Autoblinda Terni (Tripoli Type)
|Kit # 72001||Preview by Rob Haelterman|
This kit represents
a vehicle that must be one of the more esoteric subjects around. It
also means that information about this primitive AFV is generally
lacking. What I could find was that the Armored Car Fiat-Terni or
Autoblindata Terni (also called Fiat-Libia, Fiat tipo Tripoli or Fiat
tipo Libia) was developed late in 1918, based on the chassis of the
Fiat 15 Ter truck. It was specifically designed for action in the
Italian colonies in Africa. In 1940, 10 Fiat-Terni were still in Libya.
A small number were modernized and armed with only a 12,7 Safat HMG
machine gun, located in an open top turret.
The parts in the kit are very well cast, with no warping or blemishes;
only a small amount a flash and a very rare airbubble can be found.
One of the latter has placed itself at the extreme end of the gun
tube (which apparently I forgot to add to the scan). As the bubble
is exactly where the pointy end of the gun is, it is a ready made
recess for a small section of stretched sprue with which to settle
Decals or marking suggestions are not
given in the kit, but pictures of the real vehicle can be found on
the GB Modelli website.
Thanks to Georgio Briga (GB Modelli) for the review sample.