Kit Preview : 1/76 MMS GrilleAusf.M 15cm SPG
About the manufacturer
MMS is the leading 1/76 white metal model brand. The quality of casting and level of detail are comparable to traditional plastic kits, albeit without etched metal detailing. Smaller details such as mirrors are often omitted , and the running gear of tracked vehicles is usually a simplified one piece casting where the guide teeth are backed by a solid metal strengthening strip.
Due to the tight packaging in unprotected plastic bags, parts often come bent or one might say, with pre-built battle damage. Care must be taken to straighten things out lest parts be broken. Most MMS models I have seen are accurate, the only exception being the Shermans which have too short tracks, too much ground clearance and a too short transmission cover.
About the vehicle
The Grille is a series of self propelled 15cm SIG33 infantry heavy guns built on the 38(t) chassis. There were two main versions of which this is the last. Introduced in 1943, to late to see service in Africa, they were used on all fronts until the very end. The model depicts a late model Ausf. M with the engine mounted in the middle and the gun in the back.
More information on the vehicle at Wikipedia.
About the kit
The kit shares a hull with the MMS Marder III Ausf. M. The hull and gun compartment sides are warped and must be straightened out before fitting. Otherwise it looks like an easy build. Here is a link to the Marder III M preview for a comparison.
Overall a very nice kit.
Reviewed on 7/24/09.