Edit to fix links.  Apparently Scott at MM likes to change the URL after the article moves from the main page.*** :(
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Re: Bronco Models
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2012, 04:00:23 AM »
AND.... Yet another KV-85! LINK -taken from PMMS.

While I'm not totally surprised, since they also have an SU-152 on the way, I have to wonder why another kit of this somewhat obscure Soviet heavy tank. The old Eastern Express kit recently reappeared under the Ark label and Trumpeter has a KV-85 slated for release in October. Oh well, I guess this is the year for KV-series fans! ;D

EDIT- D'Oh! Thanks for catching that, Greg! I fixed the link to direct to the Bronco preview page at PMMS.
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Re: Bronco Models
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2012, 04:07:59 AM »
Probably easier to view using this link

There are certainly some interesting releases there - I am especially interested in the Versuchsflakwagen 8.8cm Flak auf Sonderfahrgestell (Pz.Sfl.IVc).
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Re: Bronco Models
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2012, 10:03:52 PM »
I must say, the Hungarian Jerry Cans and drums set is pretty obscure, to say the least!


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Re: Bronco Models
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2012, 02:43:11 AM »
See here instead
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Re: Bronco Models
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2012, 04:45:42 AM »
Bronco Models 1:350thh scale U.S. Navy LCAC (Landing Craft Air Cushion) kit number NB5029

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The title describes this as a USMC craft which is  incorrect.  I thought it might be that Bronco is using theTrumpeter/Gallery Models mold for this model but that is not the case.  This model is very different from the Trumpeter/Gallery Models sprues and how it is put together.  There is also the additional bonus of several ground vehicles and a phote-etch metal fret containing several railing sections for the LCAC. 
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Re: Bronco Models
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2012, 08:34:47 AM »
The M114A1 is added to my "wants" list.  I need that 155 to go with my M198 155mm and the M2A1 105mm in USMC service.

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Re: Bronco Models
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2012, 03:44:09 AM »
Thomas Hofmann has uploaded several in-box reviews to Modellversium.de. for the following 1:350th scale aircraft subjects:   

Bronco models 1:350th scale SH-60B /SH-60J Sea Hawk Anti-Submarine Helicopter (kit number NB5003)





Bronco Models 1:350th scale USMC AV8B "Harrier II" (kit number NB5030)





Bronco models 1:350th scale USMC CH-46E "Sea Knight" (kit number NB5031)




You should know the routine by now.  Click on the html or the image to view. :)

These kits are tiny but still have many features that some 1:144th scale aircraft would be hard pressed to provide.  For anyone wanting to take what if to a smaller format this may be your ticket to get there.  Along with the other 1:350th scale models that Bronco is making available this is certainly a different approach for offering nice details in such a small scale model.  All it would take is five or six of these tiny kits and you would have yourself an entire squadron of line birds plus a couple of maintenance spares :)
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Re: Bronco Models
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2013, 05:17:43 AM »
Another installment from Thomas Hofmann that was uploaded to Modellversium.de today. 

Bronco Models 1:350th scale USMC MV-22B "Osprey" (kit number NB5032)

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Unfortunately only two per kit box in this offering but nonetheless quite nice looking and a great way to explore what if ideas without spending a ton of money on a larger and much more expensive kit. 

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Re: Bronco Models
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2013, 10:31:46 AM »
Another installment from Thomas Hofmann that was uploaded to Modellversium.de today. 

Bronco Models 1:350th scale USMC MV-22B "Osprey" (kit number NB5032)

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Unfortunately only two per kit box in this offering but nonetheless quite nice looking and a great way to explore what if ideas without spending a ton of money on a larger and much more expensive kit.

Now that's real attractive.  I almost feel like I have to buy at least one box to build up for my desk at work (I work at Bell on the V-22).

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Re: Bronco Models
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2013, 05:26:11 AM »
Thomas Hofmann must be on a roll with all of these nice little reviews he is uploading to Modellversium.de. 

Today he has shared some images of the Bronco Models 1:350th scale MH53E "Sea Dragon" (kit number NB5033)

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Apparently the folks at Bronco are not aware of the differences between the Sikorsky CH-53E and the MH-53E helicopters.  The CH-53E Sea Stallion is a U.S. Marine Corps asset while the MH-53E Sea Dragon is a U.S. Navy asset.  The differences are mainly in the wheel sponsons which are significatnly larger on the MH-53E Sea Dragon.  The image on the box for this model kit is an MH-53E Sea Dragon belonging to the U.S. Navy Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron HM-14 "Vanguards" which is not a part of the U.S. Marine Corps.  A minor detail I know but Bronco has gone to so much trouble to provide us with a very nice little model of the MH-53E Sea Dragon they could at least get the description to up the contents in the box.  Other than that, this looks like a very nice little scale model of a very large helicopter.  Actually, two helicopters are provided in this kit. 
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Re: Bronco Models
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2013, 10:54:53 AM »
Here's an interesting one for the 1/35th crowd: modern Chinese small arms, including all the 5.8mm bullpups:

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AB3537

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Re: Bronco Models
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2013, 02:19:48 AM »
Andrew Ting has shared some images of the Bronco 1:35th scale M22 Locust in the forums at Missing-Lynx. 

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« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2013, 01:31:22 PM »
Just as a point of interest,I owned one of the original Peerless 155mm gun. It would have been a bear to build. Unlike the later Italarie/Testors issue it had a metal barrel to which were added plastic parts at both ends. It also had real springs  that nobody who tried could compress and metal rods to make up the assembly both sides of the barrel. This was plastic in the Testors issue as was the barrel.  It was not motorized,however.  But the biggest laugh was the "radio" both had. It was so large a man could get inside !!!  It was really a field generator and a very nice one at that !!!  I had the chance to compare both editions and was glad to see those metal parts go !!! 
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Re: Bronco Models
« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2013, 02:52:24 PM »
First shots of Bronco's Versuchsflakwagon 8.8cm Flak. 41Auf Sonderfahrgestell (Pz.Sf1.IVc):





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Re: Bronco Models
« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2013, 02:14:39 AM »
New Bronco releases:




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Re: Bronco Models
« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2013, 03:55:11 AM »
Hmmm... That 40M Nemrod looks oddly interesting. I wonder if it would be possible to build it as a Finnish-service Landsverk L42.

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« Reply #19 on: July 15, 2013, 04:08:32 AM »
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Re: Bronco Models
« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2013, 07:52:04 AM »
Airborne Trailer !!!!!!!  :icon_sueno:
Because I needed one for a Captured 251 Halftrack build I found  a single picture of Guards Armoured Division with captured German Sd. Kfz 251 Type D half track|orange-tim
I bought a set of two from Resicast last year.

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« Reply #21 on: July 16, 2013, 12:18:44 AM »
Airborne Trailer !!!!!!!  :icon_sueno:
Because I needed one for a Captured 251 Halftrack build I found  a single picture of Guards Armoured Division with captured German Sd. Kfz 251 Type D half track|orange-tim
I bought a set of two from Resicast last year.

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« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2013, 10:03:49 AM »
That Nimrod turret looks modern enough that you could swap it onto something from the 1950s/1960s, and the gun is, of course universal. Walker Bulldog perhaps, as an alternative to the M-42 Duster? Comet or Cromwell as a means of using up obsolete hulls? You could even give it range-only radar like an M-163...
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« Reply #23 on: July 16, 2013, 11:17:34 AM »
That Nimrod turret looks modern enough that you could swap it onto something from the 1950s/1960s, and the gun is, of course universal. Walker Bulldog perhaps, as an alternative to the M-42 Duster? Comet or Cromwell as a means of using up obsolete hulls? You could even give it range-only radar like an M-163...

Comet hull would be a good choice for British Army or maybe a Centurion if the turret diameter is a bit large.
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« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2013, 07:57:32 PM »
mmm that Nimrod is a kit iv been eagerly awaiting ever since i saw the Toldi kits released :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luftv%C3%A4rnskanonvagn_L-62_Anti_II

i just wish some manufacturer would make a model of the BMW tourer in 35th (same type as Hasegawa did in 48th !) a number were used as staff runabouts during the war with one even being fitted out for infra red driving trials :)

Bronco's Versuchsflakwagon 8.8cm Flak. 41 Grief is another il have to pick up for my late war building theme :)