nº06 – Altaya – IXO Sd.Kfz.252 + Sd.Anh.3 1/1

Altaya – IXO Sd.Kfz.252 + Sd.Anh.3 1/1 StuG.Abt 210 Smolensk (USSR) 1941

Technical Details
2 crew
350Km range, 200Km off road.
1 MG 34 (7,92mm)

This half track was designed to ammunition StuG assault guns. It is a variant of the well know Sd.Kfz.250. Approximately 413 units were manufactured until September 1941, when they were replaced by the Sd.Kfz.250/6, with similar capabilities and a lower production cost. Due his limited transport capabilities it was complemented with Anh.31/1 trailer. This vehicle had similar mobility capabilities than the vehicles they must ammunition, and enough armour against infantry common weapons.

This time Altaya’s model just achieve an approved, neither camouflage or detail looks pretty well, but is an interesting model, because isn’t common on this scale, and still less common in Diecast world. It could be included in the past Panzer collection, but it belongs to the newest armour ones.

nº54 – 15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 Sd.Kfz. 4/1

15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 Sd.Kfz. 4/1 Werfer Brigade 7 Orne River (France) – 1944

Technical Details
4 Crew
1 MG 42 (7,92mm)
1 Nebelwerfer 42 (150mm)
Range 130 Km on road and 80Km off road.

The Panzerwerfer 42 are the union of different vehicles and weapons available since 1943. It was developed in two version, one based in the Opel Maultier and the second, lately in the war, based in the new Schwerer Wehrmachtschlepper (sWS) vehicles, the substitutes for the Sd.Kfz.250 series.

Altaya’s model show the first version built over an armoured Opel Maultier, which was developed adding Carden-Lloyd English tracks to an Opel Blitz 3.6 vehicles, and also adding armour plates to cover the lorry and cabin. This kind of vehicles were developed after the Russian invasion in 1941, due the difficult manoeuvrability on this terrain and the lack of half tracked transport vehicles.

The Nebelwerfer was composed by 10 tubes with 270º range and 80º of elevation. It was capable to fire three kinds of munition, one chemical, never used in combat, the one smoke generator, the first intended role for the rockets, and the high explosive one, loaded with 2,5 Kg TNT, the most used during the war.
This munitions haves the motor at the head, escape for propulsion holes at the middle and the explosive load at the bottom.

The Panzerwerfer was only capable to transport 20 projectiles, it means, 2 rounds. One already loaded in the tubes, and the other inside the vehicle. Because this a munitions vehicle was also constructed based in the Opel Maultier armoured version, the Sd.Kfz. 4/1. Around 296 Panzerwerfer were built between April 1943 and March 1944 and 251 Munitionsfahrzeug.

This vehicles were integrated in armoured rocket batteries in the rocket regiments (Werferregiment) , which around 1944 were theoretically composed by 8 vehicles.

nº55 – Kfz. 15 Horch + 10.5 cm le FH18M

Kfz. 15 Horch + 10.5 cm le FH18M Art.Reg. 119 11.Pz.Div. Kursk (USSR) – 1943

Technical Details
7 Crew
420 Km range on road and 300 Km of road.

Second Kfz. 15 in the collection, curiously both based in Kursk 1943, the first one was limbering a Nebelwerfer, and this one a le FH18M artillery piece.

Although both vehicles are almost equals this new ow looks better than the previous one, which have a camouflage which looks artificial, worst than this clear sand tone one.

One odd, previously commented, is the fixed position for the gun, which is a hard limitation to the possibilities of the model. Anyway is a valuable piece of the collection, no other Kfz. 15 in Diecast world is available, the new one from Dragon and the Hobby Master range, aren’t the same Horch vehicle.

This subject can be covered with plastic models, like the ACE Horch, and a lot of le FH18 are at our disposal those days, i recommend the Revell and Zvezda ones.

nº09 – Altaya IXO Bedford QL + 6Pdr. AT Gun

Bedford QL + 6Pdr. AT Gun 1st Armoured Division, 8th army – Egypt 1941.

Technical Details
2 Crew
1 Ordenance QF 6-pounder (57mm)
Range 250 Km.

This issue is again for a World War II vehicle, the well know Bedford QL and the not less well know 6Pdr. AT Gun.

The Bedford truck was manufactured in a large number of specialized version of all kinds. More than 50000 units were built during the conflict. It remains in service largely until de late 50’s when they were replaced by the RL series. Some specialized versions still remain in service until 1970’s.

The QF 6pdr gun was also largely produced, even was adopted by U.S. army with the 57 mm Gun M1 designation. Was the main AT gun in the middle World War II. One of the odds it comes in a fixed transport mode, as usually Altaya do with guns.