Tamiya's 1/35 scale
available online from Squadron.com
This is Tamiya's old 1/35 scale Carro Armato M13/40, Italy's most
important tank of World War Two.
The kit dates back to the 1970s and it's not one of
Tamiya's best efforts. It's adequately detailed but it's not on par with
the level of detail one is accustomed from todays latest kits. There is
no way to say if the kit represents a late M13/40 or an early M14/41. It
is really a mixture of features from both versions of the Carro Armato;
the turret is the one from an M14/41 with its prominent bulges on the
top, it has the early long fenders used on the M13/40 that where
shortened from the 50th M14/41 production vehicle, the engine deck
cooling grills are from a late M14/41 aligned transversally and the two
supplied spare road wheels are from an M13/40 or an early to mid
production M14/40 as late M14/41s only carried one on the center . After
all this information, I decided to go with the box title and left my
tank as a late M13/40 with long fenders.
There is another kit of M13/40 made by Italeri but you can find it also
boxed by Zvezda. I have not seen this kit but from what I've read on
reviews it is suggested that Italeri's offering has more finesse.
Italeri's kit could have also been misidentified as an M13/40 but I'll
have to check for that when I get my hands on one.
Building the kit is very straight forward with very few
difficulties after extensive part preparation and dry fitting.
One has to watch for the join of the lower and upper
hull and the fighting compartment as they leave a noticeable gap that
has to be addressed. I decided to give my M13/40 a sportier look by
leaving only half the fenders. There are M13/40s with half fenders on
many photographs from the period.
painted my tank with Model Master Enamels.
The base color is Italian Sand Yellow. I mixed different
shades of this color to add highlights and shadows to the model. I
applied several oil color washes to change the hue and accentuate
details. This was followed with some dusting using very diluted Tamiya
Buff acrylic paint.
Final weathering was done using pastel dust. The white
disk on the top of the turret was used as an identification sign so that
Italian bombers could differentiate them from British tanks.
The Composite Image
The composite image at the top of the page was done to
represent a sole M13/40 desperately charging on the desert near Beda
Fomm, south of Benghazi. From the 5th to the 7th of February of 1941 two
British armored brigades engaged with an Italian armored brigade
comprising of about 100 M13/40s. By the end of the battle the Matildas
and Valentines superior firepower and thicker armor won the day for the
British. This was to be the last large tank engagement before the DAK (Deutsches
Afrika Korps) arrived on the deserts of North Africa.
Italian Armored Vehicles of World War Two, by Nicola
Pgnato published by Squadron/Signal Publications
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