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Autoblinda AB 43 Armored Car


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Germany and Italy
First Produced/Service Dates: 1943
Manufactured by: SPA/Ansaldo-Fossati
Crew: 4
Armament: Main: (1) 20mm Breda M35 Cannon and (1) Co-Axial 8mm Breda M38 Machine Gun;  Secondary: (1) 8mm Breda MG in real hull.
Engine: 6 Cylinder Water Cooled Gasoline Engine
Miscellaneous Info: This vehicle was the final version of the AB series and successor to the earlier AB 40 and AB 41's. This version also sported a different turret (based on the AB 42 prototype) and further improved engine.  Another variant mounting a 47/40 anti-tank gun was designed and built in very small numbers, but never reached series production.  The 47mm gunned AB 43 had an even wider turret and omitted the rear-firing hull mounted 8mm machine gun.  As the timing of the initial production of the vehicle coincided with the 1943 armistice, this vehicle was primarily used by the Germans [as the AB 43 203(1)] during WWII and during the post-war years by the Italians.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
AB 43 Armored Car Photo (Above) Italian Army
AB 43 Armored Car Photos Major (Ret) Don Allen - Orleans, Ontario Canada
  AB 43 Armored Car Photo David Haugh - Content Editor
  AB 43 Armored Car with 47/40 Anti-Tank Gun Photo David Haugh
  AB 43 Armored Car with 47/40 Anti-Tank Gun Photo FIAT via Ralph Riccio - Elverson, Pennsylvania USA

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
AB 43 Armored Car Information and Photos Tanks Encyclopedia.Com
AB 43 Armored Car Information and Photos WWII Vehicles.Com

Printed

Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Autoblindo AB 41 & AB 43 Daniele Guglielmi (Progressive Publishing - Poland)
Automezzi da Combattimento Dell'Esercito Italiano: 1912-1990 Dr. Nicola Pignato
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow and Robert J. Icks
Italian Armored Vehicles of World War Two Nicola Pignato
Italian Tanks and Fighting Vehicles of World War 2

Book Review by Patrick Keenan - Editor
Ralph Riccio

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Autoblinda AB 43 Model Kit (R093) Criel 1/35 Resin
Autoblinda AB 43 (Italian Police) Model Kit (R096) Criel 1/35 Resin
Autoblinda AB 43 Model Kit (6451) Italeri 1/35 Styrene Plastic
Autoblinda AB 43 Model Kit (6603) Italeri 1/48 Plastic
Autoblinda AB 43 Model Kit (7052) Italeri 1/72 Plastic
Autoblinda AB 43 Model Kit (6451) Italeri 1/35 Styrene Plastic
German Autoblinda AB 43 203(i) Model Kit Tamiya 1/35 Styrene Plastic.  Re-boxed Italeri Kit
Autoblinda AB 43 Model Kit (35001) Warrior Model 1/35 Resin and white metal
       
Aftermarket/Detail Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
AB 41 Wheel Set (R35-068) Armor Scale 1/35 Resin.  Should be able to be used with AB 43 kits
AB 43 Wheel Set (4 Wheels) (3026) CMK 1/35 Resin
AB 43 Wheel Set (2 Wheels) (3027) CMK 1/35 Resin
AB 41/43 Wheel Set (35046) Hauler 1/35 Resin
AB 41/43 European Tread Wheel Set (35050) Hussar 1/35 Resin
20mm Barrel for AB 41 Armored Car (72) Jordi Rubio 1/35 Aluminum. Should be able to be used with AB 43 kits
AB 40/AB 43 Conversion Set (72316) ModellTrans Modellbau 1/72 Resin. For Italeri Model Kit
AB 41/AS 42 Artiglio Tires (72315) ModellTrans Modellbau 1/72 Resin. For Italeri Model Kit.  Should be able to be used with AB 43 kits.
Autoblinda AB 41/43 Wheel Set (PS35A333) PanzerShop 1/35 Resin. For Italeri/Tamiya Model Kit
AB 41 Wheel/Tire Set (35277) R&J Models 1/35 Resin. Should be able to be used with AB 43 kits
Autoblinda AB 41/AB 43 Detail Set (35128) Voyager Model 1/35 Photo-Etched Brass. For both Italeri and Tamiya Kits

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider