Eduard M-40/75 Semovente exterior
by Frank De Sisto
Photo-etched brass in1/35th-scale for Italeri kit. Price: $14.95 USD.
The M-40/75 is one of Italeri’s oldest (and finest) kits; for its
day it was quite refined. It needs very little in the way of exterior
detailing and is a perfect platform for the Eduard approach to producing
uncomplicated photo-etched sets. Since the Italeri kit has a bit of an
interior included and Eduard bills this as an “exterior” set,
it would appear that there are plans for another set. But for now, on
to this one.
It is a very simple single-fret set, whose main component is a pair of
storage bins, which are mounted above the tracks to the rear of the casemate.
These have separate hinge, hasp and lock details. There are the usual
tool brackets and clamps, mounts for the vehicle jack and what I think
may be a storage point for the radio antenna. The AA machine-gun receives
a new ring sight and mounting bracket, while the exhausts get some fine
details for their pipes and their orifices. Finally, there are racks and
details for the kit’s jerry cans.
This one should prove ideal for a novice photo-etch user, and may be
usable on the Tamiya kit.
Eduard products are available at retail and mail order shops, or direct
from the manufacturer at: www.eduard.cz.