133 tan coloured plastic parts (27 not for
use), 34 metallic grey plastic parts (tracks), decals for 4 vehicles
plus a 5 page fold-out instruction sheet with history, parts plan, 8
build diagrams and 2 pages of paint/decal instructions.
Good external detail, link and length
tracks, open hatches, schurzen included, 2 figures plus parts for a
complete Panzer IV.
One piece return rollers and minimal detail
on inside of tracks
Introduced in 1943, the Brummbar
was a 150mm Howitzer in a fixer box type fighting compartment on a
Panzer IV chassis. Designed as an Infantry Support Assault Gun, it
had many modifications and by the end of production 306 vehicles had
This is, of course, the ex-Esci kit
and as far as I know, the only one in this scale. Not having built
this kit myself, I sought out Doug Chaultry's review on “On The Way”
website. He believed it was one of Esci's better kits with a high
level of accuracy and detail.
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There are only a few small niggling
issues such as overly long front guards, some moulded-on tools,
inaccurate drive gear and thick styrene schurzen.
It comes with a complete or almost complete Panzer IV which, I am
told, is not one of the better models of the Panzer IV available
today. Consequently, there are 27 of the 179 parts that will go into
the spares box. It also comes with two figures which are apparently
the same two included in most of Esci's Panzer kits, however, they
are quite well moulded and detailed, so should be of use.
Sprue “A” has the lower hull centre section, road wheels, Panzer IV
upper hull (not for use) and a few other small bits and pieces.
“B” carries most of the Panzer IV bits such as the turret which are
not used plus the lower hull side panels, figures, tools, spare
tracks and drive wheels.
Sprue “C” is the L&L hard plastic tracks. These appear to be the
standard Esci Panzer IV track sprue now moulded in metallic grey
plastic with very little detail on the inside, but they are still
better than rubber bands.
Sprue “D” is the new one for the Brummbar and includes upper hull,
gun, Schurtzen plates and mounts, correct idler wheels and spare
wheels and mounts.
A small decal sheet is included with one pair of crosses and three
The vehicles represented in this
St.Pz.Abt. 216, Italy 1944-1945, White 3 with over-all Dark
Yellow and Red Brown wavy lines.
St.Pz.Abt. 217, Caen (Normandie), July 1944, in the 3 colour
St.Pz.Abt. 216, Italy, 1944-1945, in over-all Dark Yellow with
Olive Green wavy lines.
St.Pz.Abt. 218, Warsar, August 1944, in over-all Dark Yellow.
Most small scale armour modellers
appreciate the fact that Italeri are re-releasing this old Esci
kits, as many of them are very good even by today’s standards and
are unique in the scale. This one hasn't been seen for a long time
and is therefore doubly welcome.