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39M Csaba Armored Car

 


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Hungary
First Produced/Service Dates: 1939
Manufactured by: Vehicle: Manfréd Weiss Steel & Metal Works; Engine: Ford of Germany
Crew: 3
Armament: Main: (1) 20mm Cannon; Co-Axial: 8mm Machine Gun
Engine: 8 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info:

The Csaba was designed by the famous Nicholas Straussler and based upon his pre-war Alvis-Straussler AC-3 and AC-3D armored car he built for the British Royal Air Force and Dutch respectively.  By Legend, “Csaba” was the name of Attila the Hun’s son, but can be roughly translated as “shepherd” or “gift” in Hungarian.  The only other variant was a radio-equipped command version, sometimes referred to as the 40M.  The command Csaba was equipped with extra radio equipment and fitted with only one 8mm machine gun in the turret.

Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

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39M Csaba Armored Car Photos Compiled by Dave Haugh - Content Editor

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
39M Csaba Armored Car Information and Photos Tanks Encyclopedia
"Hungarian Armored Cars" (Armored Car Journal: Issue #9) John Baumann

Printed

Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
"Hungarian Armour: Registration Sytem & Associated Markings" (AFV News: Vol. 21 No. 2 May-August 1986) John Baumann
"Son of Attila" (September Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) Eric Bryan
"Straussler AFV's" (Wheels & Tracks: Issue #38)  
"Straussler Supplement (Wheels & Tracks: Issue #44)  

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
39M Csaba Armored Car Model Kit Botond Models 1/35 White Metal, Resin and Photo-Etched Brass
39M Csaba Armored Car Model Kit (83866) Hobby Boss 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic
39M Csaba Armored Car Model Kit (72001) Hunor Products 1/72 Resin and Photo-Etched Brass
39M Csaba (Commander’s) Armored Car Model Kit (72002) Hunor Products 1/72 Resin and Photo-Etched Brass
39M Csaba Armored Car Model Kit (35006) Miniman Factory 1/35 White Metal, Resin and Photo-Etched Brass
       
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Model Photos

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