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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

OK, I know that the new thing is D-Day: British, but I'm still going over all of the D-Day: German releases!

Hummel Artillery Battery

Opening the box, you get a clamshell-style plastic tub, as well as a plastic sleeve with cards. No instruction sheet, so you'll need to go to the manufacturer's website if you need assembly hints.

Hummel Artillery Battery

Opening the clamshell and removing the soft foam packing material, you find the tub is split into two compartments. One holds three resin hulls. The other holds all of the metal components.

Hummel Artillery Battery

Here is the resin hull:

Hummel Artillery Battery

On my three hulls, the grill on the hull sides needed minor clean-up, and one had a small 'bubble' cavity in the grill side (trivial to fix).

Hummel Artillery Battery

The hull interior is much more basic, a little less straight – but once you get the parts in there, you'll hardly see the interior.

Hummel Artillery Battery

The track pieces are marked so you know right from left, and fit nicely to the hull.

Hummel Artillery Battery

There is a projection on the hull and a slot in the tracks, so that you know where the track should sit front-to-back. (You may need to trim the tracks first.)

Hummel Artillery Battery

The howitzer pieces will need some minor clean-up. The pins on the sides fit into grooves on the hull. One of my samples has a muzzle that needs some clean-up.

Hummel Artillery Battery

Two small pieces are the travel lock (glue to the front hull) and a machinegun (which, curiously, is not shown in the pictures, or mentioned in the online instructions).

Hummel Artillery Battery

Three crew figures are provided. (Two of them I recognize from the Wespe set.)

Hummel Artillery Battery

I don't see any painting instructions online from the manufacturer yet. It would be useful for them to show gamers how to handle the interior of these open-topped artillery vehicles, and how to paint the crew figures.