Retrokit is based in the UK and specializes in some of the more
obscure AFV subjects with an accent on French 1940 equipment.
Amongst their World War I
offerings is the British Gun Carrier Mk. I as well as a separate kit
of the 60 pdr. gun which it carried. Retrokit offers these
separately because the Gun Carrier can also be built as an unarmed
Supply Tank. Combined, the kits combined cost Euro 54 which is not
cheap, but the completed model is rather large for a 1/72 tank and
The kit is extremely well cast. I had virtually no problems with air
bubbles, and the mold plugs are very modestly sized. There were some
problems with mold shift. Overall, I would give Retrokit an "A" for
molding. Instructions consist of a page of xerox with a brief
history of the vehicle and gun, and a scale plan not in 1/72 scale.
There are no real construction instructions which is a problem as
this is a fairly complex kit. I would recommend referring to the
Landships website for some helpful information, but otherwise,
modelers are pretty much on their own. I would give Retrokit an "F"
on instructions. The kit master is good, not great. The detail is
nice and proud, and the interior detail is quite nice. On the other
hand, the rivets are done by embossing plastic sheet from the rear,
which leaves pimples instead of distinct rivets.
Overall, I would give the model a
"B" for detailing.
Aside from the instructions, the actual assembly was straightforward
once I figured out what went where. I like this scale for World War
I tanks as they tend to be too large and unwieldy for 1/35. The kit
comes with no markings, so I added my from dry transfers. The figure
is from an ever useful A&B white metal WW2 British set.
In summary, this was a fun project,
but not for the timid or those inexperienced in 1/72 resin kits.