Kfz. 15 Horch + 10.5 cm le FH18M Art.Reg. 119 11.Pz.Div. Kursk (USSR) – 1943
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.
Altaya IXO 10.5 cm K.Pz.Sfl.IVa “Dicker Max”
Pz.Jg.Abt.521 Stalingrad (USSR) – 1942
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.
Altaya IXO 10.5 cm le.FH18 (Sfl) auf39-H(f)
21.Pz.Div. Normandie (France) – 1944
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. p>
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. p>
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. p>
Altaya – IXO Pz.Sp.Wg. AB 43 203(i) 13.(Verst).Pol.Pz.Kp. Laibach (Slovenia) – 1944
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€.
Altaya – IXO Sd.Kfz. 9/1 sch. Pz. Abt. 502. Bologubowka (USSR) – 1943.
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.
Steyr 1500A/01 + 20 mm Flak