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AS-42 of the 103rd Compagnie Arditi Camionettisti equipped with Breda Model 35 anti-aircraft gun in North Africa, March 1943

AS-42 of the 103rd Compagnie Arditi Camionettisti equipped with Breda Model 35 anti-aircraft gun in North Africa, March 1943

AS.42 Cannone da 47-32 M35

AS.42 Cannone da 47/32 M35

AS-42 on the Eastern Front

AS-42 on the Eastern Front

AS-42 North Africa

AS-42 North Africa “Italian – German resistance”

Bah, voi ragazzi e la vostra fantasia, armatura SP completamente armata e HMMWV armati! Perché indietro ai miei tempi …

I have a fascination with wheeled and half-track AFVs as well as SP artillery.   The more unusual the vehicle, the more I’m interested.  Here’s some basic reading on the AS.42:


I’m starting to feel the itch of a hobby I gave up almost 20 years ago.  I built models as a kid but gave them up after getting married.  I wasn’t that good at it, I didn’t have the time, 2 boys and 5 cats meant something was bound to get broken and I realized I always enjoyed the research more than the actual build.

Over the past couple of months I’ve been watching several different WWII documentary series  and a couple of weeks ago one of them showed this oddball Italian tractor/prime mover that looked vaguely familiar but I couldn’t place.  How did I know it was Italian?  I didn’t, but the giant wheels had me pretty sure it was.  I dug around the interwebs and determined it was a Pavesi P4 100 Mod. 30A:

Pavesi P4 100 Mod. 30A

Pavesi P4 100 Mod. 30A

Pavesi P4 100 Mod. 30A towing 88mm Flak

Pavesi P4 100 Mod. 30A towing 88mm Flak

They even made a later version with pneumatic tires (steel wheels with folding spikes for traction was so 1920s):

Pavesi P4 100 Mod. 30A pneumatic tire version

Pavesi P4 100 Mod. 30A with pneumatic tires

Sorry, where was I?  Oh yeah, most of the pics I found were of models and I started feeling that old familiar tug so maybe there will be a model or two show up in the future.  Probably some kind of oddball AFV in 1/72….



Savoia-Marchetti S.65 Schneider Racer

The unorthodox Savoia-Marchetti S.65 was intended to win the 1929 Schneider Trophy Race for Italy. Unfortunately, the aircraft crashed and took the life of Tommaso Dal Molin.

By William Pearce

After the Italian team was defeated on its home turf at Venice, Italy in the 1927 Schneider Trophy Race, the Italian Ministero dell’Aeronautica (Air Ministry) sought to ensure victory for the 1929 race. The Ministero dell’Aeronautica instituted programs to enhance aircraft, engines, and pilot training leading up to the 1929 Schneider race. Early in 1929, the Ministero dell’Aeronautica requested racing aircraft designs from major manufacturers and encouraged unorthodox configurations.

Read the rest here: Savoia-Marchetti S.65 Schneider Racer

Consolidated B-24H Liberator: Citizen Soldier’s Armor. — The Dreamy Dodo

An aircrew of the 455th Bombardment Group, 743rd Bomb Squadron (15th AF) standing in front of the B-24H Liberator “TePee Time Gal” at San Giovanni Airfield (Foggia), Italy, 1944-45.
He -according to some sources it’s Major David G. Bellemere- is wearing a sample of typical late-WW2 clothing. Of interest are the M-2 armor vest (used by “armor-seated” crews), M-3 armor apron and M-3 flak helmet- that helmet was worn over an A-11 helmet, B-8 goggles and A-14 oxygen mask. Our friend shows his healthy individualism with those neat 1940 Pattern RAF boots.
The Americans, as usual, always overkill with any kind of gear. Better safe than sorry.

Photo: USAAF.

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Fiat-Revelli Modello 1914

Designed by Captain Bethel Abiel Revelli and manufactured by Fiat the Modello 1914 unlike most of its contemporaries used a blowback action rather than a gas operated system. It was chambered in Italy’s standard 6.5x52mm service cartridge the Modello 1914 fed from an unusual magazine which held cartridges in rows of five with each magazine holding 50-rounds.
The weapon also had two modes of fire, slow and fast, which varied its cyclic rate. Unlike contemporary water-cooled medium machine guns the Fiat-Revelli used a water circulation system which pumped condensed water back into the jacket. The assistant gunner worked the pump, the two hose connection points can be seen beneath the barrel jacket, near the trunnion.  

In the photograph above an Italian machine gun crew fires from the cover of vegetation. The Modello 1914′s water can and dual jacket hoses cannot be seen but the gun appears to be in action. 

The Revelli Machine Gun was extensively tested by the Italian military, as was the competing Perino Machine Gun, during the early 1900s. With the outbreak of World War One Italy’s sources for imported foreign machine guns dried up. The Italian military decided that they needed an indigenous design. Fiat-Revelli was deemed to have performed the best with Fiat also having the necessary production capacity. Italy entered the war on the Entente side in September 1915 and the Modello 1914 saw action throughout the war and continued in service into the 1940s albeit in a modernised belt-fed, air-cooled Modello 1914/35 form.


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