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Set 8163

German 7.5cm IG 18 Gun

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2008
Contents 4 guns and 16 figures
Poses 4 poses
Material Plastic (Fairly Soft)
Colours Green
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)

Review

The proper name of this weapon is '7.5cm leichtes Infanteriegeschütz' (which would have necessitated a bigger box), and it was an infantry support gun used in large numbers throughout the war. It had already long been in service when war broke out in 1939, and although its range was short it was well liked by the troops, although it had little anti-tank capability and was rarely used in that role.

Several models of this weapon already exist, including one reviewed on this site from Pegasus, but this model is not intended as a high-detail recreation but more of a simplified model representing the gun. It is constructed of only six parts and therefore builds really quickly, producing a very reasonable model which naturally lacks a lot of detail but still represents the gun well. We found some small difficulties in building the kit, partly due to the fairly soft plastic, and we found some pegs were better cut down, but assembly is quick and the result quite satisfactory. Early examples of this gun were given wooden spoked wheels suitable for horse-drawn transport, but later these were replaced with solid metal wheels with rubber tyres better suited to motorised transport. Every gun in this set has the option of using either type of wheel - we chose the more common later wheel for our picture.

The gun called for a crew of six, but this set includes four men per gun. The poses are fairly generic and are much the same as those found in other HaT German artillery sets released at the same time and listed below. The difference between these crews is the uniform, and in this case the crew all wear smocks and helmet covers plus the usual German straps. The officer has a pistol on his belt but the rest have the usual rifle ammunition pouches, and no one has any other item of kit. It must therefore be assumed that the crew have put their other kit items aside while they serve their gun.

The quality of the crew figures is not high, with some poor folds in clothing and a generally unappealing look. The poses are a bit flat and the last man in particular looks rather unnatural (his right arm is awkward), but they do not look too bad when grouped round the gun and there is no flash to speak of. The shell held by the third man is appropriate for this weapon.

Plenty of better models of this gun exist, and certainly better crew figures are to be found. However this set provides a decent model that is quickly put together and relatively inexpensive to build up into a good number of guns if desired.


Ratings

Historical Accuracy 8
Pose Quality 8
Pose Number 7
Sculpting 6
Mould 9

Further Reading
Books
"Artillery of World War II" - Grange Books - Chris Chant - 9781840134421
"German Soldiers of World War II" - Histoire & Collections - Jean de Lagarde - 9782915239355
"The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II" - Amber - Chris Bishop - 9781905704460

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