67 tan coloured plastic parts on one sprue,
1 piece of clear acetate for windscreen, decals for 2 vehicles plus a 5
page fold-out instruction sheet with history, parts plan, 15 build
diagrams and 1 page of paint/decal instructions.
New tooling of an unusual subject, highly
detailed inside and out, plastic tyres (unlike 1/35 scale counterpart)
During the Italian Desert Operations in North Africa, a need arose
for a dedicated desert reconnaissance vehicle and the AS 42 was
designed based on the AB 41 Armoured Car chassis and mechanicals.
The rear steering position and four-wheel drive were dropped and a
large automatic weapon was placed in the centre of the crew
compartment. A strange looking machine, much like an over-sized
Kubelwagen but, apparently, quite successful in its intended role.
This is a brand new kit by Italeri,
although it probably traces its origins to their 1/35 scale kit. The
bigger kit has a resin engine and figures that don't come in the
Braille Scale offering, but also the former has vinyl tyres. For the
1/72 scale kit we get them in plastic. Personally, I can live
without the resin bits but I would not want vinyl tyres. I think we
Braillers got the better deal.
67 plastic parts is not bad for a non-tracked vehicle and they're
all on one sprue which fortunately just fits inside the end opening
box. The above mentioned plastic tyres are separate from the rims
which is in itself a godsend as it makes both easier to paint.
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The canon with 14 parts is almost a
stand-alone kit with Italeri not being afraid to mould some very
small parts for both it and the rest of the kit. Also included are
alternative windshields, one with a protective cover and just a
small opening in the centre. A piece of acetate is supplied with
stencils in the instructions to make the clear screens for both
There is no sign of any flash and the few ejector pin marks will all
be hidden away once the model is built. The moulding in this kit is
up there with the best I've ever seen.
The small but well printed decal sheet has markings for two
vehicles, both from Tunisia, early 1943. Both are in overall sand
with the only difference being number plates, and one has an Italian
flag (also supplied as a decal) painted over the engine cover.
It is good to see Italeri doing
some new moulding in this scale rather than just re-releasing the
old Esci kits (as welcome as they are). The subjects that Italeri is
choosing are doubly welcome as they are vehicles that otherwise
don't exist in this scale.
Add this to that the fact that Italeri is not afraid to do some very
fine moulding and you have some very exciting kits indeed.