Ever since I saw The Bridge at Remagen many years ago, I've had a certain affinity for the M24 Chaffee. At the time I watched the movie, long before I knew the ridiculous amounts of tedious WWII equipment knowledge I have now, I didn't realize the M24 was actually WWII vintage. I assumed that the movie, like a lot of other movies made at the time, used more modern vehicles. When I first discovered that the movie was actually historically accurate (...at least in terms of vehicles...), I couldn't wait until Chaffees were available for Flames of War!
When they did become available, I have to admit I was slightly disappointed. With the later Shermans receiving "Detroit's Finest", and the relatively high cost of the chaffee, their awesomeness was somewhat diminished. On the other hand, front armor 4 vs 6 in late war isn't much of a difference, and those extra 2" of movement can be the difference between a side shot or a front shot!
Battlefront Boxset comes with the 5 tanks and not much else. I was a bit disappointed at the lack of inclusion of magnets and decals, however the price is pretty good compared to buying individually. With an MSRP of $52(US), the tanks cost just a hair over $10 a piece, a significant savings over the usual $12.50 for individual blisters. Combine the already lower cost with standard online discounts, and these are one of the better bargains for Flames of War minis.
Customer Service got me the replacement barrel in less than 48 hours.
*Models provided courtesy of Battlefront Miniatures.