These hard plastic figures are from Hasegawa Mortar Karl sets, i got two sets for a while, but i re-sold them on Ebay (i have one “Karl” from “Hobby Boss” waiting on the wardrobe) but i remain the figures, as they have some good poses, not usual on plastic figures sets.
I have changed 10 heads, from an old italeri set, and some from a resin detail kit, and the result is quite good, except two strange poses, really bad modelled.
Although they are painted mainly with two Vallejo colours (German Field Grey / German Uniform ), different patterns of use, varying trousers, jackets, or all the figure in same colour, achieves a great result, with almost not two equals figures. The light of the colour also varying a lot depend on you wash with black or sepia.
These figures are a great complement for German army, ideal to be sergeants or officials, many of them wearing binoculars, or just to stand with vehicles.
2 x 120mm Heavy Mortar Granatwerfer 42
3 x 80mm Medium Mortar Granatwerfer 34
23 Figures, 13 poses.
+Some munitions crates.
A great set, all the poses fit well his task, in a close interaction with mortar or between them. The figures have some separate parts, like harms, some head, etc. All parts fit well.
Almost are the figures are unique, although the poses are twice, the figures have different equipment on back. I also have added some Kar-98k rifles and two MP40 to complete the figures.
A very well done set, which cover the subject and fits perfectly war-gaming needs. His competitor from Armourfast hasn’t so hight quality on sculpture.
The 81mm mortar was used along all the war. The 120mm was a copy from Russian’s one , and was developed during 1942.
Added to the mortar crews, which are completes for each mortar, there are a radio team, in great poses, and an officer.
Designed from the Pz.IV. chassis and a superstructure for the Skoda 15 cm cannon it can fire the Sig 33 munition and was developed since 1943. His fire baptism was Kursk’s battle in June 1943.As his big brother, the Sturmtiger, was intended for infantry fire support, primarily in dense urban areas.
Maybe too big artillery for skirmish games.
This model could be find on other diecast manufacturers, with best detail that this one.
1 KwK 30 or Kwk 38 (20mm)
1 MG 34 (7,92mm)
350 Km de range on road and 200 Km off road.
Armour 14,5 mm
This light half tracked vehicle was developed after the soviet union invasion in 1941. It was basically the union of a Sd.Kfz 250 chassis with a Sd.Kfz.222 turret. 796 units were made from 1942 until 1945, involved in reconnaissance tasks in hard off road conditions. His elevation angle allow it as anti air fire power.
Altaya’s model is in his normal quality with no special faults more than the back turret part. A good infantry support vehicle for wargaming.
The Mörser 18 was designed to replace his obsolescent brother from World War I, 21 cm Mörser 16. It was one of the first guns with a dual-recoil system. His fire rate was very lower than her little brother the 17cm gun. and by this, his production was stooped between 1942-1943, but war needs resume his production until the end. With his 16,700 meters range and capacity to fire 125Kg bombs was a terrible weapon.
Usually was dismounted in two pieces for transport, but if necessary just one FAMO 18 could transport it.
Revell model is well detailed, model can be constructed on fire or transport mode, pictures below are showing fire position , with the rear suspension changed.
Sturmmöserwagen “Sturmtiger” Pz.Stu.Mr.Btr.1002 Minden (Germany) – 1945
1 StuM RW61 L/54 (380mm)
1 MG 34 (7,92 mm)
100 mm armour.
120 Km range.
Just 18 units were produced from this model, intended for heavy infantry support, on urban areas or dense fortifications, combining a Tiger I chassis with a 38 cm Raketen-Werfer RW61 L/5.4 naval gun. (Raketen-Werfer = Rocket Launcher).
This gun was capable of fire different munitions, including one of 125Kg High explosive.
This model is present on many Diecast manufacturers catalogue, with better accuracy than Altaya, although Altaya’s ones cover well the subject, without major defects, just the basic finished.
1 MG 42 (7,92 mm)
1 Stuk 37 L/24 (75mm)
300 Km range on road, 150 Km range off road.
Schwerer Panzerspähwagen can be translated as Heavy armoured reconnaissance vehicle, which means a lot of German vehicles during World War II.
The Sd. Kfz. 233 is a modification of the Sd. Kfz. 232, built between December 1942 October 1943, before they were released by the Kfz 234 series.
Around 109 units was built, plus some Kfz 232 that were modified.
The 233 was equipped with a short barrel 7.5 cm gun, KwK 37 L/24 in an open fixed superstructure. A great number of German vehicles were equipped with this gun, after it was released from Pz IV and Stug III, that were equipped with large guns.
Although is an interesting model for war-gaming it has some detail lacks, as the gun itself, and the antennas.
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.
It looks a bit small for 1:72, see figures for comparisons.
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.
Steyr RSO 0/1 + Pak 40 Anti-Tank Gun 2. Panzer Div. Normandie (France) – 1944
1 Pak 40 (75mm)
250 Km Range.
04/July/2010 [UPDATED] Pak 40 reworked to fire position and repainted.
This is one of the most interesting model in the Altaya Collection, not present in other diecast manufacturers catalogue. The Pak 40 is fixed in transport mode, which is not most desirable for wargaming. As always the finish of the model is too basic, compared with other diecast manufacturers.
160 Km range (on road), 80 km off road.
Opel Motor 3.6 – 68 CV.
Weigh 3930 Kg.
This half-tracked vehicle was design during the war on the east, to afford the hard conditions of the terrain. It was a conversion from the common 2 Ton, truck , Opel Blitz. Around 4000 units were produced until 1944. The last years of the war wasn’t over Russian land and the conditions were changed, so a quick vehicle for the roads were needed, so some of them, were reconverted to wheels again.
Altaya model is basic again, with a few bad details , although the track looks better in this model. A nice truck what isn’t on other Diecast Manufacturers.
280 km range (on road) 100 Km (off road)
This half tracked vehicle was produced between 1938-1945, around 2500 units were produced with different purposes. Most of them for heavy artillery transport, but also was used as recovery vehicle, able to recover a Pz.III or Pz.IV , but some of them (3 or 4) were needed to recover a Tiger I and II or a Panther.
Altaya model has basic finished, in Easy Model catalogue there are listed 4 versions of FAMO, but is not listed in their site neither at diecast72.com. Maybe it will be a future release for this year. We will see.
Panzer Kpfw. II Ausf. F (Sd.Kfz. 121) 21 Panzer Division Gambur (Libya)
20 mm Kwk 30 L/55
7,92mm MG 34
Armour 35 mm
200 Km range
The Ausf. F version was developed for reconnaissance purposes, as some earlier version. Was developed from March 1941 to December 1942 (over 524 units were produced.) It was upgraded with 35 mm armour on front, and 15mm for lateral and back armour. As a light tank, the Pz. II, was used in early campaigns, until it was retired from fire line to reconnaissance , occupation and minor fronts.
His chassis , developed before war, was debugged during years, and was used for a large number of specialized vehicles , as self-propelled guns including the Wespe and Marder II.
The Altaya’s model depict a Pz. II in Africa campaign, and is basic finished as always, but one more time, this model is not available in other diecast manufacturers.
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.
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.
Panzer Kpfw.I Ausf. B (Sd.Kfz. 101) 5. Panzer Division. Pszczyna (Poland) 1939
2 MG 13 (7,92 mm)
Armour 13 mm
170 Km range.
The Panzer I was a light armour vehicle intended for practice purposes, developed in early 30’s years. It was used in Spanish civil war, where first time panzer’s crew became into combat action, and also during Poland and France campaigns. It became completely obsolete for 1941. His poor weaponry and his weak armour shield made this vehicle worst than others contemporary light armour, as the soviet’s T-26 , also deployed in Spanish Civil War.
During World War II, his chassis were used for many specialized vehicles. Take a look to wikipedia article to see the wide range of Pz I.
The Altaya’s model represent Panzer I ausf. B, which was produced to solve some problems detected in first version, aus. A, as overheating motor and suspension’s problems. This version was produced between 1937 and 1939, although several authors aren’t agree about which number of units were produced.
As always, Altaya-IXO quality is not the best, but once more, this model isn’t available through others Diecast manufacturers, which is in favour for Altaya. The model is nice, and fit pretty to Spanish civil war period, and Poland and France campaigns till 1941.
Panzer Kpfw. III Ausf.L (Sdkfz. 141/2) Sch. Pz. Abt. 502 Tortolowo (USSR) – 1942
Main gun 50mm Kwk 39 L/60
2 MG 34 (7,92 mm)
165 Km Range.
The Panzer III is one of the most characteristic tanks on world war II. It was developed during 30’s and was scheduled to be the main battle tank , but when invasion of Russian begun, the supremacy of the T-34 invert the roles between Panzer III and Panzer IV. Panzer IV was initially intended for infantry support, but his superior fire power and armour, made it more capable of face other tanks.
The version L was manufactured on 1942, around 653 unit, and is characteristic by the additional armour plates on driver’s zone and turret, clearly visible in the model.
The chassis, developed before the war, was reliable and was widely used for specialized vehicles and by the Sturmgeschütz III, which was active until the end of the war.
The model of Altaya is basic but nice, except the ugly “mail envelope” as lateral sight in the drivers and radio operator zone. I think the model would be better without this bad painted details.
Panzer III models are available in other diecast manufacturers as Easy Model or Dragon.
The model is fixed in a transport mode, which isn’t the most desirable for wargames. I think is not possible to easy modify the model to a fire position. The detail and the finish is basic, as always in altaya-ixo models, but is a nice and not usual model in diecast.
Both sets are nice and well detailed. Easy to paint.
Caesar H053 German Panzergrenadier SET II
The set have 11 different poses, 10 stand up, all in the following photos. The uniform try to be the Sumpfmuster 44 widely used in 1944 and 1945. The detail for this uniform is available at Artizan designs.
Uniforme Sumpfmuster 44 Uniform
Citadel Vermin Brown + Vallejo Model Color German Cam. Dark Green 70979 + Citadel Vomit Brown + Vallejo Sepia Shade 73200
An interesting model for early years of world war II. The Pz. 38(t) was successfully deployed on Poland and France campaigns, but once begun the invasion of Russia, the terrible T-34 make this panzer, as others, became obsolete.
This model is not available in other diecast manufacturers, which is in favour for Altaya-IXO.
The Pz.38 was made in Czechoslovakia before the German annexation, and his reliable chassis was used for a wide range of vehicles, as the Hetzer tank destroyer.
This set has been forgotten in a box during 15 years or more…
Airfix is not usually my favourite brand, many sets have no so good sculpting as other manufacturers, such ITALERI or Revell, but this set is a nice exception. The detail is quite good in this set, all figures looks proportionates, and covers well their subject.
I have based it for games such Disposable Heroes.
The figures looks too dark, i continue learning. The pictures depict all the 12 stand poses of the set. they are mainly painted with Citadel colours, although there are some Vallejo model colour.
1 Pak 44 L/55 (128mm)
2 MG 34 (7,92mm)
170 Km range
The Jagdtiger used a boxy casemate superstructure on top of a lengthened Tiger II chassis. The resulting vehicle featured very heavy armor and the 128 mm PaK 44 L/55 gun, capable of defeating any tank fielded in World War II, even at very long ranges (+3,500 m).
The main gun mount had a limited traverse of only 10 degrees; the entire vehicle had to be turned to aim outside that narrow field of fire which causes lot of transmission faliures. More Jagdtigers were lost due to mechanical problems or lack of fuel than to an enemy action.
The Jagdtiger was a logical extension of the creation of Jagdpanzer designs from tank designs, such as the Jagdpanther from the Panther tank.
1687 units were produced between 1942-1943 of version G. Some of them were equipped with flaps and additional armor plates on the front of the chassis and the turret. The armored Panzer IV was the most widely produced during the war, exported to many countries, including Spain, and its chassis was also used as a basis for more than a few anti-tank vehicles, self-propelled artillery and other specialized vehicles. After the war many were sold to Syria, and participated in the 1967 war with Israel, the six days war.
Designed to be a infantry support tank, soon replaced the Panzer III in armored warfare functions, and models with 75 mm cannon above 1942, it gave for a short time the hegemony in armored warfare to the Panzer IV.
Altaya’s model is as always a bit basic, especially the finish. On the front of the turret there are horrible gaps between the pieces, worthy of being covered with filler, side mirrors at driver’s area have been painted, and then hidden for me. There are photos of the original model, and some of the model after washing and a bit of drybrush, and have covered the holes with filler pieces.
The Sd.Kfz.251 is one of the most distinctive vehicles of the war. It was produced in many versions throughout the conflict. Option C was the one that occurred in greater numbers, but it was a car quite difficult to build because I had sloped armor. The D variant had a more streamlined design and is easily recognizable by their tilted back in one piece (with flat doors). His purpose, a light armored capable of carrying a platoon of into the combat action.
Many variants were produced for special purposes, including anti-aircraft, light mortars, anti-tank guns and mortars or rockets without major guiding mechanisms, as well as a version equipped with an infrared spotlight to mark targets and direct fire from Panther tanks equipped with infrared detectors, a real advancement of the time. This model in practice did not cover all the needs of the German army. There were few panzer grenadier divisions that were equipped with trucks and not armored half-tracks.
I tried to age a bit the model retaining its original camouflage, but the washes skated on the metal surface, so the result was much worse than in the case of the M4A3 Sherman. The machine guns have the surplus clips from the Dragon model.
It had been many years since I built a scale model and has been a pleasure to complete this. The instructions are clear and precise, and I do not ride has taken a long time, but the inexperience has made me make several mistakes, especially leave for the final very inaccessible areas for painting.
The scale of the model is correct, there are some variations, accessories as shovels, picks, and some guns. The rear doors can be assembled open or closed, and the same with the viewers of the cab.
The doors can be mounted engine also open, although the model does not include engine, so if you have no where to get one, better closed. In the kit there are still two small pieces to which I soon found useful, there are 4 clips for only two machine guns, and the model Altaya just had two machine guns without clip. Thing done.
For paint I did not dare to any camouflage pattern, so after some tests I set out with the Citadel color Desert Yellow and Devlan Mud , and the result is seen in the photos, quite acceptable for what is my pulse, and taking into account that not built a model since i was 16 or 17 years (I write this at the age of 33).
You can find a summary of the Sd.Kfz.251 in the Altaya model.
The detail of the model is pretty basic. Especially the gun. The extended position is fixed, the gun turns, but can not orient its inclination. Not much detail is observed even in the passenger compartment or in the dashboard. The hood and the windshield does not contribute to a sense of realism.
On the trailer there are a couple of rifles too vague and some tools, but are always welcome this kind of accessories.
THE Sd.Kfz 7 was designed from 1934 designated to be the main trailer for anti-aircraft and artillery as the Flak 88. His production never reached to satisfy all the demands of the Wehrmacht. The armored divisions and panzer grenadiers whether they were commonly equipped with them.
Vierling means Quad in German, so, the Flakvierling Flak 38 is basically a Quad 38, an improvement which was introduced in 1940 with the increased speed of fighter aircraft. This gun would be the basis also of Wirbelwind and was mounted in numerous media such as Opel Blitz, Sd.Kfz.251, etc. He could make 800 shots per minute (sustained regime) with a vertical reach of 2,200 meters.
The model detail is quite good, the back piece does not fit very well, you’ll need a bit of putty, and as always, the model is the absence of a wash and some dry brush, at least.
The turret is covered with Zimmerit, and the model brings all the regulatory tools outside the vehicle. The antenna does not look very good and some of the reliefs of the shield are not enough, but at least does not bring any of those details painted. What is, is in relief. The model comes with caterpillar segments adding extra armor on the sides (rear).
The Panzer V was built in response to T-34 Soviet, which proved to be superior to their German contemporaries. 2192 units were built of Ausf.A version, produced between August 1943 and June 1944.
His first big fight was Kursk in July 1943 highlighted by its frontal armor and firepower, but the rush to enter into service initially made more Panther remain out of service by their failures than by the fighting.
Targul Frumos was the scene of heavy fighting in April and May being 1944, where as often, the “Grossdeutschland” he said in the fighting, this time against Soviet body elements 35, part of the second Ukrainian front.
The 234 series development began after the campaigns of France and Poland, the better the defects found in previous series. This model of open turret with Pak 40 was manufactured between December 1944 and March 1945. Its open-ended, making it more vulnerable than other versions, and their equipment would not let him beat face to face major armored allies of this phase of the war. In its various versions, the Sd.Kfz.234 are considered some of the best vehicles for the reconnaissance during the war.
This model shows one of the worst flaws in many of the models from Altaya, sights are painted on postal rate … disaster (third photo). This model also has a grid painted on the back, but as part of it is about highlighting the effect is not as bad as that of the simulated sights(sixth photo). As can be seen in the pictures the detail of the cannon is very basic and the presence of a bit of flash, because this piece is made of plastic. The interior of the vehicle seems to give it too crashed drivers and gunners in 1:72 scale, although this also happens to me to ride with other models, eg Dragon Armour.
This model belongs to the collection D-DAY Commemorative Series Forces of Valor Unimax.
The chains are articulated and the detail is great, there is virtually nothing to do for him. The only part that is not good, is the front gun, too fat and does not fit into the socket, so it is down. The rider is a bit dark, but the figure is not bad.
Nor is it very nice price, which surpasses by far the models to assemble, or those of other manufacturers such as Easy Model or Ixo, although the quality is far superior to those of Altaya-IXO.
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