M20 Armored Utility Car
Reviewed by Glen Porter
|Stock Number and Description
||Italeri No 7038 M20 Armored Utility Car
|Media and Contents:
||68 olive drab plastic parts on two sprues,
decals for three US Army vehicles, 5 page fold-out A5 instruction sheet
with history, parts plan, 7 build diagrams plus 1 ½ pages of paint/decal
drawings. There is also a separate parts plan and 4 build diagrams for
||Interesting subject, Italeri mould (not
Esci) and highly detailed plus some separate parts for war gamers.
||Tools molded on and very shallow.
The M20 was derived from the 6 wheeled
M8 Armoured Car by removing the turret and replacing it with an open
roof and 50 cal MG on a ring. Consequently, this kit is a
modification of the recent Italeri M8. Both kits are new mouldings
by Italeri, not ex-Esci as with most of their other 1/72 scale kits.
The M20 has one other unique feature which is shared with the other
new Italeri moulds. It can be either built as a normal plastic kit
or with reduced parts and detail for war gaming. More about this
There are two olive drab sprues, A is shared with the M8 kit and
involves all the common parts like upper and lower hull, wheels,
suspension, interior detail and a host of other small parts while B
has the parts peculiar to the M20. Some are very fine indeed and
care will have to be exercised in removing these from the sprue.
There is very little flash but some clean-up may be required due to
mould seems on the edges of parts.
thumbnails below to view larger images:
Zanchetti Buccinasco of Milan, have good register and colour density
but look to be a bit too matt. They cover three US Army M20s, the
first from an unknown unit in Germany, 1945, in over-all Olive Drab
then one from the 701st TD Bn, recon unit, Italy, 1944 and lastly
again from an unknown unit in the Ardennes, late 1944 with OD and
Now, this ability to be built as a war gaming model. As I stated
above, there are two sets of parts plans and build diagrams. The
first are for a normal static model and all the parts on the plan
for the WG model or the M8 are shaded to show them not for use. This
includes a complete second set of wheels with a simplified
suspension moulded on the back. The war gaming parts plan has only
the B sprue plus half the A sprue which excludes all the suspension,
normal wheels, interior detail and optional parts. This makes the
wargame kit simpler and much faster to build while still retaining
the basic vehicle shape which is more or less all that is required
for war gaming.
This is an interesting and very detailed little kit and shows us
that Italeri are serious about Braille Scale, and not just in it
because they had a few old Esci moulds kicking around.
Italeri for the review sample.
Text by Glen Porter
Page Created 28 April, 2006
Page Last Updated
24 July, 2006