Airfix Afrika Korps

Airfix 01711 Afrika Korps

48 Figures
15 Poses.

This set has been forgotten in a box during 15 years or more…

Airfix is not usually my favourite brand, many sets have no so good sculpting as other manufacturers, such ITALERI or Revell, but this set is a nice exception. The detail is quite good in this set, all figures looks proportionates, and covers well their subject.
I have based it for games such Disposable Heroes.

Six stand poses, front

The figures looks too dark, i continue learning. The pictures depict all the 12 stand poses of the set. they are mainly painted with Citadel colours, although there are some Vallejo model colour.

nº03 – Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf.B (Sd.Kfz.186) Jadgtiger.

Jagdtiger sch. Pz.Jg.Abt.653 Heidelberg (Germany) – 1945

Technical data:
6 Crew
1 Pak 44 L/55 (128mm)
2 MG 34 (7,92mm)
170 Km range

The Jagdtiger used a boxy casemate superstructure on top of a lengthened Tiger II chassis. The resulting vehicle featured very heavy armor and the 128 mm PaK 44 L/55 gun, capable of defeating any tank fielded in World War II, even at very long ranges (+3,500 m).

The main gun mount had a limited traverse of only 10 degrees; the entire vehicle had to be turned to aim outside that narrow field of fire which causes lot of transmission faliures. More Jagdtigers were lost due to mechanical problems or lack of fuel than to an enemy action.

Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf.B

The Jagdtiger was a logical extension of the creation of Jagdpanzer designs from tank designs, such as the Jagdpanther from the Panther tank.

nº04 – Altaya Panzer Kpfw. IV Ausf G (Sd.Kfz.161/1)

19 Pz.Div. Sgfonovo (USSR) 1942

Technical data:
5 Crew
210 Km range.
75mm KwK 40 L/43 Cannon.

1687 units were produced between 1942-1943 of version G. Some of them were equipped with flaps and additional armor plates on the front of the chassis and the turret. The armored Panzer IV was the most widely produced during the war, exported to many countries, including Spain, and its chassis was also used as a basis for more than a few anti-tank vehicles, self-propelled artillery and other specialized vehicles. After the war many were sold to Syria, and participated in the 1967 war with Israel, the six days war.

Designed to be a infantry support tank, soon replaced the Panzer III in armored warfare functions, and models with 75 mm cannon above 1942, it gave for a short time the hegemony in armored warfare to the Panzer IV.

Altaya’s model is as always a bit basic, especially the finish. On the front of the turret there are horrible gaps between the pieces, worthy of being covered with filler, side mirrors at driver’s area have been painted, and then hidden for me. There are photos of the original model, and some of the model after washing and a bit of drybrush, and have covered the holes with filler pieces.

Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf G

nº13 – Altaya StuG. III Ausf. G (Sd.Kfz. 142/1)

StuG.Abt.911 11.Pz.Div. Kursk (USSR) – 1943

Technical data:
4 Crew
1 Stuk 40 L/48 (75mm)
2 MG 34 (7,92mm)
155 Km range.

The StuG III assault gun is the most produced during the war by Germany. His beginnings were supporting the infantry and as light artillery, but it just became an effective tank destroyer.

Version G was the last and the most produced, between 1942-1945.

The model is quite good, in the absence of an aged, but otherwise no serious deficiencies.

StuG. III Ausf. G

nº12 – Altaya Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf.D

12.SS-Pz.Div. “Hitlerjugend” Falaise (France) – 1944

Ficha Técnica:
Crew 12 .
2 MG 34 (7,92mm)
300 Km range.

The Sd.Kfz.251 is one of the most distinctive vehicles of the war. It was produced in many versions throughout the conflict. Option C was the one that occurred in greater numbers, but it was a car quite difficult to build because I had sloped armor. The D variant had a more streamlined design and is easily recognizable by their tilted back in one piece (with flat doors). His purpose, a light armored capable of carrying a platoon of into the combat action.

Many variants were produced for special purposes, including anti-aircraft, light mortars, anti-tank guns and mortars or rockets without major guiding mechanisms, as well as a version equipped with an infrared spotlight to mark targets and direct fire from Panther tanks equipped with infrared detectors, a real advancement of the time. This model in practice did not cover all the needs of the German army. There were few panzer grenadier divisions that were equipped with trucks and not armored half-tracks.

I tried to age a bit the model retaining its original camouflage, but the washes skated on the metal surface, so the result was much worse than in the case of the M4A3 Sherman. The machine guns have the surplus clips from the Dragon model.

Dragon Armor Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf.C

Dragon Armor Pro 7223.

Ficha Técnica:
10 crew.
2 MG 34 (7,92mm)

It had been many years since I built a scale model and has been a pleasure to complete this. The instructions are clear and precise, and I do not ride has taken a long time, but the inexperience has made me make several mistakes, especially leave for the final very inaccessible areas for painting.

The scale of the model is correct, there are some variations, accessories as shovels, picks, and some guns. The rear doors can be assembled open or closed, and the same with the viewers of the cab.

The doors can be mounted engine also open, although the model does not include engine, so if you have no where to get one, better closed. In the kit there are still two small pieces to which I soon found useful, there are 4 clips for only two machine guns, and the model Altaya just had two machine guns without clip. Thing done.

For paint I did not dare to any camouflage pattern, so after some tests I set out with the Citadel color Desert Yellow and Devlan Mud , and the result is seen in the photos, quite acceptable for what is my pulse, and taking into account that not built a model since i was 16 or 17 years (I write this at the age of 33).

You can find a summary of the Sd.Kfz.251 in the Altaya model.


nº02 – Altaya Flakvierling Sd.Kfz. 7/1 + Sd.Ah.51 trailer.

24 Pz.Div. Don River sector (USSR) – 1942

Technical data:
Crew: 10.
20mm Flak 38 L/112.5
250 Km range.

The detail of the model is pretty basic. Especially the gun. The extended position is fixed, the gun turns, but can not orient its inclination. Not much detail is observed even in the passenger compartment or in the dashboard. The hood and the windshield does not contribute to a sense of realism.

On the trailer there are a couple of rifles too vague and some tools, but are always welcome this kind of accessories.

THE Sd.Kfz 7 was designed from 1934 designated to be the main trailer for anti-aircraft and artillery as the Flak 88. His production never reached to satisfy all the demands of the Wehrmacht. The armored divisions and panzer grenadiers whether they were commonly equipped with them.

Vierling means Quad in German, so, the Flakvierling Flak 38 is basically a Quad 38, an improvement which was introduced in 1940 with the increased speed of fighter aircraft. This gun would be the basis also of Wirbelwind and was mounted in numerous media such as Opel Blitz, Sd.Kfz.251, etc. He could make 800 shots per minute (sustained regime) with a vertical reach of 2,200 meters.

nº27 – Altaya Panzer Kpfw. V Panther Ausf.A (Sd.Kfz.171)

Pz.Gren.Div. “Grossdeutschland” – Targul Frumos, Romania – 1944

Technical data:

5 Crew
1 Kwk 42 L/70 (75mm)
3 MG 34 (7,92mm)
200 range

The model detail is quite good, the back piece does not fit very well, you’ll need a bit of putty, and as always, the model is the absence of a wash and some dry brush, at least.

The turret is covered with Zimmerit, and the model brings all the regulatory tools outside the vehicle. The antenna does not look very good and some of the reliefs of the shield are not enough, but at least does not bring any of those details painted. What is, is in relief. The model comes with caterpillar segments adding extra armor on the sides (rear).

The Panzer V was built in response to T-34 Soviet, which proved to be superior to their German contemporaries. 2192 units were built of Ausf.A version, produced between August 1943 and June 1944.

His first big fight was Kursk in July 1943 highlighted by its frontal armor and firepower, but the rush to enter into service initially made more Panther remain out of service by their failures than by the fighting.

Targul Frumos was the scene of heavy fighting in April and May being 1944, where as often, the “Grossdeutschland” he said in the fighting, this time against Soviet body elements 35, part of the second Ukrainian front.

nº10 – Altaya Sd.Kfz.234/4

Pz.Jg.Abt.294 Ukraine USSR – 1944

Technical data:

4 crew
1 Pak 40 (75mm)
1 MG 34 (7,92mm)
600Km range.

The 234 series development began after the campaigns of France and Poland, the better the defects found in previous series. This model of open turret with Pak 40 was manufactured between December 1944 and March 1945. Its open-ended, making it more vulnerable than other versions, and their equipment would not let him beat face to face major armored allies of this phase of the war. In its various versions, the Sd.Kfz.234 are considered some of the best vehicles for the reconnaissance during the war.

This model shows one of the worst flaws in many of the models from Altaya, sights are painted on postal rate … disaster (third photo). This model also has a grid painted on the back, but as part of it is about highlighting the effect is not as bad as that of the simulated sights(sixth photo). As can be seen in the pictures the detail of the cannon is very basic and the presence of a bit of flash, because this piece is made of plastic. The interior of the vehicle seems to give it too crashed drivers and gunners in 1:72 scale, although this also happens to me to ride with other models, eg Dragon Armour.

Forces of Valor Mk. IV Churchill MK VII

This model belongs to the collection D-DAY Commemorative Series Forces of Valor Unimax.

The chains are articulated and the detail is great, there is virtually nothing to do for him. The only part that is not good, is the front gun, too fat and does not fit into the socket, so it is down. The rider is a bit dark, but the figure is not bad.

Nor is it very nice price, which surpasses by far the models to assemble, or those of other manufacturers such as Easy Model or Ixo, although the quality is far superior to those of Altaya-IXO.

nº01 – Altaya PanzerJäger Tiger (P) Elefant (Sd.Kfz.184)

Technical data:
6 crew.
88mm cannon.
1 MG 34 (7,92 mm) Machine gun.
150 Km range.

This model is the first in the collection. The detail is better than some models that come after
. Represents the PzJg.Abt.653 1.Kp./sch Anzio (Italy) – 1944.

The Elefant was a powerful tank destroyer, equipped with the formidable 88mm cannon, which had its baptism in the Battle of Kursk, where the Soviets soon learned how to fence it for their lack of mobility and lack of machine guns in its first version. His armour was impenetrable to many of the cars of the time, which made him a formidable rival. Its Achilles heel, the lack of mobility.

nº22 – Altaya Krupp L2H143 (Kfz.69) + Pak 35/36. 3. Panzer Division. (Berlin – Germany) 1938

Technical data:
2 crew + 4 passengers.
60 cv Motor Krupp M 304
Range: 330 km on road (250 km off road)

The 60 hp version was produced from 1937-1941, in different forms, the kfz.69 is specifically designed to transport 35 / 36 pak and 4 gunners.

Pak 35/36
4 crew
37 mm

About the pak 35/36 we can say that for 1940 already it was considered to be insufficient to perforate the shields of the new armoured cars, as the T-34. The improvement of piercing ammunitions supported it in service, to very short range and ambushed could be useful, though it was massively replaced by the pak of 50mm. This one cannon, as other weapon of the second world war, had his baptism in the Spanish civil war.


Krupp L2H143

The model is not wrong, the detail is quite good, even the dashboard instrument panels have some relief, no sticker or painted, and a breakdown of seats is pretty good. As always the paint finish is as if the model just out of the factory or something like that.
The only trick with a view to the war-gaming, is the barrel is fixed in a position of transport, though I believe that it will be able to be modified.

Subscription Gift – Altaya – M4A3 Sherman

The Sherman is a gift for being a subscriber to the collection, although since Altaya models are marketed outside the collection, Sherman have several versions available.

Like all the models, detail is more or less good, but the paint finish is unrealistic.

After a couple of attempts to preserve its original camouflage, i chooses paint everything green and then aged a bit with washes and dry brush, because the result wasn’t still good, the white patches of camouflage were being very dirty. The best was the effect of mud on the front and the strings (mud is a bit of pumice stone and paint).

M4A3 Sherman

Some parts of the model came too far apart (It occurs in many models), it needs a bit of putty to seal the joints. The gun is the vehicle itself, and the servant is Italeri (SET American Infantry Italeri 6046) changed by cutter and a little bit of putty.

M4A3 Sherman

The base model is the original with some paint and brush, simulating an area of heavy clay.

I must say, that most models are subject to the base with a triangular head screws, remove complicated without proper head.

ITALERI 6046 American Infantry

Re-issued Esci mould (Plastic Soldier Review Set 206 U.S. Soldiers)

Another ESCI-ITALERI classic set, fit perfectly early war years, Africa and Italy campaigns. Some proportions looks strange in some figures, although they fit her German brother ITALERI 6033 and new Caesar sets. Some weapons are also out of proportion. Machine guns and mortar team are not well detailed, although mortar have a nice charger, ready for a shoot.

ITALERI 6046 Infanteria americana

ITALERI 6033 German Infantry

A classic set from ESCI, re-issued by ITALERI. The figure size is fully compatible with the new Caesar´s sets and with his American brother from ITALERI (old ESCI).
Some poses are missing, as gun loaders and mortar loader (The mortar has not tripod too), and some other looks too flat, but quality is good overall.
Radio looks not realistic, most of it by the antenna.
A set which fits with early years of the war.

ITALERI 6033 Infanteria alemana