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HST and captured German 88mm

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Hobby Boss H.S.T High Speed Tractor
The M4 High Speed Tractor was designed to tow field artillery pieces, from the small field guns, to the large Long Tom 155mm guns. Along with this it carried a fair amount of ammo for the towed piece, along with its crew.

Up until now anyone wanting to make one of these would have to use a resin model, which means resin model prices........ouch!! So when Hobby Boss announced that they were going to bring one out in plastic, us Allied fans started to jump for joy. The question is, was it worth the wait? I think so.

So, whats in the box
The kit is the early configuration and looks every bit the part with the early return rollers, and consists of around 240 parts, along with a set of brass etched engine bay doors, and rather neat pre cut masks, for the perspex parts. The standard of moulding is fairly good ,with the occasional pin mark to sort out. The brush guards in plastic are o.k, but could do with brass etched if your feeling really picky, detail is overall very good, not quite up to the recent DML standards but more than acceptable.

The engine is a model in its own right, and is very nice, pity so much of it is hidden when finished, but there is room for a little more detail in there with cables, and wires etc. The running gear overall is ok, yes, there are a few accuracy problems,especially with the drive sprockets but nothing that cant be sorted out with a bit of TLC, and a spares box. The tracks on the other hand are way too long, so I had to pin mine to look like they sag, although not strictly accurate, I do have photos of a HST taken at Beltring a couple of years ago, with sagging tracks, so its up to you, this is fairly easy to do using dress makers pins, and a bit of patience!! The model comes with a full, interior , the engine is great , the drivers cabin is ok, along with some brass details like the pedals, and the window braces, the seating compartment comes with the all well known flat seats, so I added a slight texture using body putty and liquid glue, once agian, its all there , but with plenty of room for a bit more detail .
Conclusion

Overall a very good, and well thought out kit of a very unusual subject, with plenty of room for the brass etched fans to go at, but enough detail to look good if built straight from the box.

I made mine straight from the box, the only addition is a tarpaulin made from lead foil, and a few odds and ends to clutter up the crew compartment. I found a photo of one of these vehicles towing a captured German 88, during the battle of the Bulge, so off I went. The DML 88 kit has already been reviewed on this site before, so Im not going to say much about it other than, THIS KIT IS THE DADDY of 88`s, head and shoulders above the old Tamiya kit, so go out and get it, build it , LOVE it. Will I be making some more Hobby Boss kits?..... I think so. well done hobby boss.
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About the Author

About Malcolm Ireson (malcolm)
FROM: ENGLAND - NORTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM


Comments

Very nice, love it too much.
SEP 06, 2008 - 05:47 PM
Very cool! I'm in the middle of doing a scene with both of those kits! Arrgg lol I guess lot of people will be doing similar ones until a 90mm gun gets released!
SEP 07, 2008 - 05:14 AM
Nice build Malc.......... Cheers, Charles
SEP 07, 2008 - 12:37 PM
thanks for the kind words from all, cheers guys, malc
SEP 10, 2008 - 04:12 AM
Not only well-done, but an aspect of history that's sorely under-represented: captured vehicles. Lots of Wehrmacht Bis and Russian captures, but rarely something like the Sd.Kfz. 7 I have seen with the CAP lettering on its number driven by a GI.
SEP 10, 2008 - 04:15 AM
Alternatively, and i've got the images to prove it, the HST towing an 88 in Spanish service. I really like the combination you've done - makes a great change from the usual and extremely well-executed...
SEP 11, 2008 - 12:31 AM
Nice work Malcolm, great to know it's a good kit to build as I have in the stash.
SEP 11, 2008 - 12:41 AM
Cheers all, and a big thank you to my mate, Darren, who posted the photos for me as Im to stupid ( computer unfriendly!!) to do them for myself thanks all, malc
SEP 12, 2008 - 08:17 PM
Nice one Malcolm. Excellent idea to pair these two for something different, and the snow capturing the two of them is really well done. Agree 100% with you on the Dragon 88. I built their 37 3īnī1 kit and its definately the finest model Ive ever built. Would also recommend it to anybody.
SEP 12, 2008 - 10:37 PM
Hi Malcolm Great job with this!! I have this same idea in mind but with a Trumpeter sFH18 15cm Howitzer instead of the 8,8 cm. Really well done sir and one for the 'you don't see this everyday' list. cheers Bob
OCT 28, 2008 - 04:09 AM