3D Printed 1-144th Scale Vehicles for the Portuguese Colonial War

Look what I found … 3D printed vehicles for the Portuguese Colonial War. Berliet, Unimogs (x4), Bravia Chamite V200, Panhard AML60, and Panhard EBR75. Wow. So lucky. Except they are in 1/144th scale or 1/200th scale and, of course, I only play 1/100th scale (15mm).

The models are on ShapeWays and produced by SpectreVisuals of Australia. The “Australia” bit does mean that postage is expensive. I’m also not sure SpectreVisuals are active, as they did not reply when I contacted them about 1/100th scale versions.

Soft skins

My favourite is the 1:144 Berliet Gazelle GBC 8. The Portuguese used a lot of Berliet trucks and many convoys would have had a Berliet mine truck at the head. Nobody does a Berliet is the smaller scales so it is fantastic to find one.

1-144 Berliet Gazelle GBC 8

1-144 Berliet Gazelle GBC 8

SpectreVisuals do four versions of the Mercedes Unimog:

All four have the roof of the cab removed. Something the Portuguese seemed keen on.

1-144 Unimog 404S Flatbed

1-144 Unimog 404S Flatbed

1-144 MERCEDES BENZ UNIMOG 404S troop carrier V2

1-144 MERCEDES BENZ UNIMOG 404S troop carrier V2

Two of unimogs also have the sides of the truck tray removed. The Portuguese did this to enable rapid dismounting.

1-144 MERCEDES BENZ UNIMOG 404S troop carrier

1-144 MERCEDES BENZ UNIMOG 404S troop carrier

1-144 UNIMOG 404S Recoilless Rifle Carrier

1-144 UNIMOG 404S Recoilless Rifle Carrier

Armour

In terms of armour they do the 1:144 PANHARD AML60, 1:144 PANHARD EBR75, and 1:144 Bravia Chamite V200. The latter vehicle is impossible to find elsewhere.

1-144 PANHARD AML60

1-144 PANHARD AML60

1-144 PANHARD EBR75

1-144 PANHARD EBR75

1-144 Bravia Chamite V200

1-144 Bravia Chamite V200

4 comments to 3D Printed 1-144th Scale Vehicles for the Portuguese Colonial War

  • Roger Beatson

    Hi Steve

    Really enjoying your site, especially the recent articles on the Portuguese Wars in Africa. Very tempted to start putting together some forces after seeing your pics. Will you be using Peter Pig minis for the African insurgents ?
    Rules-wise I use those published by Too Fat Lardies and already have their B’Maso supplement so I should be all sorted on that front.

    regards
    Roger

    • Steven Thomas

      The Portuguese Wars in Africa are fascinating. Good luck with your project. the B’Maso supplement is brilliant so you have a head start there.

  • Willem

    Hello Steven,
    If you get no reply from SpectreVisuals, I could try my hand to produce a 3Ddrawing in scale 1/100. The Berliet would not be difficult as it has no curves (at least I can’t see any). If you’d be interested, could you find accurate drawings of the prototype ?
    I live in Belgium, maybe the postage will be less “painful” too.

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