76 sand coloured plastic parts on two
sprues, 2 dark grey soft plastic “rubber band” tracks, decals for four
vehicles plus a 4 page fold-out instruction sheet with history, parts
plan, 6 build drawings and 2 pages of paint/decal diagrams.
The only 250/3 in plastic on the market in
this scale, high parts count and excellent decals.
“Rubber band” tracks with no inner detail,
inaccurate road wheels, tiny seats and lack of interior detail.
This kit, like the earlier ex-Esci
250 from Italeri, is a bit disappointing.
The first was also the first of the ex-Esci kits that Italeri
rereleased that didn't have link & length tracks. Until then, I had
assumed that Italeri were only doing those kits with them. I've
since been told that the road wheels are not accurate but I don't
know why and I wouldn't worry about that too much any-way. Of more
concern is the miniature seats for the driver and commander and the
lack of interior detail except for a rather nice radio set.
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all is not lost. This model has a good parts count and detail is
well moulded, including three nice figures and a delicate frame
aerial. Let's face it, some modellers consider they haven't done the
job right if they haven't scratch built some-thing. Even the tracks
will be more usable than the old Esci ones simply because of the
plastic used and last but not least, it's the only one on the market
Decals, as is usual from Italeri, are very good and they include
Rommel's personal 250 marked as Greif. The other three are two from
Russia in dark Grey and one from Italy in dark Yellow, all with the
If it wasn't for the “rubber band” tracks and lack of interior
detail this kit would get a much higher rating but even so, it can
still be built into a good replica.