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M32 Recovery Vehicle

Italeri 1/35 Scale (Limited Edition)

Reviewed by Jason Woollett


Stock Number and Description Italeri No 6203 - M32 Recovery Vehicle
Scale: 1/35
Media and Contents: Approximately 389 plastic (though not all are used), two vinyl tracks and one decal sheet
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Easy to build; limited edition re-release; good value for your money.
Disadvantages: Non-typical hull for a wartime vehicle; stiff tracks
Recommendation: Recommended


This is a limited re-release of Italeri’s 1/35 scale M32 recovery vehicle.

As many of you will know, the hull provided in the kit is from a "big hatch" M4A1 variant, which from what I've read wasn't used in WWII, but post war. The Italeri hull in the M32 kit is therefore wrong for a wartime M32B1, which is what it is intended to represent, but is fine for a post-war recovery vehicle.


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The suspensions is the later style, with upswept bogies arms. Earlier hulls, like the small hatch versions, usually had the earlier horizontal bogie arms. So, if you were to make a completely accurate wartime M32B1, you would need a new hull, (DML M4A1 early) plus the above mentioned suspension. You could also cross-kit the Italeri kit with Tamiya’s welded M4 hull for an M32. If you don't care about this 'minor' issue, then it will be a nice model when finished. The 'turret' , while opened at the top has enough inside it to keep it looking busy, while the 'A' frame boom can be positioned in the extended or stored position.

In closing, with a bit of time, a correct hull and suspension, you can build a good model of this important recovery vehicle, Or you can just build it straight from the box. This choice is yours!


Thanks to Italeri for the review sample.

Text by Jason Woollett
Page Created 13 August, 2006
Page Last Updated 13 August, 2006