Italeri 6477 1/35 Semovente L40 da 47/32 Kit First Look
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||February 2011||Manufacturer||Italeri|
|Subject||Semovente L40 da 47/32||Scale||1/35|
|Kit Number||6477||Primary Media||Styrene/Photo-Etch|
|Pros||Nicely detailed Italian WWII AFV||Cons||No figure in kit|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$46.95|
This small tank destroyer was developed by the Italian Royal Army on the basis of the hull of the light L6/40 tank. It was equipped with a 47mm cannon placed in a casement and although it provided a good ballistic performance, when it was first put into service in 1941 it was inadequate to attack most of the enemy's tanks. The same hull was used to develop a command version equipped with a radio to coordinate the action of armored vehicles. The 47/32 L40 self-propelled tank, manufactured in around 300 copies, was widely used in the final part of the war in North Africa. After the armistice agreed in September 1943, the vehicles in Italy that survived the war were seized and used by the German Army.
Italeri is a prolific model company based in Italy. This new kit comes in a tray and lid type box that is sealed with 2 round discs of tape and not shrink-wrapped. The box art shows a Semovente L40 da 47/32 tooling along in sand dunes. Most likely depicting North Africa. It is overall Italian flat sand color. It has a azure rectangle on the side of the fighting compartment with 2 vertical white bars on it and the number 4 above this rectangle. This indicates a vehicle from the 2nd company, 2nd platoon and vehicle number 4 of that platoon. This mark is included on the decal sheet in the kit. A driver is shown with his head out of the roof hatch. However, there are no figures provided in the kit.
One side panel of the box show color illustrations for 2 other schemes provided on the decal sheet and a one paragraph history of the vehicle in English and Italian. The other side panel has color illustrations of the parts trees, brass PE fret and decals in the kit. Next to these is Italeri’s address.
Inside the box there are 4 medium gray parts trees in two sealed cello bags, a fret of brass PE and a die-cut sheet of clear plastic that has two discs cut into it to use as light lenses.
The decal sheet and instructions complete the kit’s contents.
The instructions consist of a single sheet that accordion folds out into 10 pages of 8 ½” x 13” format.
Page 1 of the instructions has the history of the vehicle in 6 languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, German and Dutch. This is followed by the statement that the kit is for 14yr olds and older.
Page 2 begins with “Attention! Useful advice” in the 6 languages, followed by parts tree illustrations.
Page 3 begins with a list of Italeri/Model Master paints and their FS numbers, suggested for use to paint the model. This is followed by the first two assembly steps.
Pages 4 through 8 hold the balance of a total of 13 assembly steps. The bottom of page 8 has decal application instructions in the 6 languages.
Pages 9 and 10 have three 3-view illustrations of schemes and markings provided on the decal sheet.
1. Unknown Italian anti-tank unit, Corsica, December 1942. In overall Italian light sand with red rectangle with 2 white vertical bars on it and the number 3 above the rectangle. This indicates that it is of the first company, second platoon and tank 3 within the platoon.
2 Unknown Italian anti-tank unit, Sicily, early 1943. Also, in overall Italian light sand with an azure rectangle with 2 white vertical bars on it and the number 4 above the rectangle. This indicates the Second company, second platoon and tank 4 within the platoon (the box art subject).
3. Unknown German anti-partisan unit, Northern Italy, Early 1944. This one is in a base coat of Panzer dunkel gelb with spots of Panzer olive green and Schokoladenbraun (chocolate brown) and German crosses.
The bottom of page 10 has a mail-in coupon to send to Italeri for any service needed with the kit.
Large medium gray letter A parts tree holds: hull sections, bogies, fenders and tools (48 parts)
There are 2 identical medium sized medium gray letter B parts trees. These hold: road wheels, drive sprockets, return rollers, idler wheels and link and length type treads (81 parts per tree)
Medium sized letter C parts tree holds: seats, interior cabinets and small details, main gun parts, scope and fighting compartment walls. (39 parts)
The brass PE fret holds: muffler shields, vision flap hinges, license plates and the rear plate’s bracket and a fascist logo plate (11 parts)
There is a clear sheet of plastic that has 2 die-cut lenses cut into it. I believe one of these is a spare as I only see one headlight on this vehicle.
The decal sheet completes the kit’s contents. It holds the license plate numbers, Italian and German markings and instrument panel dials for the dashboard.
The figure shown on the box art is not included in the kit. Too bad.
This is one neat WWII Italian vehicle. Highly recommended.