IBG’s Scammell Tank Transporter is a bit tedious to assemble, requiring the use of several photoetch pieces as integral components of the structure. Once past that it builds up to an impressive finished model. I used the kit decals which represent a Scammell Pioneer from GHQ Middle East Forces, 8th Army, 372nd Tank Transporter Company of the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC), North Africa, 1941.
I started this kit as a quick project while awaiting a box of modeling goodness from Hannants. It’s not really a quick build though. IBG has modeled every component of the Scammell Pioneer without regard as to whether it will be visible on the finished model or not, and many of these components are reproduced using photoetch. This cuts both ways. On one hand the model is very detailed, on the other assembly is complex and there is a constant issue with alignment. My personal preference is for simplifying detail and combining parts to ease assembly, especially if the parts are in a location where the simplification can never be seen.
The instructions have a large number of steps but a relatively small number of parts used in each step. There is also a finished render in each step to show how everything is supposed to fit together. Still there are some areas which can be confusing, I think my trailer decking is mounted a bit too high. There is still a little room for modelers to add to the kit, particularly if you find a bit of scratchbuilding preferable to fiddling with PE.
I found the kit fiddly to build but liked the subject, I have a soft spot for tank transporters. It is not a “box shaker”, but if you can push through the assembly stage it makes for an eye-catching model.
This is the IBG Models 2009 release of the Canadian C15A Personnel Lorry. The design is very distinctive and, like most trucks, a number of variations were produced to fulfill specialized roles. IBG has released several versions and the aftermarket has served us well with a wide range of accessories and detail parts. This is a nice kit, but one which has been made needlessly difficult to build by being over-engineered. There were quite a few minuscule parts which were molded separately when they could have just as easily been molded as part of another assembly without sacrificing any detail.
The model represents a C15A assigned the Carlton and York Regiment, 1st Canadian Infantry Division, Sicily 1943.
This is the new 1/72 scale Japanese Army truck kit from IBG. Great kit. Softskins are always welcome here, there is a place for them in any area of modeling. Japanese softskins are underrepresented, for years the only game in town were the venerable Hasegawa kits from the 1970s. Now we have this one from IBG, a kit which is fun to build and fits right.
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