Armour PhotoGallery 8, Italian
Armoured Cars Autoblinda AB 41 & AB 43, PzSpWg AB 41 201(i) &
AB 43 203(i)
by Daniele Guglielmi
Published by Model Centrum Progres, ISBN 83-920254-0-7, 64 pages.
There isn’t much in the English language about Italian AFVs and
what there is concentrates on tanks, so this is a very welcome addition
to the literature. The text is bilingual English/Polish and gives a brief
overview of Italian armoured car development from the beginning up to
1943. Here there’s a small selection of wartime photographs and
also guidance on camouflage colours and service markings.
Then comes the main photo section, all in full colour and with both
English and Polish captions. First is the AB41, showing two preserved
examples in detail and pointing out the postwar modifications and any
restorer’s shortcuts. There are interior shots, too, and these 24
pages are going to be an essential reference for anyone building one of
the several available kits. Next are 14 pages of AB43 photographs, again
of two preserved examples and including interior as well as exterior details.
The AB43 had a new, lower turret that would be fairly simple to scratchbuild,
and the AB41 hull was almost unchanged so converting an AB41 kit would
After the colour photo section there are 4-view plans of both cars in
1/72 and 1/35 scale, followed by 8 more wartime photographs on 4 pages.
Then there are three pages of diagrams apparently reproduced from the
original vehlcle manuals, and finally a 7-page reproduction of the School
of Tank Technology’s report on a captured AB40 (the title given
to the first few AB41s) complete with diagrams of the armour angles and
thicknesses and a cutaway drawing of the interior layout.
This is excellent, just what modellers need, Very highly recommended!