nº21 – Altaya Hummel (Sd. Kfz. 165)

Hummel (Sd. Kfz. 165) Pz. Div “Feldherrnhalle” Budapest (Hungary) – 1945

Technical Details:
7 crew
1 sFH 18/1 gun. (150mm)
1 MG 34 ó 42 (7,92mm)
215 Km on road y 95 Km off road

Hummel was designed in 1942, to cover the fault of self propelled artillery capable to follow and support panzer divisions, as were needed during Russian invasion in 1941.
After some discarded prototypes the idea about a 15 cm sFH 18 L/30 and a specialized chassis, the “Geschützwagen III/IV”, goes on.
The “Geschützwagen III/IV” combined elements from Panzer III and Panzer IV (chassis, engine and suspension). This chassis also were used with an antitank version, the Nashorn.

Hummel-IMGP2755

About 714 units were made until the end of the war, plus 150 munition carrier vehicles, which could be converted to standard version without goes to factory.

Hummel were deployed on Panzer divisions, forming their own batteries of six Hummel plus one munition carrier.

Altaya’s model has the same problems that other Altaya’s models… a basic finishing. Although it has an interesting camouflage pattern, there are better options in other Diecast’s manufacturers.

Italeri 7509 M3A1 Half Track

Italeri 7509 M3A1 Half Track

It is my first “fast kit” and i’m very gladded with result. The kit is very easy to built, just 14 parts or so per model. Almost can be done without glue.
Detail is not bad, surfaces are well sculpted and a nice paint work can be done. There is no options about doors or others, and no crew neither decals (bad thing), but is a cheap set.

Maybe isn’t the most appropriate set for a diorama, but it is perfect for wargaming, the model is quite robust, without any fragile part, and in not much time allows you to have 2 vehicles. All the time you save in building, can be expended in paint and work.

The crew men, who changes significantly the model’s aspect, are two figures from Hasegawa American Infantry set (Hard plastic), and the driver is from the classic Italeri American Infantry.

One is dusted and the other muddy , with dry-brush technique, is just a paint effect, not texture. By this time, base paint was applied with a Tamiya’s spray, which have been proved to be a great product. It produces a very smooth surface.

MAC Distribution Horch 108 Sd.Kfz.70

MAC Distribution Horch 108 Sd.Kfz.70

Technical Details
1 + 7 Crew.
Horch V 108
32 litres / 100 km on road.
42 litres / 100 Km off road.
1 Flak 30 20mm.

There isn’t many information about this kind of vehicles, Horch 108 was used with Pak36, Flak30, and other special purposes. Horch was also a distinguished car manufacturer. Sure a great number of German Generals were using this vehicles.

Instead of this, the 20mm Flak 30 is a well know weapon from german arsenal.

MAC’s model depict one of the vehicles of the Hitler’s personal scort, although it can be used for better things in a wargame table. The model is well detailed, and instructions are clear. Some of the metallics parts are too thin.
The model can be mounted in several versions, as Flak30 can be on the trailer or in the vehicle platform as i did. This platform can be also mounted in two versions, closed for transport, or open, as i did, for fire stance. I just missed some crew.

I get it from second hand, without decals, so i have used some of the kubelwagen set

nº19 – Altaya 8.8cm Flak 37

8.8cm Flak 37 2 Pz. Div. Moscow Area (USSR) – 1941

First 88’s prototype were produced in 1928, and begun larger production in 1933, when Nazi party raised power in Germany. This weapon was deployed on Spanish Civil War, in his early version (Flak 18). It proved to be useful against aviation and also proved his great value as direct fire gun, against vehicles or fortified positions.

After this war experience, 88s begun to be improved, two mainly versions, Flak 36 and Flak 37 were developed, with improved guns and instrumentation.
Also was usual the use of a frontal armour shield to cover crew.

As anti tank weapon was formidable almost until end of the war, when larger armour from heavy tanks begun to resist the 8,8cm fire.
In their anti-aircraft role it suffer the great advance on velocity and altitude that aviation achieves during world war two, and a powerful version Flak 41 was designed, although never massively produced and deployed. 8.8 cm gun were widely used in several versions for anti tank guns or tanks.

Flak88-IMGP2705

Altaya’s model depict a Flak 37 with armour shield, in transport mode (fixed), with his usual basic finish. A expensive toy more than a collection item.

nº23 – Altaya Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger Ausf. E (Sd.Kfz.181)

Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger Ausf. E (Sd.Kfz.181) sch. Pz.Abt. 506 Lukanjowka (USSR) – 1943

Technical Details
5 Crew – Commandant, gunner, loader, radio operator and driver.
1 88 mm KwK 36 L/56 Gun
2 7.92 mm MG 34

After the Russian’s Invasion in 1941 a new tank were needed to face the soviet T-34 and KV-1. In response to this situation the Tiger I was released in 1942’s spring, with a thicker armour and the 88mm gun, capable to get out any allied tank. The Tiger I is probably the most famous German tank, 1,355 units were produced between August 1942 and August 1944, when production was ceased in favour of the improved Tiger II. The Tiger was prone to mechanical breakdowns due his great weight, and always was too expensive and time-consuming to produce.

Altaya’s model depict one of the Tiger I dispatched to 506 tank battalion. This battalion was present on Eastern front (1943 – 1944) Dnieper and Korovograd sectors, and Western front (1944 – 1945) fighting in Market Garden and Bulgue.
In April 1945 surrender to US army in the Ruhr pocket.

Tiger-I-IMGP2704

Once again, Altaya’s make no favour to the model, the tow is ugly and detail and finished is basic.