Okay, I’m moving to the states in a couple weeks and as a gift to myself I’m going to order a kit from Andy’s hobby HQ. For those American members you have it so good! Between Andy’s hobby HQ and sprue bros you have some great selection from some great suppliers. Shipping to my new address is $8, to my current one in Canada it’s $40+ . Needless to say due to this I’ve put off buying some kits I’m very interested in.
I have an aber 2 pounder sitting around so I’ve settled on getting a gecko cruiser tank. Trouble is I can’t decide between the A9 and the A10. The A9:
Is a cool little machine with those funky twin Vickers turrets and a crew of 6, yes 6! In that small vehicle. The A10 was a redesign of the A9 to up armor it and make it simpler:
While not as unique it saw more service in North Africa and later Greece. The chassis for the A9 and A10 would later be used in development of the valentine.
My dilemma is that I can only get one and I can’t choose. Which would you get and why?
I’m leaning towards the A9 cuz I like obscure stuff
I had both in my hands at Armorcon; I bought the A9 for it’s uniqueness with the 2 sub-turrets. It looks cooler. After opening the kit on the spot, I immediately went back to the vendor and did myself the huge favor of purchasing the Masterclub Valentine tracks for it. The kit tracks are 4 parts per link, trapping end pins between upper and lower halves, connected to the next link. Not for me. The rest of the kit is gorgeous though. I too threw in an Aber 2 pounder from the barrel bin. Comes with plenty of PE in the box. Get the A9.
Once you start travelling down the Road of Endless Variants you are truly s-c-r-e-w-e-d.
There is no turning back once THAT bug has bitten you.
And then there is the MTLB chassis with all the various variants and other Soviet/Russian stuff.
Variants, variants all over the place, they are like swarming butterflies, fluttering all over the place.
It can drive a sensible stash manager to tears