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Nov 22, 2009 at 03:35 PM

Review by Alan McNeilly

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Introduction

Vision Models recently launched a new version of the US MIAI 75mm pack howitzer, Kit  No VM-35001  This was a brave first release and the item was reviewed here on Armorama by Jim Rea:  Link below: 

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=4140 

Resicast have just released a useful update and ammo set No 35.2321 for the Vision kit, which although quite good was not without some faults.  This set should be a very useful upgrade and conversion set for the modeller and add and correct some of the faults to the original kit

The Conversion/Upgrade Set 

This comes packed in the standard small sturdy Resicast cardboard box.  The cover shows the conversion parts for the kit.  In the set you get both upgraded parts for the US Version and conversion parts for the UK version of the M1A1 75mm Pack Howitzer, plus ammunition containers and a range of individual shells and casings, plus a set of replacement wheels and a small fret of PE. The resin parts are cast in a light grey resin, all seemed free from any damage or air bubbles and they come packed in 5 separate plastic zip bags which themselves are wrapped in bubble wrap for extra protection. Also included with the set is a small fret of PE and a folded 12 page A5 book of instructions. 

The parts themselves look highly detailed, they will need minimal clean up but it may be necessary to drill out or sand down various parts for a perfect fit.  Many of the parts are quite small so some time and patience will be required for this conversion/upgrade. 

As the set contains both parts for a US and UK version of the howitzer you will need to study the instructions carefully. The instructions are laid out in a logical manner, with good clear pictures of the parts and part numbers, so this should aid building considerably. 

The last 2 pages are given over to several black and white reference pictures which are of fairly good quality. Jim Rea listed some useful links at the bottom of his review on the vision kit and I have included them here again for convenience:  Check you reference for the version you want to build and remember that normal precautions when working with resin apply. 

British version - Pagasus  Archive

http://www.pegasusarchive.org/arnhem/equip_75pack.htm

USMC Version – WW2 Gyrene

 http://www.ww2gyrene.org/weapons_pack_howitzer_75mm.htm

US Army Models Site - Various

http://www.usarmymodels.com/AFV%20PHOTOS/75mm%20PACK%20HOWITZER/75mm%20Howitzer.html

Toadman’s Tank Pictures – Useful references

http://www.toadmanstankpictures.com/75pack.htm 

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Conclusion

I am no artillery expert, but from the references I have looked at the replacement parts would appear to be very accurate.  More important for me is that this set given me the opportunity of a cost effective British Airborne version of the 75mm pack so I’m very happy on that point. The addition of the shells, shell casings and ammo stacks should give the modeller everything they need for a very good representation of this weapon regardless of which version you wish to complete.  When complete this set should make a very nice stand alone weapon or small diorama. Options are included for the towing or firing position so plan ahead. As usual the casting is excellent and the detail sharp and crisp.  The replacement UK wheels will be welcome by many. 

Highs: A very detailed and useful update/conversion set.  The additional ammo and shells will round off any display you might want to make.

Lows: Only my lack of knowledge on artillery pieces!!

Verdict: Highly Recommended

Last Updated ( Nov 27, 2009 at 04:04 PM )
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