Italeri- Panzerjäger I
The Panzerjäger I was Germany´s first attempt at a self-propelled anti-tank gun in World War II. Based on the Panzer I Ausf. B chassis, it mounted the Czech Škoda-built 4,7cm KPÚV vz. 38 (known in Germany as the 4.7 cm Pak (t). Intended to counter the heavier French tanks like the Char B1, it proved an effective early war anti-tank weapon. Serving in the Battle of France, in North Africa, and on the Eastern Front, it was in service up to 1943.
Italeri has been coming out with some interesting reboxes of their kits as of late and this one is no different. Using the timeline from Scalemates, this one traces back to it´s original lineage of a 1976 Italaerei kit of the Panzer I Ausf. B (#222). Using the same timeline, the first time this kit was modded as a Panzerjäger I was by Maquette in 1995 and later by Zvezda in 1997. Italeri´s version of this variant was first issued in 1998 as a rebox. Using the instructions from that kit (#358) I was able to trace the ¨new parts¨ for this kit. The main sprues seem to be pretty much the same, and near as I can tell the new parts include a PE sheet with two screens and a sprue of jerry cans. Let´s take a closer look at everything in the kit...
Sprue A is original and consists of road wheels, return rollers, sprockets, suspensions, tow cable, figure, fenders, and the transmission cover.
Sprue B is original and contains the lower hull tub, hatches, pioneer tools, and upper hull.
Sprue C is the original vinyl and contains the track sections. Also pictured is the PE fret with the two screens and the decals for the four schemes I will mention below.
Sprue D is original and contains parts for the transmission, main gun and shield, and all of the interior parts.
Sprue E is new (to this kit, but not new new) and contains the racks and parts for 18 jerry cans.
Version A: Wehrmacht 605th Panzerjäger Abteilung, Germany, October 1940 in schwarzgrau and medium brown featured on the box art
Version B: Wehrmacht Unknown Unit, Remagen Bridge, Germany, 1945 in dunkelgelb
Version C: Wehrmacht Unknown Panzerjäger Training Unit, Germany, 1943 in schwarzgrau
Version D: Wehrmacht 605th Panzerjäger Abteilung, El Alamein, November, 1942 in flat sand and schwarzgrau
Overall the kit looks to be a pretty straightforward build. Despite the age of the molds, the kit parts on the sprue seem to have very little flash. The gates are a bit thick, but in 13 steps one should have a pretty good looking tank destroyer. The decal schemes give some great options and the PE screens look quite nice.
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders, pending full build.
Thanks goes out to MRC for this review kit.
Reviewed by Michael Reeves
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