Debut: February 2015



.: Bob Williams' Auto Blinda (AB 43) Armoured Car - Polizia (50's)





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AB 41


The Autoblinda AB 43 was basically an upgraded AB 41 with more powerful engine, a new lower and wider turret and revised exhaust system and provision for 7 jerry cans on external racks and was still armed with a 20mm main gun and two 8mm machine guns as well as having four wheel drive and steering. It was planned to upgrade the AB 43 with a 47 mm anti-tank gun, but those plans were disrupted by the Italian surrender in September 1943.

The AB43s were used during World War II in North Africa, Italy, Hungary, and on the Eastern Front.

After the Italian surrender to the Allies, The AB 43 armored car was used by German units under the German designation – Panzerspähwagen AB43 203(i).


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Autoblinda 41
AB 41 NAfrica.jpg
An AB 41 in North Africa.
Type Armoured car
Place of origin Italy
Service history
In service 1941-1945
Used by Regio Esercito
Wars World War II
Production history
Designed 1940
Manufacturer Ansaldo-Fossati[1]
Produced 1941-1943
Number built 550
Variants AS 42 "Camionetta Sahariana" and AB 43
Weight 7.518 tonnes
Length 5.21 m (17 ft 1 in)
Width 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Height 2.48 m (8 ft 2 in)
Crew 4 (1 x forward driver, 1 x rear driver, 1 x gunner and 1 x commander)

Armour 18 mm maximum[2]
20 mm Breda 35 autocannon
456 rounds
2 x 8 mm Breda 38 machine guns
1,992 rounds
Engine FiAT-SPA 6-cylinder petrol
88 hp (for AB 40) and 120 hp (for AB 41)
Suspension 4x4 wheel
400 km (250 miles)
Speed 78 km/h (48 mph) (road)[2]

The Autoblinda 41 (AB 41) was an Italian armoured car in use during World War II. It was armed with a 20 mm Breda 35 autocannon and a coaxial 8 mm machine gun in a turret similar to the one fitted to the Fiat L6/40, and another hull mounted rear-facing 8 mm machine gun.[2]


The AB 41 (named after its first year of production, 1941) was a further development of the machine gun armed Autoblinda 40. Made with an all-riveted construction, the AB 41 had four-wheel drive and a four wheel steering system that proved troublesome.[2] The spare wheels fitted to its sides were free to rotate, thus helping the vehicle over rough terrain and allowing it to drive over higher obstacles. It could also be fitted with wheels that would allow it to run on railway tracks and some were modified further to better serve in this role, with the addition of sand boxes and rail guards to deflect objects from the rails.[3] This version was designated AB 41 Ferroviaria.

It had six forward gears and four reverse gears, with a driving position at the front and one in the rear, so two crew members were drivers. Overall the AB 40/41 family was well thought out, with a top speed of over 70 km/h (45 mph), good armour (15 mm on the front plates) and good road and cross-country performance, but there were some examples of poor detail design like difficult access to the powerplant, an unprotected fuel tank, one man turret, exposed traverse gear and lack of an interior bulkhead separating the engine and crew compartments. Nevertheless, the AB 41 was considered a good vehicle and one of the best armoured cars of its era.[4] Its chassis was later used as a basis for the SPA-Viberti AS.42. About 550 vehicles were built in all. The Italians planned to upgrade the AB 41 with a 47 mm anti-tank gun as the AB 43, but those plans were disrupted by the Armistice of Cassibile in September 1943.

Combat history

During World War II, the AB 41 operated in North AfricaYugoslaviaItalyHungary, and on the Eastern Front. Italy issued the AB 41 only to cavalry, Italian Africa Police (PAI) and Bersaglieri units. The AB 41 was also organized into reconnaissance battalions (or cavalry groups) of 3 or 4 companies each. Each armoured car company consisted of 3 armoured car platoons of 4 armoured cars each, 1 armoured car for the company commander, and 1 armoured car for the company HQ (Headquarters) totalling 42 or 56 AB 41s in all. Each fully equipped independent armoured car company proved highly suitable for reconnaissance, escort and security duties.[4]

The AB 41 could be quickly adapted for operation on any terrain. Sand tires could be fitted for desert work and it could run on railway tracks with special bogies and extra lights. The rail-converted vehicles were primarily used in anti-partisan patrols in the Balkans. After the Armistice the Germans confiscated some 57 AB 41s and also built 120 more.[2]The German designation was Panzerspähwagen AB41 201(i).[5]

Please go to Wikipedia, if you want any further information

Thanks Wikipedia!

Box art: - Couldn't find the Tauro Model boxart - so I took a broad leap, and assumed that Italeri must have taken the molds......

and here's some-one else's version of the same beast! (thanks to "panzerflix".)

Destined for the "Rob McCallum Collection"

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