Semovente 75/18 M40 – M41
|Stock Number and Description||Italeri No. 7045 Semovente 75/18 M40-M41|
|Media and Contents:||84 sand coloured plastic parts on two sprues, 2 dark grey rubber band tracks on one sprue, decals for four vehicles plus a 5 page, fold-out, A5 sized instruction sheet with history, parts plan, 9 build drawings and 4 Paint/Decal diagrams.|
|Review Type:||First Look|
|Advantages:||Well moulded considering it's age, highly detailed, some interior detail, 2 crew figures.|
|Disadvantages:||Ex-Esci kit (is that a disadvantage?), rubber band tracks.|
The Semovente M40 was an Italian self-propelled gun based on the less than successful Carro Armato M 13/40 Tank. It was much more useful due to the performance of it's 75mm gun which gave it an advantage over most Allied Armour. The M41 was the same vehicle with a more powerful diesel engine.
Another in Italeri's long list of re-released Ex-Esci kits. In the Summary, I mentioned this to be an Ex-Esci kit as a disadvantage to show it as not being a new moulding. The main advantage of most Esci kits is that they have never been done by any-one else in this scale. However, many, including this one, are well up to today’s standards of detail and mould quality, in fact, the only fault I could find with this kit is the soft one-piece tracks and I will say more on this later.
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The “A” sprue contains the lower
hull including engine deck, suspension, road wheels, drive
sprockets, return and idler wheels plus some small external parts
including separate pioneer tools. These are all beautifully moulded
with very little flash, next to no ejector pin marks and heaps of
Sprue “B” has the five piece fighting compartment, detailed 75mm gun including mount, breach and sight, detailed rear bulkhead, drive shaft and gearbox, drivers station and two well sculpted three piece crew figures, one being a seated driver and the other the vehicle commander to stand in the large open hatchway. Unfortunately, they don't give you a gunner figure to complete the three man crew.
As mentioned above, the tracks are rubber bands and although well moulded and detailed a better solution is at hand.
UM, the Ukraine based Braille
Armour Manufacturer has recently released sets of L&L tracks for
their T 26 tank, one of the few UM kits not to have L&L tracks
included. These track are very similar to those used on the M40/41
and the M13/40 Italian tanks but a word of caution, you will need
more than one set to equip one of these vehicles. They can be
purchased on-line from NKR Models, Tracks & Troops or Squadron plus
any other on-line shop that carries UM products for a very
Decals are of the high quality that we have come to expect from Italeri these days and cover four vehicles, three Italian, two in over-all sand in North Africa and one in a very attractive three-colour scheme plus one German, also in three colours near Rome, October 1943.
Even without the UM L&L tracks, this kit could still be made into a very detailed little replica of this very important Italian vehicle.
Now, where's that Esci Wespe Mr Italeri?
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample.
Text by Glen Porter
Page Created 06 May, 2007
Page Last Updated 06 May, 2007