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.
The Revell StuG IV is actually a re-boxing of the Matchbox kit from 1994. It is a bit basic by today’s standards. This translates to a reasonable parts count and easy assembly, but some clunky components and simplifications. Some parts are easier to fix than others, my build features plastic card Schürzen but retains the kit’s simplified tracks. The model is painted as a vehicle from 394 StuG Brigade in Normandy, June 1944.
The Jagdpanzer IV L/70 was a tank destroyer built on the Panzer IV chassis mounting a 7.5 cm 70 caliber gun. The model is based upon a profile in Kagero’s TopColors 32, Pz.Kpfw. IV Family, with some liberties taken by yours truly.
Schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 654 was the first unit which was equipped with the Jagdpanther, receiving the first two vehicles in March 1944. In June it was deployed to Normandy, having only eight vehicles in total. Their first combat action occurred on 30JUL44 near Saint Marting Du Bois. Three 2. Kompanie Jagdpanthers engaged British Churchills of the 3rd Tank Battalion (Scots Guards), destroying eleven Churchills. Another column of Churchills managed to flank the Jagdpanthers, disabling two and a battalion command tank. The model represents a 2. Kompanie Jagdpanther from this engagement.
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.
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