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Ace 1/72 Trattore Leggero (Light Artillery Tractor) TL.37 Kit First Look

By Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review January 2011 Manufacturer Ace
Subject Trattore Leggero (Light Artillery Tractor) TL.37 Scale 1/72
Kit Number 72282 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Interesting subject Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $11.50

First Look

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The TL.37 was an Italian vehicle of WWII. It was Model SPA, called TLA (Trattore Leggero per artiglieria). The tractor was designed to accommodate six people, draw artillery pieces of 75mm and 100mm at a speed of 40 km/h on roads and tow trailers carrying ammunition with a capacity of 100 shells and cross slopes of 60%.

In 1938, the TLA gained favor of the authorities over it's competitor from Breda and was renamed TL.37. In October of that year, an order was placed for 250 tractors with 24 units sent to Libya to test and evaluate the vehicles.

Although the TL.37 was not fast and had complex mechanics, it was regarded as the best artillery tractor employed in North Africa even when pitted against captured Allied artillery tractors.

Ace is a model company based in the Ukraine. This kit is molded in four light gray trees of parts. It includes 5 black vinyl tires and a decal sheet that are in a small zip-lock type cello bag. The instructions complete the kit's contents.

The instructions consist of a single sheet that is folded into 4 pages in 5 ¾” x 8 ¼” format.

Page 1 of the instructions shows the parts tree drawings.

Pages 2 and 3 show 8 un-numbered assembly drawings.

Page 4 has 3 painting and marking instruction drawings.

  1. A TL.37 of the Italian Army during the battle for Stalingrad – abandoned on the South-Western Front. December 1942. White wash over dark olive-green
  2. A TL.37 of the Italian Army in North Africa. 1942. Dark olive-green
  3. A TL.37 captured by Allied forces at Sicily. 1943. Dark olive-green with white stars

The first light gray tree holds: the firewall, windshield frame, seats, rear body panel, side panels, nose panel, seats, dashboard, spare tire rack, floorboard etc. (18 parts)

The second light gray tree holds: hood top and grill, a seat, fenders, door panels, chassis, nameplate, etc. (14 parts)

The third light gray tree holds: the exhaust pipe, cross members, steering wheel, etc. (19 parts)

The fourth light gray tree holds 5 wheel hubs.

There are 5 black vinyl tires.

The decal completes the kit.

The only thing missing in the kit is clear parts for the windshield. This however can be easily made from a thin clear sheet of plastic.

This looks like a nice little kit and will provide a nice and quick modeling project.

This kit is definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to HobbyTerra.com for this review sample!

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