Bronco Models 1/48 T17E1 Staghound Mk.1/Canadian 60lb Rocket Launch Version Kit First Look
By Dave Manter
|Date of Review||October 2012||Manufacturer||Bronco Models|
|Subject||T17E1 Staghound Mk.1/Canadian 60lb Rocket Launch Version||Scale||1/48|
|Kit Number||48003||Primary Media||Styrene/PE|
|Pros||Great detail||Cons||Lots of small parts|
|Skill Level||Advanced due to the very small parts||MSRP (USD)||$38.50|
In July 1941 plans were drawn up for a large 4X4 armored car by the Chevrolet Motor Company. The Car was designated the T17E1 and was ordered by both the US Army and the British Army in January 1942. The British named the vehicle "Staghound". The Staghound emerged as a 14 ton armored car powered by twin 6 cylinder, 97 bhp petrol engines. Armor was up to 32mm thick and the car was armed with a 37mm M6 anti-tank gun. The car was ready for production in October of 1942, but shortly after this the US Army canceled their order. The entire production went to the British Army. Late in 1944 the Canadians fitted some of the T17E1's with 60lb aircraft rockets to add to their firepower.
The kit contains 9 trees of incredibly well molded tan colored plastic parts, 2 trees of clear parts and a sheet of photo etch detail parts. Also included are a length of string for the tow cable and decals for 2 versions. They are a British version without the rockets and a Canadian version with the rockets. The parts are very well molded, but most of the detail parts are really small.
This kit will require a delicate touch, but will make a superb model when finished.
My sincere thanks to Dragon Models USA for this review sample!