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In-Box Review
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British 25 pdr.
Tamiya's British 25pdr. Field Gun
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by: Brian Culbertson [ BIGFOOTV ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

introduction
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.
Overview
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.
Contents
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.
Quality
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.
Conclusion
Impressive. Looks like a straight forward build, easy to read instructions.
It will be an interesting build when mated with the Quad Gun Tractor.
SUMMARY
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.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35046
  Suggested Retail: $18.00 USD
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  PUBLISHED: Apr 05, 2009
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 84.13%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 82.88%

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...

Copyright 2018 text by Brian Culbertson [ BIGFOOTV ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



Comments

Hi David, Thx for the pix. Clears the air on the firing lever, now I know what to look for. Hi Chas, Thx, I'll try not to let you down on the build blog.
APR 07, 2009 - 02:51 AM
Hi Brian, Here you go. I have the gun and limber left over from my attempt at the FATs, plus the Eduard PE set so sometime I'll get around to trying to build one like this. Look forward to the build. Al
APR 07, 2009 - 12:11 PM
Hi Guys, if you're looking for a good reference the Military Vehicle Workshop Series ARTY - 03 on the 25pounder and Gun Limber is pretty good. ISBN: 978-1-84768-997-9 Costs 3.00. I got a copy from http://www.barbarossabooks.co.uk/ No connection to the site. Al
APR 09, 2009 - 08:50 AM
Hi Alan, Again, Thx for the photo's. Those will help out alot with the build. Plus the book Ref. as well.
APR 09, 2009 - 09:22 AM
I have built 3 of these and I always struggle with the sighting device, it never looks or sits right.
APR 09, 2009 - 10:17 AM
Darren, Thx for heads up on that. I'll see how is one goes. BTW, How's the Sturmtiger coming along?
APR 09, 2009 - 11:25 AM
Good Review Brian, well done! Still a great little number this kit, cheap and cheerful, have two in my stash for safe keeping ..I was lucky enough to fire one of these for real a few years ago (on the wink and the nod of course), fairly accurate gun for its age and an ideal weapons platform for initial arty crew training still to this day!
APR 09, 2009 - 11:43 AM
Because of the rate of fire the 25 pounder could let loose with a good gun crew the Germans believed it was loaded automatically. The Sturm Kitty and the M1A2 SEP are on hold until I get another camera, so I should be running again by the end of the month.
APR 09, 2009 - 02:25 PM
Darren, Sorry to hear about the cam going out on you. Your right about the rate of fire, I just spaced about adding that to the review. Multi-tasking is hard when driving down the road in a snow storm. KIDDING.
APR 09, 2009 - 02:40 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
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