This was one of four kits I received from Model Military International magazine just after Christmas. Three of them I did as in-box reviews but I fancied doing the Chaffee as a full build review so this is where I’m up to at the moment;
The kit dates back to the mid-70’s and it shows with the raised outlines for the placement of the on-vehicle equipment, some flash, mould-pin marks and sinkage is present in a couple of places but this is not a huge issue.
I’m building it straight out of the box so that people can see what they are getting for their hard-earned but I may get some etchy bits later as basically it’s a sound base to work on further. Of course it has been superceded by kits from AFV and Bronco (not the Tamiya one though as that is Italeri tooling) and you may not think it’s worth the trouble and go straight to the newer kits but I do like to see what can be done with older kits from time to time. Another factor is the retail price compared to the AFV Club and Bronco kits as with the etch required and maybe new tracks, that will bring the overall cost up to the newer kits. Then again you may do the same for those kits too so it’s all relative I guess?
Anyway I find that due to the lower part count compared to the newer kits, I can get more done and actually have fun too, as was the case with the Italeri 1/35 T-34/85 I built last year for The Modelling News.