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Autoblinda AB 43 Armored Car


Specifications

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 & Photos Tanks Encyclopedia.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 (Squadron-Signal Publications) Nicola Pignato
Italian Armoured & Reconnaissance Cars: 1911-45 (Osprey Publishing) Filippo Cappellano & Pier Paolo Battistelli
Italian Tanks and Combat 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