Monday, August 12

Preview: Bronco Models new 35th scale Carro Veloce L3/35 Italian Tankette with Twin 34/37M Gebauer in Hungarian service (2 in 1 kit)

Expanding on their earlier release of the Italian version of the Carro Veloce L3/35 Tankette, Bronco brings us their new kit of the vehicle, this time giving the choice of either a Twin 34/37M Gebauer MG  vehicle or a CV-35.M / CV-35 Command Tank in a  2 in 1 kit. see some of the feature set of the kit and the new colours of the eight marking choices in our preview...



A new kit from Bronco Models in August:

Carro Veloce L3/35 Italian Tankette with Twin 34/37M Gebauer MG    
Hungarian CV-35.M / CV-35 Command Tank ( 2in1)
From Bronco Models
Kit No #CB35216    
1/35th scale
Eight marking choices included in this kit
History of the Carro Veloce L3/35 Tankette in Hungarian service
In 1934, the Hungarian government purchased large quantities of CV-33s. They modified some with a conning tower housing a 13.2 mm (0.52 in) Breda 38 machine gun, an automatic 20 mm (0.79 in) gun or a flamethrower. Others were rearmed with a Czech SPARK 7.92 mm (0.31 in) machine gun or Brno ZB vz.26/ZB vz.30. The transaction and delivery were held secret, and the armament and modifications were locally made. In August 1935, 30 modified CV-33s were delivered (designated 37M). The second batch arrived in 1936, with 121 CV-35 (38M).
Seven new tank companies (18 CV-33 and CV-35 each) were distributed between the 1st, 2nd Cavalry and 2nd Motorized Brigades. In April 1941, these took part in the Yugoslavian campaign, after which they were deployed to guard and patrol the borders. 
However, in the summer of 1941, 65 Hungarian tankettes were sent to the Eastern Front, being part of the 1st Mobile Corps under the command of Major-General Bela Miklos Danloki, attached to the Army Group “Center”. They operated in Ukraine. Most were lost by December 1941, and the survivors sent to training units back home.

This kit features the twin MG set up as its armament of  34/37M Gebauer MG
This new kit from Bronco:
We have a few pictures of the feature-set of the kit, with a walk around of the finer features of this new 1/35th scale kit.
A few different angles of the CAD version of this tank which is still in the last stages of development. The golden parts int he picture are of course the Photo-etch additions to the kit.
Colours:
There are eight (yes 8!) choices of Carro Veloce L3/35 Tankette  provided in the box, they are here on these profiles - both Hungarian and Croa:
OK - so that is all we have on this sure to be popular kit - You can see more about Bronco's kits on their website.