Carro Armato L6/40
|Kit # 72002||Construction Review by Rob Haelterman|
Parts are nicely cast, with no warping. Pin holes were few; warping or other defects were not found, except on the tracks, which suffer from some uneven casting to the point that I feel it is necessary to put the tank in a diorama so I can slap some mud on them.
The manual is in Italian, with only partial English (and French) translations.
I started by removing the bigger pieces from the molding carrots, most of them with a motor tool. The motor tool ensures a clean cut, with less risk of a crack propagating towards the actual parts; it also ensures a lot of dust whirling around. The parts that required the most care were the sprockets as the teeth are easily damaged. Parts were then cleaned up with scalpel and sanding paper. The resin is very pleasant to work with: not too brittle, nor too flexible. Clean up is limited, by the way, with very little flash and minimal molding pegs. Five pin holes were found and filled in.
was started with the bogies. One half of each roadwheel is attached
to the rear half of the bogie truck, the other half needs to glued
to this part, after which you can install the face of the bogie truck.
The wheel halves have no locating pegs, which makes it a bit more
difficult to install them correctly, especially when working with
fast drying superglue. Some wheels that are attached to the bogie
are not perfectly aligned. The easiest way around this, was to allow
for a certain amount of "toe-out" between the wheel halves.
I figured the problem would not really show as long as the outer wheel
halves were well-aligned.
The resin tracks come as pre-assembled sections, four per side. I like this, as the thought of having to bend resin tracks by heating them has always scared me sheetless. The tracks are not too bad what the level of detail is concerned, but suffer from too many blemishes and aren't always perfectly pre-assembled straight.
it easier to install the tracks by removing some teeth where the tracks
met the rear idler.
is a single, solid piece, while the turret can accept a "half-figure"
but is otherwise solid and cast integrally with the gun.
The manual mentions the use of metal rod to make a tow hook and foot steps. As I understand it, this metal rod should be included, but it wasn't. I used some brass rod I had lying around. It seems I have not positioned the front tow hooks correctly as they should be higher up the hull. I might also have missed a towing eye on the nose of the kit.
At this point I compared the look of the kit with the limited references I had. Not having any scale drawings that I could truest for the full 100%, I mainly looked at pictures and compared them with the kit. It seems the look of the vehicle has been captured well.
I chose to represent a German vehicle and painted it as such. It is difficult to tell from the pictures I have seen whether the return rollers had rubber tyres or not.
As the kit comes without decals, I dove into my spares box and used Balkenkreuze from an old 1/76 Fujimi PzKpfw38(t) (which 6 years after finishing the kit had become gooey). The licence plates came from Decal Details MI-109, which incidentally also has Italian markings.
 Italian Armored
Vehicles of World War Two, Squadron/Signal 6089, N. Pignato
For more info on L6/40s in German service visit http://beute.narod.ru/Beutepanzer/italy/tanks/L6-40/L6-40-1.htm and following pages.
Thanks to Georgio Briga (GB Modelli) for the review sample.
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