This is the IBG Scammell Pioneer Tank Transporter with the Italeri (ESCI) Churchill Mk. III, North Africa, November 1942. The figure is from Preiser components, most of the stowage is from Value Gear.
This is the Italeri Churchill Mk. III, which turns out is the re-boxed ESCI kit from 1988. The kit has been updated with glue-able tracks, but still retains some ejector pin marks in bad locations. Markings are from the kit decal sheet and represent a British Army Churchill serving with the King Force Detachment at El Alamein, November 1942.
Here is the old ESCI late production Hummel. This one needs a lot of help, I suffered from Evergreen fever and it’s still not right. Still, sometimes it’s fun to see what you can do to improve a kit rather than just whine about its faults. A serious modeler would set this one aside and start with one of the newer molds. Apparently, ESCI’s team found a Hummel with the gun out of battery in the full recoil position and took their measurements from that, and then added the missing length back on to the end of the barrel to make the overall profile look right. All the fighting compartment shielding on this kit is too thick. It was all thinned or replaced. The curved shield replacement shown here was plunge molded.
Not a good kit. I rebuilt the gun and the interior, and also thinned the shields on the fighting compartment. I didn’t replace the single wheels which should be doubles, and the hull should be a bit lower. I did have fun cutting up the Evergreen to improve the kit, but you’re much better off building the Revell or Dragon kits if you want a good Hummel. In general I plan on avoiding the old ESCI and Hasegawa armor kits in the future, with only a few exceptions. The newer kits are just so much more accurate and easier to assemble. Hard to justify struggling with some of the old kits, even at bargain prices.
This is the ESCI M6 3/4 ton truck. A bit clunky by today’s standards but it can still be built up to a presentable model and is a useful subject. This one shares molds with the other members of the ESCI M6 family which means it also shares the problems of ejector pin marks and mold seams. There are fit issues with several of the parts, so this is not a straight-forward build. Be sure to mount the rear springs to the bottom of the bed instead of the frame or the model will sit much too high.