by: Shaun Keenan [ ]
History First delivered in November of 1941, the Pak 40 saw service on all fronts and was the primary German anti-tank artillery piece for the remainder of the war. Some 23,500 units produced. About 6,000 of those were used to arm tank destroyers, such as the Marder. The piece remained in service with several European countries after the war.
Contents The kit contains three sprues. There are two gray sprues containing the 87 parts for the gun. The third sprue is light green and has the 19 parts for the three figures and their accessories. There are two instructions sheets, one in Japanese and one in English.
the PAK The detail on both sprues for the gun is very crisp. There are only a few ejector pin marks that will need to be addressed, most notably parts A21, A24 and the inside of the lower shield, part number B4. The rest are in places that will not show on the finished model.
The barrel is molded in two halves and will require careful clean up after assembly to removed the seam without creating an out of round gun tube. The recoil cradle will also require some seam filling. The gun shield is thick for the scale but careful sanding prior to assembly could thin it down closer to scale thickness.
Several of the parts are extremely small and fragile and will require special care when removing them from the sprue or they will break.
the figures There are three figures included, a commander, a gunner, and a loader. Again, there is very minimal flash and no ejector pins to deal with.
Detail on the uniforms is crisp, especially the collar tabs and belt buckets.
The faces on the loader and the gunner are passable but the commander's face has the molding seam running vertically down the center. This will require an extremely delicate touch to remove.
The personnel equipment is adequate if somewhat "static" looking. The gas mask containers are missing the clasp that holds the top closed.
the instructions The instructions, while clear as far the the actual assembly is concerned are vague when it come to painting instructions. The colors referenced in the instructions are dark yellow, German gray, red brown, etc. Tamiya paint colors are called out on the back of the box but new modelers will probably miss them since everything on the reverse side of the box is in Japanese. An update of the the English instructions referencing the Tamiya paint colors would be a plus.