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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2019 4:18 p.m. PST

"British soldiers in Southern Africa expecting to have to deal with a few armed farmers were in for a shock when in 1899 the Empire went to war against the Boer republics. They found the Boers were excellent marksmen, but just as importantly they had artillery, including weapons that fired explosive shells at the rate of one every two seconds, making a noise which gave the weapon its nickname – the pom-pom. This light artillery piece had been purchased by both republics in the aftermath of the Jameson Raid of 1895, when they had realised how vulnerable they were to attack, and by the outbreak of war in 1899 the South African Republic (‘Transvaal') had 22 in service and the Orange Free State two more. They proved to be ideal support weapons as they could keep up with the highly mobile commandos yet could be devastating in the field, especially against gun crews and other concentrations of men.

The pom-pom gun in this set (or ‘37mm Shell Gun' or ‘Quick-Firing 1-pounder gun' to give it its formal names) is made in the same soft plastic as the crew, and comes in seven parts including the shield. This is not the ideal material for kits, but we found that everything went together pretty well and delivered a model that gives a good general impression of the weapon. Naturally it is simplified in several places, and instead of assembly instructions the box has an exploded view of the parts which is hard to make sense of until you find some good pictures of the real thing. As we said, the shield is separate, so can be left off if desired, and the gun includes a box for the ammunition belt which we thought looked wrong and too high, but this is not hard to remedy. Compared to various field guns made by many manufacturers in this scale this one is of comparable quality in appearance, so a reasonable model…"
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2019 11:18 a.m. PST



Basha Felika26 Jul 2019 9:49 a.m. PST


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2019 12:38 p.m. PST



JD Lee Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2019 6:34 a.m. PST

This whole line of figures are bad.

Marc the plastics fan30 Jul 2019 6:07 a.m. PST

Yet their scores on PSR aren't bad, and PSR are not known for leniency with Strelets…

I reckon painted these will work well. Strelets often look clunky in raw, but take paint well

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2019 1:24 p.m. PST

Agree with you my good friend!.


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