Review: 1/72 First to Fight Bofors 40 mm Polska Armata

The Polish Wrzesień 1939 series is a war game series by the Polish company First to Fight and is centered around the events of September 1939 German invasion of Poland and features all kinds of interesting Polish and early German hardware that you don’t often see. And that is a shame because the Polish Campaign was and still is an important and interesting part of WW2 and the Polish armed forces had some interesting designs.

So starting off with a Polish license-built variant of the Swedish Bofors 40 mm Anti-Air cannon isn’t the best case to use in the ‘Polish equipment is interesting’ argument because the list of users is endless. It’s far quicker to name the countries that didn’t use the Bofors.

The kit

It usually comes with a magazine in Polish detailing the events of September 1939, but my local shop decided to give these magazines away to one of his few Polish customers, because 99% of his regular customers don’t read a word of Polish. So we’re left with only the kit itself. It features boxart of the gun in transport position being towed by some kind of artillery tractor. Sadly you only get the gun in this side opening box. The back of the box features the only color scheme and the instructions in an exploded view.

Upon opening the box we’re greeted with a single sprue in a sealed bag, and i was surprised by the quality of the kit. I half expected a fairly basic kit, but this kit is full of detail. The barrel of the gun is crisply molded as a single piece with only a hint of seamlines. The receiver of the gun also features some really nice detailing, with all kinds of levers, covers and other bits and bobs represented nicely. And from what I remember of the modern 40L60 in Dutch service it looks fairly accurate. (I once had a job on an Army base where in the parking lot next to us they parked a bunch of these) And the rest of the kit is just as good, with very little seamlines to clean up. The many small details of this kit are also nicely represented in plastic, with tiny details like cogwheels have really small cogs molded on them. Similarly the road wheels feature a nice tread pattern and the many beams, bars and other small stuff are nice and round, and it will be a challenge to get these parts of the sprue without damaging them. There are some hints of flash on some parts, but most of it doesn’t seem to hard to clean up, your biggest ‘problem’ will be removing the sprue gates and seamlines from the often small, thin and long parts.

Color scheme and decals

This kit only features one color scheme: a camouflaged scheme using Flat Earth, Brown Violet, Dark Sand and Reflective Green for the camouflage and Black and Gunmetal for the wheels and gun, labeled with Vallejo paint numbers. It will be a challenge painting the gun in this scheme due to its small size and many small parts. But at least there are no decals included in the kit.

Conclusion

This small, cheap kit offers a surprisingly well made kit with good details and no obvious problems so far. It’s a rather obscure piece of kit though, as Polish license-built 40L60s weren’t that common but I doubt the Poles made big changes to the gun itself, so it can probably be used in a lot of countries. Despite the small, thin and long parts that require care to remove from the sprue. But this kit exceeded my expectations as it is a great kit and well worth picking up.

Score

8.5/10

Links

Info

Vehicle: Bofors 40 mm Polska Armata
Manufacturer: First to Fight
Scale: 1/72
Kit#: PL1939 – 036

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