I got a copy of Resicast's resin 57mm
antitank gun to review, I thought it would be interesting to warm up with
Italeri's version of this gun. The latter kit was promoted as a 57mm when boxed
under the Testor brand, though the design is clearly the British version, from
which the U.S. gun was derived in 1940. With the right references and a few fairly
significant alterations, you can get this to better resemble the gun deployed
by American troops. (Italeri's kit far surpasses Tamiya's ancient and simplistic
depiction of the British version for the 6-pounder, so don't even bother going
many of the early Italeri US AFV kits, this product was originally produced by
Peerless Max before Italeri bought the molds. It was later reboxed by Testors
in the 1980s, and the Russian company Zvezda in the 1990s. I have this latter
kit, and construction went fairly well. One can build the model either as deployed
in the field or as towed. It bears a good resemblance to the British 6-pounder.
The shield is a bit on the thick side and can use some tapering around the edges
to give a thinner dimension.
were some bits of flash here and there and ejector pin marks on some parts such
as the main gun shield and trails. There are no accessories such as ammo or figures,
nor are there any decals.
are some alterations a modeler with reasonable skills can do to make this kit
better resemble the American version:
the barrel by 16 inches; the actual barrel had a slight flare at the end
the tall lower shield "wing" (though some U.S. crewed guns did have
the elongated wing)
the British-specific tires (Italeri's Dodge kits are suitable stand-ins)
the towing features on the gun's trails
the v-shaped shoulder guard with the more common paddle type
the spoked firing supports to the axles near the wheels
the parking brake to the long hand lever type
the cover on the shield's sight box
you want to go this route, pick up Light Artillery and Anti-Tank Guns,
a CD-ROM of technical manuals for guns including the 57mm, from Easy 1 Productions;
it has a technical manual for the British version that has some photos applicable
to the American M1, as well as Field Manual FM 23-75 of June, 1944, which details
usage and crew responsiblities. Other literary references include Standard
Guide to U.S. World War II Tanks & Artillery, by Konrad F. Schreier, Jr.,
and The American Arsenal: The World War II Official Standard Ordnance Catalog
of Small Arms, Tanks, Armored Cars, Artillery....
the other hand, you could do what I plan to do: build it in its towed arrangement
and throw some tarps over the gun from the barrel to the breech to hide the major
differences, swap the tires with some spares, and change the towing hardware.