detailed history of the two Sturer Emils, Irefer to Timothy
Lau's research article.
get four sprues
identical ones with the wheels and (strangely) half of the idler
and drive sprocket. Detail is nice enough.
sprues with various bits. Quality of the parts is good and the gun
is hollowed out at its business end. An interior is given, which
(compared to the available
reference material) seems convincing enough, even though Timothy
Lau points out that some of the boxes are wrong. A nice feature,
in my opinion, are the shells that are given as separate pieces.
Not only does this allow for more detailed parts, but it also gives
the modeler the choice of empty or full ammo racks.
Given the amount of detail for the fighting compartment, it might
be interesting to try and fit the superstructure without glue to
be able to display the interior after finishing the model.
hull and fighting compartment come as separate parts.
are vinyl, and while reasonably nicely detailed, are, well, vinyl.
The also have some flash that will be difficult to remove.
are clear and conventional.
with the options that care is needed.
Lau points out that the instructions propose a mix of features, some
of which are marked as "option", without really explaining
how to use them. The marked extract of the instructions below clarifies
blue: the features present while the vehicles were still in Germany,
i.e. early lights and fake driver's compartment.
red: the features present while the vehicles were on the Eastern
front, i.e. spare tracks, antenna mount and late lights.
light blue: the features present while vehicle
1 was still in Germany, i.e. smoke candle box.
orange: the features present while vehicle
1 was on the Eastern front, i.e. smoke candle box and extra
be noted that the actual smoke candle box was more boxy than the one
provided in the Trumpeter kit.
needs to source some jacks from other kits. A jerry can tray and stowage
boxes have to be scratched, if required.
options and decals
Timothy Lau points out that the markings are completely wrong.The
kill marks should just be vertical lines, while the 3rd company of
s.Pz.J.Abt.521 used a yellow shield for its unit marking.
that pictures of the real vehicles show a light color on the gun barrel
and fighting compartment (which might be a secondary color) and a
whitewash in winter.
don't have any reliable scale plans of the vehicle I will not comment
on its dimensional accuracy.
barrel can be found in the catalogue of RB Model.
for the gun can also be found in the catalogue of RB Model. Shells
should be painted yellow with a silver tip.
decals can be found
in the in the catalogue of Aleran.
sample purchased by the author.
are available at