Airfix Wilys Jeep

Airfix Wilys Jeep

Maybe this is 4×4 vehicle by excellence, 647.925 units were manufactured during war, by Willys and Ford, and after war continues in production until 1968 in civilian life. Through lend-lease programs served in Russian, English and French army.

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Airfix model is original from Heller, it is true 1/72 and come with a cargo trailer, some jerry cams, crates and so, useful for other works. The crew is too little so i replaced them with two Caesar figures (U.S Infantry set I).
It’s painted with Tamiya’s spray, as M3A1 and Sherman.

nº36 – Opel Blitz 3.6-36S (Kfz.305)

Opel Blitz 3.6-36S (Kfz.305) Ambulance 21.Pz.Div Medenine (Tunisia) – 1943

Technical Details
2 crew

370 Km on road y 230 Km off road.
Motor Opel 3.6 / 68 CV.

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One of the common silhouettes of the war, associated to first years of the war and motorized divisions, during Poland and France invasions.
The model is a nice item for the field of battle, just with a major defect , in the canopy, with some details painted.
Probably the most manufactured truck in German during the war.

nº17 – Altaya Sd. Kfz. 222

Altaya Sd. Kfz. 222 10Pz. Div. Tunis (Tunisia) – 1943

Technical Details
3 Crew
1 kwk 38 (20mm)
1 MG 34 (7,92mm)
200 km range

Sd. Kfz 222 was successfully used in first campaigns, across western Europe, but once war arrived to Africa and Eastern Europe, the poor off road capabilities of this vehicle were showed. This vehicle line based on Horch 108 chassis, were manufactured in three primary versions. Sd. kfZ. 221, armed just with an MG 34. A 221 variant armed just with a 28mm sPzB41 gun. The Sd. Kfz. 222 version, armed with the 20mm gun and MG 34, and the Sd. Kfz. 223, a communications vehicle, armed with a MG 34 machine gun.
The 222 version mounted a closed turret, the same than 250/9, against grenades.
As the war goes ahead, Sd. Kfz. 222 were replaced in their functions with Sd. Kfz. 250 or their 8 wheels brothers, as Sd. Kfz. 232.
Russian army takes the 222 as model to develop their BA-64 vehicle.

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One more time, Altaya’s quality isn’t enough to defeat their Diecast competitors, and to compare them with a parts model.

AMT – ERTL 8639 Sherman M4A1

AMT – ERTL 8639 Sherman M4A1

An old model brought at Ebay for a low price, new in a destructed box, but new.
The M4A1 is the first version of Sherman, manufactured by General Motors during the War. Sherman was the most developed tank during war, used by Russian, French, English, by “Lend- lease” programs.
Latest versions were active during Korea conflict.

It had 5 crew men, and was armed with a 75mm gun M3, one M2HB 12,7mm machine gun and two 7,62mm.

ERTL model has a lot of options, the set comes equipped with motor and transmission system, and upper hatch can be mounted opened, also two on turret and two upper driver and radio operator, which is not usual in many sets. The set comes with 2 crew men, i just used one and one caear figure as rider (resting). Crates are from Airfix/Heller Willys jeep. Instructions are clear, and was easy to built, even after so many years, plastic was in a good state and all parts fits well their place.

Although I’m gladded with model’s aspect, pictures don’t represent it as well as they look in real ! (I think!)

Finish is based in green primer by “The Army Painter” and olive drab spray paint by Tamiya.

The same used for M3A1.

Accurate 7207 Hundred Years War Knights Of France

Accurate 7207 Hundred Years War Knights Of France

A nice and well detailed set, i have completed during these days my medieval collection with some sets from MiniArt, Zvezda and one from Orion.
Zvezda models are a bit bigger than rest, the major problem with MiniArt ones, wich are the smallest, and i’m gladded with Orion set, although it haves a bit of flash, sign of a bad mould, their sculpture is clear and nice, and there are some interesting poses.

I was looking some pictures from Osprey books, to take a idea about how to paint this, but after some tries, i decide to paint it free, as real shields and clothes for this period, have a lot of detail not easy to paint.
I still need a solution for shields, as they are flat as this moment. Zvezda sets have all the heraldry in relieve, so it will be easier to paint than this. We will see.








nº35 – Altaya Flakpanzer 38t (Sd.Kfz.140) Gepard

Flakpanzer 38t (Sd.Kfz.140) “Gepard” 1. SS-PZ.Div. “LSSAH” Ardennes (Belgium) 1944

Technical detail:
4 crew
1 Flak 38/L (20mm) Gun
200km (on road) 150Km off road.

Just about 141 Flakpanzer 38(t) were made during war, between November 1943 – February 1944. Advancing on aircraft technology made this single gun become obsolete by the end of the war, replaced by his quad brothers. Panzer 38(t) chassis were on the most reused chassis, probably close to Panzer IV.

The Flakpanzer 38t allow a -5º angle , and was commonly used against infantry and light armoured cars.

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Altaya’s model depict an estrange winter camouflage pattern, maybe due hurry on battlefield or maybe intended so, i don’t know. Although gun and extras over the armour are not well detailed, in an overall sight this vehicle has a better look than many others vehicles from the collection.

nº18 – Altaya Jagdpanzer IV L/70 (Sd.Kfz.162/1)

Jagdpanzer IV Pz.Gren.Div. “Feldherrnhalle” Budapest (Hungary) – 1945

Technical Details
Crew: 4
1 PAk 42 L/70 (75mm)
1 MG 42 (7,92mm)
1 90mm grenade launcher
200km range

After summer campaign in 1942, Wehrmacht army were in need of a new tank destroyer specification. After designs and tries, the model of a low silhouette and completely enclosed fighting compartment go ahead, instead open turret models as Marder and so. Although a new chassis were desired for Panzer VI lack of resources came into the use the Panzer IV chassis, as Jagdpanther and JagdTiger will do the same with their respective Panther and Tiger chassis. Or the Hetzer, with the Pz 38 chassis.

Altaya’s model depict a L/70 gun mounted version, which was made by two manufacturers, Vomag (V) and Alkett (A), although this variant is not specified by Altaya.
Early L/48 and L/70 models were covered with Zimmerit, and latest models have only 3 return wheels, instead of 4, so Altaya depict a model constructed late 1944 or early 1945, which could be made by both manufacturers. The most common were Vomag version, around 940 units were produced, while Alkett, with his own design, taller than Vomag, produced only 278 units. First version with L/48 gun was manufactured by Krupp (I’m not sure about this) and around 780 units were built.

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Jagdpanzer IV were used in Normandy battle, Bulge, and all the East front, since 1944 until the end of the war, but many times were used as assault guns or tanks, which achieves a poor performance and wasted the exhaust resources for German army.
Altaya’s model depict an usual camouflage pattern, there are more models on the collection with this pattern, and the L/70 gun can be a good allied on a wargame, although the model needs some work, to achieve better finish, as always.

Other diecast manufacturer as better range for this vehicle, such Dragon.