1/72 HaT-German PaK 40 Anti-tank Gun (Img and Review)

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1/72 HaT-German PaK 40 Anti-tank Gun (Img and Review)

Joined: March 21st, 2006, 12:07 pm

January 15th, 2009, 9:10 am #1

In the field of mass production figures of 1/72 WWII Germans, 2008 might be assessed as the year of sets with guns, not only due to the large number of kits on the topic, but also because probably the best kit was released also on the matter. Preceded by Italeri's PaK40 and crew released in the last part of 2007, during 2008 there have been launched 7 mass production sets including figures and a gun. None of other topic related to 1/72 WWII Germans benefited by such attention, HaT coming with 4, MAC Distribution with 2 (both sets have the same crew, only the guns differ) and Pegasus Hobbies brought to the fans the astonishing IG18 gun & crews.
Taking into account these, I decided that this month to try writing reviews for the above mentioned sets, so the topic of this month will be sets including guns and their crews.

I hope you will enjoy the topic and the painting of the figures, and the first one is HaT's PaK40 followed by the other related sets of the same manufacturer.

I must say that these sets are addressed especially to wargamers and collectors, so do not expect spectacular figures, even if I put some efforts in painting them.

Cristian Florescu


HaT 1/72
"German PaK 40 Anti-tank Gun"

Manufacturer: HaT



Scale: 1/72
Set Code: 8150
Year: 2008
No. of Figures: 16
No. of Poses: 4
Additional Items: 4 PaK40 Guns
Aspect: Small
Material: Soft Plastic
Colour: Green
Flash Level: Intermediate
Glue-ability: Good (Super Glue Gel)
Convert-ability: Difficult
Optimal Period: 1943 - 1945

Review


Announced with some time before arrival, in the last part of 2008 HaT finally succeeded to start commercializing their series of 1/72 sets dedicated to WWII German guns. A good custom of the company consists in grouping on pairs and launching exactly in the same time two sets, proper examples in the field representing the MG and Mortar teams, the motorcycle sets or the bicyclists and mounted infantry sets. This time the practice has been improved, the company simultaneous bringing into attention of the 1/72 WWII German Army fans an incredible number of four sets having as topic some of the most used guns by Wehrmacht during WWII. Mainly focused on antitank artillery, the series provides an infantry gun too, the well-known IG18. The models of antitank artillery integrated within the range are PaK40, PaK36, PaK 7.62 cm 36(R), and of chief importance is that we get crews for all the guns. Likewise, none of these sets brings spare projectiles or ammunition boxes, items quite often encountered in artillery sets and extremely useful in a wargame or diorama. Though presented in images and in few associated remarks, the just mentioned guns will not make the object of these reviews, special attention being granted to their crews.

Less detailed and requiring only few minutes to put together a gun, these kits are mostly addressed to wargamers, but with the inclusion in each box of four identical sprues, it can be very fast established a large German artillery unit, also at a price without rival. The collectors of Braille Scale WWII Germans will also be more than happy to add to their accumulations other fours sets. Not only the figures, but also the guns are manufactured in soft green plastic, identical with the one used for the bicyclists and mounted infantry sets. The material is extremely soft, looking like a combination between rubber and soft plastic. However, it has the advantage of greatly accepting super glue which makes a reliable and durable bond between the parts. Moreover, such plastic fair allows enamel and artistic oils, but has few shortcomings, the paint requiring a longer period for drying and flash is harder to be removed due to the appearance of fluffs during the operation. Within all these sets, only the guns need assembly, figures coming in single pieces while another interesting particularity of the series consist in the featured garment. Each crew is dressed in other type of uniform, covering some of the most common WWII German attire, as well as the warm and cold environments. A good point is that for each gun, its crew wears the same type of uniform, a single exception registering at the Afrika Korps crew, where we get two soldiers dressed in tunics and other two in shirts. No matter the gun or number of soldiers handling it in reality, every piece of HaT's artillery benefits by a crew of four members. In addition, it should be emphasised the idea that the crews can be switched to any gun, even the figures holding the projectiles, the size and details of their shells allowing such thing.

The first set hereinafter reviewed incorporates probably the most famous and most manufactured antitank gun produced by Germany during the WWII, namely PaK40. Developed in 1939, the 75 mm gun is a scaled up version of the 50 mm PaK38 and entered in service in 1941, proving to be a reliable weapon, capable to destroy all enemy tanks. For this reason PaK40 became the standard antitank gun and was maintained in production until the end of the war, over 23,000 pieces seeing action on every front. The figures and the eight parts of HaT's version of PaK 40 come on the same sprue, four of them being provided in a classical box of the company having as front artwork the gun and illustrating the poses of the soldiers plus the assembly guide for the gun on the other side. The gun might be put together in less than three minutes, the final product appearing in the labelled scale. Furthermore, its wheels are emplaced in the right position, diverging from Italeri's Pak40, another soft plastic model of PAK40 featuring a much more detailed gun and crew. Except HaT and Italeri, several other mass production companies issued in the Braille Scale the standard WWII German antitank gun as well as its crew. Airfix, with "Opel Blitz and Pak40", came with a 1/76 gun, but a truly 1/72 crew and Esci/Italeri "German Anti-tank Guns" offered the interpretation of a Pak40 while firing and a quite flat crew. For an accurate and detailed model of PaK40 diorama builders will orientate to Roden's gun that comes without crew, but this may be taken from Preiser's set on the topic, "German Pak40 Crew", a set where we do not get the gun.

Returning to HaT's PaK40, the crew members are dressed in the Late War style with M43 tunics, regular trousers, gaiters and ankle boots. Attractive is that the steel helmets of the crew make a brief introduction in various straps and nets used for fixing camouflage cloth or vegetation. In this regard, one soldier has a single strap round the helmet, one has the straps disposed in cross and other two soldiers possess nets. All of them wears the sleeves of the tunics rolled up, meaning that they are intended to activate in a warm climate, starting with 1943 till the end of war. Gear is scarce, but a little more complex than the one encountered at their colleagues from the other HaT's gun crews. Three of them received gas mask containers with straps around the chest and two of them have another item not very clear sculptured, but that might pass as bread bag. Despite they have no weapon, quite surprising is the lack of ammunition pouches, while those appear at figures from other two gun sets of the series. The crew is formed by three soldiers and a gun commander, the role of the last figure being emphasised both by his pose, and by his single item of equipment, a pistol holster. All figures are crouched and not interacting too much with the weapon they wield, the commander assuming his role pointing the target with the finger, one soldier holds a PaK40 projectile and the other two take position around the gun for suggesting a weapon in combat.

The poses are neither too dynamic, nor spectacular and the same situation registers in the field of small details of uniforms, body parts and gear. However, some collar boards, buttons can be identified on the tunics and also few facial details and fingers. No discrepancy between the size of bodies, gear or weapons is noticed from pose to pose and their size matches with the small offer of 1/72 soldiers. For this reason the best companions, except their colleagues from the other Hat's sets aiming guns, are found in Armourfast's Mortar and MG teams, Pegasus Hobbies Waffen SS Set 2 or MAC Distribution's PaK 36 and PaK38 sets. Flash is present on each figure, not difficult to be removed, but soliciting the nerves of the modeller due to the fact that this plastic has the undesired propensity of producing fluffs that also need to be removed over and over again. Primarily designed for wargamers, obviously all figures received bases that can be easily detached in few seconds, most of the troopers maintaining their balance and without these devices. Bearing in mind this material takes super glue very fine, the crew might be better equipped or even armed with Preiser or Dragon related products. As it was earlier stated, the paint and artistic oils acceptable adhere to the plastic used but require more time for drying.

With most sets of the range dedicated to 1/72 WWII Germans, HaT tries covering the needs of wargamers, attaching enhanced importance to numbers in disfavour of sculpture and details. Nevertheless, the company proved their ability in releasing excellent sets for diorama builders as well, the Mortar and MG teams clearly attesting this fact. However, taking into account the large number of guns available in the scale and the lack of crews, some of these figures may find their place on a diorama, with or without improvements added to the soldiers.

Historical Accuracy: 7
Anatomy: 6
Poses Quality: 7
Details Quality: 6
Mould Quality: 7
Sculpture: 6
Recommendation/Utility: 7
TOTAL: 6


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January 15th, 2009, 5:19 pm #2

How is Pegasus? Is their line soft plastic, and where can I get them? I am interested in their su-152 and gun range but I haven't heard alot about them.
Thanks,
Ben
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Joined: April 21st, 2005, 2:05 pm

January 15th, 2009, 6:19 pm #3

the Pegasus kits are so far superior to the Hat ones that it is embarrasing. Christian does great work, but it seems that Hat's quality has really dropped off since the machine gun/mortar teams.
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Joined: July 3rd, 2005, 7:16 pm

January 15th, 2009, 8:28 pm #4

Bought some of these - on the face of it good value with four guns a box, but sadly the quality is awful, I would apply lower scores than this review awards. The worst thing for me is the soft plastic or rubber used to make them, I don't like models bending when I pick them up..

Some wargamers have reacted positively, but I binned mine and stuck with the Italeri/Ace/Pegasus offerings.

Its a same because Hat/Armourfast have done some good stuff but I fear they are rapidly losing ground to Italeri and Pegasus. It could be that the company that reinvigourated the quick build market will find itself sidelined...

Stephen
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January 15th, 2009, 8:53 pm #5

How is Pegasus? Is their line soft plastic, and where can I get them? I am interested in their su-152 and gun range but I haven't heard alot about them.
Thanks,
Ben
Ben, with reference to the material, Pegasus Hobbies has two kind of figures, some sets were done in soft plastic and other in hard one. Neverthelss, it should be underlined that their soft plastic is extremely gluable using super glue gel, it is absolutely sure the best I know. The bond is similar with the one released by pollycement on hard plastic. In addition, this material greatly accept hard plastic parts such as gear and weapons from Preiser, Dragon etc



Sets released by Pegasus Hobbies in soft plastic: Waffen SS Set 1 and Waffen SS Set 2, Germans in Berlin, US Rangers, Russian Naval Infantry (weapons in hard plastic) and IG 18 crew (the gun is hard plastic and probably the best on the market and the crew in soft plastic).



Hard plastic sets: German Mortar Teams, German Infantry 1939 (set in the 1/76 scale which is intended to be released as well in the 1/72 scale). Also hard plastic will be Russian winter and summer infantry sets.
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Joined: March 21st, 2006, 12:07 pm

January 15th, 2009, 9:00 pm #6

the Pegasus kits are so far superior to the Hat ones that it is embarrasing. Christian does great work, but it seems that Hat's quality has really dropped off since the machine gun/mortar teams.
Peter you are absolutely right, its almost impossible to compare the quality of the Pegasus figures with the present figures. I liked quite much HaT's mortar/MG teams sets, far superior to the ones released nowadays....
I wish they had kept that quality, because Hat's ideas are great (bycicle/riders) and tried to fill some gaps.
Hat also has great potential, showed in other sets, not related to WWII, a team that the company seems to address only to wargaming....
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Joined: March 21st, 2006, 12:07 pm

January 15th, 2009, 9:15 pm #7

Bought some of these - on the face of it good value with four guns a box, but sadly the quality is awful, I would apply lower scores than this review awards. The worst thing for me is the soft plastic or rubber used to make them, I don't like models bending when I pick them up..

Some wargamers have reacted positively, but I binned mine and stuck with the Italeri/Ace/Pegasus offerings.

Its a same because Hat/Armourfast have done some good stuff but I fear they are rapidly losing ground to Italeri and Pegasus. It could be that the company that reinvigourated the quick build market will find itself sidelined...

Stephen
I thought a lot when scoring the HaT sets and I also felt that they need lower scores. If you put a figure from here next to a Pegasus figure, then the mark will be extremely low.
Still when I gave the scores, I took into consideration and the purpose of these sets, wargaming, and their target groups, that is why I increased a little the scores. However, I think 6 at Total is quite a small mark....
I scored only the figures, the gun I assembled without painting it just for information purpose and I did not take it into consideration.

I also fear that HaT loses ground in favor of Italeri and Pegasus and I hope they will revert to their quality met in Mortar/MG teams...
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January 15th, 2009, 10:12 pm #8

In the field of mass production figures of 1/72 WWII Germans, 2008 might be assessed as the year of sets with guns, not only due to the large number of kits on the topic, but also because probably the best kit was released also on the matter. Preceded by Italeri's PaK40 and crew released in the last part of 2007, during 2008 there have been launched 7 mass production sets including figures and a gun. None of other topic related to 1/72 WWII Germans benefited by such attention, HaT coming with 4, MAC Distribution with 2 (both sets have the same crew, only the guns differ) and Pegasus Hobbies brought to the fans the astonishing IG18 gun & crews.
Taking into account these, I decided that this month to try writing reviews for the above mentioned sets, so the topic of this month will be sets including guns and their crews.

I hope you will enjoy the topic and the painting of the figures, and the first one is HaT's PaK40 followed by the other related sets of the same manufacturer.

I must say that these sets are addressed especially to wargamers and collectors, so do not expect spectacular figures, even if I put some efforts in painting them.

Cristian Florescu


HaT 1/72
"German PaK 40 Anti-tank Gun"

Manufacturer: HaT



Scale: 1/72
Set Code: 8150
Year: 2008
No. of Figures: 16
No. of Poses: 4
Additional Items: 4 PaK40 Guns
Aspect: Small
Material: Soft Plastic
Colour: Green
Flash Level: Intermediate
Glue-ability: Good (Super Glue Gel)
Convert-ability: Difficult
Optimal Period: 1943 - 1945

Review


Announced with some time before arrival, in the last part of 2008 HaT finally succeeded to start commercializing their series of 1/72 sets dedicated to WWII German guns. A good custom of the company consists in grouping on pairs and launching exactly in the same time two sets, proper examples in the field representing the MG and Mortar teams, the motorcycle sets or the bicyclists and mounted infantry sets. This time the practice has been improved, the company simultaneous bringing into attention of the 1/72 WWII German Army fans an incredible number of four sets having as topic some of the most used guns by Wehrmacht during WWII. Mainly focused on antitank artillery, the series provides an infantry gun too, the well-known IG18. The models of antitank artillery integrated within the range are PaK40, PaK36, PaK 7.62 cm 36(R), and of chief importance is that we get crews for all the guns. Likewise, none of these sets brings spare projectiles or ammunition boxes, items quite often encountered in artillery sets and extremely useful in a wargame or diorama. Though presented in images and in few associated remarks, the just mentioned guns will not make the object of these reviews, special attention being granted to their crews.

Less detailed and requiring only few minutes to put together a gun, these kits are mostly addressed to wargamers, but with the inclusion in each box of four identical sprues, it can be very fast established a large German artillery unit, also at a price without rival. The collectors of Braille Scale WWII Germans will also be more than happy to add to their accumulations other fours sets. Not only the figures, but also the guns are manufactured in soft green plastic, identical with the one used for the bicyclists and mounted infantry sets. The material is extremely soft, looking like a combination between rubber and soft plastic. However, it has the advantage of greatly accepting super glue which makes a reliable and durable bond between the parts. Moreover, such plastic fair allows enamel and artistic oils, but has few shortcomings, the paint requiring a longer period for drying and flash is harder to be removed due to the appearance of fluffs during the operation. Within all these sets, only the guns need assembly, figures coming in single pieces while another interesting particularity of the series consist in the featured garment. Each crew is dressed in other type of uniform, covering some of the most common WWII German attire, as well as the warm and cold environments. A good point is that for each gun, its crew wears the same type of uniform, a single exception registering at the Afrika Korps crew, where we get two soldiers dressed in tunics and other two in shirts. No matter the gun or number of soldiers handling it in reality, every piece of HaT's artillery benefits by a crew of four members. In addition, it should be emphasised the idea that the crews can be switched to any gun, even the figures holding the projectiles, the size and details of their shells allowing such thing.

The first set hereinafter reviewed incorporates probably the most famous and most manufactured antitank gun produced by Germany during the WWII, namely PaK40. Developed in 1939, the 75 mm gun is a scaled up version of the 50 mm PaK38 and entered in service in 1941, proving to be a reliable weapon, capable to destroy all enemy tanks. For this reason PaK40 became the standard antitank gun and was maintained in production until the end of the war, over 23,000 pieces seeing action on every front. The figures and the eight parts of HaT's version of PaK 40 come on the same sprue, four of them being provided in a classical box of the company having as front artwork the gun and illustrating the poses of the soldiers plus the assembly guide for the gun on the other side. The gun might be put together in less than three minutes, the final product appearing in the labelled scale. Furthermore, its wheels are emplaced in the right position, diverging from Italeri's Pak40, another soft plastic model of PAK40 featuring a much more detailed gun and crew. Except HaT and Italeri, several other mass production companies issued in the Braille Scale the standard WWII German antitank gun as well as its crew. Airfix, with "Opel Blitz and Pak40", came with a 1/76 gun, but a truly 1/72 crew and Esci/Italeri "German Anti-tank Guns" offered the interpretation of a Pak40 while firing and a quite flat crew. For an accurate and detailed model of PaK40 diorama builders will orientate to Roden's gun that comes without crew, but this may be taken from Preiser's set on the topic, "German Pak40 Crew", a set where we do not get the gun.

Returning to HaT's PaK40, the crew members are dressed in the Late War style with M43 tunics, regular trousers, gaiters and ankle boots. Attractive is that the steel helmets of the crew make a brief introduction in various straps and nets used for fixing camouflage cloth or vegetation. In this regard, one soldier has a single strap round the helmet, one has the straps disposed in cross and other two soldiers possess nets. All of them wears the sleeves of the tunics rolled up, meaning that they are intended to activate in a warm climate, starting with 1943 till the end of war. Gear is scarce, but a little more complex than the one encountered at their colleagues from the other HaT's gun crews. Three of them received gas mask containers with straps around the chest and two of them have another item not very clear sculptured, but that might pass as bread bag. Despite they have no weapon, quite surprising is the lack of ammunition pouches, while those appear at figures from other two gun sets of the series. The crew is formed by three soldiers and a gun commander, the role of the last figure being emphasised both by his pose, and by his single item of equipment, a pistol holster. All figures are crouched and not interacting too much with the weapon they wield, the commander assuming his role pointing the target with the finger, one soldier holds a PaK40 projectile and the other two take position around the gun for suggesting a weapon in combat.

The poses are neither too dynamic, nor spectacular and the same situation registers in the field of small details of uniforms, body parts and gear. However, some collar boards, buttons can be identified on the tunics and also few facial details and fingers. No discrepancy between the size of bodies, gear or weapons is noticed from pose to pose and their size matches with the small offer of 1/72 soldiers. For this reason the best companions, except their colleagues from the other Hat's sets aiming guns, are found in Armourfast's Mortar and MG teams, Pegasus Hobbies Waffen SS Set 2 or MAC Distribution's PaK 36 and PaK38 sets. Flash is present on each figure, not difficult to be removed, but soliciting the nerves of the modeller due to the fact that this plastic has the undesired propensity of producing fluffs that also need to be removed over and over again. Primarily designed for wargamers, obviously all figures received bases that can be easily detached in few seconds, most of the troopers maintaining their balance and without these devices. Bearing in mind this material takes super glue very fine, the crew might be better equipped or even armed with Preiser or Dragon related products. As it was earlier stated, the paint and artistic oils acceptable adhere to the plastic used but require more time for drying.

With most sets of the range dedicated to 1/72 WWII Germans, HaT tries covering the needs of wargamers, attaching enhanced importance to numbers in disfavour of sculpture and details. Nevertheless, the company proved their ability in releasing excellent sets for diorama builders as well, the Mortar and MG teams clearly attesting this fact. However, taking into account the large number of guns available in the scale and the lack of crews, some of these figures may find their place on a diorama, with or without improvements added to the soldiers.

Historical Accuracy: 7
Anatomy: 6
Poses Quality: 7
Details Quality: 6
Mould Quality: 7
Sculpture: 6
Recommendation/Utility: 7
TOTAL: 6


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I looked at it in the hobby store and was dissapointed with the quality. It was a "good deal" because you got four guns and crews in the box for $10. However, when you compare them to the Italeri Pak 40 and crew they look terrible in comparrison. The Italeri gun and crew is very detailed and life-like. HaT get's points for trying but the end product is only good for a wargame table. If you need a good PAK 40 you can get the Italeri QB or the Roden or now Dragon kits. Preiser also makes a very nice crew set for PAK 40.
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January 15th, 2009, 10:24 pm #9

For sure, I also wrote in the review, I think the best combination is Roden's Pak40 and Preiser crew. Of course, other figures might be used as crewmen for Pak40, after receiving a spare Pak 40 projectile, Pegasus' IG 18 crew or Mortar teams being ideal in this respecct.

I also like a lot Italeri's crew, one of my best figures I painted being the gun commander of that set. Excellent pose and amazing facial details.



Right now I am working at another dissapointment, much bigger than HaT's crew where we know what we find. It's Mac Distribution Pak 36 and Pak 38 team (the same for both guns). Soon it will be reviewed and these ones....
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January 15th, 2009, 10:50 pm #10

In the field of mass production figures of 1/72 WWII Germans, 2008 might be assessed as the year of sets with guns, not only due to the large number of kits on the topic, but also because probably the best kit was released also on the matter. Preceded by Italeri's PaK40 and crew released in the last part of 2007, during 2008 there have been launched 7 mass production sets including figures and a gun. None of other topic related to 1/72 WWII Germans benefited by such attention, HaT coming with 4, MAC Distribution with 2 (both sets have the same crew, only the guns differ) and Pegasus Hobbies brought to the fans the astonishing IG18 gun & crews.
Taking into account these, I decided that this month to try writing reviews for the above mentioned sets, so the topic of this month will be sets including guns and their crews.

I hope you will enjoy the topic and the painting of the figures, and the first one is HaT's PaK40 followed by the other related sets of the same manufacturer.

I must say that these sets are addressed especially to wargamers and collectors, so do not expect spectacular figures, even if I put some efforts in painting them.

Cristian Florescu


HaT 1/72
"German PaK 40 Anti-tank Gun"

Manufacturer: HaT



Scale: 1/72
Set Code: 8150
Year: 2008
No. of Figures: 16
No. of Poses: 4
Additional Items: 4 PaK40 Guns
Aspect: Small
Material: Soft Plastic
Colour: Green
Flash Level: Intermediate
Glue-ability: Good (Super Glue Gel)
Convert-ability: Difficult
Optimal Period: 1943 - 1945

Review


Announced with some time before arrival, in the last part of 2008 HaT finally succeeded to start commercializing their series of 1/72 sets dedicated to WWII German guns. A good custom of the company consists in grouping on pairs and launching exactly in the same time two sets, proper examples in the field representing the MG and Mortar teams, the motorcycle sets or the bicyclists and mounted infantry sets. This time the practice has been improved, the company simultaneous bringing into attention of the 1/72 WWII German Army fans an incredible number of four sets having as topic some of the most used guns by Wehrmacht during WWII. Mainly focused on antitank artillery, the series provides an infantry gun too, the well-known IG18. The models of antitank artillery integrated within the range are PaK40, PaK36, PaK 7.62 cm 36(R), and of chief importance is that we get crews for all the guns. Likewise, none of these sets brings spare projectiles or ammunition boxes, items quite often encountered in artillery sets and extremely useful in a wargame or diorama. Though presented in images and in few associated remarks, the just mentioned guns will not make the object of these reviews, special attention being granted to their crews.

Less detailed and requiring only few minutes to put together a gun, these kits are mostly addressed to wargamers, but with the inclusion in each box of four identical sprues, it can be very fast established a large German artillery unit, also at a price without rival. The collectors of Braille Scale WWII Germans will also be more than happy to add to their accumulations other fours sets. Not only the figures, but also the guns are manufactured in soft green plastic, identical with the one used for the bicyclists and mounted infantry sets. The material is extremely soft, looking like a combination between rubber and soft plastic. However, it has the advantage of greatly accepting super glue which makes a reliable and durable bond between the parts. Moreover, such plastic fair allows enamel and artistic oils, but has few shortcomings, the paint requiring a longer period for drying and flash is harder to be removed due to the appearance of fluffs during the operation. Within all these sets, only the guns need assembly, figures coming in single pieces while another interesting particularity of the series consist in the featured garment. Each crew is dressed in other type of uniform, covering some of the most common WWII German attire, as well as the warm and cold environments. A good point is that for each gun, its crew wears the same type of uniform, a single exception registering at the Afrika Korps crew, where we get two soldiers dressed in tunics and other two in shirts. No matter the gun or number of soldiers handling it in reality, every piece of HaT's artillery benefits by a crew of four members. In addition, it should be emphasised the idea that the crews can be switched to any gun, even the figures holding the projectiles, the size and details of their shells allowing such thing.

The first set hereinafter reviewed incorporates probably the most famous and most manufactured antitank gun produced by Germany during the WWII, namely PaK40. Developed in 1939, the 75 mm gun is a scaled up version of the 50 mm PaK38 and entered in service in 1941, proving to be a reliable weapon, capable to destroy all enemy tanks. For this reason PaK40 became the standard antitank gun and was maintained in production until the end of the war, over 23,000 pieces seeing action on every front. The figures and the eight parts of HaT's version of PaK 40 come on the same sprue, four of them being provided in a classical box of the company having as front artwork the gun and illustrating the poses of the soldiers plus the assembly guide for the gun on the other side. The gun might be put together in less than three minutes, the final product appearing in the labelled scale. Furthermore, its wheels are emplaced in the right position, diverging from Italeri's Pak40, another soft plastic model of PAK40 featuring a much more detailed gun and crew. Except HaT and Italeri, several other mass production companies issued in the Braille Scale the standard WWII German antitank gun as well as its crew. Airfix, with "Opel Blitz and Pak40", came with a 1/76 gun, but a truly 1/72 crew and Esci/Italeri "German Anti-tank Guns" offered the interpretation of a Pak40 while firing and a quite flat crew. For an accurate and detailed model of PaK40 diorama builders will orientate to Roden's gun that comes without crew, but this may be taken from Preiser's set on the topic, "German Pak40 Crew", a set where we do not get the gun.

Returning to HaT's PaK40, the crew members are dressed in the Late War style with M43 tunics, regular trousers, gaiters and ankle boots. Attractive is that the steel helmets of the crew make a brief introduction in various straps and nets used for fixing camouflage cloth or vegetation. In this regard, one soldier has a single strap round the helmet, one has the straps disposed in cross and other two soldiers possess nets. All of them wears the sleeves of the tunics rolled up, meaning that they are intended to activate in a warm climate, starting with 1943 till the end of war. Gear is scarce, but a little more complex than the one encountered at their colleagues from the other HaT's gun crews. Three of them received gas mask containers with straps around the chest and two of them have another item not very clear sculptured, but that might pass as bread bag. Despite they have no weapon, quite surprising is the lack of ammunition pouches, while those appear at figures from other two gun sets of the series. The crew is formed by three soldiers and a gun commander, the role of the last figure being emphasised both by his pose, and by his single item of equipment, a pistol holster. All figures are crouched and not interacting too much with the weapon they wield, the commander assuming his role pointing the target with the finger, one soldier holds a PaK40 projectile and the other two take position around the gun for suggesting a weapon in combat.

The poses are neither too dynamic, nor spectacular and the same situation registers in the field of small details of uniforms, body parts and gear. However, some collar boards, buttons can be identified on the tunics and also few facial details and fingers. No discrepancy between the size of bodies, gear or weapons is noticed from pose to pose and their size matches with the small offer of 1/72 soldiers. For this reason the best companions, except their colleagues from the other Hat's sets aiming guns, are found in Armourfast's Mortar and MG teams, Pegasus Hobbies Waffen SS Set 2 or MAC Distribution's PaK 36 and PaK38 sets. Flash is present on each figure, not difficult to be removed, but soliciting the nerves of the modeller due to the fact that this plastic has the undesired propensity of producing fluffs that also need to be removed over and over again. Primarily designed for wargamers, obviously all figures received bases that can be easily detached in few seconds, most of the troopers maintaining their balance and without these devices. Bearing in mind this material takes super glue very fine, the crew might be better equipped or even armed with Preiser or Dragon related products. As it was earlier stated, the paint and artistic oils acceptable adhere to the plastic used but require more time for drying.

With most sets of the range dedicated to 1/72 WWII Germans, HaT tries covering the needs of wargamers, attaching enhanced importance to numbers in disfavour of sculpture and details. Nevertheless, the company proved their ability in releasing excellent sets for diorama builders as well, the Mortar and MG teams clearly attesting this fact. However, taking into account the large number of guns available in the scale and the lack of crews, some of these figures may find their place on a diorama, with or without improvements added to the soldiers.

Historical Accuracy: 7
Anatomy: 6
Poses Quality: 7
Details Quality: 6
Mould Quality: 7
Sculpture: 6
Recommendation/Utility: 7
TOTAL: 6


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Im think im a fairly reprsentative wargammer, and i really like most of the Hat Armourfast range. I also like (as a games kit) the Hat IG18. Apart from the Armourfast/IG18 kits i would rather use Pegasus/Italeri/Ace gun kits because they are much better quality. I would really love to see Italeri/Pegasus do some allied gun kits (with crews!!!) a few examples 6 pdr, 2 pdr,105mm M2....etc
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