The Mörser 18 was designed to replace his obsolescent brother from World War I, 21 cm Mörser 16. It was one of the first guns with a dual-recoil system. His fire rate was very lower than her little brother the 17cm gun. and by this, his production was stooped between 1942-1943, but war needs resume his production until the end. With his 16,700 meters range and capacity to fire 125Kg bombs was a terrible weapon.
Usually was dismounted in two pieces for transport, but if necessary just one FAMO 18 could transport it.
Revell model is well detailed, model can be constructed on fire or transport mode, pictures below are showing fire position , with the rear suspension changed.
Sturmmöserwagen “Sturmtiger” Pz.Stu.Mr.Btr.1002 Minden (Germany) – 1945
1 StuM RW61 L/54 (380mm)
1 MG 34 (7,92 mm)
100 mm armour.
120 Km range.
Just 18 units were produced from this model, intended for heavy infantry support, on urban areas or dense fortifications, combining a Tiger I chassis with a 38 cm Raketen-Werfer RW61 L/5.4 naval gun. (Raketen-Werfer = Rocket Launcher).
This gun was capable of fire different munitions, including one of 125Kg High explosive.
This model is present on many Diecast manufacturers catalogue, with better accuracy than Altaya, although Altaya’s ones cover well the subject, without major defects, just the basic finished.
1 MG 42 (7,92 mm)
1 Stuk 37 L/24 (75mm)
300 Km range on road, 150 Km range off road.
Schwerer Panzerspähwagen can be translated as Heavy armoured reconnaissance vehicle, which means a lot of German vehicles during World War II.
The Sd. Kfz. 233 is a modification of the Sd. Kfz. 232, built between December 1942 October 1943, before they were released by the Kfz 234 series.
Around 109 units was built, plus some Kfz 232 that were modified.
The 233 was equipped with a short barrel 7.5 cm gun, KwK 37 L/24 in an open fixed superstructure. A great number of German vehicles were equipped with this gun, after it was released from Pz IV and Stug III, that were equipped with large guns.
Although is an interesting model for war-gaming it has some detail lacks, as the gun itself, and the antennas.
This little vehicle was designed from the mythical Vollkswagen Beatle, it was rear-wheeled air-cooled engine, but after test in Poland campaign it was massively produced until the end of the war, with no further modifications.
The Italeri model is an easy an funny ones, with just a few parts per model (comes 2 in the box) and clear instructions, just 4 steps, can be mounted in a few and painted without airbrush.
It looks a bit small for 1:72, see figures for comparisons.
Esci / Italeri / ERTL / Revell / WW II German Guns – Pak 35 – Pak 40 – Flak 38.
Another old set i wished on childhood, but never got it. Today, thanks to Ebay, it is on my hands !
In those times there are a lot of better choices for this subject, mostly for Pak 40 and Pak 36, but in his time, this set well covered the subject wasn’t so common. Italeri reissued it and also have their own pack 40 set, which haves better crew and some details as munitions.
The worst of this set, their instructions, and some of the crew, who are badly sculpted with bad proportions. Put the arms in the correct place is also a no easy task. About the instructions they only have one step, so is easy make a mistake although the models haven’t many parts.
All the crouched down figures are not good, heads have been replaced, but the arms were a head pain. By the other hand, the two figures who are on their feet are pretty nice.
Another lack on this set is the absence of any kind of munition, neither for the MG43 that i didn’t paint, and the only choice for the Flak 38, in transport mode.
Plasticsoldierreview.com says instructions were cleared in the Italeri reissue.
I’m sure today there are better sets for this subject, but if you are a nostalgic as i am, you still can find this set on Ebay.
Steyr RSO 0/1 + Pak 40 Anti-Tank Gun 2. Panzer Div. Normandie (France) – 1944
1 Pak 40 (75mm)
250 Km Range.
04/July/2010 [UPDATED] Pak 40 reworked to fire position and repainted.
This is one of the most interesting model in the Altaya Collection, not present in other diecast manufacturers catalogue. The Pak 40 is fixed in transport mode, which is not most desirable for wargaming. As always the finish of the model is too basic, compared with other diecast manufacturers.
Italeri 6056 British Infantry
15 poses (13 stand up)
Another classic set form Italeri, re-issuing an Esci mould. The figures are a bit taller than her brother set 60033, but they look almost the same in a 40/50 cm range.
Two figures have been modified to become PIAT loaders.
I have imported two figures from Italeri British Commando, changing their heads, with a perfect pose to be Sargeants.
All the gallery down the page.
As other times, i have to exploit my large collection of Citadel paints, so here is my Citadel paint guide for British Infantry, although i think the uniform looks too dark.
I know i’m not a great painter, but i enjoys a lot doing this and the result looks well in a wargame scenery
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