Semovente da 75/18

The Semovente da 75/18 was an Italian self-propelled gun of the Second World War. It was built by mounting the 75mm Obice da 75/18 modello 34 mountain gun on the chassis of an M13/40, M14/41 or M15/42 tank. The first 60 were built using the M13/40 chassis and a subsequent 162 were built on the M14/41 chassis from 1941 to 1943, when the M15/42 chassis was introduced. The Semovente da 75/18 had been intended to be an interim vehicle until the heavier P40 tank could be available.

This self-propelled gun was built with riveted steel plates and a crew of three – driver, loader/radio operator, and tank commander/gunner. The main gun was a derivative of a 75mm L/18 gun, itself a quite modern divisional artillery piece. The gun had a muzzle brake, and there were several observation and aiming systems (binoculars, periscopes and others) for the crew. Only one roof-mounted machine gun was fitted for close defence, though sometimes it was omitted. Initially this was a 6.5 mm Breda but was later upgraded to an 8mm model. A Radio model RF1 CA with interphone was usually fitted.

Product Highlights:
- Casemate hatches can be open or closed
- Multi-slide mould upper chassis for ease-of-assembly
- Tank crew figures included