3 inch field gun model 1902
UM Military Technics
kit review Hi everyone and welcome to the kit review of the 3 inch field gun modle 1902 by UM Military Technics in 1/35 scale. What you see here started out as a Russian field gun, which was developed in the early years of the 20th century. It saw extensive use in the First World War. Of course these guns were used by many nations after the First World War and saw action well into the Second World War as well. That makes this gun very interesting from a military historical point of view, which is one of the reasons why i show you the kit. I am a bit confused about the model brand, it is called UM Military Technics. It seems like they have something to do with the Ukrainian brand Unimodels. It is not quite clear, though. I am not sure how the cooperation works or whether or not it exists at all. Anyway, normally UM produces kits in 1/72 scale. They make some armored trains and a couple of Russian tanks for example. When it comes to 1/35 scale they produce only this type of cannon, but in several variants. There is the first version of the gun, which is lacking the armored shield. There is even an anti-aircraft variant out there. The kit variant you see here allows you to build guns, that were used in between the wars and in the Second World War. We get a Polish variant, a Finnish variant and a captured gun used by the Germans. The box is pretty small and light. It feels like the cardboard is solid enough. We open it on the sides. Inside we get a bag with the parts, which can be resealed again. This is good for me, so i can put it back after i have showed you the kit. Finally we have an instruction sheet, thats all we get in the box. Let´s have a look at the instructions first. On the front page we get a short background story about the gun, as well as a few notes about the assembly in several languages. All i can say is that the German translation is pretty amusing to read. Then we have a sprue map, which shows us all included sprues and parts. We get one plastic sprue, two photo-etch frets and a piece of brass wire. Right here they show us how to cut the wire into the right length. We will use these pieces for various struts on the model. It is used for the seat mountings for example, or the support bars for the armored shield. Alright, the assembly starts with the axis. We put on some photo-etch parts there right away. The box trail gun carriage consists of several plates. That makes sense i guess. The gun barrel comes in two halves, which is not nice. Not the most elegant solution. Well, it appears like the production processes of this brand are not the most advanced. Once you have managed to get rid of the seam line on the gun barrel and give the muzzle a good look as well, i think the gun should turn into a pretty nice model actually. Alright, we continue on the next page. The instructions are not the clearest. Not a thing for people with weak nerves, you have to be careful at these stages of the assembly. Orientation is lost here quickly. Here we have a few options for the interior side of the gun shield. It is just about some odd boxes. The Wehrmacht version requires this arrangement, the Finns used a different set up. Same goes for the Polish. At this stage you have to make a choice for one nation or the other. Well, we are almost done already. The main gun shield gets installed here, it is made out of photo-etch as well. We get some measurements for the radius we have to use in order to bend the top edge of the shield backwards. We get one ammo box with a couple of grenades as well, which completes the assembly of the gun. Let´s move on to the painting and marking guide. Four guns are suggested. These two here are both Finnish. The one at the bottom depicts a gun from the Winter War against the Soviet Union. Both guns are painted grey, the winter version features these white stripes on the shield. The third one is a Polish gun with a very nice camo pattern. The fourth one is a captured German gun, painted all grey. It was supposedly used at the Eastern Front. Poland had a lot of these guns in its arsenal, so after the fall of Poland they got captured used as well of course. I would say that they saw service in training units or secondary units, stationed somewhere behind the frontlines. They were possibly built into the Atlantic Wall as well. At this stage the guns were very much outdated. Al in all i would say that the instructions are not outstanding. We will be able to work with it somehow. In the past we have seen much better instructions for sure. Maybe we are just spoiled these days? Let´s get to the parts now. This is the one plastic sprue we get in the kit. Here we get the main parts of the gun. One thing i immediately notice is the amount of grease on the sprue. I am sure there is some release agent still sticking to the parts. If you want to build this kit as well you should check that first and wash the sprue with some soap and water. What can we see here besides that? A bunch of thick attachement points. I can see a bit of flash here and there. Well, this means we have to spend a bit more time than usual with cleaning up the parts. The rivet heads and the other molded on details look okay to me. Some of the smaller parts look a bit chunky. Keep in mind, this is not a Takom or Meng kit of the latest kind. It looks much more like a short run kit to me. All in all it is not terrible, though. It will require some extra work here and there. The wooden ammo box here, well, no wood grain texture visible. I guess it is fine once it is nicely painted. I can´t see any annoying ejection pin marks. There are some inside the gun barrel halves, they won´t bother us. The plastic itself is strong enough, so i am confident that i can clean up the seam line on the gun barrel without much hassle. It won´t look like it is made up by two halves in the end. This will be the main task in order to get a nice model in the end. What else can i say? My god, its not bad, its okay. We have obviously seen better kits. This is the first photo-etch fret. Here we can see the protection shield parts as well as a few other bits and pieces. This kit relies heavily on photo-etch. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how much you like to work with photo-etch. In this case here it looks like we don´t have to do a lot of complicated bending or folding. Most parts are flat and go on the model just like that. Because of that i am sure it is not going to be a nightmare. I have to say that the photo-etched parts are not bad at all. They are both thin and soft. We get some nice hinges and rivets. Little and big bolts eveywhere. Not bad looking at all. On the back we get some details as well, like these little holes in the shield. I would say they are better than the plastic parts. There is really nothing to complain about. This raises my opinion. The second fret features some little boxes, which go on the protection shield. We just have to fold them up. Thats all we have to do. It looks decent. The notches are deep enough, which will alleviate the process of folding the parts a lot. As i mentioned before the kit comes with a piece of brass wire, which is used to build up various struts on the model. You have to cut it into the right lengths, the measurements are given in the instructions. I personally think this is a clever solution. Equally thin plastic parts tend to be brittle and don´t hold up well. In contrast to that you just glue on the brass wire piece with superglue instead, which eliminates a lot of problems you would normally have. Paint adheres to brass fairly well, too. As i said, i find this to be a good alternative. The decal sheet features a lot of markings. We get a couple of national insignias, numbers and even name tags of individual guns baptised by their crews. Of course the Finnish emblem is censored here in Germany, obviously. The carrier film is huge as you can see. I definately recommend to trim it off with a sharp knif as much as you can. Besides that i can not say much about the decals. Are they going to make problems, are they silvering like hell, are they actually very good, i can not tell, until i have used them. It is interesting to note that the instructions do not depict the decals at all, they just give us a decal symbol and a number. In this case it is number 14, which is this particular decal on the sheet. Look out for that. At first i thought the guns did not require decals, so i was confused when i saw the decal sheet. Again, the instructions proof to be very cheap. When i ordered this kit i knew that i could not expect a technical masterpiece. This is exactly my impression of the kit now. The plastic parts are a bit chunky, the two piece gun barrel will require some extra work to get it right, but the photo-etch parts are fairly nice in my opinion. With a bit of care, patience and effort i am sure one can build a fairly nice model out of this kit. That is the common problem you have, if you want to build models of vehicles and other equipment used by smaller nations. The kits tend to be rare in the first place and they lack the quality we are used to. I payed 14€ for this kit, which is okay for what you get. The prices seem to be altering quite a bit, though. I saw it for 12€, but also for 20€. I have to say, it is certainly not worth 20€, for sure! Up to 15€ seems alright to me. That is adequate. Thats it for this model. I hope you enjoyed this review. See you again in the next video, your Hamilkar Barkas.