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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.

Hasegawa Sherman M4A3E8

Hasegawa Sherman M4A3E8

M4A3E8 was one of the latest Sherman involved in WWII, and the first with a 76mm gun and a new tracks and suspension system. This tank equilibrates (some) the usual disadvantage of US tank against german’s ones. Although it was still less armoured than German’s tanks it reduces the number of lost vehicles compared with previous versions of M4A3 .
Present from middle 1944, it was on US.Army until 1950 decade, when all Sherman were replaced by M46 Patton. M4A3E8 had a significance participation during Korean conflict.

Hasegawa’s model is easy to built , although it haven’t great detail is more than enough for wargaming. All parts fit well and there isn’t any issue with instructions.
It is painted at my standard for US.Army. Using Tamiya spay paint and the washed and pigmented. Crew is from model itself.
For the stowage on back, i tried some new for me, making some items with news paper, glue and thread. It looks fine for me…

A good reinforcement for battle, easy and quick to built.

English Wikipedia haves a not bad reference for Sherman series.


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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.

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.


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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 !!!!! 🙂

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… ??

nº39 – Altaya Sd Kfz 10/5

Sd Kfz 10/5 – 13. Luftwaffe Feld. Div. Wolchow (USSR) – 1943

Technical Details
7 Crew
1 Flak 38 (20mm)
Range: 300 Km on road / 150 Km off road.

Sd Kfz. 10 was the smallest half-track truck in German army, intended to transport light flak, pak or artillery pieces, and 8 men, including driver.
It was largely manufactured between 1938 and 1944, serving in all fronts.
5 version mounted a Flak38 20mm gun, and Luftwaffe vehicles were equipped with armour plates for windshield, both sides of the driver’s compartment and radiator, but Altaya’s model haven’t armour on radiator. This armor plates also fitted the 4 version, equipped with a Flak 30 instead of 38.

An interesting model with no major faults, although very basic finishing, as always. The worst, the simple detail of the gun.
Maybe a decent crew and some rework will increase they poor looking.

nº38 – Altaya Marder III Ausf. M

Marder III Ausf. M Sd. Kfz. 138 12. SS Pz.Div. “Hitlerjuegen” Normadie (France) – 1944

Technical Details
4 Crew
1 Pak 40/3 L/46 de 75mm.
1 MG 334 – 7.92mm
Range: 185 Km on road , 140 Km off road

Marder series very quicly developed after 1941 encounter with soviet’s T-34 & KV-1 tanks. All Marder series recicles a chasis form previous vehicles. III serie was mounted on a Pz. 38(t) chassis. M version was the latest, manufactured between 1943 and 1944, and was the largest produced. The engine was moved to center, it allows to decrease the top siloute. Rear was closed and frontal MG was removed.
It was in service until the end of the war, present in all fronts, even late Africa campaing at early version.

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Altaya’s model this time have a better look, although still a lot of things are improvable.The gun’s detail is poor, and some extra separation between upper plate and chasis plate. Also a some detailed interior will be appreciable. Even this, model have good looking average, some work to do and could be very useful. First thing to do a decente crew. !

nº40 – Altaya BergePanther Ausf G

Altaya BergePanther Ausf G – Sd Kfz 179 sch. Pz. Abt. (Flk) 301 Frechen (Germany) – 1944

Technical Details

5 crew
2 MG 34 – (Model just have one)
Range: 320 km off road.

Bergepanther is an armour recovery vehicle, which was manufactured between June 1943 and February 1945, primary in three versions, all based on Pz. V Panther. Auf G, the latest was manufactured between October 1944 and February 1945. It is probably the less colourful, as this version haven’t the 20cm Kwk 38 in front.

Some good information can be find here.

This useful vehicle was in service until latest 1950 on French and Czech’s army.

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There is no many information about this kind of vehicles, and they aren’t common on scale model world.
As war games incorporate rules about vehicles immobilization by track damage or others, they can b recovered and repaired in a number of turns agreed by players.

Revell Africa Corps 02513

Revell Africa Corps 02513

Revell set is totally compatible with old Esci’s (also issued by Italeri and now issued by Revell) and with most old Airfix’s one. These three set also are compatible with the new Caesar’s one, but new sets releases by Italeri (DAK and Paratroops in tropical uniform) are 1 or 2 mm bigger. So if you are planing a DAK army, choose this 4 compatible sets and you will achieve a great pose range.
Revell sets have a lot of figures not very useful, like men carrying water and men drinking (also the one to seems be patrolling), but they comes with two great and complete (gunner + loader) MG42 machine guns, which is probably the most desiring from this set. This set also have two poses, the men with a grenade and the ones knelling with sub machine gun , which can be easily used as crew for guns as the next two pictures show.

Sd Kfz 250/10 with Revell crew
Pak 40 with Revell crew

Sd Kfz 250/10 (Esci) Revell crew & Pak 40 (Revell/Matchbox 1/76) Revell crew

I like the sculpture from this set more than ESCI/Italeri ones, proportions seems to be more natural, although ESCI have some good poses to act as sergeants for Pak or MG. The Airfix set could provide a wide range of figures firing, in very good poses.

A good set, but maybe it haves an excess of poses not very usable for wargaming, but nice as scenery.

Buy this set.

Esci 8003 Pz Kpfw II Ausf F

Esci 8003 Pz Kpfw II Ausf F

Ausf F was the major version of Pz. II, it had an increased armour and some interior and turret redesign. 524 Units were manufactured between March 1941 to December 1942. Take a look to detail and overall aspect against Altaya’s model.

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This model comes to me built, so i just restored and end the work. I was trying some pigments on engine area (black pigments) and scape. Dust pigments go away in varnish phase. 🙁

Airfix Sd Kfz 222 German Reconnaissance Set (02312)

Airfix Sd Kfz 222 from Airfix 1/76 German Reconnaissance Set (02312)

Airfix Sd Kfz 222 is probably one of the worst 222 available in 1/76 scale. The turret is so inaccurate that don’t correspond to any real version of 222. I was trying some new pigments with this models, but i just get some result with black pigment on scape zones. Dusted effect goes away in varnish phase. !?
I’m gladded with European theatre ones more than DAK, which seems to be more ugly.
Although they are 1/76 have a similar length and width than true 1/72, but is less tall, and wheels diameter is significantly appreciate.

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At Airfix Tribute Forum you can see a lot of great reworks around turret.

Hasegawa 31112 Kubelwagen

Hasegawa Kubelwagen from Hasegawa’s set 31112 with BMW with side-car.


Driver is a hard plastic figure original from set, the gunner is a classic esci gunner from German infantry set.
The officer with binoculars is a figure from Airfix recon set. The original figure from hasegawa, an officer aking notes or watching a map, is very bad moulded and harms don’t fit well.

Model is better detailed than Italeri Kubelwagen fast kit, and the option of the machine gun is welcome, and bit of support for wargaming. Both sets are perfectly compatibles in size.

New Zvezda’s sets for WWII [UPDATED]

[UPDATED] This sets seems to be expansion sets for the start up set of new game system, Art of Tactic. As seems on pics at Zvezda site, there are a few more poses on start up set, but no images for all content of the package are available. The game system includes vehicles in 1/100 scale, and seems to be a board game, which have been released with a game for the Russian campaign in 1941.

Hi all,
I inaugurate this section with a comment about new Zvezda’s releases.
I don’t know very well what to think about this new sets, they are four in total, GERMAN INFANTRY 1939-1942 6105 and GERMAN MACHINEGUN MG-34 WITH CREW 1939-42 6106, and Soviet infantry 1941-1945 6103 and SOVIET MACHINEGUN MAXIM WITH CREW 1941-43. 6104.


© 2005-2010 “Zvezda”

Infantry sets haves 10 figures in just three diferent poses ! nothing new to existing sets, plus two bases and cards for the new game system. Machine guns teams are composed of two identical weapons with two crew each, in two poses. They are sets for wargaming, but… just three poses ? ten figures ? sounds almost like a board game !! , some board games have more poses.
Germany sets are for years 1939 to 1942 and russian sets are for 1941 to 1943, so it seems there will be more sets to cover all the war.
Figures seems to have same good quality as Zveda usual do, but so less poses and figures, i don’t understand this.

Pictures are from Zveda’s artist published in their site.

nº16 – Jagdpanzer 38 “Hetzer” (Sd.Kfz.138/2)

Jagdpanzer 38 “Hetzer” (Sd.Kfz.138/2) Pz.Jg.Abt.744 Moravia (Czechoslovakia) – 1945

Technical Details

4 Crew

1 Pak 39 L/48 (75mm)

MG 34 (7.92mm)

178 Km range

Another example of chassis re-utilization from Panzer 38(t), this were a very useful and little antitank weapon from late war. About 2584 units were produced since April 1944 until the end of the war, one of the common weapons on all fronts for this period.
It was cheapest to manufacture than other series like JagdPanther or JagdTiger, was very little, with a lower side, easy to ambush, capable to fate any allied vehicle in a short range, under 100m, and was better armoured than Marder and Nashorn series. Its main failings were the cramped working condition of the crew, the very limited gun traverse, and poor visibility from the commander’s station

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Altaya’s model has one more time a poor finishing. The vehicle itself is a good weapon for wargaming, with not a big calibre, that was present in all fronts for late war.

nº34 – Altaya s.K 18 10.5 cm Kanone

s.K 18 10.5 cm Kanone 15.Pz.Div. El Alamein (Egypt) – 1942

Technical Details
4 Crew
1 sk 18 (105mm)

Since latest 20th and early 30th Germany replaced obsolete first world war weapons, howitzers and guns were not a exception.
About 1500 units were made, since 1934 to 1945, deployed in artillery battalions of Whermatch divisions and independent battalions, as they big brother 15 cm sFH 18. Both guns had a similar configuration and were transported by the same tractors.

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Altaya’s model is basically finished, fixed in transport mode, with a nice camouflage pattern, but one more time, just an expensive toy.

Airfix Wilys Jeep

Airfix Wilys Jeep

Maybe this is 4×4 vehicle by excellence, 647.925 units were manufactured during war, by Willys and Ford, and after war continues in production until 1968 in civilian life. Through lend-lease programs served in Russian, English and French army.

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Airfix model is original from Heller, it is true 1/72 and come with a cargo trailer, some jerry cams, crates and so, useful for other works. The crew is too little so i replaced them with two Caesar figures (U.S Infantry set I).
It’s painted with Tamiya’s spray, as M3A1 and Sherman.

nº36 – Opel Blitz 3.6-36S (Kfz.305)

Opel Blitz 3.6-36S (Kfz.305) Ambulance 21.Pz.Div Medenine (Tunisia) – 1943

Technical Details
2 crew

370 Km on road y 230 Km off road.
Motor Opel 3.6 / 68 CV.

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One of the common silhouettes of the war, associated to first years of the war and motorized divisions, during Poland and France invasions.
The model is a nice item for the field of battle, just with a major defect , in the canopy, with some details painted.
Probably the most manufactured truck in German during the war.

nº17 – Altaya Sd. Kfz. 222

Altaya Sd. Kfz. 222 10Pz. Div. Tunis (Tunisia) – 1943

Technical Details
3 Crew
1 kwk 38 (20mm)
1 MG 34 (7,92mm)
200 km range

Sd. Kfz 222 was successfully used in first campaigns, across western Europe, but once war arrived to Africa and Eastern Europe, the poor off road capabilities of this vehicle were showed. This vehicle line based on Horch 108 chassis, were manufactured in three primary versions. Sd. kfZ. 221, armed just with an MG 34. A 221 variant armed just with a 28mm sPzB41 gun. The Sd. Kfz. 222 version, armed with the 20mm gun and MG 34, and the Sd. Kfz. 223, a communications vehicle, armed with a MG 34 machine gun.
The 222 version mounted a closed turret, the same than 250/9, against grenades.
As the war goes ahead, Sd. Kfz. 222 were replaced in their functions with Sd. Kfz. 250 or their 8 wheels brothers, as Sd. Kfz. 232.
Russian army takes the 222 as model to develop their BA-64 vehicle.

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One more time, Altaya’s quality isn’t enough to defeat their Diecast competitors, and to compare them with a parts model.

AMT – ERTL 8639 Sherman M4A1

AMT – ERTL 8639 Sherman M4A1

An old model brought at Ebay for a low price, new in a destructed box, but new.
The M4A1 is the first version of Sherman, manufactured by General Motors during the War. Sherman was the most developed tank during war, used by Russian, French, English, by “Lend- lease” programs.
Latest versions were active during Korea conflict.

It had 5 crew men, and was armed with a 75mm gun M3, one M2HB 12,7mm machine gun and two 7,62mm.

ERTL model has a lot of options, the set comes equipped with motor and transmission system, and upper hatch can be mounted opened, also two on turret and two upper driver and radio operator, which is not usual in many sets. The set comes with 2 crew men, i just used one and one caear figure as rider (resting). Crates are from Airfix/Heller Willys jeep. Instructions are clear, and was easy to built, even after so many years, plastic was in a good state and all parts fits well their place.

Although I’m gladded with model’s aspect, pictures don’t represent it as well as they look in real ! (I think!)

Finish is based in green primer by “The Army Painter” and olive drab spray paint by Tamiya.

The same used for M3A1.

nº35 – Altaya Flakpanzer 38t (Sd.Kfz.140) Gepard

Flakpanzer 38t (Sd.Kfz.140) “Gepard” 1. SS-PZ.Div. “LSSAH” Ardennes (Belgium) 1944

Technical detail:
4 crew
1 Flak 38/L (20mm) Gun
200km (on road) 150Km off road.

Just about 141 Flakpanzer 38(t) were made during war, between November 1943 – February 1944. Advancing on aircraft technology made this single gun become obsolete by the end of the war, replaced by his quad brothers. Panzer 38(t) chassis were on the most reused chassis, probably close to Panzer IV.

The Flakpanzer 38t allow a -5º angle , and was commonly used against infantry and light armoured cars.

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Altaya’s model depict an estrange winter camouflage pattern, maybe due hurry on battlefield or maybe intended so, i don’t know. Although gun and extras over the armour are not well detailed, in an overall sight this vehicle has a better look than many others vehicles from the collection.

nº18 – Altaya Jagdpanzer IV L/70 (Sd.Kfz.162/1)

Jagdpanzer IV Pz.Gren.Div. “Feldherrnhalle” Budapest (Hungary) – 1945

Technical Details
Crew: 4
1 PAk 42 L/70 (75mm)
1 MG 42 (7,92mm)
1 90mm grenade launcher
200km range

After summer campaign in 1942, Wehrmacht army were in need of a new tank destroyer specification. After designs and tries, the model of a low silhouette and completely enclosed fighting compartment go ahead, instead open turret models as Marder and so. Although a new chassis were desired for Panzer VI lack of resources came into the use the Panzer IV chassis, as Jagdpanther and JagdTiger will do the same with their respective Panther and Tiger chassis. Or the Hetzer, with the Pz 38 chassis.

Altaya’s model depict a L/70 gun mounted version, which was made by two manufacturers, Vomag (V) and Alkett (A), although this variant is not specified by Altaya.
Early L/48 and L/70 models were covered with Zimmerit, and latest models have only 3 return wheels, instead of 4, so Altaya depict a model constructed late 1944 or early 1945, which could be made by both manufacturers. The most common were Vomag version, around 940 units were produced, while Alkett, with his own design, taller than Vomag, produced only 278 units. First version with L/48 gun was manufactured by Krupp (I’m not sure about this) and around 780 units were built.

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Jagdpanzer IV were used in Normandy battle, Bulge, and all the East front, since 1944 until the end of the war, but many times were used as assault guns or tanks, which achieves a poor performance and wasted the exhaust resources for German army.
Altaya’s model depict an usual camouflage pattern, there are more models on the collection with this pattern, and the L/70 gun can be a good allied on a wargame, although the model needs some work, to achieve better finish, as always.

Other diecast manufacturer as better range for this vehicle, such Dragon.

Italeri 7509 M3A1 Half Track

Italeri 7509 M3A1 Half Track

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

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

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

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

MAC Distribution Horch 108 Sd.Kfz.70

MAC Distribution Horch 108 Sd.Kfz.70

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

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

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

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

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

nº19 – Altaya 8.8cm Flak 37

8.8cm Flak 37 2 Pz. Div. Moscow Area (USSR) – 1941

First 88’s prototype were produced in 1928, and begun larger production in 1933, when Nazi party raised power in Germany. This weapon was deployed on Spanish Civil War, in his early version (Flak 18). It proved to be useful against aviation and also proved his great value as direct fire gun, against vehicles or fortified positions.

After this war experience, 88s begun to be improved, two mainly versions, Flak 36 and Flak 37 were developed, with improved guns and instrumentation.
Also was usual the use of a frontal armour shield to cover crew.

As anti tank weapon was formidable almost until end of the war, when larger armour from heavy tanks begun to resist the 8,8cm fire.
In their anti-aircraft role it suffer the great advance on velocity and altitude that aviation achieves during world war two, and a powerful version Flak 41 was designed, although never massively produced and deployed. 8.8 cm gun were widely used in several versions for anti tank guns or tanks.

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Altaya’s model depict a Flak 37 with armour shield, in transport mode (fixed), with his usual basic finish. A expensive toy more than a collection item.

nº23 – Altaya Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger Ausf. E (Sd.Kfz.181)

Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger Ausf. E (Sd.Kfz.181) sch. Pz.Abt. 506 Lukanjowka (USSR) – 1943

Technical Details
5 Crew – Commandant, gunner, loader, radio operator and driver.
1 88 mm KwK 36 L/56 Gun
2 7.92 mm MG 34

After the Russian’s Invasion in 1941 a new tank were needed to face the soviet T-34 and KV-1. In response to this situation the Tiger I was released in 1942’s spring, with a thicker armour and the 88mm gun, capable to get out any allied tank. The Tiger I is probably the most famous German tank, 1,355 units were produced between August 1942 and August 1944, when production was ceased in favour of the improved Tiger II. The Tiger was prone to mechanical breakdowns due his great weight, and always was too expensive and time-consuming to produce.

Altaya’s model depict one of the Tiger I dispatched to 506 tank battalion. This battalion was present on Eastern front (1943 – 1944) Dnieper and Korovograd sectors, and Western front (1944 – 1945) fighting in Market Garden and Bulgue.
In April 1945 surrender to US army in the Ruhr pocket.

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Once again, Altaya’s make no favour to the model, the tow is ugly and detail and finished is basic.

nº33 – Altaya Sd.Kfz.231

Sd.Kfz.231 4. Pz. Div. Warsaw (Poland) 1939

Technical Details:
4 Crew. Gunner, Loader, Driver and Radio operator (also rear driver)
1 2 cm KwK 30 L/55 Gun
1 7,92 mm MG 13

The 231 was the first German reconnaissance vehicle, developed from 1932 to 1937, before they were replaced by 8 wheels models. As further models it allows to be driven in both directions, they were equipped with a rear driver place, managed by radio operator. After Russian invasion in 1941 they were withdrawn from front, to training and police tasks.
Although is a nice model for early war years, not present on other diecast’s manufactures, this is one of the worst models along Altaya’s Collection. The big gap between top and bottom plates across all the vehicle, the basic detail, etc… make this model really looks bad. Better think in a model for construct yourself or a hard rework for this.

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nº32 – Altaya Panzerjäger V JagdPhanter

Panzerjäger V JadgPhanter 655 Sch. Pz.Abt. Oldenburg (Germany) 1945

Technical details:
5 Crew
1 Pack 43/4 88mm gun
1 7.92 mm MG-34

415 units were made from January 1944 until the end of the war. There was mainly two versions, early ones, based on Panther Ausf.A and Pack 43/3, and the other, later 1944 and 1945, upgraded with Panther Ausf.G engine and Pack 43/4 gun.
The Pack 43 gun was capable to get out any allied armour, was the gun also used by the King Tiger II monster. One variation for later version was sight on drivers zone, just one, as depict the Altaya’s model.
Early versions until Sept-1944 was covered with a square pattern Zimmerit.

The Jagdpanther was mainly deployed on east front, but also was used on west front since late Normandy’s battle and mainly during Ardennes’s offensive.

Jagdpanther, Imperial War Museum, LondonJagdpanther, Imperial War Museum, London Altaya’s model wears a camouflage pattern like the London Imperial war museum ones, but not the same. The model is basic finished as always, and have two major faults, the blue on sights, and some joints, that don’t fit properly, the most on the rear.
The JagdPanther is one the most famous antitank on World War II, due his fire power and reliability. A lot of diecast’s Manufacturer got it in his catalogue, with great detail and a lot of camouflage patterns, concrete units, etc…

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Hasegawa Sd.Kfz.7

Hasegawa Sd.Kfz.7

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

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

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