DML 1/72 Churchill Mk.IV Kit First Look
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||March 2012||Manufacturer||DML|
|Kit Number||7424||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Nicely detailed kit||Cons||See text|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$21.95|
The Tank, Infantry, Mk IV (A22) was a heavy British infantry tank used in WWII, best known for its heavy armor, large longitudinal chassis with all-around tracks with multiple bogies, and its use as the basis of many specialist vehicles. It was one of the heaviest Allied tanks of the war. The Churchill was used by the U.K., Russia, Canada, Ireland and Poland. It was designed and manufactured by Harland-Wolff (A23V Vauxhall), Vauxhall Motors (A22).
DML Dragon is based in Hong Kong.
The kit comes in a shrink-wrapped tray and lid type box held together with round pieces of scotch tape.
The box art shows a Churchill tooling along down a dirt country road, followed by a lorry. A crewman sits in the upper turret hatch. The tank is in overall dark green. It has the white serial no. T1722928 above a yellow circle with a white 4 in it on the sides of the turret. On the sides of a storage box on the sides of the tank is the word CASTLEROBIN IV in red letters outlined in yellow. This is a tank assigned to “C” SQD., North Irish Horse, Italy 1944. It is the only scheme offered in the kit.
Inside the box are 3 gray trees each sealed in a cello bag. The individual hull top and bottom pieces are each in their own sealed cellos too. There is a card that is printed with a skid pattern on it. Taped to this card are two cello bags. One holds the DS vynil tracks and the other holds the decal sheet.
The instructions complete the kit's contents. It consists of a single sheet that is folded in the center to create four pages in 5 ¾” X 9 ¾” Format. It is printed in full color on slick coated paper.
The box is quite blousy and there is a large letter "L" void around the parts. If that card had have been left out of the kit all the contents could have easily fit into a box half the size of this one.
Page 1 of the instructions begins with a full color repeat of the box art, followed by parts trees illustrations.
Page 2 begins with CAUTIONS, followed by international assembly symbol explanations, a color listing of Hobby Color, Mr. Color and Model Master brands of paints suggested to use to complete the model. The bottom of the page shows the first 2 assembly step drawings.
Page 3 and the top of page 4 give a balance of a total of 5 assembly steps.
The instructions say to either stretch or cut the vynil DS tracks to length needed to fit the tank. Below this fifth ste;p is a 3-view full color illustration of the marking and painting of the only scheme provided for in the kit. This is the box art subject, already discribed above.
Dragon's street address in Austria is below this and a copyright date of 2011 is given. At the bottom of the page is decal application instructions in 6 languages, including English.
Gray letter A part tree holds: ROAD WHEELS, RETURN ROLLERS, DRIVE SPROCKETS, STORAGE BINS, MACHINE GUNS ETC. (39 PARTS)
Gray letter B part tree holds: HULL SIDES, SUSPENSIONS ETC.(16 PARTS)
Gray letter C part tree holds the turret parts (11 PARTS)
Lettering now jumps to letter X, which is the hull top part.
Gray letter Y is the hull bottom part.
The tan DS tracks (2 runs) and the decal sheet complete the kit's contents.
This is a very nicely detailed kit. Although the turret hatches can be posed open, there are no interior details and no crew figures.
My sincere thanks to Dragon Models USA for this review sample!