Steyr 1500A Review

L To R S3D x 2 - FiB x 3 - FoW Front PP back

L To R – S3D x 2 – FiB x 2 – PSC – FoW Front PP back

I own a fair few Steyr heavy cars now – nine to be precise, and if you add in three Horch Heavy cars, there are enough for a comparative review between Peter Pig (PP), Forged in Battle (FiB), Flames of War (FoW), Plastic Soldier Company (PSC); and Syborg 3D Printing (S3D) (as representative of all three printers that I have bought from – Butlers Printed Models and Paint & Glue Miniatures being the other two).

Horch 108 PP and FoW the different bonnet shapes are evident.

Horch 108 PP and FoW. The different bonnet shapes are evident.

First up is the FoW Horch 108, (4.84m long x 2.00m wide and 2.04m high) so  at 46mm x 18mm x 12mm to the cab side, it is a fraction small, but not FoW’s usual 1:120-ish. Next to PP’s metal model at 47mm x 20mm x 15mm, which is pretty much spot-on (the missing mm of length comes from a poorly cast tow-hook and a front bumper that sits too close to the nose. The FoW Horch looks a little smaller but not worryingly so, and more rounded in the bonnet, which is a more accurate profile. The PP Horch is altogether squarer in the bonnet, with blockier detail, which is not accurate. It does however sit convincingly higher on its wheels.

Steyr 1500A FiB

Steyr 1500A FiB. The 37mm PaK 36 shows that this stand is an RHQ whereas the General (R) designates a divisional HQ

The dimensions of the 1500A measured 5.08 meters long, 2.03 meters wide, and 2.23 meters high (presumably with the canopy up). The FiB Steyr is similar to the FoB Horch in many ways. It sits low to the ground, and at 47mm x 21mm x 15mm, is 3mm too short and 1mm too wide. Nevertheless it is a convincing model. To my eyes, the 3mm has been stolen from the nose and boot, in order to give more space in the rear passenger compartment. This visual flaw is only evident when you compare it to the next two models, and is actually quite handy for squeezing fat generals in.

Steyr 1500A Cabriolet S3D and 1500A FiB

Steyr 1500A Cabriolet S3D and 1500A FiB

The S3D (50mmL x 19mmW x 16mmH) and PSC (51mmL x 20mmW x 16mmH) models are very close in dimensions. The missing mm of width on the S3D makes no difference until you compare it to the PSC model, which although it is a millimetre too long has the best-looking bonnet profile of all the models, has the finest detail and comes with crew as well.  Were it not for the mismatched angles of the cab sides, I would have no hesitation in recommending this as the best model on review.

Steyr 1500A FiB and PSC

Steyr 1500A FiB and PSC

Will over at Will’s Wargames Blog (see Sidebar) tells me that the 20mm version has no such flaw, and goes together perfectly. As usual, the print lines of the S3D are visible enough to need work to obscure them. It occurs to me that I have only made the early model 1500A up, whereas all of Will’s models look to be late. I will have to make up a late model in 15mm to see if the error is confined to the early model.

Steyr 1500A Cabriolet and 1500A AA both S3D

Steyr 1500A Cabriolet and 1500A AA both S3D

S3D also offer a Horch and Steyr AA version with twin MGs. I have twinned the Steyr AA with a Flak Trailer for ammo. Finally, S3D offer a Steyr 1500A Cabriolet for generals to ponce about in at corps Level. I have filled mine with rank and file for the time being until I buy some more PP officers to take over. In summary, all the offerings are well up to standard for wargaming. All have limitations or flaws. I’m just happy that there is so much choice.


Filed under 15mm Miniatures Wargames, Modelling, Trucks

6 responses to “Steyr 1500A Review

  1. All very nice, Chris! 🙂 Are you sure you’ve got enough? 😉 I’ve only got two Steyrs myself, scratchbuilt in 20mm back in 1986 (yes, sadly, I can remember when I built them)!

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    • It’s surprising how they accumulate, John, but Steyr made 12,450 vehicles with another 6,400 Steyr 2000s, according to Erdmann. Compare that to 130,000 Opel Blitz trucks, and it means that I should really own 62 Opels to keep things in proportion. I can claim 27, with a further 10 unbuilt, but 5 of those are Maultiers and half are Mercedes. Tim Gow probably does have that many! 🙂

      Regards, Chris.

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  2. Nice overview of the available models.



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  3. Excellent review.
    I like to think that the 3d printed models that I make are for the lower end of the market as the print lines make it hard to get a smooth finish. They are good enough for the shed or club game, where a quick slap of paint and your ready to go.

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  4. That’s very fair comment, Simon.

    The elephant in the room for someone with my (very average) level of skill for painting, is that an FDM model is much better than the paint job that I splat onto it. I’ve been impressed by both the range and accuracy of FDM printing compared to the average non-3D modelled metal casting. So plastic kit manufacturers have to think in terms of volume and setting-up costs, metal casters have to think in terms of mould life and distortion, but 3-D printers can make to order, and can offer a much wider catalogue. I’ve been waiting years for Steyrs, then three come along all at once! 🙂

    IMHO João Pedro Peixoto over at is the go-to man for getting good finishes on FDM. He uses two layers of spray varnish.

    Regards, Chris


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