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Autoblindata Vespa

Light Armored Car


Country of Origin/Used by: Italy
First Produced/Service Dates: 1941
Manufactured by: Societa Italiana Caproni
Crew: 2
Armament: (1) 8mm Machine Gun
Engine: 8-Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: The Autoblindata Vespa (Wasp) was designed by Ottavio Fuscaldo and built by aircraft company Caproni, using a unique lozenge/diamond wheel design (one in front, two in middle and one in back).  This unique pattern allowed for a tight turning radius. The vehicle is sometimes also referred to as the Fuscaldo Vespa. 

The initial prototype was submitted for tests to the Italian military in late 1941, but its performance was found to be unacceptable.  As a result, Caproni redesigned the vehicle in 1942 and resubmitted it for testing. Notable differences between the two designs include changed windscreen, larger wheels/wheel skirts and modified glacis configuration. Although the redesigned vehicle's performance was improved, the Italians did not accept it for production; the Autoblinda Lince being built instead.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


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  Autoblindata Vespa Photo Dave Haugh - Content Editor
  Autoblindata Vespa Photo Wikimedia Commons

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A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow and Robert J. Icks
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

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Autoblindata Vespa Model Kit (35004) WIP3D 1/35 Resin.
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Model Photos

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