venerdì 19 luglio 2013

Latest completed projects - ultimi progetti realizzati

The last months have been very busy, so I couldn't paint many models, even if I managed to paint a nice amount of figures.

Today I'll show some of the aircraft model I've finished in the last months. Progress has been very slow, for several reasons, and all these models have received less attention than they deserved :(

A causa di diversi impegni la produzione di modelli negli ultimi mesi è stata piuttosto lenta, e nemmeno troppo soddisfacente in termini di qualità. 

Ad ogni buon conto, ecco le foto di alcuni degli ultimi lavori realizzati.



Above we have an Airfix MiG-15. A very nice kit, it seems that Airfix got rid of the old moulds and realized (or bought) new ones. The model deserved some more weathering, but I couldn't bother anymore, this model lingered over my desk for several months and got damaged a few times - someone which I couldn't identify even put some books over it... I managed to restore it at last but it took a lot of effort.

Sopra un MiG-15 della Airfix; prodotto con stampi nuovi e di buona qualità, per cui a quanto pare la Airfix sta facendo finalmente un tentativo di sostituire almeno alcuni dei vecchi stampi con altri di migliore qualità.
Il modello ha attraversato diverse peripezie (tra cui il fatto che qualcuno, non ho ben capito chi, vi ha appoggiato sopra dei libri...). Insomma, visto il lungo restauro necessario non ho avuto nè il tempo nè la voglia di procedere a una finitura più completa. peccato perchè il modello in sè non è affatto male.


Then a Sukhoi Su-27 by Italeri (maybe a Zvezda reissue?). A nice but very simple model - at least as simple as it can be such a huge model! This too take a lot of time to complete, but I'm fairly satisfied by the final result.

Un Sukhoi Su-27 Italeri (da stampi Zvezda?); un kit piuttosto semplice per le sue dimensioni, ma tutto sommato ben fatto. Anche questo modello ha richiesto un sacco di tempo per il completamento, ma perlomeno in questo caso sono riuscito a aggiungere qualche tocco in più. 


Above the comparison between the Su-27 and MiG-15. I knew the Sukhoi was big, but I didn't know it was that big... the poor MiG almost looks it's a 1/144 kit!

Sopra il confronto tra il MiG-15 e il Sukhoi 27. Il MiG sembra quasi un modello 1/144 a paragone!


Then the comparison between the Sukhoi and an old Hasegawa MiG-25. These are very big fighters. The MiG was assembled more than 10 years ago, notice that my painting skills didn't improve much in all those years... :\

Un confronto tra il Su-27 e un'altro grande kit 1/72, il MiG-25 della Hasegawa, un kit vecchio che realizzai più di 10 anni fa. Notare che in tutti questi anni le mie capacità modellistiche non sono aumentate un granchè...


Here a couple of 1/144 kits, a MiG-23 by an unknown maker, and a MiG-25 by Academy (I think at least). The MiG-25 kit is decently detailed for this scale, I completed it as a quick side project. A fun and simple build, pity for some pieces which were a bit warped - maybe the sprue was pulled out of the mould too fast. 
the MiG-23 is in some places nicely detailed, but in other places is quite a poor kit. The nose is halfway between that of a MiG-23 and a MiG-27, seems like the manufacturer couldn't decide which kit to make. That's a very old kit, I build it at least 15 years ago, and it's here just for comparison sake.

Dopodichè un'accoppiata di kit 1/144. Il primo è un MiG-25 dell'Academy (credo), non male per la scala, anche se purtroppo alcuni pezzi erano leggermente deformati, forse perchè espulsi troppo in fretta dallo stampo. L'ho comprato come diversivo dai miei altri progetti, e si è rivelato piuttosto divertente da completare.
L'altro kit (qui presente solo per scopi comparativi) è un vecchissimo MiG-23 montato forse 15 anni fa; non ricordo il produttore. Il kit abbina dettagli di buona qualità ad altri decisamente scadenti; ad esempio il muso, che è una via di mezzo tra quello del MiG-23 e quello del MiG-27 e non somiglia in realtà a nessuno dei due.


Comparative shoot between the two MiG-25s. The 1/144 one may seem small, but in fact is as big as some 1/72 kits.

Foto comparativa tra i due MiG-25; anche se sembra piccolo a confronto, il kit 1/144 è in realtà grande quanto certi kit 1/72.



At last, an Airfix Westland Whirlwind I found at a flea market. A decent kit for its age, pity the upper and lower halves of the wings don't fit - the remainder of the kit is quite good instead. And pity there's only one decal option in the box. I always liked the Whirlwind, it has a very streamlined look.

Per finire un Westalnd Whirlwind della Airfix; il kit pur se vecchio sarebbe di buona qualità, se non fosse che le metà superiori ed inferiori delle ali non combaciano, rovinando l'aspetto del modello - per fortuna le striscie gialle aiutano molto a nascondere il difetto.


Comparison between the Whirlwind and a Bristol Beaufighter, by Matchbox - possibly the first aircraft kit I  completely painted as a kid (before I just built and decalled them, didn't bother at all about the paint job). Notice that the Whirlwind is quite small for a twin engined fighter.

Confronto tra il Whirlwind e un Bristol Beaufighter della Matchbox - forse il primo kit di aereo che abbia mai completato da ragazzino, prima li montavo senza preoccuparmi di dipingerli. Notare come il Whirlwind sia piuttosto piccolo come caccia bimotore. 


sabato 8 giugno 2013

Painting conversions (part 2)

It's been a while since I posted about my ww2 painting conversions, now it's time for the second part.

E' passato molto tempo dal post sulle conversioni pittoriche di figure della 2a guerra mondiale; è il momento di pubblicare la second parte.


First come the SNLF (Special Naval Landing Force) , that is Japan's marines. These are regular japanese but with the unform painted green - I chose feldgrau as base colour. The navy marines and the army infantrymen had similar uniforms, but in different hues.
Some of the figures are cheap pirate copies of the 1/32 Airfix set, which has never been scaled down to 1/72.

Per primi ecco i fanti di marina giapponesi (membri della SNLF, forza speciale da sbarco della marina nipponica, in pratica gli equivalenti dei marines); le divise erano simili a quelle dell'esercito ma in una tonalità più verde (ho usato il feldgrau come colore base). Le figure sono normali fanti giapponesi; alcune pose sono copie pirata del set Arifix 1/32, che non è mai stato realizzato dalla Airfix in 1/72.


Then, we have some italians for the north Africa campaign; these are a mix of regular infantry from Esci/Italeri and Airfix, and some Airfix japanese (again...). The uniform has been painted in different shades of sand, rather than the usual grigioverde. The mix may be rather inaccurate, but is meant as a complement to the scarce italian figures for the african theater (like the Waterloo 1815 set, very nice poses but definitely too few...)

Abbiamo poi alcuni italiani per la campagna del Nord Africa; le figure sono un mix di italiani Airfix e Italeri/Esci, assieme ad alcuni giapponesi Airfix (ancora...); le divise sono dipinte in vari toni di sabbia piuttosto che nel normale grigioverde. Il mix non è del tutto accurato, ma è pensato per supplire alla carenza di figure più adatte (il set Waterloo è bello ma ha troppe poche pose!)



Above we have the most classic of the painting conversions: DAK germans turned into late war germans. In fact, the Airfix DAK figures (here together with some Esci ones) look great this way. 

Sopra la più classica delle conversioni: tedeschi in tenuta tropicale convertiti in tedeschi di fine guerra; le figure sono Esci e Airfix.



Some more germans, this time figures from different infantry sets turned into Luftwaffe field troops. The uniform has been painted blue-gray instead of feldgrau. Another not-much-accurate conversion but a cheap and fun one.

Altri tedeschi, in questo caso figure provenienti da diversi set di fanteria convertiti in soldati delle truppe da campagna della Luftwaffe; una conversione elementare, basta dipingere l'uniforme in grigioazzurro piuttosto che in grigioverde. 


Last, the conversions I'm least satisfied of: ww1 british infantrymen (from Airfix) turned into chinese forces for the interwar period. These aren't much appropriate for the sino-japanese war, but may help differentiate a bit my growing chinese forces.

Per finire, le conversioni di cui sono meno soddisfatto: fanti britannici della 1a guerra mondiale (della Arifix) dipinti come soldati cinesi del periodo tra le due guerre. Non molto adatti per la guerra sino-giapponese, ma ciononostante un modo semplice per aggiungere varietà alle mie forze cinesi.






lunedì 11 marzo 2013

KV / IS tanks family

Some of these kits have been already shown, but a couple more photos won't harm anyone - I hope.

Altri kit sovietici, questa volta della famiglia KV / IS. Alcuni sono già comparsi in post precedenti.


In the photo above, upper left a ISU-152, kit from Italeri. This is the full kit, the box had one full kit and a fast assembly one, which I gave to a friend. Lower left, a IS-122, again from Italeri, and again from a combo box, the fast assembly one again I gave to a friend (a different one this time, though).
Upper left, a KV-2 from Forces of Valor.
Lower left, a KV-1 from Italeri (an ESCI reissue).

Sopra a sinistra, lo ISU-152 Italeri, dalla scatola "combo" (1 kit normale + 1 kit fast assembly; quest'ultimo l'ho passato ad un amico). Sotto a sinistra, lo IS-2 sempre Italeri, e sempre da una scatola combo (ed anche in questo caso il modello fast assembly è passato ad un amico. Destino?)
Sotto a sinistra il KV-1 Italeri (ex-ESCI), mentre sopra di esso il nuovo KV-2 di Forces of Valor.



Above the ISU-152, I liked this kit, it's easy to assemble and has nice details. It's very simple and easy to put together, and makes a good starter's kit, if you want to try a full kit with link and length tracks.
The camo is the usual green one, I couldn't resist the "huge number and motto" decals. 

Lo ISU-152 è un kit divertente, con pochi pezzi ma ben dettagliati, e soprattutto facile da montare, adatto quindi anche ai meno esperti che volessero provare a montare un mezzo con cingoli "a pezzi".
Mimetizzazione classica in verde, però vivacizzata dalle decal.


Here the IS-2 Stalin, this kit shares many components with the ISU-152, not surprisingly.
I chose this camo, I know it's unusual but at that time I was momentarily fed up about plain green tanks.
The numbers I painted by hand, the decals were too large and interfered with the hand bars.
Other photos here.

Sopra lo IS-2 Stalin, kit che non sorprendentemente condivide diverse parti con lo ISU-152.
La mimetizzazione è inusuale, ma una piacevole alternativa al solito verde uniforme. I numeri sono dipinti a mano, visto che le decal relative erano troppo grandi e cozzavano con le maniglie.


Above the KV-2 and KV-1 couple. The kits are fairly compatible, sharing similar dimensions and shape.
Take note that the KV-1 is a late production one, while the KV-2 is an earlier one.
The KV-2 is shown in greater depth here and here.

Sopra, il confronto tra KV-2 e KV-1: i kit sono compatibili, avendo dimensioni e proporzioni simili. Da notare che il KV-1 è di un modello più recente rispetto al "cugino".


The KV-1. The radio antenna is made of stretched styrene. The kit while old would be still a good one weren't for the awful tracks: polyethilene ones, too short, too stiff, ungluable, pratically unusable. I finally managed to put them up, after braking some wheels, and then they started to crack. Disappointing....

Il KV-1: un kit potenzialmente buono nonostante l'età, se non fosse per i cingoli a dir poco orribili: in polietilene duro, non si piegano facilmente, sono troppo corti, di dipingono male, non si incollano affatto, e subito dopo averli montanti, hanno cominciato a sbriciolarsi.... 
L'antenna della radio è in stirene stirato (ma si chiama stirene perchè si stira facilmente?)


The KV-1 compared with the british Light Tank Mk VI by Airfix (more infos here).
 The mk VI is 1/76 rather than 1/72, but the difference in size is still impressive!

Un confronto tra il KV-1 e il Light Tank mk VI britannico (Airfix). Va bene che il mk VI è in 1/76 e non 1/72, però la differenza di dimensioni è impressionante!






giovedì 28 febbraio 2013

Revell Micro Wings pt 2

Following the 1st part I posted yesterday, some photos of my old Revell 1/144 kits, those from the Allied side.



Above we have some US planes: the grey-blue is a Douglas Dauntless, the grey and green is a Republic P-47, the green and brown is a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, and the blue and white one is a Grumman Wildcat.
Take note that three of these kits (the Dauntelss, Wildcat and Warhawk) had the same decal sheet.
Apart from that, they're pretty nice and easy to build. The camo schemes are a bit random, I made these several years ago and I didn't have as much knowledge about camouflages as now.
I especially like the Dauntless, don't know why. The P-40 is very interesting too, it has bags of possibilities for different versions and colour schemes.


Then we have the other allied planes: two Bell P-39 Airacobra and a Hawker Typhoon.
The Typhoon (the grey and green one) has been painted in its original british scheme; the two P-39 had US decals, but I decided to hand-paint different markings: the darker one has had italian markings for the Co-Belligerent Italian Air Force, the lighter one has received soviet markings over its former US roundels.
Considering that the P-39's most important user was the Soviet Union, and that the americans didn't like it much, it was a lame choice to provide it with US decals...

Speaking of the kits, they are simple but nice,apart from the decals - which I'm sure will be replaced by better ones once they're re-released.
Clearly they're not meant as display models, and shouldn't be considered as such - but I'm sure some experienced modellers can turn them into show winners with some effort.
But this range has a huge gap: it includes british, american, japanese and german planes, and that's ok, but it doesn't include any french, italian or, even worse, soviet aircraft.
I know I have a soft spot for soviet airplanes, but considering the huge importance of the soviet air forces during ww2, it was quite a lame choice. 
Luckily, Zvezda has released some 1/144 ww2 russian kits in the last few years, and hopefully will release some others in the future.
I hope that Revell will expand this great Micro Wings collection with soviet, italian and french kits, and, why not, with some 1/144 bombers too.

And speaking of soviet stuff, below my current work in progress, a 1/72 Su-27 from Italeri - a simple and tidy kit it seems.






mercoledì 27 febbraio 2013

Revell Micro Wings pt 1

Revell has recently re-released some of its old 1/144 sets, but I had some from the original release.
I found them at a flea market some years ago, they were cheap but I couldn't buy the whole lot.
Luckily Revell decided to re-release them, even if at the moment only 8 kits from the old range have been re-released.

Let's have a look at my old stuff then, I hope this post will be helpful to those who are interested in this sort of kits, so they know what to expect from this range.


Above the whole lot. Note that not the whole range is here, because I didn't manage to buy them or I simply didn't find them. One of the kits (the Ju-87) is from the re-release, all the other are old kits.
Take also note that all the kits come with a small stand (not very stable to tell the truth), with a small plaque holding the name of the aircraft - a nice touch!


The japanese aircraft. These are the most interesting part of the series, with the less obvious choices.
We have a Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (the silver and green one), a Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (the khaki and green one), a Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate (the plain green one) and a Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki (the silver and red one). It's nice that all the plaques bear the original japanese names, rather than the horribly silly allied codenames. I seem to remember there were also a Zero and a Aichi D3A in the range, but my memory might fail me.


Above we have a couple of german birds, a Messerschmitt Me 262 (the dark green one) and a Junkers Ju 87 Stuka (the green and sand one). The Ju 87 is a re-release, the other is old instead.
Other german kits of this collection were the Bf 109 and the Fw 190 - which in fact have been re-released together with these two.

An overall consideration about the range: the kits are nice, decently detailed for their small scale, but really simple. Each kit had only one choice of decals, and in fact decals were the same between several kits. Not much accurate it seems...
The re-release has again only one choice of decals, but they seem to be unique to each kit, and that's a huge improvement. The mould never had been perfect it seems, indeed even older kits had already some minor faults, but that's not a big problem.
All the kits are designed to have the landing gear down, but it shouldn't be a lot of trouble to amend this, apart on a couple of kits, as the Me 262.

Take note that I didn't follow the proposed painting scheme on these, apart maybe a couple of kits, and I didn't use some of the decals either, because old decals were quite bad. Some of the markings are hand painted. The decals on the Ju 87 were really good instead, so this seems to be another improvement on the old series.

Are these kits recommended? Yes, definitely, especially if you plan to use them in wargames - just provide them some more stable stands. But don't expect too much from them as display models.

Stay tuned for the allied part of the collection...



giovedì 31 gennaio 2013

T-34 saga

As a collector of small scale AFV, I couldn't miss my fair share of T-34. After the lenghty Sherman posts (part 1 and part 2), now it's time to have a look at some russian beasts.

Da buon collezionista di modelli di mzzi corazzati, non potevo fare a meno di possedere un certo numero di T-34... Dopo aver parlato a lungo di Sherman (qui e qui) non potevo fare a meno di parlare di questo interessante veicolo russo.



Let's start with a family shoot, showing the whole collection of T-34 related kits. 

Per cominciare, la tradizionale foto di famiglia (che non fa mai male)


These are not T-34s, but rather a BT-5 (on the left) and a BT-7 (on the right). These are worth an inclusion because the T-34 was a direct development of the BT family, which possessed some interesting qualities but proved under-gunned and too vulnerable. The earlier T-34s shared the same diesel engine with the later BT-7s.
Both kits are from UM; the BT-7 was build several years ago, and didn't came out too well. In fact, the BT-7 turret detail is inferior to the BT-5 kit, it lacks most of the detail and isn't well engineered. Apart from this drawback, both kits are nice even if really complex to build. As for the camouflage, that of the BT-5 is explained here; the BT-7 is definitely too yellow, and should have had a darker and greener tone.

Sopra, non dei T-34 ma un BT-5 (sin.) e un BT-7 (des.); sono qui in quanto il T-34 era diretto sviluppo della serie BT. Per maggiori info sul BT-5 vedere qui; entrambi i kit sono UM.


Then we have a trio of T-34 model 41; those two on the left are from Armourfast, the other is from Matchbox. The Armourfast kits are quite bad, they lack most detail and have odd proportions and shapes - in fact they're way bigger than 1/72 scale. The T-34 kit is the worst from Armourfast, and later it was retooled to correct all these defects. Other kits are way better if sometimes a bit under-detailed.  
The model on the right is the old but still nice 1/76 Matchbox kit. It may lack some detail, and be a bit toy-like, but still looks fine - much better than the older Airfix kit. The AA mg wasn't used on real tanks, but is nice and I don't dare to take it off.

Dopodichè abbiamo tre T-34 modello 41; i due sulla sinistra sono Armourfast (la prima edizione, piuttosto grezza e sovradimensionata, poi sostituita da uno stampo molto migliorato), sulla destra invece un MAtchbox, kit venerando ma ancora interessante.




Here we have two middle-war T-34s, a model 42 from UM (above) and a model 43 from Eastern Express (below). The biggest difference between the variants lies in the commander's cupola of the model 43.
Both are nice kits, the UM one having sharper details, the EE one being instead a bit more sturdy. 
Both are painted in odd colours... the model 42 maybe should have been a little greener, while the model 43 has a two tone camouflage: the green hue is the common one, while the sand tone is unusual but not impossible - but may have been a darker brown in real life.

Qui abbiamo un modello 42 (sopra) della UM, ed un modello 43 della Eastern Express (sotto); entrambi sono dei buoni kit, quello della UM è più dettagliato ma anche più fragile.
Le mimetizzazioni non sono azzeccatissime, ma si tratta di vecchi lavori per cui...




Then we have a couple of T-34/85s; the khaki one is an Eastern Express kit - in fact it's an OT-34, because it has a flamethrower in place of the bow machine gun; the white one is from Revell, and it's of a later variant.
Both are good models, the Revell is superior and has better details, but the EE isn't bad either. In fact this kit is the same as the former model 43, but with a different turret. To tell the truth, most UM and EE kits have the options for different variants, even if they're marketed as a specific variant - so you get a lot of spare parts, and many leftover decal which you can use on other models - good!

Due T-34/85, quello color kaki è della Eastern Express, mentre quello bianco è della Revell e rappresenta una versione successiva rispetto all'altro. Il kit Revell è ottimo, con dettagli spettacolari, ma anche il kit EE non se la cava male (notare come sia in pratica identico al kit del modello 43, ma con torretta differente). Notare come quest'ultimo sia in realtà un OT-34, con il lanciafiamme al posto della mitragliatrice nello scafo.



Here's a SU-85, a tank destroyer based on the T-34 chassis. It was a stop-gap measure released while waiting for the T-34/85 to be developed - then it was superseded by the much more powerful - but very similar - SU-100. It's nice that the soviet self-propelled guns were named after the caliber, makes everything easier to remember.
This nice kit is from UM, and shares most parts with the T-34 model 42 kit shown above.

Ecco un SU-85, semovente cacciacarri su scafo T-34 realizzato in attesa che il T-34/85 fosse disponibile. Venne poi sostituito dal similare ma ben più potente SU-100. Kit della UM, che condivide gran parte dei pezzi con il T-34 modello 42 della stessa marca.



In the end, a comparative shoot to show the different measures between some kits: on the left the Armourfast model 41, which is taller, wider and longer than all the others, and is noticeably overscale. Then the EE and UM kits, which have almost identical dimensions and are fully compatible with each other. The Revell one is similar too. On the far right the Matchbox kit - it's definitely smaller, but that's right because it's meant to be 1/76.

Per finire una foto comparativa: a sinistra il kit Armourfast, chiaramente più grande degli altri (in altezza, larghezza e lunghezza). I kit UM ed EE (al centro) invece sono quasi identici per dimensioni, così come il kit Revell. A sinistra il kit Matchbox, sensibilmente più piccolo (ma c'era da aspettarselo, visto che è in scala 1/76).

In conclusion, this collection still lacks some important pieces:
- the T-34 model 40, the first version of this important tank
- the SU-100, tank hunter SP gun similar to the SU-85
- the SU-122, a direct support self propelled gun
- a beutepanzer T-34
- and many other lesser known variants... 

Of course I'm planning to expand the collection further, maybe adding some other camouflage variations.




giovedì 24 gennaio 2013

Random tanks...

Some random tanks I put together recently, and didn't appear on any older post.

Alcuni modelli di carri che ho realizzato nei mesi scorsi e che non erano ancora comparsi nei vari post.


Above we have a BT-5 from UM, it's a very complex tank, with many little parts. In fact it's quite difficult to put together, and - I have to admit - it proved above my current capacities. Apart from that it's a good kit, skilled modeller can make a real show winner from it, but it will take a lot of time and effort.
As for the camouflage, I saw it on a picture of a BT-5 model somewhere, and I really wanted to copy it. I don't know if it's 100% accurate, but I liked it very much.

Sopra il BT-5 della UM; un modello complesso, con un sacco di piccoli pezzi, che si è dimostrato al di sopra delle mie attuali capacità. Nel complesso però un buon kit, che nelle mani di un modellista serio può diventare un capolavoro, al prezzo però di molto tempo e pazienza.
La mimetizzazione invernale è stata copiata da un altro modello di BT-5 visto tempo fa in rete; non so quanto sia accurata, anche se le mie scarse fonti sembrano confermarla; è però molto bella come mimetizzazione per cui non vedevo l'ora di provarla.


Then we have an old but still very good kit from Hasegawa, the Churchill Mk I. It goes together without any effort, it's nicely detailed and has rubber tracks - usually I'm against this style of tracks, but here they fit perfectly on the kit. I'm not fully convinced about the colour I should have used here, this tone of green is just a guess - but it looks good I'd say. 

Sopra abbiamo il Churchill Mk I della Hasegawa, un kit vecchiotto ma tuttora di buona qualità, molto ben progettato (si monta quasi da solo). I cingoli sono in materiale gommoso, di solito odio questo tipo di materiale ma in questo caso si adattano molto bene alla forma del carro per cui si sono rivelati una buona scelta. 
Per quanto riguarda il colore, non avevo le idee molto chiare, per cui sono andato per esclusione. Non so quanto questa tonalità di verde sia accurata storicamente, ma perlomeno è piacevole da guardare.



Lastly we have a couple of german armoured cars, both known under the code of 231 but were very different vehicles.
The grey one is the earlier model, the Sdkfz 231 (6-rad) - yeah germans are always so good at choosing easy-to-remember designations.... The kit is from Italeri, and it's a very nice kit, nicely engineered as all recent Italeri offerings. Markings are very early war - possibly even for the 1939 campaign in Poland.
The camouflaged one instead is the later version, the Sfkfz 231 (8-rad); the kit is from Roden and again it's a very good kit, even if it's a bit more difficult to put together than the Italeri one. The camouflage is pretty generic for eastern front, post 1943. I know I should use an airbrush for this kind of camo, but I'm too lazy - and moreover I really like using traditional brushes.

Per finire un'appaiata di autoblinde tedesche, ossia le due incarnazioni di Sdkfz 231.
Quella grigia è la Sdkfz 231 (6-rad), ossia la prima versione a 6 ruote usata all'inizio della guerra. 
Il modello è un bel kit dell'Italeri, e lo schema è per i primi mesi di guerra, se non erro per la campagna di Polonia nel 1939.
L'autoblinda mimetizzata invece è la Sdkfz 231 (8-rad), versione a 8 ruote che sostituì la precedente.
Il kit è della Roden, ed è anch'esso un ottimo modello seppure più difficile da assemblare rispetto all'altro.
Lo schema mimetico è generico per il fronte orientale post-1943. So benissimo che per riprodurre accuratamente questo tipo di mimetizzazione occorrerebbe usare un aerografo, ma non ho molta voglia di comprarne uno, ed in più mi piace un sacco usare i pennelli tradizionali in questi casi.