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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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.