British Nuffield Assault Tank A.T.9
OKB Grigorov 1/72, Ref. 72095
OKB Grigorov are intent on providing us with the 18 Nuffield Mechanizations and Aero Limited proposals for a ‘heavy’cruiser tank to replace their own Cruiser Mk.IV back in the late 1930s. This is the sixth variant thus kitted here in 1/72 by the prolific Bulgarian artisan, simply known as ‘A.T.9’. For info, only one of those 18 variants, the A.T.16, would see, after further modifications, the light of day as the A39 Tortoise.
This A.T.9 kit is made up of 76 resin and a further 13 photo-etched parts, a simple but adequate instruction sheet contained in the usual sturdy cardboard box. All barrels are resin, not turned metal. The level of detailing is very good on the resin bits, some might regret the closed off hatches on the hull and turret. Tracks are as usual supplied in long resin sections that will require careful bending around the wheels. The PE parts are there to grace the mudguards and protect the headlights.
All in all, this is quite an interesting design, with at touch of ‘tank prehistory’ with the main armament projecting from the side of the hull and a turret with a smaller calibre weapon, and yet for that time period some futuristic touches such as the small MG mini-turret protecting the rear of the vehicle.
Apart from its historical significance (or lack of, depending on how you might see things!) as part of a family of design that lead to the very limited production of the heaviest British assault tank of WW2, this model would certainly feel at ease in any ‘what if’ or ‘fantasy’ diorama.
Review & pictures by Domi Jadoul