M-12 155mm Gun Motor Carriage

1/35th scale kit by Academy

A Quick Look review by Steve Jantscher


As more and more conventional military subjects are being modeled, it seems as if the great artillery pieces are finally having their time to shine as modern tooled plastic. No longer just the subject of resin kits or conversions, now the M-12, self propelled 155mm howitzer is available from a major manufacture, Academy. Very much "Tamiya like", all the pieces are delicately molded with no flash. The breakdown is also standard Tamiya, with even a bit more in a fairly detailed driver's compartment.

Only one item is really not up to the high standard of the rest of the kit, and that is the decal sheet. The decals appear to be a bit thick, with an overly generous margin of carrier film. I would like an after market turned aluminum barrel. Eduard already provides a PE detail set (EU35298), while AFV Club provides a set of the proper individually linked tracks (AFV 3538). Both are available from Roll Models.

This is a pretty good kit, and a very good value!

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I'm sorry, but since the review has been published that product appears to have gone out of production.