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Mike O24 Mar 2019 3:02 p.m. PST

A new release from Panzer Garage is the MTM-1 armoured truck that made up 2 of the estimated 6 "artisanal" vehicles that was the Durruti Column armoured group in the first months of the war commanded by Antonio Bonilla (there were also a large number of hastily armoured civilian trucks that probably didn't last long at the front)



I've previously mentioned the Landships paper-card model but the PG resin model is far less demanding – take your choice!
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Panzer Garage also make the Vulcano-1 which comprised 2 of the Durruti Column armour group:


They also carry the Black Lion decals for the MTM-1 and others (please some for the Miniarons Bilbao armoured car, BL or M – Asaltos or Republican cavalry!)


Makhno191825 Mar 2019 10:38 a.m. PST

Thanks Mike! These look awesome, something else to tempt me ;-). So they had 2 Mtm-1s, 2 vulcano-1s, do you know what the other 2 of the 6 were?

Mike O25 Mar 2019 3:17 p.m. PST

According to "Blindados: Los Medios Blindados de Ruedas en España 1909-1939 (Vol.1)" by Mata and Marin link , the Column also had a Torras 2 called "King Kong" and a large armoured truck of which little is known except it's probably a one-off command vehicle sometimes nicknamed "The Louse" (Piojo)

From juampepin's site, the armoured group in column led by El Piojo, followed by the two Vulcanos and then the two MTMs. King Kong is not visible, possibly off swatting Nationalist planes from the top of a skyscraper.


If you look at the full page you'll see a 1/76 scale model that was available from SDD/J.Baumann years ago but no longer.

I have a resin King Kong no longer made by Bandera/Rolf Hedges/HPC but has some major inaccuracies that need fixing in the light of new photos/newsreel. It is however on the Miniarons poll list.


King Kong to the left with one of the Vulcanos


The aforementioned book notes that the Durruti Column later received other models – possibly the Girona-2 armoured truck and a version of Hispano-Suiza armoured car:

Sad-face Girona-2 on the right next to what suspiciously looks like a King Kong bro even though only one Torras-2 was reportedly made according to that book…


Mike O05 Apr 2019 2:01 p.m. PST

As a post-script on the Girona series, should mention that I discovered a difference of opinion between the Mata/Marin book and the juampepin site on naming. As noted in my last post, on the juampepin site the vehicle on the right with the chimney-like structure to the rear is a Girona-2 and the "FAI" marked tiznao on the left is a Girona-1.

However the Mata/Marin book has it the other way around. Their very well documented study states it is the single made Girona -1 on the right and 2 of the 4 Girona-2 models on the left


Who knows or cares? These designnations seem to have come much more recently after others have classified them crudely as as "truck 1,2,3…" or "truck A,B,C,…" etc. Each model were made in such small numbers but were collectively important as many were made that survived until taken across the French border 3 years later in 1939.

However I still think King Kong had a bro-sis as the markings and slogans on that middle tiznao are completely different from those on King Kong


Makhno191806 Apr 2019 9:57 a.m. PST

Hey thats a great little mystery. I have to agree with you, it looks like every photo I've seen of King Kong, with different paint. Do you know anything more about the photo?

I was looking through the panzer garage site to see what it would run me to get close to a full set of early Durruti Column armor. They look great, but it inspired me to buy new ink for my printer and look through the paper models page you shared. link

Makhno191806 Apr 2019 12:11 p.m. PST

Also, i was looking up Antonio Bonilla. The first I found was a Spanish Olympic sharp shooter who died in Madrid in 37. Turned out to be the wrong guy:


Makhno191811 Jun 2019 4:35 a.m. PST

On the subject of vehicles of the Durruti Column, anyone know about the staff cars often seen in Durruti Column photos?

Makhno191807 Nov 2019 10:55 a.m. PST

I answered some of my questions, above, on this thread. TMP link
Also i wanted to add this photo of King kong i hadnt seen before. The mysterious "other side"

Mike O13 Nov 2019 2:47 a.m. PST

Also i wanted to add this photo of King kong i hadnt seen before. The mysterious "other side"

That's an amazing discovery! By far the best quality photo of King Kong I've seen and just goes to show there's still plenty of new stuff waiting to be found out there.

So good I thought I'd post a direct image link


They say things never come in ones and, although not such great quality, I've never seen this photo of a Torres-2 before.


It's the same vehicle in my 5th April post above with the slogan "Barriada Pueblo Nuevo" above the radiator, "Talleres Torras" below the radiator and what looks like a tactical No.(4?) King Kong was No.1 in the Durruti Column so this appears to be a second Torras-2

The markings are similar to those seen on the Torras-1 which was basically like King Kong without the turret (perhaps one or more of the six recorded made were later upgraded with a turret?)

Torras-1 No.3


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