The 25 pdr. was developed and designed to replace the standard 18 pdr. in 1935. This weapon was used in all major combat fronts of WWII, but became famous in my opinion during the fighting in North Africa. The 25 pdr. was used until 1971 were it saw it's last major battles in the Indo-Pakistan War
I'll be doing an "out of the box" build of this kit at a later date with the Quad Gun Tractor which I have also reviewed.
The kit contains the artillery piece, limber and a six man crew in desert dress. The box art depicts the 25pdr. field gun being loaded by the crew and one officer, all in desert uniform, or lack there of. The kit can be made in the firing position or the transport position.
Upon opening the kit I found two clear plastic parts bags, three tan colored parts sprues containing over one hundred parts. The instruction sheets are packed under the sprues, one in Japanese and one in English. There are no decals or photo etch parts included.
After opening the clear plastic to get at the heart of the kit, I noticed that there was not much in the way of flashing. There is some flash on the figures, the limber's wheels and gun carriage wheels. Surprisingly there where no warped parts. The kit is very clean looking for a kit that was first produced in 1976. The detail is also suprisingly good for a kit that has been around this long. The only down side was the ammo, an after market set would be the way to go. The figures do need some clean up, but overall they're the typical Tamiya quality. I did notice that the kit had the muzzle-brake for the 1943 version.
Impressive. Looks like a straight forward build, easy to read instructions.
It will be an interesting build when mated with the Quad Gun Tractor.
Highs: Price at $18.00 USD, could not pass up. Parts looked clean, minimal clean up. No warped parts. Lows: Figures are not up to current standards, poor quality ammunition.Verdict: Good looking kit, surprising for an older kit.
About Brian Culbertson (BigfootV) FROM: COLORADO, UNITED STATES
Retried Long Haul Truck Driver, currently attending Culinary school in Denver. Construction for 15 yrs., Drummer for 10 yrs. away from work. Married, one child, 20 yr old with Autism.
Model builder since 1977. Started with 1/48 aircraft, WW2, lost interest. Toyed around with other scales, then fou...