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Bronco PanzerKampfwagen Mk IV
Herchealer
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Posted: Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 05:16 PM UTC
Randy Harvey reviews Bronco's PanzerKampfwagen Mk IV, 744(E) (A13) kit number CB-35030.

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Posted: Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 05:53 PM UTC
A good review of an oddity from Bronco. But at that price how many will put their hand in their pocket to buy it, and yes I dare say it can be bought cheaper overseas however that is not really the point.
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Posted: Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 06:50 PM UTC
Thanks for the review Randy !!
I agree with Darren, the price is a bit steep compared to the earlier releases of the Bronco Mk. III/IV's.
Cheers

jjumbo
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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 01:06 AM UTC
Curious, but the jerrycans are the same as GreatWall ones; and in the 2,8cm PzBuchse gun the wheel cart is the same as in Lion Roar BMW and Zündapp kits.
Is there an agreement between both Bronco and GW/LR companies? Does Bronco make the moulds for GW/LR?
Javier
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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 02:21 AM UTC
Nice review Randy..you got that up quick. One question, the photo etch problem you mentioned about the instructions. Do you mean the instructions doesnt show the photo as to where they go? Or it doesnt have a guide on how to use photo etch?
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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 03:36 AM UTC
Tim, I believe he meant that it doesn't explain basic Photo etch usage. If this would be the first kit someone bought, he would like to see companies have a guide on how to use photo etch.

Jeremy
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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 05:01 AM UTC

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A good review of an oddity from Bronco. But at that price how many will put their hand in their pocket to buy it, and yes I dare say it can be bought cheaper overseas however that is not really the point.




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I agree with Darren, the price is a bit steep compared to the earlier releases of the Bronco Mk. III/IV's.



Please remember that is just the manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP). I know that Lucky Model has it for $35.99 USD.


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Curious, but the jerrycans are the same as GreatWall ones; and in the 2,8cm PzBuchse gun the wheel cart is the same as in Lion Roar BMW and Zündapp kits.
Is there an agreement between both Bronco and GW/LR companies? Does Bronco make the moulds for GW/LR?
Javier



Sorry Javier, I don't have an answer for you.


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One question, the photo etch problem you mentioned about the instructions. Do you mean the instructions doesnt show the photo as to where they go? Or it doesnt have a guide on how to use photo etch?




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Tim, I believe he meant that it doesn't explain basic Photo etch usage. If this would be the first kit someone bought, he would like to see companies have a guide on how to use photo etch.



Thanks Tim, that is what I meant. Being someone who doesn't work with photo-etch I would like to see a basic guide of some kind attached with kits that do include photo-etch. Nothing real fancy just some basic info such as which direction to bend it, what type of adhesive to use, etc.

Thanks for the feedback guys. I appreciate it.

HARV
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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 08:13 AM UTC
Part of my problem with the price HARV is that for that sort of money I would have expected to see a turned barrel and wire not string cables. This is a model of a rare vehicle in this format and in terms of numbers has a limited market. The molding look very good and the PE addition for the fuel tanks is a nice inclusion. but add this altogether and you having this kit in your hands would you pay the MSRP?
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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 08:33 AM UTC
erm, that kit is listed for 36$USD at LM...
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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 09:07 AM UTC
I hear you Darren, Bronco kits generally run a bit high in price. As you said, it's a limited market for this kit, and for most of their others, so the pricing will be at the higher end of the scale since they know that not too many will be sold.....even if the price was lower. To me, at this time, Bronco is more of a boutique company. They do seem to be growing at a more rapid pace lately, so we'll see what the future brings.

I look at the CV3/35 tankettes which in the States still go for about $50 USD for an AFV that fits in the palm of your hand, or the LWS which still fetches a hefty price tag (IMO). Nice kits but out of my price range for the subject.

What you do get is a well engineered kit, quality moldings, nice presentation with good instructions. Would I pay MSRP? Not on your life. If I can find them at reasonable prices (read heavily discounted) I'd pick them up.



****EDIT**** Thanks for the review Randy
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Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 11:53 AM UTC

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****EDIT**** Thanks for the review Randy



You're welcome James. I really enjoy doing them. So in all actuality I should be telling you "thank you" for allowing me to do them!!

So......................Thank You!

HARV
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Posted: Monday, February 22, 2010 - 12:42 PM UTC
Very interesting kit! Captured Brit tank w/ German tracks. I like the look of the turret with those Jerry can racks too. Very unique kit - a breath of fresh air from al the re-releases of the typical Panzer III and IV's that are flooding the market.