Grille Ausf. M
Attack Hobby Kits, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Attack 72814 Grille Ausf. M.|
||112 short run plastic parts
on nine sprues, 9 PE parts on one fret, decals for two vehicles
and 1 double sided A4 instruction sheet with parts plan, build
diagrams, Paint/decal drawings but no history.|
USD$18.96 online from Squadron
||Interesting subject, lots of
detail and injection moulded plastic tracks.|
||Detail somewhat soft, lots
of sink marks and all parts will require some clean up.|
Attack's 1/72 scale Grille Ausf. M is available
online from Squadron.com
I have not been overly impressed with Attack’s kits. They seem to
be at the lower end of the short run kit range. Their detail is
generally soft and most small detail parts are simply moulded onto
other major parts, and their plastic tracks are not up to today's
standard in the hobby.
Their one saving grace is that they do some vehicles that no-one
It is also pleasing to note that this kit, the Grill Ausf M, is
better than the others I have seen. It still has soft detail, in
fact most of the faults of the other kits are there, but this one
has many more parts and therefore more detail.
The Grille is based on a 38[t] tank chassis with the engine
fitted in the front and a 150mm howitzer mounted in the back in an
open shield. There is a reasonable amount of detail in the gun and
mount and also inside the shield however many of these small parts
have some very ugly sink marks, which will be very hard to
eliminate. While the straight lengths of track aren’t too bad they
don’t give you any individual links to go around the drive and
return wheels. Instead you get lengths of track with no inside
detail to be “bent” around the wheels. Also, the drive sprockets
have no teeth where the tracks touch them. When constructed, this
may look all right if the tracks bend okay, but even so, I would
prefer the way it is done by Revell and others.
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The PE fret looks okay but some of the parts are very small and
fiddly and as I’m not a fan of PE this is no advantage to me but I
would expect others to appreciate it.
Decals look fine with good register and thin carrier film. There
are markings for two vehicles, a three colour Grille in France and a
similar vehicle in winter scheme on the Russian front. There doesn’t
seem to be any colour recommendations for the interior detail in the
instructions so an outside source will be required.
I know of no other Grille in 1/72 scale plastic so if you want
one, you are going to have to build this kit.
Recommended with reservations.
Squadron for the review sample.
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