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Hungarian tanks in 28mm anyone?

04 Sep
Hungarian tanks in 28mm anyone?

I have wanted to play Hungarians in WWII for ages now. Infantry is now that much of a problem. Uniforms and rifles are close enough to German equipment (or even identical) so one only needs to convert the LMG´s and SMG´s to turn WWII Germans into Hungarians. Vehicles though are tough. Some of the Hungarian designs were based on other nations designs, but just being based on them, does not mean does not mean you can just take those or easily convert them.

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So I was more than happy when I saw this Kickstarter this morning. It is for WWII Hungarian tank in 1:56th scale (I would have preferred 1:48th, but one cannot have everything) and actually virtually the whole bunch of them. And it is doing mighty fine. It has been live for less than one day and has already reached its target and unlocked all stretchgoals safe two. There are still early birds available, so go and check it out!

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Toldi I test cast

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Toldi IIa test cast

Nimrod test cast

Nimrod test cast

 

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7 Comments

Posted by on September 4, 2014 in WWII: Hungarians

 

7 responses to “Hungarian tanks in 28mm anyone?

  1. vonpeterhimself

    September 5, 2014 at 23:36

    Hello Burkhard

    I heard a podcast that went through the Hungarian participation in WWII. It sounded like they acquitted themselves well after a shaky start. Certainly there was a lot of mention of some of these vehicles and a few German vehicles. I think the podcast even had the person behind these vehicles as a guest.

    It looks like the Kickstarter is well on its way so I look forward to seeing the Burkhard treatment on some of these.

    Salute
    von Peter himself

     
    • Burkhard

      September 6, 2014 at 21:58

      The Hungarians have always fascinated me. First off, they were a monarchy, but their leader was an admiral (and they did not even have access to the sea anymore). They joined the war since they wanted territory from Rumania, with whom they were allied as a result. This irony alone makes them interesting.

      And as you say, they always acquitted themselves very well except for those times when the Germans forced them to stretch their front too thin or when they were left without proper supplies (or worse both).

      Also their late war campaigns are pretty interesting. Especially the fighting in the Caparthian Mountains. Budapest, while as grim as any street fighting during WWII, is pretty interesting. The fighting in the outskirts or villages nearby often had a very interesting mix of German and Hungarian units. All in all a very versatile force in history!

       
  2. dean

    September 9, 2014 at 17:05

    Nice armor – what is your take on Fins?

     
    • Burkhard

      September 9, 2014 at 18:09

      I find Finns very interesting. Still have some of those in the pipeline from the Baker Company Winter War KS last year (I opted for the all in one go shipment), but I will have to see what they look like, before I decide what to do with them exactly. What I have seen online was a bit mixed, but even if those minis are no good, the vehicles alone will have made it worth while. But that is when I will decide if and how I will play Finns.

       
  3. Janos Balogh

    September 13, 2014 at 09:22

    Hi Burkhard!

    I like your blog, special thanks for the plastic napoleonic box reviews, was very useful for me. I am Hungarian, was interesting to read your knowledge and point of view, about the Hungarian WW2 history. The Karpatian defense line, called Arpad line, was very successful, but well hidden story even the Hungarians did not know too much about it, until 2000. See the book in English: http://www.zmne.hu/tanszekek/Hadtortenelem/konyv/arpadvonaleng.htm

    The siege of Budapest was as heavy as Stalingrad:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Battle-Budapest-100-Days-World-ebook/dp/B00746TUDG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410596061&sr=8-1&keywords=krisztian

    And the very last German offense happend in Hungary not in the Ardennes:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Days-Battle-Armoured-Operations-Hungary-ebook/dp/B00L3NZ2WE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1410596114&sr=8-3&keywords=szamveber+norbert

    During the last decade, we are blessed with some good modern, open minded, independent historians, and they start publishing they work in English, about our WW2 history. If you are interested I recommend the Battle for Budapest, full with memoirs, and eyewitness account.

     
    • Burkhard

      September 15, 2014 at 09:20

      HI Janos,

      first of all thanks for the nice comments!

      I always found the Hungarian participation in WWII quiet interesting. Especially in the late part since it offers fighting that was atypical of the eastern front in many aspects. Both sides fielding tanks that were not the apex of the technology in those days and the terrain, especially in the Karpathians, was atypical of the eastern front as well.

      I read the book by Krisztian Ungvary right before I went on a one week trip to Budapest a couple of years ago. It is extremely good and being there a few days after reading it, really put things into perspective. The only chilling thing was to find out that the guesthouse we were staying in had been build on the suit of a jewish orphanage and what the small square we passed over every day had been used for.

      I shall take a look at the other two books, too! Thanks for pointing those out!

       

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