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Italeri 7509 M3A1 Half Track

Italeri 7509 M3A1 Half Track

It is my first “fast kit” and i’m very gladded with result. The kit is very easy to built, just 14 parts or so per model. Almost can be done without glue.
Detail is not bad, surfaces are well sculpted and a nice paint work can be done. There is no options about doors or others, and no crew neither decals (bad thing), but is a cheap set.

Maybe isn’t the most appropriate set for a diorama, but it is perfect for wargaming, the model is quite robust, without any fragile part, and in not much time allows you to have 2 vehicles. All the time you save in building, can be expended in paint and work.

The crew men, who changes significantly the model’s aspect, are two figures from Hasegawa American Infantry set (Hard plastic), and the driver is from the classic Italeri American Infantry.

One is dusted and the other muddy , with dry-brush technique, is just a paint effect, not texture. By this time, base paint was applied with a Tamiya’s spray, which have been proved to be a great product. It produces a very smooth surface.

MAC Distribution Horch 108 Sd.Kfz.70

MAC Distribution Horch 108 Sd.Kfz.70

Technical Details
1 + 7 Crew.
Horch V 108
32 litres / 100 km on road.
42 litres / 100 Km off road.
1 Flak 30 20mm.

There isn’t many information about this kind of vehicles, Horch 108 was used with Pak36, Flak30, and other special purposes. Horch was also a distinguished car manufacturer. Sure a great number of German Generals were using this vehicles.

Instead of this, the 20mm Flak 30 is a well know weapon from german arsenal.

MAC’s model depict one of the vehicles of the Hitler’s personal scort, although it can be used for better things in a wargame table. The model is well detailed, and instructions are clear. Some of the metallics parts are too thin.
The model can be mounted in several versions, as Flak30 can be on the trailer or in the vehicle platform as i did. This platform can be also mounted in two versions, closed for transport, or open, as i did, for fire stance. I just missed some crew.

I get it from second hand, without decals, so i have used some of the kubelwagen set

Hasegawa Sd.Kfz.7

Hasegawa Sd.Kfz.7

Technical details
Crew 11.
55Km/h on road, 29Km/h off road.

The final release of this model begun on 1938, until ends of 1944 5000 units were produced, delivered to Panzergranadier division or attached to artillery regiments. A lot of variants were produced for specialized tasks. (see Altaya Sd.Kfz. 7/1 Flakvierling as example), even one with remote control for V2 bombs launcher.
The Sd.Kfz.7 were present on all fronts, from Africa to East.

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Hasegawa’s model is easy to construct and basic detailed, with a good average of detail. Although it arrived to me without crew i have attached it some crew from other models. The convertible top isn’t glued because i haven’t taken a decision about vehicle task. The worst of the model, the trakcs, as you can see on pictures they are thicker than real ones, with a no realistic effect over the wheels. Is painted with Vallejo’s German Fieldgrey and Citadel Khaki Kommand for the top and seats.

Revell 21 cm Mörser 18

Revell 21 cm Mörser 18

The Mörser 18 was designed to replace his obsolescent brother from World War I, 21 cm Mörser 16. It was one of the first guns with a dual-recoil system. His fire rate was very lower than her little brother the 17cm gun. and by this, his production was stooped between 1942-1943, but war needs resume his production until the end. With his 16,700 meters range and capacity to fire 125Kg bombs was a terrible weapon.
Usually was dismounted in two pieces for transport, but if necessary just one FAMO 18 could transport it.
Revell model is well detailed, model can be constructed on fire or transport mode, pictures below are showing fire position , with the rear suspension changed.

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Buy this set.

Italeri VW Type 82 Kubelwagen

Italeri VW Type 82 Kubelwagen

This little vehicle was designed from the mythical Vollkswagen Beatle, it was rear-wheeled air-cooled engine, but after test in Poland campaign it was massively produced until the end of the war, with no further modifications.
The Italeri model is an easy an funny ones, with just a few parts per model (comes 2 in the box) and clear instructions, just 4 steps, can be mounted in a few and painted without airbrush.

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It looks a bit small for 1:72, see figures for comparisons.

Esci Churchill MK III

Esci Churchill MK III

This set was forgotten in a box during too much years, at least 17. It was very bad assembled, and poor painted. The first pics are after a wash in warm water and some clean with an old toothbrush. This model comes to reinforce the British infantry, and make a pair with the Forces of valor model, to beat the growing German army.

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After clean, the model was primed with “Army Green” from “The Army Painter” , and then dry brushing with Citadel Catachan Green a black (3:1 more or less). Some dry brush with Citadel Bolt Gun Metal, a few details , and so on.

Dragon Armor Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf.C

Dragon Armor Pro 7223.

Ficha Técnica:
10 crew.
2 MG 34 (7,92mm)

It had been many years since I built a scale model and has been a pleasure to complete this. The instructions are clear and precise, and I do not ride has taken a long time, but the inexperience has made me make several mistakes, especially leave for the final very inaccessible areas for painting.

The scale of the model is correct, there are some variations, accessories as shovels, picks, and some guns. The rear doors can be assembled open or closed, and the same with the viewers of the cab.

The doors can be mounted engine also open, although the model does not include engine, so if you have no where to get one, better closed. In the kit there are still two small pieces to which I soon found useful, there are 4 clips for only two machine guns, and the model Altaya just had two machine guns without clip. Thing done.

For paint I did not dare to any camouflage pattern, so after some tests I set out with the Citadel color Desert Yellow and Devlan Mud , and the result is seen in the photos, quite acceptable for what is my pulse, and taking into account that not built a model since i was 16 or 17 years (I write this at the age of 33).

You can find a summary of the Sd.Kfz.251 in the Altaya model.


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