Voyager Models
WWII German 150mm StuH 43 Ammunition
Voyager Model 1:35 Set # VBS0305
Review by Terry Ashley

The Set:
With an increasing number of kits utilizing the 15cm s.I.G.33 gun such as those from Cyberhobby/Dragon and previous kits from Alan Model, Voyager Models have released this set of turned brass ammunition for the 15cm s.I.G.33 and associated vehicles. These include the s.I.G.33 gun itself, the s.I.G.33 auf Pz.Kpfw.I ohne Aufbau, (unofficially referred to as the “Bison”), the Panzer IB chassis, the 15cm s.I.G.33 B Selbstfahrlafette and the types built on the Pz.38(t) chassis, the Geschützwagen 38 M für s.I.G.33/1 “Grille H” and the Geschützwagen 38 M für s.I.G.33/2 “Grille M” and 15cm Schweres-Infanteriegeschuetz 33/2 Hetzer.

Etched parts and brass rod
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Brass rounds and charge casings
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The set consists of 12 turned brass shells, 12 sections of brass tube for the charge casings, two etched frets with the casing and shell bases plus two short lengths of brass wire to detail the shell base.

There is no cleanup needed on the turned shells which have excellent details that includes the contours of the fuses and the driving bands around the base of the shell as well as the indentations in the base. The small etched base disc is added inside the indentation and the brass rod cut into 2.5mm lengths and added over the base plate. You have to ensure the rod aligns with the two engraved screw heads on the base plate as you attach the rod, not a big problem.

For the charge casings, the etched bases have an engraved ring on the inside into which you seat the brass casing for a precise and importantly perfectly central fit and the base plates also have engraved detail on the bottom to add to the detail.

It's best to solder the casing and base plate together for the nice strong bond and this can be done by holding the two together with a pair of tweezers and sit a very small piece of rod solder on the inside of the casing (with flux of course) and apply the hot soldering iron to the outside of the casing. The heat will melt the solder on the inside which will run around the base of the casing but make sure you only use a very small amount of solder for this to avoid any overflow.

Assembled shell and charge casing.
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This is a very simple yet well detailed set of brass 15cm s.I.G.33 ammunition for any of the applicable kits with very little cleanup other than filing the usual etched fret attachment bur with the contours and base detail of the shell especially well done.

The set will certainily enhance the ammo racks inside the new 'Grille' and 'Bison' kits from Cyberhobby/Dragon with little effort.

Very highly recommended

See the Pz.38(t) subjects page for additional reviews of 38(t) kits and accessories.

Marder III & Grille
Wydawnictwo Militaria #175
ISBN 83-7219-155-7
15cm sIG33 (sf) auf PzKpfw.1 Ausf.B &15cm sIG33 (Towed)
Nuts & Bolts Volume 19
Ground Power Magazine
#97 - 6/2002

GALILEO Publishing Co.,Ltd.
Artillerie Selbstfahrlafetten
Panzer Tracts No.10
ISBN 0-9708407-5-6

Thanks Voyager Models for the review set.

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