However, as I said, I didn't get any further on the troops tonight, but went for a quick build, in the shape of Italeri's two in a box M13/40s:
These do, indeed, go together quickly and neatly. I glued them, but I think that they probably would work in snap together mode. I've previously built these:
As you can see, there are some details lacking on the engine deck - tools and spare road wheels - but, overall, these are good quick builds. The tracks and running gear are decently done as Italeri didn't go for a 'solid' solution.
One of the very welcome aspects of this box of two is the very useful decal set:
The numbering style (font?) isn't quite right, but with ten options, I'm not complaining. Also the Ariete ram marking is included - a nice touch.
The two new M13s will join their fellows in a Rapid Fire something or other (I've forgotten):
A combination of Italeri kits from the early 1980s, the fast build version, and Britannia Miniatures' resins.
The photograph below shows the old Italeri kit, which, presumably, is the basis for the simplified quick build.
These highlight the real issue with the quick build version - the turret is made in such a way as to make it very difficult indeed to open up the hatches. So, no crew on display.