In the 1930's, a British mission observed the field maneuvers of the Russian army and were impressed by the performance of some of their tanks, which were influenced by the designs of American Walter Christie. The British decided to develop their own fast "cruiser" tank for their army and their efforts eventually resulted in the Crusader. When it entered operational service in 1941 as part of Operation Battle axe in North Africa, the Crusader was found to be faster than its German counterparts, but had a less powerful gun, thinner armor, and was less reliable. Nevertheless, it served well as a battle tank until replaced by newer designs.
1/48 scale plastic model assembly kit. Length: 132mm.
Differences in turret details between the two variants such as machine gun turret and front panel are meticulously replicated.
Realistic depictions of hex bolts.
Die-cast chassis for added weight and realism.
Assembly type tracks feature straight sections. Upper section has realistic sag effect.
5 types of markings are included. Two are Mk.Is of unknown units in North Africa, 1941, and three are specific to: 7th Armored Brigade, 7th Armored Division, North Africa, June 1941, 1st Armored Division, El Hamma, March 1943.