Easy Model 1/72 Challenger Mk.II First Look
|Date of Review||January 2007||Manufacturer||Easy Model|
|Kit Number||37012||Pros||Nice details, finish and markings|
We recently had the opportunity to look over some examples from the Easy Model line of products distributed by MRC and seen on quite a few hobby store shelves. In this example, we have a British Challenger II finished in Iraq 2003 operational configuration.
The tank comes mounted to a clear tray and held securely with two philips head screws. Extracting the model from the tray took just a few seconds.
What comes in the box is the Challenger and a placard identifying the product. It was clear from the packaging that this model was not going to get damaged in shipment unless the box itself was crushed. Nice job!
It amazes me just how nice many of these pre-fabricated display models look in terms of detail and finish, especially for the price! This tank is finished in a configuration for the Iraqi invasion of 2003 complete with the thermal IFF panels, extended protective side skirts, and a supplemental deflector on the front of the hull.
The paint scheme itself demonstrates a nice bit of weathering rather than a simple sand-colored tank. The eye appeal of this finish is nicely executed.
This tank would not only look good on the shelf of an armor enthusiast, but it would also be an excellent addition to the wargamer's Royal Army battle group.
My sincere thanks to MRC for this review sample!