nº33 – Altaya Sd.Kfz.231

Sd.Kfz.231 4. Pz. Div. Warsaw (Poland) 1939

Technical Details:
4 Crew. Gunner, Loader, Driver and Radio operator (also rear driver)
1 2 cm KwK 30 L/55 Gun
1 7,92 mm MG 13

The 231 was the first German reconnaissance vehicle, developed from 1932 to 1937, before they were replaced by 8 wheels models. As further models it allows to be driven in both directions, they were equipped with a rear driver place, managed by radio operator. After Russian invasion in 1941 they were withdrawn from front, to training and police tasks.
Although is a nice model for early war years, not present on other diecast’s manufactures, this is one of the worst models along Altaya’s Collection. The big gap between top and bottom plates across all the vehicle, the basic detail, etc… make this model really looks bad. Better think in a model for construct yourself or a hard rework for this.

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nº32 – Altaya Panzerjäger V JagdPhanter

Panzerjäger V JadgPhanter 655 Sch. Pz.Abt. Oldenburg (Germany) 1945

Technical details:
5 Crew
1 Pack 43/4 88mm gun
1 7.92 mm MG-34

415 units were made from January 1944 until the end of the war. There was mainly two versions, early ones, based on Panther Ausf.A and Pack 43/3, and the other, later 1944 and 1945, upgraded with Panther Ausf.G engine and Pack 43/4 gun.
The Pack 43 gun was capable to get out any allied armour, was the gun also used by the King Tiger II monster. One variation for later version was sight on drivers zone, just one, as depict the Altaya’s model.
Early versions until Sept-1944 was covered with a square pattern Zimmerit.

The Jagdpanther was mainly deployed on east front, but also was used on west front since late Normandy’s battle and mainly during Ardennes’s offensive.

Jagdpanther, Imperial War Museum, LondonJagdpanther, Imperial War Museum, London Altaya’s model wears a camouflage pattern like the London Imperial war museum ones, but not the same. The model is basic finished as always, and have two major faults, the blue on sights, and some joints, that don’t fit properly, the most on the rear.
The JagdPanther is one the most famous antitank on World War II, due his fire power and reliability. A lot of diecast’s Manufacturer got it in his catalogue, with great detail and a lot of camouflage patterns, concrete units, etc…

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Hasegawa Sd.Kfz.7

Hasegawa Sd.Kfz.7

Technical details
Crew 11.
55Km/h on road, 29Km/h off road.

The final release of this model begun on 1938, until ends of 1944 5000 units were produced, delivered to Panzergranadier division or attached to artillery regiments. A lot of variants were produced for specialized tasks. (see Altaya Sd.Kfz. 7/1 Flakvierling as example), even one with remote control for V2 bombs launcher.
The Sd.Kfz.7 were present on all fronts, from Africa to East.

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Hasegawa’s model is easy to construct and basic detailed, with a good average of detail. Although it arrived to me without crew i have attached it some crew from other models. The convertible top isn’t glued because i haven’t taken a decision about vehicle task. The worst of the model, the trakcs, as you can see on pictures they are thicker than real ones, with a no realistic effect over the wheels. Is painted with Vallejo’s German Fieldgrey and Citadel Khaki Kommand for the top and seats.

Hasegawa Mörser Karl CREW

Hasegawa Mortar Karl CREW

These hard plastic figures are from Hasegawa Mortar Karl sets, i got two sets for a while, but i re-sold them on Ebay (i have one “Karl” from “Hobby Boss” waiting on the wardrobe) but i remain the figures, as they have some good poses, not usual on plastic figures sets.
I have changed 10 heads, from an old italeri set, and some from a resin detail kit, and the result is quite good, except two strange poses, really bad modelled.
Although they are painted mainly with two Vallejo colours (German Field Grey / German Uniform ), different patterns of use, varying trousers, jackets, or all the figure in same colour, achieves a great result, with almost not two equals figures. The light of the colour also varying a lot depend on you wash with black or sepia.
These figures are a great complement for German army, ideal to be sergeants or officials, many of them wearing binoculars, or just to stand with vehicles.

Pegasus 7204 German Mortar Teams (Granatwerfer)

Pegasus 7204 German Mortar Teams (Granatwerfer)

5 Mortar
2 x 120mm Heavy Mortar Granatwerfer 42
3 x 80mm Medium Mortar Granatwerfer 34

23 Figures, 13 poses.

+Some munitions crates.

Pegasus German Mortar Teams

A great set, all the poses fit well his task, in a close interaction with mortar or between them. The figures have some separate parts, like harms, some head, etc. All parts fit well.
Almost are the figures are unique, although the poses are twice, the figures have different equipment on back. I also have added some Kar-98k rifles and two MP40 to complete the figures.
A very well done set, which cover the subject and fits perfectly war-gaming needs. His competitor from Armourfast hasn’t so hight quality on sculpture.
The 81mm mortar was used along all the war. The 120mm was a copy from Russian’s one , and was developed during 1942.
Added to the mortar crews, which are completes for each mortar, there are a radio team, in great poses, and an officer.

For reference and/or inspiration take a look at Mortarsinminiature.com

nº30 – Altaya Sturmpanzer IV “Brummbär” (Sd. Kfz. 166)

Sturmpanzer IV “Brummbär” (Sd. Kfz. 166) Stu.Pz.Abt.216 Rome (Italy) – 1944

Technical details
5 crew
1 StuH 43 L/12 (150mm)
100mm Armour.

Designed from the Pz.IV. chassis and a superstructure for the Skoda 15 cm cannon it can fire the Sig 33 munition and was developed since 1943. His fire baptism was Kursk’s battle in June 1943.As his big brother, the Sturmtiger, was intended for infantry fire support, primarily in dense urban areas.

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Maybe too big artillery for skirmish games.
This model could be find on other diecast manufacturers, with best detail that this one.

nº24 – Altaya Sd. Kfz. 250/9

Sd. Kfz. 250/9 Pz.Div. FHH Vimperk (Czechoslovakia) – 1945

Technical Details
3 crew
1 KwK 30 or Kwk 38 (20mm)
1 MG 34 (7,92mm)
350 Km de range on road and 200 Km off road.
Armour 14,5 mm

This light half tracked vehicle was developed after the soviet union invasion in 1941. It was basically the union of a Sd.Kfz 250 chassis with a Sd.Kfz.222 turret. 796 units were made from 1942 until 1945, involved in reconnaissance tasks in hard off road conditions. His elevation angle allow it as anti air fire power.

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Altaya’s model is in his normal quality with no special faults more than the back turret part. A good infantry support vehicle for wargaming.