Here's a curious cross-over of hobbies. I am a fan of the World of Tanks computer game and I have to admit that occasionally I have considered making a plastic kit of a tank that's in my virtual garage. It would be an amusing and novel theme for a kit as the World of Tanks has some interesting - if not entirely authentic - colour schemes and also I must admit there are a couple of my virtual tin-cans that I am particularly fond of and have been with me for quite some time.
|I must admit I wasn't a big fan of the M4 Sherman in the game, for me it was just|
a means to an end - I wanted to get to this beasty, the M4A3E8 (or 'Easy Eight').
So far they have released kits for the:
- Sturmgeschutz (StuG) 8.8cm Pak43/2 (Ferdinand/Elefant)
- Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf.E
- M4 Sherman
- M24 Chaffee
As a World of Tanks fan I have to say it's a bit of an uninspired line-up. Part of the joy of playing the game is that the developers have brought to life a wide variety of 'paper tanks' (design concepts and prototypes which never actually saw action in WW2) and I would have liked to have seen some of these in kit form. As I said, Italeri have taken the easy option of releasing tanks that they already had as part of their line-up.
As yet I haven't managed to find a price for these 'special' editions* but if it's any more than the bog-standard 1/35 versions of the models then I would have to say that it's a bit of a gimmick and not worth it. Just buy the cheapest 1/35 version of your beloved WoT tank and paint it in whatever scheme you like!
* They are 29 Euros (£23.86) - compared to the standard Italeri version of this model which can be had on Amazon Uk for just £14.99!!!
Link to the Italeri World of Tanks 'Roll Out' Range.
|Now, if Italeri had included some of the more novel tanks in the game, like this|
Object 268 I might have been tempted. This was a favorite of mine in the game.