Italeri 1/72 Carro Armato M13/40 Kit First Look
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||October 2011||Manufacturer||Italeri|
|Subject||Carro Armato M13/40||Scale||1/72|
|Kit Number||7517||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Two complete kits, simple build, easy assembly||Cons||See text|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$21.95|
The Fiat-Ansaldo M13/40 was an Italian medium tank ("M" for Medio (medium) according to the Italian tank weight standards at the time: 13 tonnes was the scheduled weight and 1940 the initial year of production), designed to replace the Fiat 13, the Fiat L6/40 and the Fiat M11/39 in the Italian Army at the start of World War II. The design was influenced by the British Vickers 6-ton and was based on the modified chassis of the earlier Fiat M11/39. Indeed, M11/39 production was cut short in order to get the M13/40 into production.
Italeri is a prolific plastic model company based in Italy. They manufacture kits of AFV’s, aircraft, cars, trucks, figures and ships. Their US distributor is Model Rectifier in New Jersey.
This kit comes in a end-opening type box that is shrink-wrapped and has it’s end flaps sealed with round circles of tape. The box art shows 2 of the M13/40’s that you get in the kit photographed on a diorama base. Each has a wave pattern scheme on them. A side-panel of the box shows illustrations of the parts trees and the decal sheet. The back of the box serves as the assembly instructions and has a listing of Italeri brand paints suggested to use to finish the 2 models. Yes…there are 2 complete tanks in the box. The kit is aimed at wargamers and is a fast assembly designed kit. There are only 15 parts that make up each tank. However, the detail on these tanks is quite well done. The kit is for modelers 11 and older. It is a good kit for a novice modeler.
There is a sealed cello bag in the box that holds the 2 identical trees of tan parts, the decal sheet and a sheet of CAUTIONS that is in 20 languages, including English. Below this is a coupon to use to request any assistance from Italeri with any kit problems. The reverse side of the sheet has three 3-view illustrations for paint schemes used in North Africa, 1941-1943 and the Balkans 1940-1941.
The parts trees each hold 13 parts: the turret, turret rotation vertical axle, main gun, mantle, flexible machine gun (that mounts atop the turret), the hull top and rear wall, headlights, suspension and tracks as whole unit. The hull top has the fenders molded into it. The fighting compartment roof and hull tub are each loose in the bag. There are 2 identical sets of all the above parts.
The decal sheet is pretty extensive for a kit this size. No less than 20 different unit markings!
- 1st Company Commander (red rectangles)
- 1st Platoon, 1st tank to 5th tank
- 2nd Company Commander (azure rectangles) 2nd platoon, 1st tank to 5th tank
- 132 Ariete Div. “Rams head” insignia
The Ariete Armoured Division was an armored division of the Italian Army during WWII. It was formed in 1939 as the second armoured division in the Italian Army after the 131ST Armored Division “Centauro”. The division fought in the North African Campaign until being destroyed during the Second Battle of El Alamein. (The Ariete Armoured Division hero Second Lieutenant Luigi Arbib Pascucci led the remaining tanks in a counterattack against the advancing British armour at Fuka, allowing the German Afrika Korps to escape.Luigi was found dead in his burned-out tank after the counterattack, with the rest of the Ariete Division tanks destroyed. His sacrifice earned him the Gold Medal of Military Valor, Italy's highest military award.)
Although these tanks have few parts, the quality of the detail is high and they make up into respectable models in this scale. Highly recommended to wargamers and modelers.
I want to thank MRC for this review sample.