This kit follows on from CSM’s first kit of the Lanchester, which proved to be extremely popular. This Russian version uses almost all of the original parts, with one new sprue supplying the new gun, top vent, and rear deck parts, and providing everything to make an accurate kit of the Russian Lanchester. The quality of the moulding is excellent, and the wire wheels are amongst the best available in plastic. The fit of parts is extremely good, and the relatively simple model goes together very easily, to give an excellent appearance.
The instruction sheet is in the form of a historical booklet, with the style of drawings reflecting the format used by Wingnut Wheels aircraft kits. There are few parts added at each stage, and the instructions are very easy to follow. The kit builds up very easily indeed, with only a few items to add or modify by anyone seeking the ultimate level of detailing. The kit has six different decal options, although the paint scheme for each is just overall dark green. However, the vehicles in most photos are bashed and tatty, with amazing opportunities for weathering.
It is worth mentioning that CSM have released three resin Russian figures to go with this kit, and it is worth looking at their website for more details of these figures.
Overall, this Russian Lanchester is a really unusual and visually striking kit, and very much recommended. The parts are well moulded and fit together very well. In a few places the parts have been simplified to avoid adding details in areas that cannot be seen on the assembled model – such as gun breeches – and some modellers may wish to add in a few additional parts. The kit makes up as a fabulous model straight from the box, and will be a great talking point in any collection of WW1 cars.