Thursday, October 6

Bronco’s two new kits for November – defending “Pearl” & Fighting the “Red Peril.”

Bronco continues to develop their moulds, with two new versions of previously released kits in new model variants. They up-gunned their StuG and have backdated their P-40 with their latest – due to hit in November. Let’s take a look…

Bronco’s two new November novelties…

WWII German StuG III Ausf C/D with 75mm StuG 37/L24 & 75mm StuK40/L48 (2in1)
Product Number# CB35116
1/35th scale
The Sturmgeschütz III (Sd. Kfz. 142) was the most widely produced AFV by Germany WWII. Using the Panzer III hull and employing a larger gun in a turretless top section, this tank was an excellent infantry support weapon. Later on, the need to combat the masses of enemy tanks on the battlefield brought the requirement for a powerful Anti-tank gun to be added to the hull. The mix off assault gun and anti-tank gunned StuG III’s became one of the mainstays of the German armed forces.
One of the earlier variants of the StuG III was the Ausf.C, which was identified by an improved superstructure that eliminated a shot trap near the gunner’s view port. A total of 50 StuG III Ausf.C vehicles, each weighing 20.2 tons and featuring a 7.5cm StuK37 L/24 gun, were produced between May and September of 1941.
Some of the StuG III Ausf C/D types used the 75mmL 24 short gun, this kit has a choice of this gun type or the 7.5cm StuK40 L/48 main armament mounted with a "Saukopf" mantlet. This longer-barrelled gun was retrofitted to some earlier chassis in order to provide a more effective tank destroying capability.

Kit features…

US Army Air Force Curtiss P-40C ‘Warhawk’ “Pearl Harbor”
Product Number# FB4008
1/48th scale
In 1937, Curtiss added the Allison V-1710-19 liquid-cooled engine to the P-36 pursuit fighter, this plane had the military project code XP-40. The aircraft first flew successfully in October of the following year and reached a maximum speed of 587 km – fast for the time. In April 1939, the U.S. Army ordered the P-40A to start production and in a number of years have been changed out of type B and C.
The P-40C (Hawk81 A-2) added self-sealing fuel tanks that effectively improved the comprehensive protection of the fuel system. This model also included two 12.7mm machine guns in the nose and 4 wing mounted 7.62 mm machine guns. The United States Army Air Force acquired 193 P-40C’s, most of those aircraft were deployed to Hawaii and the Philippines. On December 7, 1941, the troops stationed in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor and the Philippines Clark base were attacked in a surprise strike by the Japanese.
In this boxing the markings of the aircraft flown by Captain Ken Taylor driving the P-40C who took off and downed 2 Japanese Type 99 dive bombers during that attack on pearl harbour. After the United States in the war, P-40C was also deployed to England and Iceland and other European Theatre.
 The Kit features...
These kits will be available in November from Bronco’s Distributors worldwide.