Category Archives: Altaya Panzer Collection

All the models from collection, pictures, reviews. Custom changes.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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

nº33 – Altaya Sd.Kfz.231

Sd.Kfz.231 4. Pz. Div. Warsaw (Poland) 1939

Technical Details:
4 Crew. Gunner, Loader, Driver and Radio operator (also rear driver)
1 2 cm KwK 30 L/55 Gun
1 7,92 mm MG 13

The 231 was the first German reconnaissance vehicle, developed from 1932 to 1937, before they were replaced by 8 wheels models. As further models it allows to be driven in both directions, they were equipped with a rear driver place, managed by radio operator. After Russian invasion in 1941 they were withdrawn from front, to training and police tasks.
Although is a nice model for early war years, not present on other diecast’s manufactures, this is one of the worst models along Altaya’s Collection. The big gap between top and bottom plates across all the vehicle, the basic detail, etc… make this model really looks bad. Better think in a model for construct yourself or a hard rework for this.

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nº32 – Altaya Panzerjäger V JagdPhanter

Panzerjäger V JadgPhanter 655 Sch. Pz.Abt. Oldenburg (Germany) 1945

Technical details:
5 Crew
1 Pack 43/4 88mm gun
1 7.92 mm MG-34

415 units were made from January 1944 until the end of the war. There was mainly two versions, early ones, based on Panther Ausf.A and Pack 43/3, and the other, later 1944 and 1945, upgraded with Panther Ausf.G engine and Pack 43/4 gun.
The Pack 43 gun was capable to get out any allied armour, was the gun also used by the King Tiger II monster. One variation for later version was sight on drivers zone, just one, as depict the Altaya’s model.
Early versions until Sept-1944 was covered with a square pattern Zimmerit.

The Jagdpanther was mainly deployed on east front, but also was used on west front since late Normandy’s battle and mainly during Ardennes’s offensive.

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The JagdPanther is one the most famous antitank on World War II, due his fire power and reliability. A lot of diecast’s Manufacturer got it in his catalogue, with great detail and a lot of camouflage patterns, concrete units, etc…

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nº30 – Altaya Sturmpanzer IV “Brummbär” (Sd. Kfz. 166)

Sturmpanzer IV “Brummbär” (Sd. Kfz. 166) Stu.Pz.Abt.216 Rome (Italy) – 1944

Technical details
5 crew
1 StuH 43 L/12 (150mm)
100mm Armour.

Designed from the Pz.IV. chassis and a superstructure for the Skoda 15 cm cannon it can fire the Sig 33 munition and was developed since 1943. His fire baptism was Kursk’s battle in June 1943.As his big brother, the Sturmtiger, was intended for infantry fire support, primarily in dense urban areas.

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Maybe too big artillery for skirmish games.
This model could be find on other diecast manufacturers, with best detail that this one.

nº24 – Altaya Sd. Kfz. 250/9

Sd. Kfz. 250/9 Pz.Div. FHH Vimperk (Czechoslovakia) – 1945

Technical Details
3 crew
1 KwK 30 or Kwk 38 (20mm)
1 MG 34 (7,92mm)
350 Km de range on road and 200 Km off road.
Armour 14,5 mm

This light half tracked vehicle was developed after the soviet union invasion in 1941. It was basically the union of a Sd.Kfz 250 chassis with a Sd.Kfz.222 turret. 796 units were made from 1942 until 1945, involved in reconnaissance tasks in hard off road conditions. His elevation angle allow it as anti air fire power.

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Altaya’s model is in his normal quality with no special faults more than the back turret part. A good infantry support vehicle for wargaming.

nº11 – Altaya 38cm Sturmmöserwagen “Sturmtiger”

Sturmmöserwagen “Sturmtiger” Pz.Stu.Mr.Btr.1002 Minden (Germany) – 1945

Technical details.
5 Crew
1 StuM RW61 L/54 (380mm)
1 MG 34 (7,92 mm)
100 mm armour.
120 Km range.

Just 18 units were produced from this model, intended for heavy infantry support, on urban areas or dense fortifications, combining a Tiger I chassis with a 38 cm Raketen-Werfer RW61 L/5.4 naval gun. (Raketen-Werfer = Rocket Launcher).
This gun was capable of fire different munitions, including one of 125Kg High explosive.

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This model is present on many Diecast manufacturers catalogue, with better accuracy than Altaya, although Altaya’s ones cover well the subject, without major defects, just the basic finished.

nº29 – Altaya Schwerer Panzerspähwagen Sd. Kfz. 233 “Stummel”

Schwerer Panzerspähwagen Sd. Kfz. 233 “Stummel” Pz.Aufkl.Abt 999 Rhodes (Greece) – 1943

Technical details.
3 Crew
1 MG 42 (7,92 mm)
1 Stuk 37 L/24 (75mm)
30mm armour.
300 Km range on road, 150 Km range off road.

Schwerer Panzerspähwagen can be translated as Heavy armoured reconnaissance vehicle, which means a lot of German vehicles during World War II.
The Sd. Kfz. 233 is a modification of the Sd. Kfz. 232, built between December 1942 October 1943, before they were released by the Kfz 234 series.
Around 109 units was built, plus some Kfz 232 that were modified.
The 233 was equipped with a short barrel 7.5 cm gun, KwK 37 L/24 in an open fixed superstructure. A great number of German vehicles were equipped with this gun, after it was released from Pz IV and Stug III, that were equipped with large guns.

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Although is an interesting model for war-gaming it has some detail lacks, as the gun itself, and the antennas.

nº07 – Altaya Steyr RSO 0/1 + Pak 40 Anti-Tank Gun [UPDATED]

Steyr RSO 0/1 + Pak 40 Anti-Tank Gun 2. Panzer Div. Normandie (France) – 1944

Technical Details
9 Crew
1 Pak 40 (75mm)
250 Km Range.

04/July/2010 [UPDATED] Pak 40 reworked to fire position and repainted.

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This is one of the most interesting model in the Altaya Collection, not present in other diecast manufacturers catalogue. The Pak 40 is fixed in transport mode, which is not most desirable for wargaming. As always the finish of the model is too basic, compared with other diecast manufacturers.

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nº31 – Altaya Opel Maultier Sd. Kfz. 3

Opel Maultier Sd. Kfz. 3 4 Pz. Div. Ponyri (USSR) – 1943

Technical details:
2 Crew
160 Km range (on road), 80 km off road.
Opel Motor 3.6 – 68 CV.
Weigh 3930 Kg.

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This half-tracked vehicle was design during the war on the east, to afford the hard conditions of the terrain. It was a conversion from the common 2 Ton, truck , Opel Blitz. Around 4000 units were produced until 1944. The last years of the war wasn’t over Russian land and the conditions were changed, so a quick vehicle for the roads were needed, so some of them, were reconverted to wheels again.
Altaya model is basic again, with a few bad details , although the track looks better in this model. A nice truck what isn’t on other Diecast Manufacturers.

nº26 – Altaya Schwerer Zugkraftwagen 18 t (Sd.Kfz.9) “FAMO”

Schwerer Zugkraftwagen 18 t (Sd.Kfz.9) “FAMO” Stug.Abt.201 Wjasma (USSR) – 1941

Technical details:
9 Crew
280 km range (on road) 100 Km (off road)

This half tracked vehicle was produced between 1938-1945, around 2500 units were produced with different purposes. Most of them for heavy artillery transport, but also was used as recovery vehicle, able to recover a Pz.III or Pz.IV , but some of them (3 or 4) were needed to recover a Tiger I and II or a Panther.

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Altaya model has basic finished, in Easy Model catalogue there are listed 4 versions of FAMO, but is not listed in their site neither at diecast72.com. Maybe it will be a future release for this year. We will see.

nº20 – Altaya Panzer Kpfw. II Ausf. F (Sd.Kfz. 121)

Panzer Kpfw. II Ausf. F (Sd.Kfz. 121) 21 Panzer Division Gambur (Libya)

Technical details:
3 crew.
20 mm Kwk 30 L/55
7,92mm MG 34
Armour 35 mm
200 Km range

The Ausf. F version was developed for reconnaissance purposes, as some earlier version. Was developed from March 1941 to December 1942 (over 524 units were produced.) It was upgraded with 35 mm armour on front, and 15mm for lateral and back armour. As a light tank, the Pz. II, was used in early campaigns, until it was retired from fire line to reconnaissance , occupation and minor fronts.
His chassis , developed before war, was debugged during years, and was used for a large number of specialized vehicles , as self-propelled guns including the Wespe and Marder II.

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The Altaya’s model depict a Pz. II in Africa campaign, and is basic finished as always, but one more time, this model is not available in other diecast manufacturers.

nº25 – Altaya Panzer Kpfw.I Ausf. B (Sd.Kfz. 101)

Panzer Kpfw.I Ausf. B (Sd.Kfz. 101) 5. Panzer Division. Pszczyna (Poland) 1939

Technical details:
2 crew
2 MG 13 (7,92 mm)
Armour 13 mm
170 Km range.

The Panzer I was a light armour vehicle intended for practice purposes, developed in early 30’s years. It was used in Spanish civil war, where first time panzer’s crew became into combat action, and also during Poland and France campaigns. It became completely obsolete for 1941. His poor weaponry and his weak armour shield made this vehicle worst than others contemporary light armour, as the soviet’s T-26 , also deployed in Spanish Civil War.

During World War II, his chassis were used for many specialized vehicles. Take a look to wikipedia article to see the wide range of Pz I.

The Altaya’s model represent Panzer I ausf. B, which was produced to solve some problems detected in first version, aus. A, as overheating motor and suspension’s problems. This version was produced between 1937 and 1939, although several authors aren’t agree about which number of units were produced.

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As always, Altaya-IXO quality is not the best, but once more, this model isn’t available through others Diecast manufacturers, which is in favour for Altaya. The model is nice, and fit pretty to Spanish civil war period, and Poland and France campaigns till 1941.

nº08 – Altaya Panzer Kpfw. III Ausf.L (Sdkfz. 141/2)

Panzer Kpfw. III Ausf.L (Sdkfz. 141/2) Sch. Pz. Abt. 502 Tortolowo (USSR) – 1942

Technical Details
5 Crew
Main gun 50mm Kwk 39 L/60
2 MG 34 (7,92 mm)
165 Km Range.

The Panzer III is one of the most characteristic tanks on world war II. It was developed during 30’s and was scheduled to be the main battle tank , but when invasion of Russian begun, the supremacy of the T-34 invert the roles between Panzer III and Panzer IV. Panzer IV was initially intended for infantry support, but his superior fire power and armour, made it more capable of face other tanks.
The version L was manufactured on 1942, around 653 unit, and is characteristic by the additional armour plates on driver’s zone and turret, clearly visible in the model.

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The chassis, developed before the war, was reliable and was widely used for specialized vehicles and by the Sturmgeschütz III, which was active until the end of the war.

The model of Altaya is basic but nice, except the ugly “mail envelope” as lateral sight in the drivers and radio operator zone. I think the model would be better without this bad painted details.
Panzer III models are available in other diecast manufacturers as Easy Model or Dragon.

nº09 – Altaya Sd.Kfz. 9 FAMO 88mm Flak 37

Sd.Kfz. 9 FAMO 88mm Flak 37 – 26 Panzer Div. – Nettuno (Italy) – 1944

Technical Details
9 Crew
1 Flak 37 (88mm)

The model is fixed in a transport mode, which isn’t the most desirable for wargames. I think is not possible to easy modify the model to a fire position. The detail and the finish is basic, as always in altaya-ixo models, but is a nice and not usual model in diecast.

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nº28 – Altaya Pz.Kpfw. 38(t)

Panzer Kpfw. 38(t) 7. Panzer Division Bereziná river sector (USSR) – 1941

Technical Details:
4 Crew
250 Km range.
1 Skoda A7 (37,2mm)
2 ZB53 (7,92mm)

An interesting model for early years of world war II. The Pz. 38(t) was successfully deployed on Poland and France campaigns, but once begun the invasion of Russia, the terrible T-34 make this panzer, as others, became obsolete.

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This model is not available in other diecast manufacturers, which is in favour for Altaya-IXO.
The Pz.38 was made in Czechoslovakia before the German annexation, and his reliable chassis was used for a wide range of vehicles, as the Hetzer tank destroyer.

nº03 – Panzerjäger Tiger Ausf.B (Sd.Kfz.186) Jadgtiger.

Jagdtiger sch. Pz.Jg.Abt.653 Heidelberg (Germany) – 1945

Technical data:
6 Crew
1 Pak 44 L/55 (128mm)
2 MG 34 (7,92mm)
170 Km range

The Jagdtiger used a boxy casemate superstructure on top of a lengthened Tiger II chassis. The resulting vehicle featured very heavy armor and the 128 mm PaK 44 L/55 gun, capable of defeating any tank fielded in World War II, even at very long ranges (+3,500 m).

The main gun mount had a limited traverse of only 10 degrees; the entire vehicle had to be turned to aim outside that narrow field of fire which causes lot of transmission faliures. More Jagdtigers were lost due to mechanical problems or lack of fuel than to an enemy action.

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The Jagdtiger was a logical extension of the creation of Jagdpanzer designs from tank designs, such as the Jagdpanther from the Panther tank.

nº04 – Altaya Panzer Kpfw. IV Ausf G (Sd.Kfz.161/1)

19 Pz.Div. Sgfonovo (USSR) 1942

Technical data:
5 Crew
210 Km range.
75mm KwK 40 L/43 Cannon.

1687 units were produced between 1942-1943 of version G. Some of them were equipped with flaps and additional armor plates on the front of the chassis and the turret. The armored Panzer IV was the most widely produced during the war, exported to many countries, including Spain, and its chassis was also used as a basis for more than a few anti-tank vehicles, self-propelled artillery and other specialized vehicles. After the war many were sold to Syria, and participated in the 1967 war with Israel, the six days war.

Designed to be a infantry support tank, soon replaced the Panzer III in armored warfare functions, and models with 75 mm cannon above 1942, it gave for a short time the hegemony in armored warfare to the Panzer IV.

Altaya’s model is as always a bit basic, especially the finish. On the front of the turret there are horrible gaps between the pieces, worthy of being covered with filler, side mirrors at driver’s area have been painted, and then hidden for me. There are photos of the original model, and some of the model after washing and a bit of drybrush, and have covered the holes with filler pieces.

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nº13 – Altaya StuG. III Ausf. G (Sd.Kfz. 142/1)

StuG.Abt.911 11.Pz.Div. Kursk (USSR) – 1943

Technical data:
4 Crew
1 Stuk 40 L/48 (75mm)
2 MG 34 (7,92mm)
155 Km range.

The StuG III assault gun is the most produced during the war by Germany. His beginnings were supporting the infantry and as light artillery, but it just became an effective tank destroyer.

Version G was the last and the most produced, between 1942-1945.

The model is quite good, in the absence of an aged, but otherwise no serious deficiencies.

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nº12 – Altaya Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf.D

12.SS-Pz.Div. “Hitlerjugend” Falaise (France) – 1944

Ficha Técnica:
Crew 12 .
2 MG 34 (7,92mm)
300 Km range.

The Sd.Kfz.251 is one of the most distinctive vehicles of the war. It was produced in many versions throughout the conflict. Option C was the one that occurred in greater numbers, but it was a car quite difficult to build because I had sloped armor. The D variant had a more streamlined design and is easily recognizable by their tilted back in one piece (with flat doors). His purpose, a light armored capable of carrying a platoon of into the combat action.

Many variants were produced for special purposes, including anti-aircraft, light mortars, anti-tank guns and mortars or rockets without major guiding mechanisms, as well as a version equipped with an infrared spotlight to mark targets and direct fire from Panther tanks equipped with infrared detectors, a real advancement of the time. This model in practice did not cover all the needs of the German army. There were few panzer grenadier divisions that were equipped with trucks and not armored half-tracks.

I tried to age a bit the model retaining its original camouflage, but the washes skated on the metal surface, so the result was much worse than in the case of the M4A3 Sherman. The machine guns have the surplus clips from the Dragon model.

nº02 – Altaya Flakvierling Sd.Kfz. 7/1 + Sd.Ah.51 trailer.

24 Pz.Div. Don River sector (USSR) – 1942

Technical data:
Crew: 10.
20mm Flak 38 L/112.5
250 Km range.

The detail of the model is pretty basic. Especially the gun. The extended position is fixed, the gun turns, but can not orient its inclination. Not much detail is observed even in the passenger compartment or in the dashboard. The hood and the windshield does not contribute to a sense of realism.

On the trailer there are a couple of rifles too vague and some tools, but are always welcome this kind of accessories.

THE Sd.Kfz 7 was designed from 1934 designated to be the main trailer for anti-aircraft and artillery as the Flak 88. His production never reached to satisfy all the demands of the Wehrmacht. The armored divisions and panzer grenadiers whether they were commonly equipped with them.

Vierling means Quad in German, so, the Flakvierling Flak 38 is basically a Quad 38, an improvement which was introduced in 1940 with the increased speed of fighter aircraft. This gun would be the basis also of Wirbelwind and was mounted in numerous media such as Opel Blitz, Sd.Kfz.251, etc. He could make 800 shots per minute (sustained regime) with a vertical reach of 2,200 meters.

nº27 – Altaya Panzer Kpfw. V Panther Ausf.A (Sd.Kfz.171)

Pz.Gren.Div. “Grossdeutschland” – Targul Frumos, Romania – 1944

Technical data:

5 Crew
1 Kwk 42 L/70 (75mm)
3 MG 34 (7,92mm)
200 range

The model detail is quite good, the back piece does not fit very well, you’ll need a bit of putty, and as always, the model is the absence of a wash and some dry brush, at least.

The turret is covered with Zimmerit, and the model brings all the regulatory tools outside the vehicle. The antenna does not look very good and some of the reliefs of the shield are not enough, but at least does not bring any of those details painted. What is, is in relief. The model comes with caterpillar segments adding extra armor on the sides (rear).

The Panzer V was built in response to T-34 Soviet, which proved to be superior to their German contemporaries. 2192 units were built of Ausf.A version, produced between August 1943 and June 1944.

His first big fight was Kursk in July 1943 highlighted by its frontal armor and firepower, but the rush to enter into service initially made more Panther remain out of service by their failures than by the fighting.

Targul Frumos was the scene of heavy fighting in April and May being 1944, where as often, the “Grossdeutschland” he said in the fighting, this time against Soviet body elements 35, part of the second Ukrainian front.

nº10 – Altaya Sd.Kfz.234/4

Pz.Jg.Abt.294 Ukraine USSR – 1944

Technical data:

4 crew
1 Pak 40 (75mm)
1 MG 34 (7,92mm)
600Km range.

The 234 series development began after the campaigns of France and Poland, the better the defects found in previous series. This model of open turret with Pak 40 was manufactured between December 1944 and March 1945. Its open-ended, making it more vulnerable than other versions, and their equipment would not let him beat face to face major armored allies of this phase of the war. In its various versions, the Sd.Kfz.234 are considered some of the best vehicles for the reconnaissance during the war.

This model shows one of the worst flaws in many of the models from Altaya, sights are painted on postal rate … disaster (third photo). This model also has a grid painted on the back, but as part of it is about highlighting the effect is not as bad as that of the simulated sights(sixth photo). As can be seen in the pictures the detail of the cannon is very basic and the presence of a bit of flash, because this piece is made of plastic. The interior of the vehicle seems to give it too crashed drivers and gunners in 1:72 scale, although this also happens to me to ride with other models, eg Dragon Armour.

nº01 – Altaya PanzerJäger Tiger (P) Elefant (Sd.Kfz.184)

Technical data:
6 crew.
88mm cannon.
1 MG 34 (7,92 mm) Machine gun.
150 Km range.

This model is the first in the collection. The detail is better than some models that come after
. Represents the PzJg.Abt.653 1.Kp./sch Anzio (Italy) – 1944.

The Elefant was a powerful tank destroyer, equipped with the formidable 88mm cannon, which had its baptism in the Battle of Kursk, where the Soviets soon learned how to fence it for their lack of mobility and lack of machine guns in its first version. His armour was impenetrable to many of the cars of the time, which made him a formidable rival. Its Achilles heel, the lack of mobility.

nº22 – Altaya Krupp L2H143 (Kfz.69) + Pak 35/36. 3. Panzer Division. (Berlin – Germany) 1938

Technical data:
2 crew + 4 passengers.
60 cv Motor Krupp M 304
Range: 330 km on road (250 km off road)

The 60 hp version was produced from 1937-1941, in different forms, the kfz.69 is specifically designed to transport 35 / 36 pak and 4 gunners.

Pak 35/36
4 crew
37 mm

About the pak 35/36 we can say that for 1940 already it was considered to be insufficient to perforate the shields of the new armoured cars, as the T-34. The improvement of piercing ammunitions supported it in service, to very short range and ambushed could be useful, though it was massively replaced by the pak of 50mm. This one cannon, as other weapon of the second world war, had his baptism in the Spanish civil war.

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Krupp L2H143

The model is not wrong, the detail is quite good, even the dashboard instrument panels have some relief, no sticker or painted, and a breakdown of seats is pretty good. As always the paint finish is as if the model just out of the factory or something like that.
The only trick with a view to the war-gaming, is the barrel is fixed in a position of transport, though I believe that it will be able to be modified.

Subscription Gift – Altaya – M4A3 Sherman

The Sherman is a gift for being a subscriber to the collection, although since Altaya models are marketed outside the collection, Sherman have several versions available.

Like all the models, detail is more or less good, but the paint finish is unrealistic.

After a couple of attempts to preserve its original camouflage, i chooses paint everything green and then aged a bit with washes and dry brush, because the result wasn’t still good, the white patches of camouflage were being very dirty. The best was the effect of mud on the front and the strings (mud is a bit of pumice stone and paint).

M4A3 Sherman

Some parts of the model came too far apart (It occurs in many models), it needs a bit of putty to seal the joints. The gun is the vehicle itself, and the servant is Italeri (SET American Infantry Italeri 6046) changed by cutter and a little bit of putty.

M4A3 Sherman

The base model is the original with some paint and brush, simulating an area of heavy clay.

I must say, that most models are subject to the base with a triangular head screws, remove complicated without proper head.