Kit Preview : 1/76 Milicast "Diana" SdKfz6 tank destroyer with Soviet 76.2 gun
About the manufacturer
Milicast is the premier resin model manufacturer in 1/76. Their range is wide, the level of detail is showcase model-level as opposed to wargame model. Their kits are all resin and include a lot of small parts. The quality and level of detail have also vastly improved in the last few years with models having full interiors and sometimes detailed engines. Their latest guns, which I have only seen on the web site also seem to bring the hobby to a new level.
On the minus side, I do question the use of resin for everything as it is more difficult to straighten or unwarp than white metal. Resin parts can be corrected in a hot water bath, but not always perfectly, and the slightest bend in a gun is very conspicuous on a tank!
The Battlefield series are casts of built-up models, with a reduced number of parts and the same level of quality. The downside, as I found out, is that any misalignments are very difficult to correct where they could have been avoided with a little care during construction!
Older Milicast models show their age, with loads of bubbles, wobbly panel lines, and chunky details.
About the vehicle
9 of these makeshift tank destroyers were built using captured Soviet M1936 76.2mm anti-tank guns mounted on BN9 5ton half-tracks. The guns were guns rebored to use the standard German 7.5cm shell and had the trails shortened to fit in the armored box. They were only used in Africa in 1942 from Gazala onwards. I don't know how long they lasted.
About the kit
A nice Battlefield series kit. The windscreen frame is a bit distorted but otherwise the model looks fine. It would need two tarpaulin hoops, width indicators and a couple gear and brake levers to be complete.