A while ago, I discovered Italeri´s (ex ESCI) 7,5 cm Leichtes Infanteriegeschütz 18 in my stash. I thought to myself: “This could be an easy build, just replacing some oversized kit parts.”
But after some extended netresearch, I learned that I opened a can of worms and came up with a 50 %+ scratchbuild.
I found out that Vision Model makes a better kit of the gun, but this seem OOP since a while.
Started working on the gunshield. For the wavy pattern is simply used a Lochzange.
Some minor progress.
Made new shields in the “right” thickness and started building the flimsy bracework.
This is truly a labor of love! You must want a model of this gun really bad, or love scratchbuilding, as I would have never purchased this kit in the first place. Kudos to you for taking on such a project and triumphing!
Warriors also made a 1/35 resin and PE kit in the 2000’s, kit #MW 009, I built it and it is outstanding. Good luck finding it now though. I bought mine 10 years ago out of a vendor’s bargain bin at a show. Now they’re just gone.
Excellent work - don’t forget the Tamiya version with spoked wheels:
Thank you. Hah! Try buying that Tamiya kit. It is a white metal kit and is a highly sought after collector’s item. Nobody dares build one.
Oh dear; I wasn’t aware of that. Mine currently resides in my stash of half-completed projects!
yes, I am aware that there were 3 kits of the Le IG 18. AFAK, the Tamiya model kit was very expensive back in the day. If you don´t matter, can you put here some images of your Tamiya kit, I wonder how does it compare with he two other kits. I really whish that some companies e.g. HobbyBoss buys he moulds from Vision Model and re-release it. I just found three new walkarounds on museum guns that make me rebuild some of my parts.
I’m afraid as it’s somewhere in my half-built stash of shame I’ll have to hunt it down; I’ll see what I can do.
Dnepromodels of Ukraine make a 1/35 resin/P.E. le.I.G.18 7.5cm
Congratulations! That looks spectacular.
Just for interest there’s one (or a replica/film prop) depicted in the film The Pianist - which is also, in my opinion, a helluva film. Here’s a clip:
The Pianist: The Jews Attack Back - YouTube
It also, for those historians interested, reconstructs an infamous picture of Brigadefuehrer Stroop who was in charge of the operation to destroy the Warsaw Ghetto.
Forgive my manners - I forgot to add - very nice work!
Thanks Brian. That what makes the spirit of modelling for me. Take an old kit and built it with some plastic strips and sheet to “todays” standard.