nº43 – Altaya – IXO Sd.Kfz. 11

Sd. Kfz. 11 15 Pz. Div. El Alamein (Egypt) – 1942

Technical Details:
Crew: 2 + 6
Range: 240 Km on road, 140 Km cross country.

Sd. Kfz. 11 was another of the widespread German half tracks , with around 9000 units manufactured.
Mainly intended for medium towed guns transport also some specialized versions were developed to carry ammunitions for Nebelwerfers and two version for chemical warfare, one for decontamination and the other for contamination.

Altaya’s model seems to have better quality this time, also for the other model with this issue, the “Hashorn”, although some things could be done better. The model present a common pattern for Africa and Italy

Worst point some distance between plates (back seats for example) and a painted grid. Detail inside could be better but model has an average good appearance.

Hät’s Christmas’s Gift

For the end of the year and as a Christmas’s gift, Hät forum published on 23th, a new entry for the sprue test of two new sets.
The subject of the sets are the same , German army wagons, for the two great wars. Horses seems to be the same. It’s important don’t forget the important role of horses in both wars.

WW2 German wagon

© 1995-2010, HäT Industrie. All rights reserved.

WW1 German wagon

© 1995-2010, HäT Industrie. All rights reserved.

Figures quality seems to be a bit poor than other latest Hät’s releases, but as they are unmade before sets, they are very welcome. I haven’t info about release date for these sets, but we can expect second or third quarter next year. (i hope soon)

Also, Hät , releases a curious Holiday Greetings. I will try to follow some of that tips. 🙂

New Italeri releases December 2010

More good news for this month.
Italian manufacturer Italeri has released 3 new 1/72 set, all very interesting for wargaming.

ITALERI S.P.A. © P.IVA 00652841206

References as follows


A set with two tents and a well, very suitable for African scenery, but also for other terrains and an open range of ages.

Cod. 7518 SHERMAN M4 A3 Fast Assembly Kit

Two Sherman M4 A3. It is a fast kit, we will see about the quality, i likes the Half-track set, but Sherman M4A2 is not so good… I hope at least it will have some more quality than the Hät’s set for this subject, but still Hät has a wider range of Sherman.


A total of 61 different antitank obstacles. These sets always are welcome.

By the way, Italeri’s web is a bit better than Hät and Zvezda ones, so you can see pictures of the sprue in it.

The ends of the year seems to be plenty of good news for 1/72 scale. We want more !!!!! 🙂

New Caesar Miniatures’s sets.

good news, more for WWII fans. Caesar announced on Saturday their release of four new 1/72 sets, three WWII and one for medieval (15th century.).

References are:

H091 European Knights, 15th Century
HB01 WWII Panzergrenadiers (Kharkov 1943)
HB02 WWII Panzergrenadiers (Ardennes 1944)
HB03 WWII German Panzer Crews

© Caesar Miniatures – http://www.miniknight.com/index.htm

Panzergranadiers seems to be a continuation of their work with the H069 WWII German Army with Field Greatcoat. set

All four sets seems to have the usual Caesar quality, which is one of the best at market.About historical accuracy we will see what have to say PlasticSoldierReview.com. If sets have the average tail as latest they will fit perfectly with older sets from Italeri, Revell, etc.

About Medieval one, best range (for me) is Zvezda’s ones, but Caesar figures are usually a bit smaller than Zvezda. We will see.

As i see still aren’t at shops, question of days, i hope. It’s a pitty Caesar site is not so good as their miniatures. No much info there.


nº37 – Altaya StuG.IV (Sd.Kfz.167)

StuG.IV (Sd.Kfz.167) Fsch.Pz.Div. “HG” Nettuno (Italy) – 1944

Technical Details:
4 Crew
1 StuK 40 L/48 (75mm)
1 MG 34 (7.92mm)
220 Km range.

StuG IV uses the upper structure os StuG II auf G , over a Panzer IV chassis. 1,108 vehicles were built by Krupp from December 1943 to May 1945.
Armed with the StuK 40 L/48 (75mm) gun it was a very effective tank killer.

The model is another example of a bad work from Altaya/IXO. Details is bad, neither camouflage pattern seems to be good this time. Although i always liked this king of vehicles, more with lateral shields, this one is not my desired one.

¿ What do you think about the antennas ?

Sorry about pictures, but these days is difficult to get enough natural light to re take them.

nº41 – Altaya Pz. Kpfw. IV Ausf. D

Altaya Pz. Kpfw. IV Ausf. D – Sd. Kfz. 161 – 21. Pz. Div. Gabr Saleh (Libya) – 1941

Technical details:

5 Crew
1 Kwk 37 L/24 (75 mm)
2 MG 34 – 7.92 mm

Panzer IV is a common silhouette from World War II, that must be present on any collection, diecast or built models, and Altaya’s model don’t provide nothing good.
Separation between turret plates (two first pictures), or the detail of the driver sight, painted as a postal packed (third picture), are some of the common mistakes on Altaya’s collection.
This vehicle has a different and interesting Africa colour, as fascicle explain, the original manufacturer grey for European theatre was over painted on camp by 21 Pz., which gives it their estrange mustard colour.
Again, question about antenna position, which block turret rotation. Although it wasn’t rigid all the time must was exposed to damage by turret movement… ??

Ykreol YK07 The Nativity

Ykreol YK07 The Nativity

An unique set, union of two Odemar’s sets, The Nativity and Jesus with home. The set depict a complete nativity plus adoration with the three kings. Plus, there is a St. Nicholas figure.
The sculpture is deep, making easy the paint work, and have and average good detail.
Is a difficult set to find, i purchased it through Ebay in a Taiwan’s shop.
I don’t know in other countries, but by this dates in Spain is very usual to find Nativity figures in shops, squares, and other public buildings commemorating Christmas.
I’m very pleased with this work, it allows me to play with different colours not usually used and also play with all range of Citadel’s washes. A better work with this set could be find here. Francisco’s work is always an inspiration.

You can buy this set here.