Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun Crew

Published: August 17th, 2012     
Box Art
Box Art
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson - IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models
Price: $18.95
Product / Stock #: CB35084
Product provided by: Dragon Models USA

Since I had picked up Bronco's lovely little 40mm Bofors gun, I jumped at the chance to review the separate Gun Crew set. Unfortunately for me, they are dressed in more European Theatre uniforms (and possibly early war) while I plan to make my gun one based on Malta, so hopefully Bronco will do a Middle Eastern uniformed crew set in the near future.

That said, let's take a look in the box and see what we got. There are 6 figures in the kit, which seems a pretty standard crew for the gun, but it could go up to 8 men.

The figures come in 8-11 parts including helmets and gas mask bags. While I have seen a few pictures of crews wearing the gas mask bags, most of the shots I have seen show the crews without these. This wouldn't be an issue except the straps for the bags are molded to the torsos of the 5 crew members with bags, so some shaving would be required to remove these.

While I am no expert on the uniforms of this period, they do look decently detailed. The heads are a little bland, lacking any expressions, and the stances, especially of the ammunition passers, seems more training-oriented than troops in actual combat.

They look like they should build up well. The only instructions are on the back of the box showing the assembled figures with some generic painting information.

Overall they should man the gun kit well, but I hope Bronco will release a set that will better match my Malta plans.

I'd like to thank Dragon Models USA for supplying the kit and IPMS/USA for allowing me to review it.

  • Box bottom
    Box bottom
  • Sprue 1
    Sprue 1
  • Sprue 2
    Sprue 2
  • Helmets
    Helmets
  • Get ahead...
    Get ahead...
  • ...or two
    ...or two
  • Torso detail
    Torso detail

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