Carro Medio M 13/40 Produzione finale

Kit # 72077 Preview by F. Giovagnorio

For information on history and technical evolution of the M13/40 tank, see this previous article.

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.


At first glance, the kit looks spot on for a 3rd serie tank. I am going to apply to it the same table I used on another article dealing with the existing 1/72 kits of the M13/40:

   M13/40 1st serie  M13/40 2nd serie M13/40 3rd serie M14/41
Fenders   short, with lateral reinforcements short, with lateral reinforcements
Posterior spare roadwheels   1 1  
Jack   aft deck, left aft deck, left aft deck, left
Mufflers   smooth smooth smooth

late style, with rectangular plate

late style, with rectangular plate

late style, with rectangular plate
Radiator cover     late style late style
Track connecting tool center aft deck center aft deck center aft deck center aft deck
Radio   present present present
Outlet radiator grills longitudinal longitudinal longitudinal  
Mud clearing blades absent absent absent  
  3 9 10 6

The first impression is confirmed - with 10/10, this means that we finally have an accurate M13/40 !

The assembling instructions are the typical GBModelli style drawing on paper.

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

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Article Last Updated: 02 April 2020