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Revell 1/72 02503 – US Infantry

Revell Us infantry

As box’s illustration depict, this set is an excellent choose for winter U.S. Infantry, such those who fought in the last German winter offensive in the Ardennes, the battle of the Bulge in the 1944/45 winter.

Figures haves basically three kinds of clothing, all appropriate for the period, most of them are wearing the standard jacket M1943 and rest are wearing the long coat which was not very appreciate in combat situation for his heavy weight. Just one figure is wearing the Mackinow jacket. All the figures have the helmet clasped, which was not very common due most soldiers though this was a risk against a blast.

Revell Us Infantry 3

Straps are correct but maybe some lack of equipment is showed here, such ammunition pouches.

Weapons are well depicted, Thompson, Browning M1918 , Garand and the officer is using a pistol, which was uncommon in the late war.

Also two heavy weapons are depicted, a one men team for a 81mm mortar (x2) and also a two men team for a Browning M2HB (x2). These are quite nice figures and additions to the set.
Poses are quite standard but all figures looks natural and well proportioned. Maybe the only odd is the slim mould mark, which most times goes crossing faces. Some work to remove these are needed.

Paint guide
A brief tutorial to show how to paint this U.S. infantry guys only with Citadel paints.


First a base coat of Chaos black (used as primer) and then base colour for all the different items as follow:

-Scorched Brown: Coats, helmet straps, wood on weapons, trousers and leather on boots.

-Catachan Green: Helmets and clothes on necks and heads.

-Dheneb Stone + Kommando Khaki (50/50): Jackets.

-Dheneb Stone + Camo Green (75/25): Strap, Gaiters and Canteen.

-Tallarn Flesh: Flesh.

-Boltgum Metal: Weapons’ metal parts.

Once the base coat is well dried we apply a wash with Citadel Devlan Mud. (“Magic soy” as a friend says :))

After wash:

Then is time to give them a highlight.

Highlight mostly have consisted in apply the original base colour (with some exceptions) in relief parts.

-Scorched Brown + Graveyard Earth: Trousers and coats. Coats haves two highlight layers increasing the proportion of Graveyard Earth and trousers just one and then final layer with pure Graveyard Earth.

Bestial Brown: Wood on weapons and boot’s leather.

-Catachan Green: Helmets.

– Kommando Khaki: Jackets.

-Dheneb Stone + Camo Green (25/75): Straps, Gaiters and Canteen.

-Tallarn Flesh: Flesh.

-Boltgum Metal: Weapons’ metal parts.

How to work the bases

Materials needed are: Packing rings, Pumice past, cardboard, white glue, epoxy bicomponent putty and Citadel Devlan Mud wash.

Vandal is a brand which manufacture Pumice past quite cheaper than Models’ brands ones, although Vallejo have and excellent range for this product, with different thickness.
Process is quite simple, glue the Packing rings to the cardboard and then cover it with putty.

Put the figure in the putty, with the help of a “lancet” cover all the figures’ base to ensure a good fixation.

Then apply Pumice past with an old brush. Once it is well dried apply directly the wash, Devlan mud.

An easy and quite nice figures for gaming are now ready.

We hope you enjoyed this, as much as me enjoyed doing it. For those who never have painted their minis, is an easy way to start !! Don’t be afraid.

Although new sets for American infantry are on the market this Revell’s one still performs well his task, heavy weapons are better implemented here than most of the new sets, so don’t miss the opportunity to get this one at best prices here.

1/72 UM 305 – ZSU-37 AA Tank

1/72 UM 305 – ZSU-37 AA Tank

ZSU 37mm were designed in 1943 and built from 1945 to 1948, it is the first soviet self propelled AA, but soon the poor 37mm gun shown his weakness , so it was improved in a short time and replaced by newest models. In fact it never saw action during the WWII although a few units were deployed for the 1945’s spring.

UM model haves a very acceptable quality, it haves some photo-etched details and good decals, although my box seems was spoiled at store, and none of one was present. Decals are taken from spare box, numerals are from other UM set, and stars are white U.S. stars, hand painted to red… so they look a bit so.
Instructions are clear and easy to follow, all the parts fits well their place. Nu putty was used at all.
Tracks are in segments, with some one to one links, this not avoid to have tight tracks, instead of some fall in upper segment. Turret easily rotate but mount the gun allowing it to have elevation is not so easy, so this one is fixed. One of the lacks of the set is it not haves any frame for the 37mm, so it is un-armoured.

Figures are from LW (LW 20 Russian Tank Crew), not a great set, i only had 3 figures from a BUM box, but they was the only Russian tank crews which was at my glance. They are a bit small, some flash and mould lines, but detail is deep and easy to work, at least, clothes. The worst, probably the faces and the poses. Other options for this subject are Orion and Preiser, and now two figures from the new Hät set, although as this turret is wide open it needs full figures rather than half ones.

Colour Guide:
Vehicle: Base colour is Vallejo Model Color Russian Uniform. Washed with Citadel Devlan Mud and the highlighted dry brushing it with a 1:1 mix of white and Russian Uniform. Some details in Citadel Red inside the turret.
(Note than manufacturer guide suggest olive green which is not so light as this Russian Uniform)
Base: Base Colour is Vallejo Model Color Middle Brown (Diluted). It isn’t washed and highlighted with Vallejo Model Color Iraki Sand.

Figures: Uniform base colour is Vallejo Model Color German Extra Dark Green Cammo. Highlighted with a 1:1 mix of White and the same colour. This Vallejo’s green has a high blue-grey component which is more appreciable once you mix it with white, so they don’t look green.
Faces and hands are painted with Citadel Dwarf flesh and highlighted with Elf flesh after an Ogryn Flesh wash. (This is not my preferred mix for faces i usually use Elf flesh as base, Ogryn Flesh wash and highlight with the same Elf flesh or a mix with a bit of white 3:1 or 2:1 )
Leather helmet is Citadel snake leather and the black ons is highlight with Vallejo German Grey.

Bits on the base are taken from the spare box, including some HO railway bits and two drums from an old ESCI T-72. To cover the drums i used paper tissue, watered to achieve the desired shape and then i airbrushed it with Spray varnish to keep the shape.

Tracks and base items also haves some pigments, wet applied. Low vehicle surface haves pigments dry applied.

Tufts in the base are from the excellent range of The Army Painter, which i recommend if you are looking for tufts. These used here are concretely the Highlands tufts.

This time i work the base with clay, it allows me to put some track marks. Over the dried clay i used some Vallejo pumice paste to imitate earth.

This is my first UM set and i’mm very happy with final result. I recommend this brand.
If you want to purchase this set at good prices, take a look here.

1/72 Zvezda 5001 – T-34/76 model 1943 – Snap Kit

I’ve always liked this symbol of the Russian army and soon as I’ve heard about its release I wanted one for myself. This snap kit proved to be the perfect opportunity. Though apparently designed for wargaming, I’ve learned from Russian forums it has the most accurate dimensions in 1/72 scale.

It will turn out fine just out of the box, but I decided to upgrade it with a photo-etched set from Part and a gun barrel from Aber. Although designed for the ancient Eastern Express T-34/76 ’43 (late version with a raised commander cupola), the Part set fits almost perfectly. The snap technology is quite OK, I glued all plastic parts together for extra strength.

The Aber barrel however was a huge disappointment: is far too short. Even the label is wrong, as it designates a F-32 gun, while T-34 used the F-34 gun. So I was stuck with the gun barrel from the box, which looks just fine (you have to drill it though).

The mesh grills from the Part photo-etched set fits perfectly, except for the small pair on the top. I used a tow cable from Karaya and made few additions myself: lifting rings on the turret, power cable for the headlight, MG barrel from a syringe needle, holding straps for the fuel drums (which came from an IS-2 made by PST). The tracks are very easy to assemble, and are provided in hard plastic, not link&length but in large sections thus saving a lot of time. I also drilled the exhausts.

After spraying Tamiya white primer, I brushed four layers of Vallejo Russian Green from Model Color range. This particular range of paintings is perfect for hand brush.

The final touches were oil washes and some pigments, applied also wet and dry. The decals are not from the kit and were taken from my spare box. In conclusion, this kit is very well engineered, it’s easy to build. I highly recommend it to all T-34 fans and Braille lovers.

I hope you like it and you can buy this set at best prices here.

1/72 ACE 72267 – leSPW auf UNIC P-107 U-304(f)

After the French Campaign during the WW2, the Germans used occupied Vehicles to rebuild them into Vehicles used by the Wehrmacht. One of these Vehicles was the French Unic P 107, a small halftrack which fell in German Hands in huge amounts. The German “Baugruppe Becker” turned these into a small APC, further named “leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (leSPW) auf Unic P-107 U-304 (f). “f” stands for “French”.

Well, the shown Kit is from ACE. It´s the only Modelkit besides several Resinkits of this Vehicle in 20mm. The Parts are not very accurate so it will need some work to let all the Parts fit and get an nice Model. I had to fill several Gaps with Putty and there was very much flash to remove. Last but not least there are some very bad mould lines which have to be removed before assembling the Model.

The Model was painted by using a 5:1 Mix of Vallejo Model Color (70882) “Middlestone” and (70916) “Sand Yellow”. After that i applied an Wash of Citadels “Gryphone Sepia” followed by a Dry-brush with Middlestone. The Green Camouflage pattern was painted with (70891) “Intermediate Green”. I stiffled the Colour on the Base coat by using an old medium soft Brush. For the chippings I used my favourite Colour for these instances (70822) “German Camouflage Black Brown”, which gives really nice chips and blotches.

Vallejo Pigments were used to create Dust and Dirt.

ACE also works other versions from captured P-107.

You can buy this vehicle here.

Also remember that WikingPaintworks accept commissioned works, don’t hesitate to contact him.

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.


Latest announces and releases.

A large bunch of new Caesar’s releases, pictures are available at Caesar’s site. http://www.miniknight.com/

H057 – Modern Israeli Defence Force
H060 – Modern British Army
H062 – Modern German Army (Bundeswehr)
H074 – WWII Late War German Army
H075 – WWII Italian Paratroopers
HB04 – WWII German Army with Camouflage Cape
7207 WWII German Krupp Protze Personnel Carrier Truck
7208 WWII German Sd. Kfz.10/4 with 20mm Flak 30
7209 WWII German Sd. Kfz.10 with 50mm Pak 38

Zvezda have released a new piece for the Art of Tactic game system.

6137 Soviet Reconnaissance set , which haves 4 excellent figures in this first time covered subject for our scale.

A very good news for WW2 and Modern fans, although they will took a couple of weeks or so to be available around the world. !

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Italeri 1/72 7025 M6 Anti Tank Vehicle

Italeri 1/72 7025 M6 Anti Tank Vehicle

I found this model very appealing to the wargaming, a 37 mm anti tank on a Dodge truck 4 × 4 can be a good weapon, given their mobility and weaponry.
Italeri model has an acceptable level of detail, the pieces are quite clean and the instructions are clear and simple, the number of parts is low.

But problems start right away or at least for me. First of all the figures that are included in the set, 3, but no useful, a manufacturer that shows the quality of sculpture like Italeri must do something better, the detail of the figures is worthless compared to what we see in the market in the figure’s sets, so none of the three has been included in the final assembly.
Other small details, which are not to my taste, were the wheels, which come in two halves, which I have not seen to be a problem in many models from Revell, the front and rear views shows that something happens, if you leave it you have to work with lime and / or putty, and I’m not very friend of having to spend too much work to assemble, but I like to go fast to the painting phase.

But worst of all is built top with the chassis, the instructions lead to a sequence where the top and the fully assembled chassis are built separately and then assembled, the chassis in one piece and the top in two. Well, it has been quite difficult getting these parts fit decently, and I’m still not sure if i did it, as seen in the photos seems to me very great distance between the front wheels and mudguards. In short, a whole afternoon polishing and adjusting the parts to solve this step is the final instructions.
The figures that make up the framework are taken from two different sets, with some minor conversions. On one side is a figure of American Infantry Set II from Caesar (Second figure of the second row), which I have removed the gun, and on the other side there are two figures from the set of US Marines from Waterloo 1815 (2nd and 3rd figures of the 3 rd and 4 th row), which I’ve changed the head by two of the classic set ESCI / Italeri’s that I have a lot of figures and one of them I’ve removed the gun.

Besides these changes in the figures I have not added anything to the vehicle, one of the cans of gasoline is changed of site according instructions, but comes with the set, and I also seem to complain about the two guns that brings the set to sides of the seats, a piece so simple and so badly done.
The paint for the vehicle is based on Tamiya spray paint, and the figures in Catachan Green and Dheneb Stone from Citadel with diluted sepia washes from Vallejo and dry brush with Kommando Khaki and Camo Green for brown and green, respectively. I used also the Green Camo with White to the vehicle. The decals are original from model and I have applied pigments in the bottom area and wheels.
A set desirable but frankly improvement.

Last Update, thanks to Benno’s Figures Forum member i was noticed about a mistake on instructions, you can correct it taken a look here.

Buy this set unbuilt and unpainted.

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.

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.

Base is a custom size 90x95mm made by Warbases.co.uk

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.


New Zvezda German 20-mm anti-aircraft gun FLAK-38

News form Zvezda, for Second World War.

A new set for a German 20mm anti aircraft gun and crew.
I think this set is also for the Zvezda game system “Art of tactic” recently released. We can expect more news in following months for this game.

I haven’t a pic of the content, so only box showed, but we can expect the usual good quality from Zvezda.
As the box advice about no glue required it seems to be a fast kit in soft plastic.

This subject was very good covered by ACE, but without crew, so this new one is very welcome !

Science Treasury U.S. JEEP WILLYS M.B. – CARGO 37mm GUN

Science Treasury U.S. JEEP WILLYS M.B. – CARGO – 37mm GUN

Painted U.S Command + 37mm AT World War II

I finally ends this work after a couple of weeks thinking about what to do to improve them…
I enjoyed a lot with this kind of bases, each item is like a mini-dio, so i’m planning built all the armies so.

Bases are from the store: Warbases.co.uk
They cut rounded bases in any size you need, with good prices.

One of the worst the decision to use the hard plastic figures from the set itself… they look not so bad alone, but close to Caesar and Italeri figures… they look bad…
Although set is a clone from Hasegawas’s one, quality of the instructions is poor, very poor. Quality of the set is that mixture of simply and medium detail, usual on Hasegawas’s set.

On bases there are a mixture of tufts which i will comment soon in a separate post, and also a mixture of natural stones, some of them painted (in the jeep base).
and also hard plastic items form Hasegawa’s US infantry set (in the gun base).

Different stages of the project are at Benno’s Figures Forum.

Although i’m gladded with result i was expecting some more when i begun it… but at this moment it seems i can’t do best…

Airfix German Infantry WWII

Airfix German Infantry WWII

My little tribute to this classic set, painting only bigger figures, compatibles with classic Esci and new Caesar’s sets, as reinforcement for my German army to play Disposable Heroes

The worst of the set, probably size of some weapons, although the man launching a grenade is a very good pose.

Complete set is 48 figures in 15 poses, but taken just bigger figures it is just 4 poses 15 figures.

I think today there are better sets depicting these men, appropriates for an early war army.