Italeri released their L 6/40 light tank almost two years ago, so not surprisingly, they followed this recently with the assault gun version, the open-topped Semovente 47/32. Overall, the kit is fairly typical of recent Italeri releases: a bit clunky and chunky and more reminiscent in quality to kits from the 1980s. The detail is a bit soft, and the fit varies from fair to excellent.
I replaced the kit tracks with the Fruilmodel white metal tracks which I got from Bill Miley at Chesapeake Model Designs. The kit tracks are okay but the Fruil tracks make the painting a lot easier and the detail is very fine. They are very fidgety to assemble, and most links require some attention from the drill to clean out the pin holes.
I had already purchased a Model Victoria L 6/40 interior set, but in reality, only a small fraction of this exquisite little upgrade is needed. Model Victoria also produces an excellent turned aluminum barrel which is a major step up from the kit’s soft and mushy detail. I also used the excellent Model Victoria ammunition set.
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by Steven J. Zaloga