PAK 97/38 Gun with servants
Reviewed by Alastair Bowie
|Stock Number and Description
||Italeri 1/35 Scale Kit No. 6460; PAK 97/38
Gun with servants
|Media and Contents:
||Approx 69 Dark Grey coloured parts on three
sprues. Figures: 40 parts on one sprue
||Option of towed or firing positions. Action
oriented gun crew provided plus a number of rounds including used cases
||Poor crew figures no (correct) ammo boxes.
Fiddly build in places
||Recommended - excellent value for money
The German Army were masters at integrating captured weapons into
their growing armies as they swallowed up most of Europe, this
weapon is one of those weapons but in a hybrid form. The PAK 97/38
is a marriage of the German PAK 38 50mm AT gun Carriage and the
venerable French M1897 75mm gun. The weapon was produced in a need
to get better AT guns to the troops in response to the Heavier
Russian Armour appearing on the battlefields. The 50 mm PAK 38 was
ineffective against a lot of these heavier Russian designs and the
production of its successor the excellent PAK 40 75mm was not
sufficient to meet the demand. As a result the Germans adapted the
PAK 38 Carriage to take the French 75 firing new German Ammunition.
tended to be found in second line formations as it was inferior to
the PAK 40 and the Captured Russian 76mm AT guns. A lot of these
weapons were deployed in France where they were more than adequate
given the combat ranges and opposition faced. Later Ammunition
development saw this weapon gain a much better performance in the AT
role but by then it was too late.
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AFAIK this is
the second kit of this weapon following the DML example which I
originally thought this was a reboxing of. That is not the case and
the kit like its real life example is based on the existing PAK 38
kit. New parts are included for the Gun and its trail wheels plus
ammunition for the gun in full and spent rounds (8 of each). A crew
of four figures of Esci origin are provided which have previously
been included in the Esci Light 75 Infantry Gun and the Italeri PAK
38. They are in action poses and depicted in Camouflage smocks with
ankle boots and gaiters but one figure has Jack Boots. Ammunition
boxes for the original Lt 75mm Infantry gun are supplied and the
instructions indicate its use but these are much too small for the
Pak 97/38 ammunition.
covered in 9 stages and offered a pretty easy build with only a few
covers the Carriage and the only parts I found a problem were 1a
& 2a where they mount to the lower carriage. These are the gunn
mounts and have little in the way of locating tabs which makes
attaching them to the lower axle difficult. Take your time and
ensure their alignment is correct.
details the construction of the trails and the crew handles –
parts 22c should be fitted first because parts 4c and 3c cover
the locating holes. They also need to be angled upward slightly.
Stage 3 is
the Gun Shield construction and offered no problems although
part 7a’s (sight or tool case) positioning is not clear. Parts
15,16, & 17 are shield supports and quite fiddly to fit, ensure
they are attached to the gun mounts prior to fitting the shield
and that they can still move.
Stage 4 sees
the Gun tube fitted to the carriage and offered no problem
Stage 5 sees
the guns inner sliding shield fitted (drop fit – no glue
required) along with the lower splinter shield in either towed
or firing position.
details the trail ends with options for the firing or towed
Stage 7 is
the final detail of the trials with Stage 8& 9 cover the crew
construction. The crew had a lot of flash to remove and really
show their age (originally a 1970’s release by ESCI)
No markings are
NOTE: The kit as presented in these photos was built for review and
primed only. It has not had gaps filled, sanded etc in an effort to
show the kits fit and finish
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This is a solid well
detailed but simple build that should give a much cheaper option to
the DML kit. It offered few problems in construction and gives an
adequate crew for an in action Diorama with crew poses well done.
This is a good introductory kit for youngsters getting into the
hobby but with a little building experience under their belts. This
kit offers excellent value for money.
One thing that I
feel Italeri Kits lack in is the Historical notes. Once upon a
modelling time Kits had a small (or large) history of the modelled
subject. These were great as they told you something about what you
were modelling. When I was a kid I couldn’t remember much of what
they taught me in school but knew a lot about Aircraft, ships and
tanks from the excellent histories in kits from Airfix, Tamiya etc.
Maybe Italeri would like to consider a few paragraphs of the
subjects history in future kits.
Italeri for the review sample.
Text and Images by Alastair
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