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Italeri WWII German Sd.Kfz. 232 6 Rad 1/72.

Hello all,

This Early war German armoured reconnaissance car has been designed with war gamers in mind. It has only has one spruce which goes to say how simple the kit is, well saying that I still managed to have fun and games building this kit. A few fiddly bits and pieces to get lost or broken.

I love all things early war, I am not a fan of the “Tigers and Panthers” not that I wouldn’t build them, just I like the unusual. This kit fits the bill, you have the choice of four decal options, ranging from a vehicle on exercise to the blitzkrieg across France.

The body of the car has only four parts which fit together very well indeed, I believe this kit is a new tooling from Italeri which explains this. The turret is simple to build, but has closed hatches which is a shame. Opening them up is a little beyond my skills at the moment.

The wheels and suspension is very simplified which I do not believe is a problem because how often do you ever see the under side of a model? Unless the dio is of it jumping ten double Decker buses why worry.

The rest of the build was not as easy, things got “fiddly”. I would recommend using a quick dry glue or one with an activator for the mud guards and other little bits like the lane marks and head lights. The side lights met with the carpet monster one drunken night so they got left off. The front light met with my big sausage fingers and has not been sorted out yet.

The painting of the build did not go to plan either. I tried to hand paint it and it looked awful, so out came the airbrush and rescued it. I still think it looks a little dark but a touch of Tamiya weathering powder has lightened it up a treat.

I went for the 1940 France campaign for the decals. They like most of Italeri decals went with no problems with the help of some microsol. A great finish with that painted on look. The weathering was next, I used the normal MiG weathering pigments. This time I mixed Vietnam mud with a little dark mud and plastered the bottom and sides of the car. I tried not to go over board this time and think I like this look better.

 

Italeri 7022 DUKW

Today a transport model which was used by U.S.Troops and Britain. Model can be built in an easy way for gaming and in a more complex way for collectors. I took the hard way, although it means a more fragile model, not so ready for gaming, which is my intention.

Model comes in 3 sprue, decals plus clear plastic for windows (i didn’t put the glass).

I added some Airfix/Heller cloned boxes (from the willys jeep + cargo set), a machine gun (Airfix/Heller set) and a camouflage net which i did with putty.

About the paint i used Olive Drab and Dark U.S. Green applied by dry-brush, both from Vallejo.

Here with decals:

 

 

and here with mud and dirty, and the crew, the useful Hät tank riders. To see crew in detail take a look
here.

The set is available through our utility here.

Italeri 1/72 7051 – Autoblinda AB 41

Hello all,

I would like to apologize for not posting much work lately due to a massive amount of work and home life commitments, the real world rears it ugly head again!

Any way back to business. I really love Italian armour and especially Italeri Italian armour. I don’t know why but I just do. I wanted to try out a new product I came across on another modelling forum. It is a liquid filler that can be applied with a brush to get into those hard to reach places. It is called “Mr surfacer 1200”, there is several grades “500” as well as “1000”. I think with a bit of practice I can see really working for me.

The build was nice and easy for a change, a few problem’s with the smaller items like towing hooks and petrol caps that got eaten by the carpet monster. I wish manufactures would include more stowage on kits, this one to be fair did have several Jerry cans and separate pioneer tools which always add a bit of realism to a model rather than moulded ones.

The tires are a bit of a let down due to the fact that they have no tread what so ever, bald as a coot. There are resin ones on the market but I believe the other Italeri kit has tires with treads. It is a minor moan because the tires and hubs are separate with means it is easier to paint .

Once assembled the next stage was the decals. It came with three options and I had to go for the colourful police version. They went on very well as is normal I find with Italeri decals. A little help with micro-sol was needed to give a really good painted on look. A tip I found was leave off the front towing eye and petrol caps till after the decals are on.

The weathering was a heavy wash of pro modeller dirt wash, left to dry and then lightly washed off with a cotton bud. There is dirty and then there is driven into a pig sty! A pencil was used on the edges to give an illusion of scraped metal and general ware and tear. Then the whole model was brushed over with Tamiya weathering powder for that sandy look.

I am really chuffed with this build and I looking forward to getting my hands on the railroad version of this kit.
The model is available through our Ebay utility here.

Cheers Rich.

Italeri medieval Tournament / Challenge

These are among my favourite 1/72nd medieval sets. The sculpting is top class The range of figures and the extras included in the set portray a day out at the joust without any additions from other sets.

The standing figures.

I really can´t find anything to fault with them. The multi part knights fit together exceptionally well with no trace of any joins. The embossed designs are finely done as are the folds in the clothes and the armour.

The Lords and ladies
The knights. The one on the far left hasn't lost the end of any sort of weapon. It is a basic pole arm without any sort of point.
The Heralds, a gaurd and a referee
As I said..the sculpting detail is top class...the faces are wonderful

The mounted Knights.

The one thing that I noticed as I was painting them…..the lances can only be attached so that they end up facing outwards to the right. This is of course wrong as they should point to the left across the horses neck, on the shield side of the knight and across the dividing wall towards the opponent.

This can be altered by cutting the knight away from his seat and turning the body but as I noticed it, it was too late.

Still, they are lovely sculpts with some great details.

The four horsemen. The Cheques are lightly moulded onto the horses which makes painting them easier.
Some of the detail is very small but very well done

The Extras

With the medieval Tournament set you get a set of 3 wooden walls to separate the knights when they are jousting and a observers stand.

The Medieval Challenge set comes with a ruined church, a set of fences, a Quintain, some standards and water-slide transfers. I only used the Ruin and the fences.

The lords and ladies "under cover"
I've left the roof unglued so the figures can be removed. For a bit of extra colour I've added a tapestry of a hunting scene.
The fences and wooden walls. I´ve altered the fences so that they form a continuous stretch of fencing rather than the "S" form
The abandoned church. Even here the sculpting is very well done. The stonework is excellent

And finally, all of the bits together!!

If you still haven’t this set, there are two ways to get these beautiful figures. The Italeri 6108 Medieval Tournament which also comes with sets of figures for the 100 Years’ War, and the Italeri 6109 Medieval Challenge, which only comes with the Tournament elements, without 100 Years’ war sets.

Italeri 6087 Walls and Ruins – For my vignette

My current project is a King Tiger from SS-Pz.Abt.503, who fought in Berlin in the last days of the war. I picked up Revell’s Tiger II, as it is one of the best 1/72 kits out there.

I thought to make a little vignette also, and when I came across this set from Italeri, I knew it will save me a lot of time.


In the box there are two sprue of brown-yellow plastic, with many useful stuff: different type of building walls, bricks and sacks. For a little vignette like mine, I will use about half of it, so plenty will remain for future projects.

And this how it looks together with the tank and some figurines from Zvezda.

In conclusion, this is a lovely set, quite affordable and a real time saviour for those who don’t have the time or skills to scratch build walls and ruins. You can buy the set here.

Italeri 6068 German Elite Troops – Revell 02584 German Mechanized Infantrymen

Italeri Set 6068 German Elite Troops & Revell Set 02584 German Mechanized Infantrymen



This set was first issued by Italeri and then it also was issued by Revell.

Most poses looks quite correct, except the man firing the Panzerfaust and the mortar one. All seems to be equipped for winter time.

Wrong position to fire a Panzerfaust :).

Clearly, set is designed for late war years, showing several MP43/StG44 and high differences in equipment. Most of the soldiers don’t wear all the equipment and many of them have wrong position for the shale and canteen.


Overall set is quite well sculpted, maybe the worst figure is the mortar one, a bad base and just one server.

You must correct the angle of some MG0’s bipod, which have been rotated because mould problems, but it’s not a hard task.

Paint Guide.

·Coats: Base coat WWII German Field-grey (Vallejo), Devlan Mud (Citadel) washed and then highlight again with German Field-grey.

·Trousers: Basecoat German Grey (Vallejo), Devlan Mud washed, highlighted with Green Grey (Vallejo).

·Camouflage: Middle brown base coat, dark green dotted, the light olive green and latest dark yellow. You can wash it with Devlan Mud.

·Metal on weapons: Dry brush Oyl Steel (Vallejo) and Babab Black washed.

·Bazooka y Panzerfaust: Tausept Ocre (citadel) and Devlan Mud washed.

 

About the bases you can take a look here.

A very interesting set, you can buy it here (Italeri Box), and here (Revell Box).

1/72 Italeri 7058 Panzerjäger I with Pak 4.7

Panzerjäger 1 Ausf. B

  • Formal designation: 4.7 cm Pak(t) (Sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf.B, Panzerjäger I Ausf.B
  • Type: Light Tank Destroyer
  • Manufacturers: Daimler-Benz AG, Skodovy zavody akciova spolecnost (Skoda), Altmarkische Kettenwerk GmbH (Alkett)
  • Production: 202 (03/1940 – 02/1941)
  • Crew: 4

I added some Welding Lines and some simple Rivets but i don´t want to place all the missing Lines etc. Just the few on the static Turret.
The inside of this Model is modified too, but this will be visible when the Model is finished. I had to cut out some parts to give more space for the 3 Crewmen.

The Crewmen are from SHQ and the additional Stowage is made of Resin.

One of my favourite German Tank hunters in 1/72 scale. The Italeri kit is an re-issue of the old Esci Kit. Added 3 Figures from the SHQ Range (“Bison Crew” (M1943) and some Stowage. Paints and Pigments are from Vallejo.

First i primed the whole Model with Vallejo Model Color (70995) “German Dark Grey”, after that, i applied an wash with an 50/50 Mix of Citadels “Devlan Mud” and “Badab Black”. After the wash was dried i dry brushed the whole Model. Again i used ” German Dark Grey” for the first drybrush and Vallejo Model Color (70836) “London Grey” for the Raised Areas, Edges and Highlights.

The Tracks only were primed with Grey and after that i gave them a coat of several Vallejo Pigments.

You can buy this nice model here.

Italeri 1/72 7507 Panzer III Ausf. J

Italeri 1/72 7507 Panzer III Ausf. J

Well, I admit that I have a weakness for fast kit, my assembling skills are quite limited so I do not like to lose several days to assemble a model, then it will not be particularly well, i don’t take advantage of the best detail models against the fast kit, and always with wargaming in mind, these sets provide a number of valuable things, pretty decent quality, affordable, and with no many boxes and little time spent on the installation is easy and quick to built an adequate number of vehicles.

I purchased several from Italeri in recent times and the first ones I have completed are these Pz III. The truth, I am not especially proud of them, are by far not my best work. The first problem with paint, after some good experiences with Tamiya spray paint had to come some bad. I’m not very happy with the gray which Tamiya offers for German vehicles, maybe I’m used to more bluish tone of my previous work.

Another thing I do not like much of this work are the bases, I wanted to do something different to the usual, not being very repetitive with green grass and “tufts”, so I decided to make two different bases one for each model.

One inspired in an autumnal landscape or pre winter, we can consider as my first attempt to make mud and wetlands.

And another inspired, as you see, in a field of tall grass and dry … it has cost me that my girlfriend commented that I seem to have put the tank on top of one of our cats …

Certainly this second base with herbs, is the one that disappointed me …
The base of the mud has left me a little happier, I have not done anything special, but not much appreciate the wetlands, it is more a question of the angles of the photos, it looks a bit better in natural, and indeed I got it simply applying gloss varnish in areas where moisture wanted to imitate. Perhaps worse is the material that I used to simulate the mud, which is the paste that I usually use for the bases.

On models there is not much to tell, are very easy to assemble and there are option to mount the two long-or short-barreled, I went for one and one. One of the shortcomings of the set is the lack of decals, I’ve had to pull out from other models. It also has a small defect in the front, board between lower and top plate, which may be filled with a bit putty, and another thing I don’t liked is the way to mount the guns, which prevent any elevation movement of the barrel. Yet it is a model that I recommend for wargaming, 2 Pz 3 which are mounted in a half hour and are very robust and appropriate for game.
In summary a job very improved in all aspects, I’m not satisfied either with vehicles or with the bases. Also was the typical work I’ve seen worse with each successive stage, but I guess that sometimes happens. To don’t be happy I’m not happy even with the framing and the distance of the photos.

Buy this set unbuilt and unpainted.

Italeri 1/72 7508 Autocannone 3 RO

Italeri Autocannone 3 RO

An easy and robust model, as correspond to a fast-kit. Figures are well detailed, only odd, they are too big, as lately is doing Italeri. Even vehicle and gun looks bigger than 1/72, although Lancia was a big vehicle.
This bigger size on figures translate to an easy paint job.

Cammo net is done with band, but i’m not very gladded with final result, they looks big in a close view so it isn’t fixed. There are pictures with and without the net.

Base colour for both, vehicles and figures, is Tamiya TS-3 Dark Yellow spray paint. Dry-Brush with different sand colours, sepia wash and pigments. About terrain there are some natural stones, tufts home made with an old brush, pigments an some commercial clump foliage.

A little reference with good illustrations here.

Figures are not fixed to fit 1:1 rules and also to crew other items.
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Base is a custom size 90x95mm made by Warbases.co.uk

Italeri 6020 Mongols

Italeri 6020 Mongols

Complete set have 17 figures in 9 different poses, but only 8 figures in 8 poses come to me through an ebay auction.
Detail is quite good, some historical accuracy problems as you can see at PlasticSoldierReview.com review.

Recently Italeri launched another Mongols set, quite big that this, as lately is doing Italeri with all the subjects. They are painted for a project long time ago started, which is coming to his end, but i can’t say more now. Because this they are painted in two colours, green and blue, and better as much as they look more green or blue.

By the way i tried to use GW tips to paint gold armour, which is a bit more complicated than silver ones. For gold armours base colour is a dark brown, and gold over this. Silver ones are painted with the good Citadel range of silver colours, washed in black and highlighted with Mithril Silver. Always a good result. Better work can be done with gold ones.

Bases are 5 Euro cent coins.

Italeri M4A2 Sherman III

Italeri M4A2 Sherman III


M4A2 are the “lend lease” Sherman, used by English (all Commonwealth armies), Russian Army, Free French forces, Polish brigades etc.
Also U.S. Marine Corps used them on Pacific theatre, but U.S. Army let it down at home during WWII. USMC version are commonly used with “smokestack” to allow disembark on beaches.



One Sherman have decals for Free French forces, the other is with usual U.S. Army markings , so it is just a home trainer vehicle, although can be used for Pacific games. They are painted with the standard Tamiya Spray paint, and then , weathered. Also for this, i used stowage made up with news paper, as i did with the M4A3E8.
For some time i promise to don’t do more green U.S bits, still have three on progress, close to be done.
Next time i will try the new Italeri fast kit, with two M4A3, but not soon.



Although set is solid, which is very appropriate for wargaming, I’m less gladded with this ones than with M3A4 half-tracks set. The poor, the junction between top and down plates, which is quite visible in vehicle front.

The most common for this version is the British used, in Mediterranean or Italy service, as guys from “Brazo de Nelson” did here, with their usual good quality.

New Italeri releases December 2010

More good news for this month.
Italian manufacturer Italeri has released 3 new 1/72 set, all very interesting for wargaming.


ITALERI S.P.A. © P.IVA 00652841206

References as follows

Cod. 6148 DESERT WELL & TENTS

A set with two tents and a well, very suitable for African scenery, but also for other terrains and an open range of ages.

Cod. 7518 SHERMAN M4 A3 Fast Assembly Kit

Two Sherman M4 A3. It is a fast kit, we will see about the quality, i likes the Half-track set, but Sherman M4A2 is not so good… I hope at least it will have some more quality than the Hät’s set for this subject, but still Hät has a wider range of Sherman.

Cod. 6147 ANTITANK OBSTACLES

A total of 61 different antitank obstacles. These sets always are welcome.

By the way, Italeri’s web is a bit better than Hät and Zvezda ones, so you can see pictures of the sprue in it.

The ends of the year seems to be plenty of good news for 1/72 scale. We want more !!!!! 🙂

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.

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 / Italeri / ERTL / Revell / WW II German Guns

Esci / Italeri / ERTL / Revell / WW II German Guns – Pak 35 – Pak 40 – Flak 38.


Another old set i wished on childhood, but never got it. Today, thanks to Ebay, it is on my hands !
In those times there are a lot of better choices for this subject, mostly for Pak 40 and Pak 36, but in his time, this set well covered the subject wasn’t so common. Italeri reissued it and also have their own pack 40 set, which haves better crew and some details as munitions.

The worst of this set, their instructions, and some of the crew, who are badly sculpted with bad proportions. Put the arms in the correct place is also a no easy task. About the instructions they only have one step, so is easy make a mistake although the models haven’t many parts.
All the crouched down figures are not good, heads have been replaced, but the arms were a head pain. By the other hand, the two figures who are on their feet are pretty nice.

Another lack on this set is the absence of any kind of munition, neither for the MG43 that i didn’t paint, and the only choice for the Flak 38, in transport mode.

Plasticsoldierreview.com says instructions were cleared in the Italeri reissue.

I’m sure today there are better sets for this subject, but if you are a nostalgic as i am, you still can find this set on Ebay.

Italeri British Infantry [UPDATED]

Italeri 6056 British Infantry
50 Figuras
15 poses (13 stand up)

Another classic set form Italeri, re-issuing an Esci mould. The figures are a bit taller than her brother set 60033, but they look almost the same in a 40/50 cm range.

Two figures have been modified to become PIAT loaders.

PIAT "Loaders" modified figuresPIAT "Loaders" modified figures


I have imported two figures from Italeri British Commando, changing their heads, with a perfect pose to be Sargeants.
Italeri, British Commando, head changed.

All the gallery down the page.

As other times, i have to exploit my large collection of Citadel paints, so here is my Citadel paint guide for British Infantry, although i think the uniform looks too dark.

Italeri British Infantry PrintI put some figures in a base for serial work, a white spray primer. I know is old-fashioned, know i see a lot of figures primed in black and painted with drybrush techniques, not covering all the prime, but i can’t achieve a good result so, so i continue doing it my way.
Italeri British Infantry Primer
Italeri British Infantry Faces and handsI always use the same combination for flesh, Citadel Elf Flesh and then a wash with Citadel Ogryn Flesh (See last pics).
Italeri British Infantry Faces and hands
Italeri British Infantry WeaponsPaint weapons at the end, is bother for me, so i maKe it in this stage, taking advantage of black paint is in use i paint also boots.
Italeri British Infantry Weapons
Italeri British Infantry BeltingAfter weapons is time to paint all belting, helmet, hair and so on…
Italeri British Infantry Belting
Italeri British Infantry back belting
Italeri British Infantry back belting
Italeri British Infantry UniformThere isn’t a good colour for this uniform in Citadel spectrum but i go on with Citadel Dark Flesh. UPDATED Better with Bestial Brown, see last pictures down the page.
Italeri British Infantry Uniform
Italeri British Infantry Uniform backFor me , is easier to paint now the uniform, the belting is on relive , so is easy not paint over it. Some times i paint first uniform and then belting, but lately i’m painting always in this way.
Italeri British Infantry Uniform back
Italeri British Infantry EndedA wash with Vallejo Sepia Shade and some white drybrush (“bolt metal gun” for metallic helmets and weapons) and this is the result.
Italeri British Infantry Ended
Italeri British Infantry Ended backSome times i prefer see the back of the figures, as harms don’t disturb, the detail is usually best, and the paint looks better.
Italeri British Infantry Ended back

I know i’m not a great painter, but i enjoys a lot doing this and the result looks well in a wargame scenery

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.

ITALERI 6046 American Infantry

Re-issued Esci mould (Plastic Soldier Review Set 206 U.S. Soldiers)

Another ESCI-ITALERI classic set, fit perfectly early war years, Africa and Italy campaigns. Some proportions looks strange in some figures, although they fit her German brother ITALERI 6033 and new Caesar sets. Some weapons are also out of proportion. Machine guns and mortar team are not well detailed, although mortar have a nice charger, ready for a shoot.

ITALERI 6046 Infanteria americana

ITALERI 6033 German Infantry

A classic set from ESCI, re-issued by ITALERI. The figure size is fully compatible with the new Caesar´s sets and with his American brother from ITALERI (old ESCI).
Some poses are missing, as gun loaders and mortar loader (The mortar has not tripod too), and some other looks too flat, but quality is good overall.
Radio looks not realistic, most of it by the antenna.
A set which fits with early years of the war.

ITALERI 6033 Infanteria alemana