The kit is basically the same as with the AB 41 with new parts for the turret, exhaust and additional jerry cans and contains 157 parts in light tan plastic and six rubber tyres plus the decal and instructions sheets with the small number of parts again belying the detail included in the kit.
The parts are cleanly moulded with just some shallow pin marks in a few places requiring removal but overall there isn’t a lot of cleanup needed and while a few details aren’t as crisp as contemporary kits overall the detail is quite excellent reminding you of Italeri kits of old such as the rivet/bolt head details, wheel rims and other raised details.
The rubber tyres are noteworthy due the unique way Italeri have handled the
age old problem of the moulding seams on rubber/vinyl tyres.
The mould seam is actually right on the inside tread shoulder and is all but invisible when the wheels are fitted in place while the tyres themselves have good tread pattern uncompromised by the seam although a little shallow when compared to photos but quite good never the less and includes the side wall name embossing for some of the better rubber wheels to be seen in a kit today.
The two body sides are joined together by cross beams and the front and rear
body panels with the lower suspension assembly fitting between the side panels.
The upper body panels are all separate parts with all doors, vision ports and access doors also as additional separate parts for good detail definition as well as allowing these to be shown open but there is no interior in the kit.
The front driver’s panel has separate visor cover and separate flaps over the head lights again allowing these to be shown open or closed while the rear engine deck also has separate doors which has the grill work revised from the AB 41 and there are now small gaps between the grills for a more detailed look. The rear cabin panel also has the ball mounted machine gun separate and open vision visor.
Other items around the body are the towing hooks, front air horns which are hollowed out, the new rear mounted exhaust pipe on the right rear fender which is a distinctive external feature of the AB 43 is in two halves to nicely portray the four pipes feeding into the one open outlet, but there are fairly prominent mould seams to be removed. There are the separate pioneer tools, rear mounted head lights with separate lens sections (in tan plastic) and siren plus and the German jerry cans with moulded on racks and separate handles that are fitted on rack bases on the right side of the hull and the fenders.
The separate front plate and gun mantlet have nice bolt head details and allow the gun to elevate while the lower turret ring includes basic traverse gear which can be seen through the top hatch if left open.
The two part top hatch has basic detail on the inside as well as a few minor pin marks and these can be positioned open or closed as required with the single rear hatch also having basic interior detail and again can be shown open or closed.
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Note: Tamiya repackage various Italeri kits for sale in Japan under their own label and this kit is listed as Tamiya Kit #89697 but is basically this kit with the inclusion of two Tamiya figures.
|Autoblindo AB41 & AB43
PzSpWg AB41 201(i)
& AB 43 203(i)
Armor PhotoGallery #8
|Captured Armored Cars
and other Vehicles in
|Autoblindo AB41 & AB43
Photo File No 1
By by Alessandro Bruschi
Published by Auriga Publishing International SRL, Genova, Italy
A5 landscape approx 100 pages
Ground Power Magazine #151 - 12/2006
Published by GALILEO Publishing Co.,Ltd.
2-2-13 Misaki-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Ground Power Website
53 pages cover Italian Armoured Cars of WWII with extensive coverage of the AB41 and 43. This includes many wartime photos including interior supplemented with excellent line drawings of the exterior and interior details including the engine and driver's controls as well as the gun.
The Sahariana 42 is also featured with general wartime photos showing
the vehicle stowage to good advantage.
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