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nº13 – Altaya – IXO – DeAgostini: Panhard EBR-75 FL 11

Panhard EBR-75 FL 11 – 1er REC Légion Étrangère Algeria 1957.

Technical Details
4 crew
One 75mm SA-50 gun.
105 Km/h on road, 65 Km/h off road.
3 7,5mm MG.

The Panhard was the first French reconnaissance vehicle post world war II, with a characteristic 8 rad train and a 75mm gun in a FL-11 turret.
Two central wheels were totally metallic, and commonly were elevated, used only in sandy or mud terrains.
Initial version were equipped with a FL-10 turret and a SA-49 75mm gun, but upon 1954 it was upgraded to the FL-11 turret, the same used by the AMX-13 light tank.
Lately, in 1963, a new gun was installed in the FL-11 turret, a F2 90mm gun.
As the German world war two reconnaissance vehicles they was equipped with two drivers positions, so it was capable to change direction at any moment.

Around 1200 units were manufactured, sawing service in Alger or Angola, used by Portuguese troops, which acquired 50 units.

Some different versions were manufactured for personal transport or even an AA prototype, armed with 2 30mm guns.

The Panhard series were replaced upon 1977, by the new AMX-10 RC vehicle.

Overall aspect of the model is quite correct, a best looking one in the collection, although as always with the simplified and basic detail provided by Altaya.

nº12 – Altaya – IXO – DeAgostini Sd. Kfz. 124 Wespe

Altaya – IXO – Sd. Kfz. 124 Wespe SS-Pz.Gren.Div Wiking Kharkov (USSR) 1943

Technical Details
5 Crew
40 Km/h on road 25 Km/h off road.
1 FH18M 105mm
1 MG 34 7,92mm

Based on the Pz.II Ausf.F chassis, this self propelled artillery vehicle was manufactured since February 1943 to Summer 1944, around 682 units were manufactured and they saw service until the end of the war.
It was capable to transport 32 shells with an effective range of 8.400m.
In March 1945 still were 307 units in service. First units saw service during the Kursk battle, in the 1943 summer.

One of the problems of this vehicle was the open turret, which was always a problem for the crew. Also the limited space available to load and aim the gun.
Although this model could belong to the Panzer collection it is from the newest Armour collection ones.

As always Altaya’s quality is not the best available in Diecast world, but anyway it’s a nice model, showing an interesting camouflage pattern. Interior detail is quite basic and simplified, also the gun itself is not the best part, all made in plastic.
A bit misunderstanding between the base plate and the issue, while base talk about a vehicle for Karkhov 1943 (After Stalingrad disaster) the issue talk about Kursk 43, where the Wiking was deployed as reserve.

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.

nº07 – DeAgostini – Altaya – IXO Dukw 353

Altaya IXO Dukw 353 U.S.Marine Corps Iwo Jima (Japan) 1945

Technical Details
2 Crew.
Range 640Km, 93Km in the water.
1 MG M2 12,70mm
It can reach 10 Km/h in the water.

This amphibious artefact was developed over a GMC 353 truck. It had an important role in all the amphibious operation of the U.S. army. In Pacific and European theatre. A large number were involved in operation such Normandy or Iwo Jima, which is the choice of Altaya to depict here, a vehicle in service for the U.S Marine Corps. More than 29000 units were built, some of them to saw service in French, English or Australian armies, and about 585 units saw service in the Soviet Union army during WWII.
Most of them wasn’t armed but some units haves a heavy machine gun M2 12,70mm. It was capable to transport 12 infantry men or 2,3 load tons.
French army used them during Indochina conflict, and British used them on Malaysia and Borneo in the 60th’s. U.S. Army also used them during Korea conflict and even some of them properly maintained still work in recreational functions.

Altaya’s model is quite good this time, nice camouflage and good average detail, in the Altaya’s range. Don’t forget these models are quite cheap than other Diecast’s manufacturers, and Altaya is presenting a lot of models never did in Diecast World and 1/72 scale. Dinky and Solido also haves a Dukw in their range, but not in 1/72 scale.

nº08 – DeAgostini – Altaya – IXO AMX 30 Roland

DeAgostini – Altaya – IXO AMX 30 Roland 57e Régiment de Artillerie Antiaérien – Marne (France)

Technical details
Crew: 3.
Double Roland missile system.
Range 550 Km.

Another specialized vehicle based on the chassis of the AMX-30 French tank, by the moment, the second in the collection, after the AMX AU F-1. In this case is an anti-air defence vehicle, equipped with the Roland missile system. It have capability to transport 8 missile, capable to beat target at a range of 6300 meters, flying with an altitude between 20 and 5.500 meters (low cote planes). Missile can reach Match 1,6 and it can beat targets flying at 1,3 Match.
Around 183 units were manufactured since 1977, some of them has seen service in countries such Spain, Niger or Qatar.

Altaya’s model depict a French service vehicle, with the typical NATO 3 colours camouflage scheme. Once again, it is not the best than we have seen from Altaya. Specially the missile’s tubes and radar, moulded in plastic, and the too thick arrays, which not contribute to the overall good looking of the vehicle.

nº06 – Altaya – IXO Sd.Kfz.252 + Sd.Anh.3 1/1

Altaya – IXO Sd.Kfz.252 + Sd.Anh.3 1/1 StuG.Abt 210 Smolensk (USSR) 1941

Technical Details
2 crew
350Km range, 200Km off road.
1 MG 34 (7,92mm)

This half track was designed to ammunition StuG assault guns. It is a variant of the well know Sd.Kfz.250. Approximately 413 units were manufactured until September 1941, when they were replaced by the Sd.Kfz.250/6, with similar capabilities and a lower production cost. Due his limited transport capabilities it was complemented with Anh.31/1 trailer. This vehicle had similar mobility capabilities than the vehicles they must ammunition, and enough armour against infantry common weapons.

This time Altaya’s model just achieve an approved, neither camouflage or detail looks pretty well, but is an interesting model, because isn’t common on this scale, and still less common in Diecast world. It could be included in the past Panzer collection, but it belongs to the newest armour ones.

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.

nº09 – Altaya IXO Bedford QL + 6Pdr. AT Gun

Bedford QL + 6Pdr. AT Gun 1st Armoured Division, 8th army – Egypt 1941.

Technical Details
2 Crew
1 Ordenance QF 6-pounder (57mm)
Range 250 Km.

This issue is again for a World War II vehicle, the well know Bedford QL and the not less well know 6Pdr. AT Gun.

The Bedford truck was manufactured in a large number of specialized version of all kinds. More than 50000 units were built during the conflict. It remains in service largely until de late 50’s when they were replaced by the RL series. Some specialized versions still remain in service until 1970’s.

The QF 6pdr gun was also largely produced, even was adopted by U.S. army with the 57 mm Gun M1 designation. Was the main AT gun in the middle World War II. One of the odds it comes in a fixed transport mode, as usually Altaya do with guns.

nº05 – Altaya IXO M41A3 Walker Bulldog

Altaya IXO M41A3 Walker Bulldog 4th Cavalry 25th Infantry Division – Thailand 1962.

Technical Details
4 crew.
1 M32 76mm.
1 M2 12,70 mm + 1 7,6 mm.

The M41 series was developed during 50’s , being the light U.S. Army tank during next two decades, replacing the M24 Chaffee. It takes his name from the General Walton Walker, who died during Korea’s conflict.
The tank had a little envelop during Korea’s conflict, where it arrives without previous testing, so it was tested during the conflict.
It was exported to several countries, some of them maintain it in service until our days, and the most important was probably the Vietnam Republican, where it saw action during the famous conflict.

Altaya’s model depict the A3 version, which was modified to injection fuel engines.
This time, model is quite bad, all the details over the turret and chassis looks pretty ugly, the gun is in a very low position and fixed, and the aerial are too thick. The worst model of the collection until now.

nº04 – Altaya IXO B1 Centauro

Altaya IXO B1 Centauro Reggimento “Niza Cavalleria (1º)” Egypt 2002

Technical details:
4 crew
10to Melara (105/52mm)
2 MG3 , 7,62mm
Range 800 Km.

Centauro is a powerful antitank vehicle with high tactical reconnaissance capabilities due his mobility. It was designed from 1991 and end delivering to Italian army due 2006.
His fire power is similar to a Leopard I tank and it’s aimed with common modern features to fire, aim target , NBC warfare protection and more. It has proved his value in conflicts such Iraq and also have been delivered to other countries like Spain.

Altaya’s model have an acceptable quality, although this first entries for the collection remember me the first ones from the Panzer Collection, less quality than the latest ones. The worst the painted details on the hull.

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.

nº03 – Altaya IXO PanzerHaubitze 2000

Altaya IXO PanzerHaubitze 2000
Beob.Pz.Art.Btl. 345 Kusel (Germany) 2002

Technical Details:
5 crew
1 Obus L52 155mm
1 MG3 (7,62mm)
Range 420 Km.

This self propelled artillery vehicle is more modern than the AMX AU F1 recently reviewed.
It is Germany designed, based in the Leopard 2 chassis. It’s construction was authorized in 1996, to equip the German reaction forces.

It can fire 3 projectile in 9 seconds, or 10 in a minute, but this rate overheat the gun, so can’t be maintained.
The load system is totally automatic, in 12 minutes their 60 projectile capacity can be reloaded. Conventional munition can achieve 30Km range, and munition rocket assisted can achieve 40Km.
Its sophisticated fire control system can fire simultaneously 5 projectile in the same place, varying angle and fire charge.

Greece, Netherlands and Italy also have this vehicle in their arsenal. Recently they have been deployed in Afghanistan by Netherlands forces.

The Altaya’s model has an average good quality, chassis is made in metal and turret and accessory are made in plastic. This model isn’t in other Diecast manufacturers. Camouflage is the typical NATO ones in three colours, we can observe differences in his interpretation with the French AMX AU F1.

nº02 – Altaya IXO AMX AU F-1

Altaya IXO AMX AU F-1
3e Régiment d’Artillerie de Marine. Canjuers (France) 1997

Technical Details:
4 Crew.
1 Obus 155mm.
1 x 12,70 mm
Range 550Km.

This self propelled artillery vehicle was designed based on the AMX 30 (Ateliers de Construction d’Issy-les-Moulineaux 30 Tons) tank chassis during 70’s, entering service in French army in 1979.

It has an automatic charge system capable to fire 8 rounds/minute or 6 in 45 seconds. It takes around 2 minutes to achieve fire position, and 1 to go travelling again. Can fire at a maximum 29 Km range for high explosive charges. It also entering service in Kuwait, Iraq and Saudi Arabian armies.

Altaya/DeAgostini presents this new collection following what they did with the Panzer Collection. Good models for their price, and many of them, unique in Diecast World.
Chassis is made in metal and turret and details in plastic.
Model has no major faults and presents the classic NATO camouflage in three colours.
Those vehicles have been seen recently in service in Libano , ex-Yugoslavia and first Iraq conflicts.

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.

nº01 – Altaya – IXO M16 MGMC

Altaya – IXO M16 MGMC

Finally i bought the first issue of this new collection (new at Spain and other countries, in France it was released two years ago). I think in other countries as UK it have been released by De Agostini.

This new collection is more of the same. Same quality, same price. Not comparable to other Diecast manufacturers , but cheapest. The best of the collection the fascicle, but by 10€ each, better to buy some good book. I think it’s the only model i will buy from this collection.Too many space needed for this poor quality.

By the way, model + fascicle have a good price (at least at Spain , 10€) for their quality.

The worst of this concrete model the non-alignment of the machine guns, and the fixed position of the trailer.

These pictures are taken in a new place, But still i have some problems to take good pictures, although my photography knowledge and quality of my cameras are not my best. There are pictures from two different cameras, see how colour change.


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… ??