15 cm Kanone M.16 Krupp

Kit # 72072 Preview by F. Giovagnorio

The 15 cm Kanone 16 (15 cm K 16) was a heavy field gun used by Germany in World War I and World War II. Guns turned over to Belgium as reparations after World War I were taken into Wehrmacht service after the conquest of Belgium as the 15 cm K 429(b). It generally served on coast-defense duties during World War II.

I am happy to see that GB Modelli has started protecting their kits with a sturdy cardboard box, while previously they were sold in simple, unprotected plastic bags.

The parts are very crisply molded, with quite a bit of flash, which is something you must expect from limited-production resin kits; being very thin, it can be easily separated form the pieces. No warping, no pin-holes and minimal attachment blocks. The resin is soft enough to be easily cut with a sharp hobby knife without splintering or excessive effort.

The model is well-engineered, so that only a limited amount of scratchbuilding and adding details is needed.

The website of GBModelli has a page where pictures of the real gun are shown, which will further ease construction.


Thanks to Georgio Briga (GB Modelli) for the review sample.


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Article Last Updated: 25 March 2020