Review – Butler’s Printed Models 1:100 (15mm) Wespe

Leichte Feldhaubitze 18/2 auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen II (Sf.) Wespe

I’ve had these two Butler’s Printed Models 15mm PLA Wespes in my collection since at least 2020, still not painted much beyond their battle-ready state. But as one has already taken part in Second BRYANSK (Spring 1943) as part of 47 Panzergrenadier Division in October 2021, a review is probably long overdue.


The print is well up to the usual standard for PLA models and comes with a separate 10.5cm gun that can be set at the desired angle. It also makes building the ammunition carrier (Munitionsträger) version simple.I filled the fighting compartment with a couple of PSC gun and tank crews. The usual print striations are visible, but can be smoothed out with a couple of coats of gloss varnish. At the time of writing BPM now offers a resin print for about 50% more than the PLA version.

The Wespe was a Zwischenlösung (interim solution) for an original specification that called for a 360 degree traversing gun that could be dismounted and emplaced in defence. Common sense prevailed though and the Wespe was built on an extended Panzer II chassis with an open-topped casemated design.  626 chassis were built in total, plus 159 Munitionsträger,  according to Wikipedia. They served in the Artillery Regiment of a Panzer Division alongside the 15cm Hummel (bumble bee) that was based on the Pz III/IV chassis with 705 chasses produced and 157 Munitionsträger. It can be seen that the ratio of ammunition carriers to artillery pieces was about 1:4, which argues that more softskin carriers were also kicking around in the logistic chain

Less clarity was shown in the various designations seen in the link below:

Leichte Feldhaubitze 18/2 (Sf) auf Geschützwagen II, dated from July 1943. During its service life, the vehicle received several slightly different designations. These included G.W. II ‘Wespe’ für le.FH 18/2 (Sf) auf Gw II from August 1943, Geschützwagen II in November 1943, leichte Panzerhaubitze auf Sd.Kfz.123 [This was later allocated to the Luchs] in May 1944, and le.F.H.18/2 auf. Fgst.Pz.Kpfw.II (Sf) (Sd.Kfz.124) in October 1944

10.5 cm leFH 18/2 (Sf.) auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen II ‘Wespe’ (Sd.Kfz.124)


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11 responses to “Review – Butler’s Printed Models 1:100 (15mm) Wespe

  1. Great review. I have a few of Butlers 238mm Japanese tanks that i have posted on. The standard of print was just OK but painted up and modelled with battle wear you are none the wiser.

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  2. 3D prints are improving all the time; the resin ones are generally superb although personal users report them exploding if the resin inside is not properly cured by IV.
    Interesting fact: a small number of Hummels survived WW2 and were supplied to Syria in the 1950s by the French, along with Panzer IV, Stugs and Jagdpanzer IV. The Panzers and Stugs survived until the 6-day war in 1967.

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    • I know that Will over at Will’s Wargames had that problem. To my mind, that’s another reason for buying from a pro printer – it’s his problem then 🙂

      Thanks Neil, I knew about the Pz IVs but not the Hummels.

      Regards, Chris.


  3. Nice models, Chris! 🙂 I don’t usually represent off-board artillery now for smaller scale games but I can see why you’d want them for NQM. When I scaled down my WW2 forces after getting married, artillery pieces were the first to get given away – I had two of the Matchbox 1:76 Wespes and they were nice models. The Panzer II chassis is a bit on the light side to carry a 105mm howitzer, whereas the Hummel with the 150mm seems to go the other way!

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  4. My gunner friends tell me that it’s all about weight of shell. Apparently a 105mm shell is about a third the weight of a 150mm shell.

    Regards, Chris.


  5. Very nice Chris- great review.



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  6. Thanks, Pete. This one was long overdue.


  7. I also agree that 3d prints are getting better all the time. Most of our Pacific stuff was 3d. All the LVT1 are 3d. More pictures on our blog. Our Stalingrad table was all 3d. Butlers’ kits are good value. I only have a PLA printer but really like it.

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