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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bolt Action - Review: Rubicon Models M10 Wolverine

By Anthony "Anfernee" Mason

Today we are going have a look at the Rubicon Models M10/M36 kit. This is another stunning kit from Rubicon that is brimming to the top with options. This kit not only has the option to make the M10 Wolverine as I have here, but also the M10A1 variant, the 17pdr SP Achilles (Ic or IIc) and the M36 Jackson (M36, M36B1 or M36B2). They model makers at Rubicon have managed to fit this staggering amount of choices into the one box. The modular nature of Rubicon's kits really make them big game winners in my eyes. So come with me as I crack open this box of goodness and assemble my very own M10 Wolverine.



The first thing you see with this kit is the beautiful box. As per usual with the Rubicon kits, they have some great art on the front of the box, along with a bunch of historical information on the vehicles you can make, mounted on the back of the box. Inside are three sprues safely wrapped in plastic pockets, along with an instruction booklet and a sheet of transfers. Now these transfers are great, but you may notice I didn't use them and instead freehanded my markings. This is just personal preference and no reflection on the quality of the Rubicon decals!


Because of the shear amount of variants available, there is a heap of turret pieces. Make sure you carefully follow the instructions to ensure you use the right bits for the version you make. The great thing with Rubicon is, the instructions are fairly easy to follow and all the parts are labelled on them and on the sprues. The tank destroyer variants are quite different in appearance, so unlike some of the other Rubicon kits, it would be very hard to magnetise or make these vehicles so that you could swap between them with the same kit. So instead I just settled on making the M10 Wolverine for my brother's British force.


You can see the M10 here, in 3 pretty easy to assemble pieces. You get two .50 cals but I've decided to leave them off on this model. One downside to the current Rubicon kits is a lack of crew. Some of them have drivers, but this particular kit lacks any crew, which is a bit of a negative in an open-topped vehicle. Luckily this is something that Rubicon has spoken about addressing in their future kits, as they look at doing more crew figures for their ranges.




The level of detail is great, the usual Rubicon standard, and the level of variety is excellent. Because of all the extra parts needed for the extra variants, there is not much in the way of stowage, so you may want to pick up the forthcoming Allied Stowage set or one of the other stowage packs available from other manufacturers to help personalise your tank destroyer.





Overall, I give this kit 8 out of 10. If this was an enclosed vehicle, I'd probably say a 9 or 10, but because it has an open top and lacks crew, it means you have to source your crew elsewhere unless you want it to be a ghost-crewed tank destroyer. Otherwise this is another great kit from Rubicon with a staggering amount of variety available in one simple little kit.


"Anf" is a long-time gamer from Down Under, who currently focuses his hobby time on Bolt Action.
With an equal love of  rockets and Ice Hockey, he constantly explores weird and wonderful army lists in his never-ending quest to collect them all.




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