After 3 weeks of working, I think I am so far to show my actuall status of my project.
I decided to make a Italian M13/40 “carro comando”, with this picture as reference:
I choose the M13/40 “carro comando” from Zvedza, which I discovered on ebay, thinking to get everything for this job. In fact this was a disappointment, because this is nothing more than the Italeri/Zvedza M13/40 without the turret and “only” a cover ring to close the turret hole. In fact I would have got the same, plus turret, buying the Italeri M13/40, with even better moulding quality.
And: This turret ring cover shows only the 1st prototype version, with 2 part top hatch and not the serial production with his 4 part top hatch.
I even try to use the Royal Model photo etch set nr. 199 for some specific items, but as I am not the best worker on photo etch. I try to use mainly plastic sheet for detailing, which is much easier to be glued and especially to be handled by me.
After starting I decided to cannibalize even a cheap bought “Semovente” for the interiour parts, like gear box, seats etc., upgraded with Evergreen plastics.
So the actuall build status is this:
Most time consuming was the big amount of rivets and screws which has to be added on the lower and upper hull.
As I will build the modell with open hatches, I try to reproduce the interiour as best I can.
Over the last year I have colletcted a lot of interiour pictures of the M13, but exactly for the seat arrangement of the “carro comando”, I have found nothing. So there is a little bit “estimation” done for the seats of the radio operator and commander which I “lend” from the new Italeri L6 “Semovente”.
For the tracks I choose Model Victoria resin tracks, because I bought 2 sets for the money of one Fruil-set. But even as I am a fan of Model Victoria, again some disappointement:
The M13/40 needs 2x 84 tracks, but in the box are only 2x80, fixed on 10 lines with each 16 tracks.
As I had a second set, I start to cannibalize, and was happy to realize, 11 lines, BUT:
9 lines with M13 tracks and 2 lines with L6 tracks........