Accessory, Italeri 6085, Coastal Defense Bunker World War II
December 30 2006 at 8:11 PM
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6085, Coastal Defense Bunker World War II. 1/72nd-scale injection-molded styrene kit. Contains 13 parts and instructions/painting guide on box-top. Price: $20.00 USD.
Fans of 1/72nd-scale modeling have had a good run over the last couple of years with new kits that are far better than what came before and a host of after-market accessories and products tailored for “Braille Scale”. Italeri (a new addition to supporters of “Time on Target”) has always had war-gaming figures in the smaller scales. Recently they have added sets to depict various structures, with the war-gamer in mind. However, these items can easily be adapted to more “serious” uses, such as dioramas or vignettes.
Such is the case with this recent item, which is quite a nice replica of an actual item seen on the beaches of Normandy, specifically H677, a heavy enfilade 8.8cm gun casemate. This item was sited to fire an 8.8cm PaK43/41 along Omaha Beach, from the east end. Note that it cannot be used from the opposite end of the beach unless modified.
Actually, this thing is nothing but a superstructure shell, composed of a total of only 13 parts, including the two rear doors. These include external details on the poured concrete sections, which depict the impressions from the removed wood forms, as well as battle damage. As an aid to war-gamers, the entire structure can be built with the roof as a loose part; modelers using this in a diorama will wish to “dig it in” on the rearward and seaward sides and to blend the roof into the surrounding area with ground-work and various forms of vegetation. Proper planning will allow a PaK43/41 (does ACE make one?) to be put inside.
There is no internal detail, but using the book cited below, this can be added with styrene sheet and various methods of texturing the surfaces. This method can lend itself to a cut-away diorama showing the gun and the various ammunition lockers in place.
Molding, Fit and Engineering.
This is an extremely simple kit with flat panels and tongue-in-groove or butt-joints throughout. Fit was very good and careful clean-up will result in minimal or no need for filler. There was no shrinkage of parts (none are very thick) and no ejector pin marks on the inner sides of the armored doors, which is a nice touch if they are to be left open.
I don’t know about dimensions, but the bunker resembles illustrations in the reference cited below very, very closely. With proper placement, armament and surrounding ground-work, an extremely accurate diorama will be the result.
These are in the typical line drawing style and are printed on the bottom of the box’s exterior surface; they worked fine for me. Some painting notes are given, but again, references will be very helpful.
This really is a neat and accurate item. Its configuration will limit it to use in specific scenarios, but that should not be an obstacle to a serious modeler; war-gamers probably won’t care one way or the other. About the only problem I think folks may have is the relatively steep retail price; $20.00 USD for a simple 13-part kit! But, I am sure it will be cheaper if the modeler shops around.
Frank V. “Curley the Stooge” De Sisto
References consulted for this review included, but were not limited to:
1. “D-Day Fortifications in Normandy”, Osprey Fortress 37, by S.Zaloga & H. Johnson.
Italeri kits are distributed in the USA by Model Rectifier Corporation (MRC), and are available from retail or on-line shops.