Haven't done a build report for a while, so here we go. Tamiya/Italeri's 1/35 scale Coloniale Staff Car comes in a decent sized (A4) box holding 2 and a bit vehicle sprues (from Italeri) and Tamiya's contribution of two small sprues, one depicts a German driver with 5 hub caps, and the other with two Italian Officers and a wooden crate. The moulding on all sprues is clean and crisp with little if any flash and only one of two mould pin release marks. Two sheets of decals come with the kit; one, very obviously Italeri, has enough decals for two different Italian units and two different German units. The decals are very good with little carrier film around the edges. The second sheet should actually accompany an L6/40 Italian Light Tank and is by Tamiya.It has rank insignia for both Italian Officers plus two larger decals to put on the crate. the Tamiya's decals seem I have a wider border of carrier film around them but this can be trimmed back with the obligatory craft knife.The final part is the clear sheet of pre-cut window and light pieces.The instructions are in booklet form and are in the "new" Italeri format. Easy to read and not expecting to many pieces to be fitted in one move.
I decided to add a few extras to this model and a trawl of fleabay turned up a pair of resin detail sets by SBS. Models. Set number one (35020) is labelled as an interior kit and contains well moulded seats front and back and a front firewall/dash. There are also two small brass photo etch sprues depicting foot plates and interior matting, door lining, windscreen and new dashboard and pedals. Set number two (35021) contains moulded interior trunk and boot lid, front storage boxes and a single brass etched sheet with hood struts, tread plates, front bumper and various catches and knobs.etc.
This will be the final model I build for the Invasion of Italy group build. I hope others have theirs heading towards completion as there is only five weeks to go!