Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
"Modelling the German 15cm sIG33 Bison and Grille"
is available online from Squadron.com
The 15cm sIG33 was a tough and reliable weapon that served the infantry
well. It was on the heavy side and therefore not easy to maneuver so
mounting it on its own self propelled chassis seemed like an ideal solution.
This would then provide more immediate fire support to the infantry.
This book in Osprey’s Modelling series, gives Gary Edmundson a platform to
show how to build five of these variants in 1/35th scale.
A brief introduction describes the vehicles to be attempted and this is
followed by a section on the types of tools and materials required to
undertake the task.
The varied complexity of the subjects chosen mean that there is something
for all skill levels.
The first vehicle is the Sturminfanteriegeschütz 33B. Given an intermediate
skill level, this project makes use of the Dragon kit with aftermarket
etched screens and workable tracks. As with each of the articles, the
modeller need only go as far as their skill level or finances allows. The
author merely illustrates one path that can be taken to enhance the base kit
There are plenty of interesting modelling methods employed and the reader
can learn a lot from these alone. Various techniques are explained and this
is done in a clear and concise manner.
As with all the chapters, there are plenty of construction photos. These
help the reader see what has happened along the construction path before it
is all covered in a coat or two of paint. Speaking of which, this aspect of
modelling is not forgotten, and there is much pertaining to the painting and
weathering of the topics under discussion.
sIG33 (sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf. B is the next subject tackled. Due
to the number of items used in the modification, the skill level is
advanced. The New Connection conversion set is mated with Italeri’s
Panzerjäger I and additional details are added with etched metal. Tiger
Model Designs make a sIG33 and this was used to replace Alan Hobby’s
For those that want to learn more about how to go about scratch building,
the next example is for you. This involves correcting the Kirin Sd.Kfz.
138/1 Ausf. H “Grille”.
Much has been written before about this kit’s shortcomings so it will come
as no surprise that Tamiya’s Marder III was used as a basis. Tiger Model
Designs, CMK, Eduard, ModelKasten and Aber all contribute to help make
The final two subjects are easier to construct and are based on the Alan
Hobby kits of the “Bison II” and “Grille M” (later research indicates the
latter was the Grille K). These involve minimal or basic scratch building
and the finished items are placed in effective dioramas.
The author explains how this is done as well, with the usual “in progress”
pictures and detailed explanation. A simple desert setting is considered
first, followed by a more complicated rocky cliff face locale.
The book finishes with a section on the available kits and accessories,
including those in the smaller scales. Another appendix deals with surviving
museum examples and a list of websites, books and magazines for further
Also included is a printed colour chart that describes the different base
and camouflage colours used by these vehicles.
The book is not meant to persuade the reader to go out and purchase all
the items seen to build the subject of a particular chapter. Many are used
to provide that extra bit of accuracy but are not essential for the average
builder. It is supposed to give inspiration for the modeller to try
something that they would normally shun away from.
The accomplished work of Gary Edmundson should do just that.
Thanks to Osprey
Publishing for the review copy
German 15cm sIG33 Bison and Grille
(Osprey Modelling 19)
Author: Gary Edmundson
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: September 10, 2005
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1841768405
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