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The new manufacturers surprise us every day with new releases. Kits that we never thought would appear or capture someone's interest in being produced, are finally available in the market. This is the case of Bronco that delight us with this rarity, an anti tunk gun converted in campaign to be deployed in the North of Africa to tackle the Tigers that had just arrived in-theatre. The gun we are talking about is the 17/25 Pheasant.
This piece of artillery is the result of mounting a 17lbs barrel in a (25pdr) carriage.
This is the first time that this model of gun is released in plastic injection. Its closer predecessor is the old Airfix 17lbs, poorly detailed and manufactured in a non conventional scale, and the Tamiya 25 lbs, accurate in shape but obsolete due to the passage of time. Fortunately, this hybrid 17/25 Pheasant as well as the 17 lbs and the 25lbs are currently available in the Bronco catalogue.
The kit proposes us to build an old or early version, this is why prior to starting, it is important to choose which to build to see the steps we will have to follow.
I will put emphasis on those steps in which I have done some extra work, or those we will have to pay special attention or act with certain caution.
First, it is better to assemble CA9 and CA8, putty and then place the rest of parts. We have the chance to leave several parts workable which makes no sense.
I decided to leave them in travelling position and glue the whole. In this step, we become aware that we will have to handle very tiny parts and PE which makes it difficult to remove flashes from them with sand or file. The best is to use a X acto #11 sharp blade.
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