Review Italeri 1/56 M10
This kit will build a single M10. It has the correct suspension for an M10 and is not an M10A1.
The M10 was numerically the most important U.S. tank destroyer of World War II with just under 5000 produced. It combined thin but sloped armour with the M4 Sherman’s reliable drive train and a reasonably potent anti-tank weapon mounted in an open-topped turret. Despite its obsolescence in the face of more powerful German tanks like the Panther and the introduction of more powerful and better-designed types as replacements, the M10 remained in service until the end of the war. During World War II, the primary user of the M10 tank destroyer was the United States, but many were Lend-Leased to the United Kingdom and Free French forces. Several dozen were also sent to the Soviet Union. Post-war, the M10 was given as military surplus to several countries, such as Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands, through the Mutual Defense Assistance Act or acquired through other means by countries like Israel and the Republic of China.
This is the only kit of an M10 in 1/56 / 28mm scale.
The kit comes in an end opening box with an illustration on top showing the completed kit in US colours. The back of the box shows 3 the unit options. The box contains two plastic sprues which are inside a single sealed plastic bag.
The box contains:
- 63 plastic parts on 2 sprues
- 1 decal sheet
- instructions booklet
The paints are identified by name, FS number and Italeri reference numbers. On the back of the box it lists 2 paints needed for all versions and then 2 colours needed for each of the British and South African units and Flat Olive Drab for the US unit option. These are just the external colours. In the instructions a total of 12 colours are listed.
The sprue attachment points are small and any ejector pin marks are either out of the way or on the sprue and not a concern. There are several ejector pin marks on the interior side of the tracks, but these will probably not be seen on the finished kit. The same is probably true for some small ejector pin marks on the inside floor of the turret. The level of detail on the kit is quite nice and I don’t see any flash on the parts. In order to keep the parts count low some parts have been simplified and some assemblies are moulded as a single part. This will make for either a really quick build or it will allow youngsters access to the hobby without having to struggle with small parts.
The instructions are an 8 page booklet. The build is covered in 6 steps. The images are quite clear enough to easily build the model with no problems and colours are called out on each step where needed. Three pages of the instructions give the three decal options you can build.
As mentioned the kit is built in several steps.
- Step 1 puts together the running year. The whole side complete with most of the wheels has the idler and the drive gear fitted. Then the track is fitted with a large top and bottom part and a small front and back part.
- Step 2 fits the 2 running gear assemblies to the lower hull and a plate across the lower hull for the figures in the open topped turret to b placed on. The engine exhausts get fitted too.
- Step 3 adds 2 hatches to the upper hull in the open or closed positions, headlights and stowage on the left hand side. There aren’t any figures to go into the open hatches though.
- Step 4 adds stowage on the right hand side and the rear of the upper hull with moulded on tools. An aerial is also fitted in this step.
- Step 5 builds the turret. It starts with the interior adding a few small parts and then adds the main gun, stowage and ammunition to the lower half of the turret before joining the 2 halves together.
- Step 6 adds the upper hull to the lower and then adds the turret. You have 3 US part figures and 3 British/South African part figures. All figures go into the turret though.
The small decal sheet covers the 3 units previously mentioned. For the US and British units you get 4 slightly different options and for the South African unit you get 2. So you can make 10 different vehicles from this kit. The decals themselves look to be quite nice and the backing film conforms quite closely to the text with links in between the letters to make sure everything lines up.
This kit is an interesting direction for Italeri to go in. The scale of it means it is bigger than 1/72 scale models and not too far off 1/48 scale. This kit would be ideal for youngsters who don’t have the skills or patience to build finely detailed kits. It would make an ideal gift and could easily be built in an afternoon if someone wasn’t too bothered about accurate painting.
I’m thinking this kit should do well in both the wargaming market and the part of the market that is aimed at newcomers to the hobby.
Many thanks to Italeri for the review sample.