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Carrozzeria speciale su AS43

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Maquette et photos de Gabriele Luciani


To continuation of the operating experiences of the Regio Esercito in North Africa, came given impulse to the new development of an other light motor vehicle, for the exploration and always called camionetta. After the type mod. 42 studied and produced from the SPA and the Viberti Carrozzeria, on the base of armoured car AB 40/41, passed to study of type mod. the 43, that, in spite of the loss of the italians territories in Africa, was produced in the summer of 1943 in beyond 160 exemplary. Some came register with the plates of the Regio Esercito, but an operating use is documented with photo, in function anti guerrilla, from German part of these means with to other AS 43, produced after the italian armistice.

Also the military formations of the Italian Social Republic (Repubblica Sociale Italiana) had some AS 43 on the base of which, in april of 1944 the Viberti developed an armored car that came armed with the turret of L 6 tank, whose production was stopped in the first half of 1943 (evidently was still made unusable supplies...). Called "special auto body", from May 1944 it was produced in an approximate number : there is the certainty that at least two were use you from the armored group Leonessa of the Guardia Nazionale Repubblicana of R.S.I., perhaps also they used in employs anti guerrilla or for public order with base in the city of Turin at least until January 1945. The external shape of this armored car is much characteristic : if not there were the turret it would seem in effects one "bat mobile"! To the same one, the famous expert Nicola Pignato dedicated a short article with photo and a 1/35 scale drawing, published on number 1/1976 of IPMS Italy Magazine; other news is in Atlante dei Mezzi Corazzati vol. 2 and in Dalla Libia al Libano (with a scale drawing still more exact), both always from Prof. Pignato; interesting photos of the inside instead on issue July 1995 of italian magazine Storia Militare.

To that armoured car only the Historica, an italian firm of Padova, during 2004 has finally proposed a kit of 41 pieces all in resin, of very good quality and nearly of all the free one from withdrawals, with a clear sheet instructions (with chips of the three colors used in the camouflage of Italian army veapons from 1943 in then and where the identification of pieces and their respective assemblage is described with photo) and a small set of decals. As in order nearly all the models realized in resin, before leaving for the construction, must be cleaned up pieces from the residual of the stamp, operation that for this kit of the Historica finish in few time, even if someone of the smaller and delicate pieces demand a greater attention (to operate however ALWAYS in atmospheres very it ventilates when the abrasive paper is passed on pieces; still better to use a template on the ace in order to avoid of inhaler the resin powder that is developed to continuation of the abrasion on pieces).

Nearly of the all superfluous then use of the putty. In good substance, the model is composed from an only large piece (no. 4) representing the body of the armoured car (this is empty to its inside) and from an other piece that is the platform-car of the vain combat reproduces (is already the two seats for pilot and mechanic, the reproduction of ammunitions from 20 millimetre for the arm in turret: the Historica here, has been based on the photos of the cited number of italian magazine Storia Militare) and the low part of the hull (with to the outside the visible part of the motor here). United these two pieces, we will have completed to 80% the construction : before this it is better to paint the inner walls with opaque white, the seats go entire in semipolish black like steering-gear (piece 9, the only for the inners).

The scarcity of documentation on this armoured car , prevents of being able to less give a judgement on the exact reproduction or of the inner: sure it is that, also with an adequate aging of the coloration, the entirety is enough interesting. Piece n. 4 introduces both the lateral openings and in the kit there are four pieces for the reproduction of the shops: to these last, with thread of branch of adapted diameter, they go added the handles, one small but meaningful adding that gives to the model a remarkable touch of realism. Also the embrasures for the pilot and the mechanic, already are opened and also we find here as pieces separate the two shops (are the pieces numbers 22 ) : with the branch thread the hinges will always go reproduced on the which rolling in order to open themselves or to close themselves. The inners part of all the shops, comprised the two of the turret, will go painted with the same yellow sand of the external coloration.

For the inside of the turret there is the reproduction of the posterior part of the 20 mm machine-gun. All the construction of the model proceeds in sent way and without difficulty : it is only preferable to postpone the union of the four wheels for being more easily able to paint and to grow old they and the spaces where they will go placed. Some small improvements can therefore be realised: as an example with small pieces of brass can be reproduced the couplers for the tools on the posterior part of armor, with branch thread the external hooks for the towing, the handles for the opening of the cowlings motor, the tube on the mudguards of the posterior wheels; two small circles of plastic are suitable to reproduce the two cat’s eye behind the posterior mudguards. Finished the construction of the kit, I have placed the same one on the 1/35 scale drawning published on the cited number of Notiziario IPMS : the kit are short 1,5 milimeter on front of the coat while behind the tail is devoid of average abundant millimeter. Acceptable the reproduction of the beams of the wheels and their outrider.

For the external coloration the prototype seems to have one camouflage with specks of dark green and red rust on the yellow clear sand: it is possible to reproduce them with Humbrol enamel 149, 113 and 74. From the photos realised from the Viberti and then published to pag. 54 of issue 7/95 of Storia Militare magazine (seen of ¾ posterior right) and to pag. 596 of Mecanizzazione dell’esercitofino al 1943 of Ceva and Curami, from historical bureau of Italian Army (seen of ¾ front left), brought back on the sheet instructions of the Historica, is possible to seen a difference of tonality of the spots. At least one armoured car in service in the GNR was coloured with monochromatic yellow sand: a clearest photo of one of these means in maintenance, published little time makes on Japanese web site, and a photo on the sheet instructions of the kit, removes every doubt. Other photos of two armoured cars in parade to Turin in May 1944 and of an analogous manifestation always to Turin in January 1945 where there is only a copy, show these means with one coloration to irregular specks and of difficulty identifiable colour, probably made in the workshop of the unit. Wanting therefore to reproduce an operating copy but without particular problems, I have realised one armoured car in service in the GNR with the single yellow colour sand, on which I have applied without difficulty on two front slabs of the turret the decals that they reproduce the logo of the GNR (in truth of it would have been necessary at least also one on the posterior shop) and the plate. I have then proceeded with a heavy aging passing of the clear gray, a lot diluted and passed with the airbrush, on the bottom of means, the outrider of the wheels (as usual I have reproduced the tires with the dark gray Tamiya) to the inside of the mudguards. I have soiled the model with powder of coulored crayons (mixing to the brown a few of black and of yellow) insisting on the lower parts and the zones of union of the mudguards to the hull. I have then evidenced the chines with a light aluminium passage with the technique of the dry paint-brush and the losses of benzine from the stopper of the tank with an old one tensocrom of the Lifecolor. In conclusion a nice model easy to assemble.

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