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Italian Light Staff Car (Open Top) w/Crew 'Libya'

Bronco Models 1/35 Italian Light Staff Car (Open Top) w/Crew 'Libya' Kit First Look

By Dave Manter

Date of Review March 2014 Manufacturer Bronco Models
Subject Italian Light Staff Car (Open Top) w/Crew 'Libya' Scale 1/35
Kit Number 35164 Primary Media Styrene/PE
Pros Great details, very nice figures Cons None
Skill Level Advanced MSRP (USD) $40.00

First Look

Italian Light Staff Car (Open Top) w/Crew 'Libya'
Italian Light Staff Car (Open Top) w/Crew 'Libya'
Italian Light Staff Car (Open Top) w/Crew 'Libya'

In 1935 the Italian Fiat Company began work on a small car for low income families, which became known as the "Topolino" (little mouse). Powered by a 4 cylinder 569cc engine it was capable of 85km/h. Construction was advanced for its day and although sold as a 2 seater, it was strong enough to carry 5 people. Production started in 1936 at Fiat and was judged a success. At the start of WWII many of these cars were pressed into service. Most were used as run-about's by the Italian and German armies, seeing service in Europe, North Africa and Russia.

The Bronco kit consists of 107 styrene parts molded in tan, 9 styrene parts molded in clear and 20 styrene parts molded in grey for the 2 figures. Also included are 16 photo etch detail parts and markings for 2 vehicles.

All of the parts are molded to the highest standards and feature great details. There is no flash present and seam lines are minimal. The 2 figures feature great details and the faces rival resin figures.

Some key features of the kit are:

  • Full engine
  • Detailed drive train
  • Detailed chassis
  • Styrene molded tires
  • Positional front wheels
  • Hood can be built open or closed
  • 2 options for main headlights
  • Doors can be built open or closed
  • Windows can be built up or down
  • Top can be built up or down

This kit is another nice option with the Topolino kit. There should not be any problems during the build.

My sincere thanks to DML for this review sample!