The E-V/4 Ehrhardt/17 autoblindo was designated for use sulle strade, it had six forward e six reverse gears, trazione integrale 4×4, ed it achieved a top speed of 38 mph. The vehicle had 9 mm of frontal e rear armour, e 6 mm of side armour. The vehicle had due mitragliatrici, one of which was mounted in a rotating torretta on top of the vehicle, ed a third mitragliatrice in reserve. The crew consisted of the capocarro, the driver, one reverse driver, e cinque o six soldiers. The initial production amounted to only 12 veicoli in early 1917, but 20 more were ordered later that year. After the war, another 20 cars of the 1917 pattern were built, some of which may have seen active service during the 1919 unrest in Berlin ed other German cities.
- Straßenpanzerkraftwagen E-V/4 Ehrhardt/17
- Tipo: Autoblindo, 4×4
- Motore: 80 hp; 8490 cc
- Lunghezza: 5300 mm
- Larghezza: 2000 mm
- Altezza: 2900 mm
- Peso: 7.75 t
- Velocità: 61.3 km/h
- Autonomia: 250 km
- Equipaggio: 8-9
Excellent choice of subject, the Ehrhardt autoblindo is unique in its scale.
Easy to assemble, only 25 parts. The model can be put together in 40 minutes, but some filling will be required after the glue has dried.
Much cast-on equipaggiamento like hatch covers, panel lines, rivets, picks e shovels.
The entire vehicle is cast in soft metal, much sturdier than resin.
Assembly instructions are easy to follow. The parts snap into place nicely, e they glue very well. The hull assembly needs to be monitored while the glue dries, making sure that the parts are aligned correctly.
The illustrated parts list made identification of the pieces very easy.
Good casting quality. Very little flash, ed only a few mould lines needed to be removed con a scalpel. Mitragliatrici come on a sprue, the other parts are separated already.
Mitragliatrici show cast-on hatch covers in the open position. A clever way to handle a potentially tricky assembly. Not only are they aligned correctly, these guns e hatches will not be easily damaged when the vehicle is handled. The Ehrhardt has due hatches mitragliatrice on either side, ed one in the torretta.
Spare covers are available to close any hatches which are not in use, e there will be enough left over to be used on other veicoli.
Due variants may be modelled, one con the fixed torretta mitragliatrice, o the later version con the rotating torretta.
Cast in soft metal, containing lead. The vehicle is very heavy, considered an advantage by some, ed a transportation problem by others.
The model comes con quattro mitragliatrici, even though the E-V/4 Ehrhardt/17 is recorded to have had only due, plus one spare. Closed hatches should be flush with the armour plate, not superimposed on it.
Part #10, the right half of the hood assembly, was not cast correctly; the resulting gap between the hood e the body had to be filled con putty. Smaller gaps between the body side panels e the front/rear, e tiny holes on the torretta roof also required filling.
Decalcomanie are not included. Some veicoli carried large iron crosses on a white square, which will have to be painted by hand.
Painting instructions show the E-V/4 Ehrhardt/17 in fieldgrey overall, but the multi-colour camouflage pattern actually looks more attractive, ed it would be more useful in simulation games where effective vehicle camouflage is required.
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- E-V4 Ehrhardt/17 con equipaggiamento radio, ed a tall retractable aerial behind the torretta.
- Ehrhardt/17 con turreted 5 cm Ballonabwehrkanone (Anti-Balloon Gun)
The E-V/4 Ehrhardt/17 is a large, e heavy vehicle which deserves to have a skirmish scenario dedicated to it. The vehicle had a crew of 8 o 9 soldiers, ed it is likely that crew members occasionally dismounted to scout on foot o to protect the stationary vehicle against enemy infiltration attempts while the equipaggiamento radio was in operation.
The Ehrhardt autoblindo was built until 1919, e giocatori wargame may want to use one in the fighting which erupted in Berlin, between Spartacist revolutionaries e loyal troops returning from the front. The vehicle looks great in a multi-colour camouflage scheme like that used on other German veicoli da combattimento of the Great War. The Ehrhardt would look right at home in a scenario della guerra civile spagnola, even if it did not actually serve there.
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