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nº14 – Altaya Panzer – Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger II Ausf. B (Sd.Kfz. 182) Porsche Turret

Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger II Ausf. B (Sd.Kfz. 182) Porsche Turret

Pz.Abt 503 Normandie France 1944


This beast of war was armed with the formidable 8.8 cm KwK 43 L/71 gun, capable to knock out any allied tank and a thick armor .
The model showed here, with the Porsche turret prototype correspond to the first Tiger II who saw action in Normandie.
Due to problems to manufacture curved bulge on the turret’s left side, this turret was not manufactured in large numbers, around 50 of them were mounted on Henschel hull and saw action so, and did not enter in production phase, which was won by the Henschel factory. Main differences between Porsche and Henschel design were in the hull, transmission, suspension and automotive features.


The Altaya model show an interesting camouflage pattern and no more, details are not good, specially exhausts, tools in the hull and aerial.


Subscription Gift – Altaya Panzer – Dragon Wagon

This was a Subscription gift.
It’s strange that in a collection dedicated only to German World War II vehicles both gifts were allied vehicles, but it was so.


The model came in two parts, both manufactured in plastic, the 6×6 armored tractor (M26) and the 40-ton trailer (M15).


Average detail level is quite good, in fact it looks quite better than other models in the collection, although the uniform colour contributes to mask some defects.


This formidable truck were in service till 1955, entering in Europe in 1944. Without the trailer it also was used as recovery vehicle.


nº60 – Altaya – IXO – Sd.Kfz. 234/2 – Puma

Sd.Kfz. 2344/2 – Puma – 2 Pz. Div. Normadie (France) – 1944.

234 series was an improvement over the long time used Sd.Kfz 232 series. It mounted a new turret, with a 5 cm KwK 39/1 L/60 gun, similar to the one mounted in the late versions of the Pz.III.

It was manufactured since 1943 till the second half of 1944, even it is know as one of the best reconnaissance vehicles in the World War II. Although it was 12 tons weighted vehicle still was capable to achieve 85 Km/h in road.

As all the family it could be driven in both directions.

One of the visual characteristic of the 234 series is the one piece mudguard, instead the two-piece mudguards on the 232 series. There was three other versions in the 234 series which was produced till the end of the war, the /1 (2 cm KwK 38 L/55 gun and coaxial 7.92 mm Maschinengewehr 34 or MG 42 machine gun, open turret covered with a frame), /3 (short 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24 in an open turret) and /4 (a 7.5 cm PaK 40 L/46 also in an open turret).

A nice Altaya’s model showing a classic late war camouflage pattern in one of the most famous reconnaissance vehicles from the war.

nº57 – DeAgostini – Altaya – IXO Flakpanzer IV “Möbelwagen” Sd.Kfz 161/3

DeAgostini – Altaya – IXO Flakpanzer “Möbelwagen” Sd.Kfz 161/3 11. Pz. Div. Lyon – France – 1944

Technical details:
6 crew
Quad 20mm Flak
Range 200km on road, 130 off road.

Another anti-aircraft engine quickly developed once the allies begun to achieve air superiority in 1943, based on the largely used Panzer IV chassis.
Altaya’s model depict one of the Möbelwagen earlier version, as soon the 20mm FlaK were replaced by the more capable 37mm FlaK 43 L/89. The casemate turret is in travel position, as it needed to be open for fire, or at least half opened for just air targets. One of the faults was that the crew were too much exposed to work in the battlefield.
Around 270 units were manufactured since December 1943.

As you can see in the following picture this concrete model haves a fault in the Quad 20mm FlaK, two of the guns are damaged, making still worse the model.

Turret detail

Camouflage pattern is quite interesting and well executed, but one more time detail is quite basic, almost no interior detail and the problem with the FlaK, not the best model in the collection.
Te other question is why Altaya have been chosen the 20mm FlaK instead of the 37mm ones, which was the real production model. This one is almost just a prototype.
A good detail could be the possibility to open the turret armour, but it’s just impossible in this model.

nº56 – DeAgostini – Altaya – IXO Bergepanzer Tiger (P)

DeAgostini – Altaya – IXO Bergepanzer Tiger (P)

Bergerpanzer Tiger (P) was a very exclusive recovery vehicle, based on the Tiger I Porsche, a project which was cancelled in favour of the Henschel Tiger. Only 5 Tiger (P) were completed, 3 of them were converted in the Bergepanzer Tiger (P) and only one saw service with the schwere Heeres Panzerjager Abteilung 653. Most of the chassis produced for this project were converted into Ferdinand / Elephant.
So Altaya have been chosen a vehicle which only 3 units were manufactured, although some sources says that other two Ferdinand which wasn’t updated to Elephant also were converted in recovery vehicles during 1943 to achieve a number of 5 total units.
All these vehicles were assigned to recovery Elephants.

Altaya’s model have a good average quality, in their standard, where probably the worst is the crane, all manufactured in plastic.

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.

nº52 – Altaya IXO 10.5 cm K.Pz.Sfl.IVa “Dicker Max”

Altaya IXO 10.5 cm K.Pz.Sfl.IVa “Dicker Max”
Pz.Jg.Abt.521 Stalingrad (USSR) – 1942

Technical Details
5 Crew
1 105mm Gun
1 MG 34 (7,92mm)
Range 200 Km y 120 Km off road.

The “Dicker Max” as is familiarly known, was no more than a prototype of which only 2 units were manufactured. Initially designed for the assault on fortified positions, due to its firepower, as the Maginot line, the 2 units were not available until the race had ended in France. The two vehicles produced were released in combat during the invasion of Russia, but it seems that one of them down very quickly because the ammunition housed exploded. The other vehicle remained active at least until 1942, I find no data of its existence beyond this year, and combat reports talk about hat we have a limited vehicle, which was useful only his first intention by direct fire on bunkers and other fortified positions, and less usable as a heavy anti-tank, which was second intended. It seems appropriate to think it out their days in Stalingrad.

Altaya model presents a very acceptable quality, with a well-defined lines and no detail especially ugly, there is some detail inside of the casemate and everything seems quite correct and well-adjusted to price. The joints between some of the plates appear to be improved, and as sometimes, we miss something better detail in the canyon itself and other parts which are built in plastic, like the periscope, but overall quality is pretty good.

nº53 – Altaya IXO 10.5 cm le.FH18 (Sfl) auf39-H(f)

Altaya IXO 10.5 cm le.FH18 (Sfl) auf39-H(f)

21.Pz.Div. Normandie (France) – 1944

Technical Details
4 Crew.
1 leFH 18 L/28 (105mm)
1 MG 34 (7,92mm)
Range 150 Km and 75 Km off road.

After the invasion of France, many vehicles were seized to the German service. Many of them obsolete, were converted in some way, as is the case of this auf39-H (f) on the modified chassis of Hotchkiss Modèle 1935, H-39, which was a French light tanks,a le.FH18 cannon 10.5 cm. was mounted on.
On the same chassis modifications were also made by mounting a Pak40.

Altaya’s model has a very good quality, it seems that these latest deliveries are raising the bar with respect to that seen in the first. There is no great faults, and everything seems to be OK. A very good piece considering its price, much lower than other Diecast’s manufacturers.

Do not miss also the excellent work being done with armored Altaya by Mr. Dauga40, including this auf39-H (f). We had seen some good examples of repainting and updating Altaya vehicles by boys of Brazo de Nelson and MiniatureZone, but the fact is that this guy has carefully worked a lot and although the video footage does not show detail, the mini-dio looks very good.

nº51 – Altaya – IXO Pz.Sp.Wg. AB 43 203(i)

Altaya – IXO Pz.Sp.Wg. AB 43 203(i) 13.(Verst).Pol.Pz.Kp. Laibach (Slovenia) – 1944

Technical Details
Crew 4.
1 47mm Gun
2 Breda Mod 38 (8mm)
Range 400 Km on road, 320 off road.

These armoured cars were manufactured by Fiat in 1940/1941 years, their name came from the year of manufacture: AB40 , AB41 y AB43. After Italian surrender in September 1943, German modify some of the AB41, improving motors, exhausts and some other features, building the AB43 version, which is depicted by Altaya.

Cammo pattern is the same showed by a conserved model, as you can see at Italian wikipedia.
Although vehicle has two driver positions for both directions, i made a mistake on the pictures, as the common one is the reverse to the one showed.

This is the only model available in Diecast for this vehicles, they can be found on injected plastic models by Italeri and also the AB41 version, used by Germans as AB41 201(i).

Altaya’s model has no major faults, a good quality for a price which must not overpass 10€.

nº50 – Altaya – IXO Sd.Kfz. 9/1

Altaya – IXO Sd.Kfz. 9/1 sch. Pz. Abt. 502. Bologubowka (USSR) – 1943.

Technical Details.
2 Crew.

Second FAMO version in the collection, with a 6 ton capacity crane, issued to tank maintenance.
An interesting picture from this vehicle is on the English wikipedia, without the outriggers.
Another version, 2, was also equipped with a crane of 10 ton capacity.
The model is also in Trumpeter catalogue, but this is the only in diecast. Quality of the model is quite acceptable, without major mistakes, just a basic finish.

nº49 – Altaya IXO Flakpanzer IV “Wirbelwind”

Altaya IXO Flakpanzer IV “Wirbelwind” sch. SS-Pz.Abt.501 – Ardennes (Belgium) – 1944

Technical Details:
5 Crew
1 x 4 Flakvierling 38 L/11 (20mm)
1 MG 34 (7,92mm)
Range: 200 Km.

At begging of the war, the Lutfwaffe supremacy avoid development of self-propelled anti-aircraft gun as they were unnecessary. By 1943 this situation was inverted and Germany begun development of such vehicles.
First solutions were a quick approach with open platforms and poor (nothing) protection for crew.
By 1944 a previous attempt based on Panzer IV, known as Möbelwagen, was improved with a new turret, still open at top, but capable to have a quad Flakvierling inside with the crew, the Wirbelwind.
The turret can traverse 360º and the gun can operate with +10/+90º, with a maximiun fire rate of 1800 rounds per minute. Although loaders of 20 rounds probably don’t allow to get this rate even for expert crew.
Around 100 units were developed.

On of the odds was the open turret, and the other was the 2cm calibre, not capable to down all the planes.
It was intended to be replaced by the Ostwind, equipped with a single 3.7 cm FlaK 43, but just 43 units were completed before war ends.
Even this it was a good anti aircraft and also was a terrible weapon used against ground targets like infantry and unarmoured vehicles.

Altaya’s model is not one of the best in the collection, guns are unaligned and there are some painted details, although not the ugly sights. Turret have some interior details, such space for chargers which are not bad.

nº48 – Altaya IXO Lwds (Landwasserschlepper) I

Altaya IXO Lwds I Pi.Ldgs.Ausb.Btl.Esbjerg Dennmark . 1944.

Technical Details
2 crew.
Capacity for 20 men.

Is the first time i see this vehicle, so this issue is a nice surprise, and a good addition to any collection.
It was un-armed and un-armoured, so was not capable to operate in combat conditions.

Model’s detail is quite good, no major odds are present, such ugly painted details. These vehicles were majorly used in north Africa and Russia. A new version (Lwds II) in 1944, based on Panzer IV chassis, totally different to this design, but the few Lwds I built, were used until the end of the war.
Were mostly used by engineers units, crossing rivers in non combat operations.

Model is on HO scale manufactured by Trident Miniatures, in a very good quality, ad also on 1/144 by CGD. In 1/735 several manufacturers have this version and also the Lwds II, but i think the only model at true 1/72 scale on the market.

nº05 – 1/72 Altaya IXO Sd.Kfz. 232- 8rad

1/72 Altaya IXO Schwerer Panzerspähwagwn (8rad) Sd.Kfz. 232 5.le Div. Agedabia (Lybia) – 1941

Technical Details
Crew 4
1 Kwk 38 (20mm)
1 MG 34 (7,92mm)
Range 170Km.

Although this type of vehicles are one of my favourites Altaya’s model is not a very good ones, it haves a lot of ugly painted details, as commented in other models, like a letter.
232 series were superseded by 234 series, but never were withdrawn from the front, probably by the lack of resources. They were update after 1943 with new radios and also a compact antenna. A curiosity, the antenna showed in the model was specially attached to the turret, so this was able to rotate 360º.

nº47 – 1/72 Altaya – Ixo Pz. Kpfw. III Ausf. N

1/72 Altaya – Ixo Pz. Kpfw. III Ausf. N (Sd. Kfz. 141/2) sch. Pz.Abt.502 Kelkolowo (USSR) – 1942

Technical Details
Crew 5
1 Kwk L/24 (75mm)
2 MG 34 (7.92mm)
Range 155 Km.

Pz III quickly become obsolete, although is large production maintain it in service until end of the war.
Their chassis were large used to built self propelled guns like StuG III. This is the second Pz III in the collection.

The model is not one of the best, sights on drivers and radio operator sides are ugly painted and general looks is a bit rough, although cammo pattern looks great as always.

nº46 – 1/72 Altaya – IXO Sd.Kfz. 251/9 Ausf. D “Stummel”

1/72 Altaya – IXO Sd.Kfz. 251/9 Ausf. D “Stummel” 20 Pz. Div. East Prusia – 1944

Technical Details

Crew: 3
1 Kwk 37 L/24 (75mm)
2 MG 34 (o MG 42) 7.92mm
Range: 300 Km on road 150 Km off road.

Sd. Kfz. 251 are one of my favourite wwII vehicles, i like their silhouette and the concept of mechanized infantry which come with them.
Manufactured in many different versions never were available in enough quantity to equip all divisions, but they perform an important role during the war.
9 Version, with the short 75mm gun, is one of the most beautiful.

Altaya’s model present a good quality according to his price, the worst, probably the basic detail in the gun itself, but no any other great faults. This model is a good addition to the collection, which present another 251 in previous issues.

nº44 – Altaya – IXO Flakpanzer 341 Coelian Prototype

Altaya – IXO Flakpanzer 341Coelian Prototype Berlin (Germany) – 1945

Technical Details
4/5 Crew
2 Flak 44 (37mm)
1 MG 34 (7,9mm)
1Granade Launcher (90mm)
Range: 200 Km on road and 170 Km off road.

As title said, this vehicle was just a prototype which never was produced, just one wooden model, with a different turret to ones Altaya depict here.
The other turret was designed with a single 5,5 cm gun, although some models show this one also with a double gun, also called Super Coelian, but no one was built. There isn’t clear information about this projects.
Based on Panther D chassis it would was a great anti-air weapon, but..

Model’s quality is Altaya usual one, the worst the guns itself, they are plastic ones, and seems to be curved, probably due a bad storage exposed to high temperatures.
One missing detail (i can’t see it) is the 90mm grenade launcher…

nº45 – Altaya – IXO Kfz. 15 Horch + Nebelwerfer

Altaya – IXO Kfz. 15 Horch + Nebelwerfer 6 Pz. Div. Kursk (USSR) – 1943

Technical Details
2 Crerw
Range 420 Km on road , 300 Km off road.

I was very expecting with this issue, both items Horch and Nebelwerfer are quite interesting !
Nebelwerfers are not easy to get at 1/72 scale. Esci set never was reissued by Italeri, and no new ones have appear in those years. Only way to get a 1/72 Nebelfer is metal range from small manufacturers such SHQ.

As always Altaya – IXO quality is not so good as i dream, but this one haven’t any great odd, except the fact Nebelwerfer is fixed in transport mode, and seem difficult to change this, as i did with Pak 40.
Cammo pattern is quite interesting too, and staff car can be used without the Nebelwerfer, although interior detail is very basic.

nº42 – Altaya- IXO Nashorn (Sd. Kfz. 164)

Nashorn (Sd. Kfz. 164) s. Pz. Jg. Abt. 519 Witebsk (USSR) -1944

Technical Details:
Crew: 5.
1 Pak 43/1 L/71 (8.8 cm)
1 MG 34 (7.92 mm)

Nashorn was initially called Hornisse, entering combat first time at Kursk 1943. It was another interim solution to provide powerful vehicles capable to defeat heaviest allies’s tanks by German side.
Production begun on 1943 at early version (Hornisse), and a second version (differences were almost indistinguishable), built from 1944 to 1945, take the name of Nashorn which is characteristic of the series.

The powerful Pak 43/1 L/71 was capable to beat any allies’s tanks in a long range but the tall silhouette, tiny armour and open structure makes it vulnerable to artillery and infantry assaults and were not so large used as Jagdpanzer IV and Jagdpanther. Even is probed a Nashorn destroyed a M26 Pershing heavy tank in last months of the war

This Altaya’s model is better than a lot others of the collection, no major issues, and even the interior have some detail such munitions carriers on both sides of structure.
Better work can be done, but not for the price of this models,10€ each.

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.

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… ??

nº39 – Altaya Sd Kfz 10/5

Sd Kfz 10/5 – 13. Luftwaffe Feld. Div. Wolchow (USSR) – 1943

Technical Details
7 Crew
1 Flak 38 (20mm)
Range: 300 Km on road / 150 Km off road.

Sd Kfz. 10 was the smallest half-track truck in German army, intended to transport light flak, pak or artillery pieces, and 8 men, including driver.
It was largely manufactured between 1938 and 1944, serving in all fronts.
5 version mounted a Flak38 20mm gun, and Luftwaffe vehicles were equipped with armour plates for windshield, both sides of the driver’s compartment and radiator, but Altaya’s model haven’t armour on radiator. This armor plates also fitted the 4 version, equipped with a Flak 30 instead of 38.

An interesting model with no major faults, although very basic finishing, as always. The worst, the simple detail of the gun.
Maybe a decent crew and some rework will increase they poor looking.

nº38 – Altaya Marder III Ausf. M

Marder III Ausf. M Sd. Kfz. 138 12. SS Pz.Div. “Hitlerjuegen” Normadie (France) – 1944

Technical Details
4 Crew
1 Pak 40/3 L/46 de 75mm.
1 MG 334 – 7.92mm
Range: 185 Km on road , 140 Km off road

Marder series very quicly developed after 1941 encounter with soviet’s T-34 & KV-1 tanks. All Marder series recicles a chasis form previous vehicles. III serie was mounted on a Pz. 38(t) chassis. M version was the latest, manufactured between 1943 and 1944, and was the largest produced. The engine was moved to center, it allows to decrease the top siloute. Rear was closed and frontal MG was removed.
It was in service until the end of the war, present in all fronts, even late Africa campaing at early version.


Altaya’s model this time have a better look, although still a lot of things are improvable.The gun’s detail is poor, and some extra separation between upper plate and chasis plate. Also a some detailed interior will be appreciable. Even this, model have good looking average, some work to do and could be very useful. First thing to do a decente crew. !

nº40 – Altaya BergePanther Ausf G

Altaya BergePanther Ausf G – Sd Kfz 179 sch. Pz. Abt. (Flk) 301 Frechen (Germany) – 1944

Technical Details

5 crew
2 MG 34 – (Model just have one)
Range: 320 km off road.

Bergepanther is an armour recovery vehicle, which was manufactured between June 1943 and February 1945, primary in three versions, all based on Pz. V Panther. Auf G, the latest was manufactured between October 1944 and February 1945. It is probably the less colourful, as this version haven’t the 20cm Kwk 38 in front.

Some good information can be find here.

This useful vehicle was in service until latest 1950 on French and Czech’s army.


There is no many information about this kind of vehicles, and they aren’t common on scale model world.
As war games incorporate rules about vehicles immobilization by track damage or others, they can b recovered and repaired in a number of turns agreed by players.

nº16 – Jagdpanzer 38 “Hetzer” (Sd.Kfz.138/2)

Jagdpanzer 38 “Hetzer” (Sd.Kfz.138/2) Pz.Jg.Abt.744 Moravia (Czechoslovakia) – 1945

Technical Details

4 Crew

1 Pak 39 L/48 (75mm)

MG 34 (7.92mm)

178 Km range

Another example of chassis re-utilization from Panzer 38(t), this were a very useful and little antitank weapon from late war. About 2584 units were produced since April 1944 until the end of the war, one of the common weapons on all fronts for this period.
It was cheapest to manufacture than other series like JagdPanther or JagdTiger, was very little, with a lower side, easy to ambush, capable to fate any allied vehicle in a short range, under 100m, and was better armoured than Marder and Nashorn series. Its main failings were the cramped working condition of the crew, the very limited gun traverse, and poor visibility from the commander’s station


Altaya’s model has one more time a poor finishing. The vehicle itself is a good weapon for wargaming, with not a big calibre, that was present in all fronts for late war.

nº34 – Altaya s.K 18 10.5 cm Kanone

s.K 18 10.5 cm Kanone 15.Pz.Div. El Alamein (Egypt) – 1942

Technical Details
4 Crew
1 sk 18 (105mm)

Since latest 20th and early 30th Germany replaced obsolete first world war weapons, howitzers and guns were not a exception.
About 1500 units were made, since 1934 to 1945, deployed in artillery battalions of Whermatch divisions and independent battalions, as they big brother 15 cm sFH 18. Both guns had a similar configuration and were transported by the same tractors.


Altaya’s model is basically finished, fixed in transport mode, with a nice camouflage pattern, but one more time, just an expensive toy.

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.


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.