It is a Semovente which Tamiya released some parts renewal. Caterpillar is partly jointed. It is built from April to June 2009.
Semovente was released at the end of last year with minor change to set up new figures and some new parts.
The trank roller was considerably complex, and it took time to remove the parting line of plate spring.
Since the hatch on the upper body was wide, I painted the inside. As the photo, you can see the inside in detail.
Assembly completed. I added jerrican belt to the original parts.
I placed the sandbags on a front armor.
Precise quality was increased compared to the old parts such as shovels and jacks.
I should have painted on the fender in the room part. I forgot it.
The Italian tank soldier who puts on a leather coat. I installed the photo-etched parts of the machine gun aiming.
I finished basic painting in sand yellow.
Semovente is the first self propelled armored artillery of the Italian army. It has been received the influence in design of German Sturmgeschutz III. At that time, Semovente received the appraisal of the strongest tank of an Italian army.
Since this vehicle was in the north Africa, I made sandy weathering.
The caterpillar of Semovente is the small one without so much convexo-concave. When Ｉ used a decal fit for the number plate decal, it melted. I touch up the side with rusty painting.
The aim of the Breda machine gun is the photo-etched parts included in this kit.
The tank soldier wears the coat of black leather. Can you see this person like the Italian? An Italian army used helmets with the feature. There are 3 crew in this tank and commander had to have a role of loader and radio person at the same time.
The jerrican color was changed one by one for the variation.
I put out the discoloration feeling of the desert to do washing and pastel painting.
Marking was one of the North Africa front. I slid the mark to upward avoiding hide behind the jerrican.
The iron plate became hot burnt to able to make fried egg in the North Africa. I like natural pose figure as attached in this kit.
I’m worried about the kit total balance of mixed old and new parts. But the final impression is very good like all renewal kits.
At last I was able to complete it. I knew only the name of Semovente for a long time with most useful AFV in the Italian army tank.