In this post I will review the new Polish TKS Tankette in 1/72 scale by First to Fight miniatures. This tankette is a tiny little tank with a two man crew. It was used at the start of World War 2 in the defence of Poland from the German invasion. This model is made by the Polish company First to Fight and is made of hard plastic. In this article I will review the parts of the model, assembly and painting. This model was provided to me free of charge by First to Fight miniatures for the purpose of this review.
The TKS Tankette is comes with one sprue with one tank on it in each box. From what I can see online, the model costs around $6 US dollars. The box includes an exploded diagram showing how to assemble the model (much appreciated!), the history of the model, and a picture showing a possible paint scheme (which I used as this was one of the factory standard patterns for the early war period).
|Very helpful painting and assembly guides.|
|Some historical background.|
|Note the 1 piece tracks and that the hull is only 2 pieces. Very quick to assemble.|
|Great detail on the hull.|
|Track detail is good. Sprue attachment points are hard to clean.|
|Notice the size and attachment of the gun barrel and barrel cleaning rod.|
|Despite being a larger scale, the tankette looks tiny next to a 1:100 scale Plastic Soldier Company Panzer IV.|
-easy and fast assembly
-great detail on the hull (panels and rivets)
-few pieces for the hull
-1 piece tracks
-assembly and painting guide on the box
-very nice detail on the tracks
-fiddly assembly on the shovel and barrel cleaning rod could easily be avoided by casting the detail on the hull
-no option for an open hatch for a tank commander
-hard to remove the barrel, shovel, and cleaning rods from the sprue without damaging them
This model was pretty easy to assemble and looks really nice when it is all painted. I would recommend this model to anyone looking for the Polish TKS Tankette model in 1/72 scale. The quality of the model was very high with just a few areas that could be improved on future releases. I would give this model a 4/5 overall.
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