Kit Preview : 1/76 Milicast Pak 38 5cm AT Gun (ref. G67), Pak 97/38 7.5cm AT Gun (ref G131), Pak 50 7.5cm AT Gun (ref. G151)
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
Please refer to the instruction sheet below.
About the kit
The kit comprises three barrels allowing construction of the 5cm Pak 38, the 7.5cm Pak 97/38, an adaptation of the French 75mm barrel with the Pak 38 carriage and the 7.5cm Pak 50, a shortened PAK 40 on PAK 38 carriage.
The parts are well cast and the barrels straight on the sprue. Let's hope they stay that way once removed. I find Milicast instruction sheets challenging, part of it due to the bad quality of the copy. Photos of the real gun will prove invaluable.