by: Jim Starkweather [ ]
This will be MiniArt's tenth Valentine release. This time it's the Mark VI (six) and a Soviet lend-lease, Canadian-built, early production version of the tank. MiniArt is obviously capitalizing on their pioneering this mainstream release of the beloved Valentine British tank, but we can't complain. While many of the parts used in this release will be familiar to you, we still photographed the kit in it's entirety to give you the complete picture.
What's New on this Release?
There is a modified right side turret in this version. The correct road wheels are also included with this release. There is a second brass photo-etch with what appears to be a large vent cover and a rounded hood. Since we received no instructions (or decals) it's a bit hard to comment further on this. And since this is primarily a photo preview please stay tuned for a more in-depth follow up review once the kit is released in its full production version.
Included Figures/Wrong Ammo
The kit includes a previous available Soviet tank crew (35034). The four man crew is in dressed in black coveralls and is pictured loading 76mm and 85mm ammo (also included). This obviously is in conflict with the tank's 40mm / 2 pounder main gun. Of course with a little work (and the right aftermarket ammo) you can likely fix this little issue.