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s.IG.33 Infantry Gun
15 cm s.IG.33 Infantry Gun w/simplified shield
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by: Charles Reading [ CREADING ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

Introduction
Officially known as the 15cm Schweres Infanteriegeschutz 33this gun was developed by Rheinmetall and was first issued in 1927.
A brief description from "German Artillery of World War Two" by noted author, Ian V. Hogg is as follows:
"The gun was of conventional design with a sliding block breech mechanism, and the carriage was a two wheel box-trail type with a hydro-pneumatic recoil system in a cradle below the barrel.
The gun and cradle were trunnioned well to the rear, to allow high elevation, and two spring balancing-presses were fitted to the outside of the trail to counteract the muzzle weight. Pressed metal wheels with solid rubber tyres were fitted."
The gun remained in service until 1945, and in postwar years many examples were kept in use by some of the smaller European nations.

the kit
This is one of the "Smart Kit" series in 1:35 which includes the artillery piece, the crew figures and ammunition. Molded in typical Dragon/Cyber-Hobby light grey styrene, the kit consists of eight sprues for the gun and carriage, four sprues for the crew figures (there are fifteen sets of arms to choose from for the five crew figures). There is a sprue of ammunition, including shells and charges. There are two small sprues molded out of the 'Dragon Styrene' that represent wicker ammunition canisters and wicker mats to stack the shells on. One small photo-etch fret, an aluminum barrel and a small sprue of clear plastic with pieces representing the sighting mechanism round out what is in the box.
A typical 11 step instruction sheet is included with two examples of paint and markings for the gun and a painting guide for the crew figures. There is a small decal sheet included with generic lettering but no reference in the instructions and what appears to be the decal sheet in the sprue drawing section of the instructions is designated "part not for use"

Sprue A: Gun carriage parts, pioneer tools.

Sprue B: Gun cradle parts.

Sprue C: only the breech parts (22 &23) and two small handles (24 & 25) are used off this sprue

Sprue DX2 : the wheels and various auxiliary pieces that fit onto the carriage

Sprue 'C': Ammunition and gun shield

Sprue L: The Dragon Styrene pieces, ammo canisters and mats

MA: photo-etch fret

MB: Barrel

K: clear parts

Figure Sprue A: figure bodies, equipment

Figure sprue B: arms

Unmarked Sprues X2: different positioned arms

It appears with the different choices of arms that you can model the crew either loading/firing or standing about not carrying ammunition.

conclusion
Overall a great kit. There are some minor issues with flash in various places but in the final analysis this is a great little kit of a welcome subject.
SUMMARY
Highs: A good subject as there were many of this type gun used in all theaters during the second world war. Appears to be a fairly straight forward build and although it's got a lot of detail, it doesn't appear that it will be a difficult build. I like the extra
Lows: The figure sprues appear to have a bit of flash particularly on the faces. This is easily fixed with replacement heads. Only two paint guides, one dunkelgleb and the other fieldgrau. My reference photos show what appears to be a two-tone camo.
Verdict: I like the kit. I like the concept of the 'Smart Kit" wherein all is included to make a reasonably detailed model without having to buy after-market parts.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 6473
  Suggested Retail: $30.95
  Related Link: Cyber-Hopbby website
  PUBLISHED: May 12, 2009
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.80%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.43%

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About Charles Reading (CReading)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I live in the mountains north of Santa Cruz California. I have been building now since the early 1990's when I rediscovered modeling. Most of my kits are built with dioramas in mind. I took a "creative block" hiatis for a couple years - 2011 to 2013. I wasn't active in the modeling world. During tha...

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Comments

Charles, thanks for reviewing this kit. Looks like a nice build for someone to do. Joe
MAY 12, 2009 - 12:23 PM
Nice review Charles, even though I'm not into German artillery, I have always like the looks of this field piece, and pick this kit up the other day.
MAY 12, 2009 - 01:30 PM
   

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