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German Cartridge Cases
WWII German Cartridge Cases for 15cm s.IG.33 (All Variants)
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by: Charles Reading [ CREADING ]

introduction

The 15cm s.IG.33 was present on all fronts throughout the Second World War. It carried over when the war ended and was in use into the 1960’s by several Eastern European countries. The 15cm s.IG.33 fired a variety of projectiles, all propelled by a separately-loaded, cased charge.
Griffon Model has produced a 1:35 photo-etched version of these cartridge cases and the crates used for their transport.


contents

The frets are on the typical sturdy Griffon Model cardstock. Two 3.5”X 6”bags are attached to the cardstock. The first bag has two PE frets. The second has the instruction sheet, a sheet with photos of the completed pieces and a small decal sheet. There is a total of 103 etched parts on both frets, to make four transport boxes and eight cartridge cases. The decal sheet provides two options for the stencil markings for the transport boxes. They don‘t, however, provide an explanation as to what the differences are in the markings (early war? late war?).
The instruction sheet is typical for photo-etched sets; with blow-up drawings and ‘action symbols’ indicating what is to be done in each step.

conclusion

This set will go well with the Cyber-Hobby s.IG33 Infantry Gun, the Dragon Sd.Kfz.138 ‘Grille’ or the ‘SIG 33 Bison I’ kits.
Assembly requires creating round cylindrical pieces out of flat stock. The modeler will probably need specialty tools either made or purchased to do this correctly. As well as a vague description for the decals, Griffon Model provides no reference for painting nor indication whether the boxes are supposed to be painted as wood or metal. Although the many VERY tiny photo-etched parts will test the builder’s ability -and possibly sanity, with patience and perseverance, this will build-up into some nice little detail parts.


SUMMARY
Highs: Will go well with the Cyber-Hobby s.IG33 Infantry Gun, the Dragon Sd.Kfz.138 ‘Grille’ or the ‘SIG 33 Bison I’.
Lows: Many VERY small photo-etch parts. Vague decal description. Requires creating round cylindrical pieces out of flat stock.The modeler will probably need specialty tools to do this correctly. Griffon Model provides no references for painting.
Verdict: Although the tiny parts will test the builder’s ability -and possibly sanity, with patience and perseverance, this will build-up into some nice little detail parts.
Percentage Rating
89%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: L35A029
  Suggested Retail: $12.95
  Related Link: Company Website
  PUBLISHED: Jun 22, 2009
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.80%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.66%

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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

Thanks for the review, Charles. That certainly is some intricit PE work. As you say, should go nicely with the DML Bison I. Rudi
JUN 21, 2009 - 05:28 PM
Looks good... almost a shame to paint! These should be a popular item.
JUN 21, 2009 - 09:13 PM
Nice review, very straightforward and helpful.
JUN 22, 2009 - 05:03 AM
Charles I look forward to hearing how you get on with putting this item together, as it looks a lot of hard work.
JUN 22, 2009 - 05:07 AM
   

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