It will never fly…….. Koppos Favorite # 2….
I always have been interested in the North African campaigns, WW2. The vehicles involved just hit me, and the way they get covered in their environment makes fun modeling. A tank I’ve always wanted in kit form came out last year. As weird as it is, it’s the M11-39 Italian medium tank. Only 100 of these were built, the forerunners of the far more famous M13-40. 11 means tons, 39 the year of intro. I like my tanks kind of steam punk, all rivets and angles with guns in all different places, much like this one. The M11 had a 37mm in the hull, a-la the Lee/Grant or Char B, and a twin machine gun turret. This first “medium” tank was light years ahead of the standard Italian “tank”, the tiny L-3 light armed only with machine guns. When I saw an ad for a 1/35 resin kit of the M11, I sent for it immediately. This is a product of Brachmodel, an Italian company, run by Luciano Brach, who makes the masters too. A beauty of a kit it is, fitting just as well as any injection-molded armor kit. The only place I cheated was using Fruil-model Metal tracks, which tho tedious to assemble, REALLY look great and enhance the model a lot. Luckily the M13-40 tracks are the same ones.
Finish is sand with green patterns, as per photos, and heapin’ helpings of mud and dust. The only marking is the tri-color ID band on the turret rear.
Anyway I was very pleased with this Italian Panzer when done, and keep going back to look at it a lot. So far it’s my favorite tank I’ve built, and I’d call it my second favorite model.
Well, that leaves one. Can you stand the suspense? No I can’t be bribed to divulge number one before it’s time.
9 additional images. Click to enlarge.