Italian Fiat 665NM Auto Protetto APC – updated March 2024 -28mm scale


If you look past the lame memes of the Italian Army in World War 2, you find that while they were woefully ill-equipped, the Italians displayed incredible resourcefulness in making the most of whatever they could get their hands on. We see this in their potent “gun trucks” of the Western Desert, armed with light autocannons or howitzers mounted on domestic or captured Allied trucks. The Lancia 3RO even mounted a 100mm medium howitzer, making it a monster “technical”.

When it came to armoured troop carriers, the Italians did have a small number of specialized armoured carriers with the Autoprotetto AS.37. This wheeled carrier allow 8 men (as per Warlord Game’s parameters) to travel into combat with some armour protection.

However, due to Italy’s lack of natural resources and limited industrial base, only 200 or so AS37s were completed, and the demand for an armoured transport was unfilled, particularly in anti-partisan duties in the Balkans.

To answer this, the Italians adapted existing medium and heavy trucks, adding ad-hoc armour to the existing chassis. There are multiple examples, based on Renault, Dovunque, and Fiat chassis. One of the most prolific conversions was to the Fiat 665 heavy truck. The basic truck was a robust four-wheel drive transport. The 665NM Protetto went beyond the ad-hoc armoured truck format, and included an armoured cab, (the cab roof was left ‘as is”), with an open armoured passenger box. Unusual for the time the 665NM had weapon ports for the passengers to fight from within the vehicle. Over 100 models were produced, and it served with the Royal Italian Army, and post capitulation, with the R.S.I. and the Wehrmacht.

The Fiat 665 NM was finally recognized in the Bolt Action FAQ dated February 2024; and offers a 7+ armoured carrier with a 20 man capacity. Inexplicably the FAQ has this 665 as a closed top carrier, so in March 2024 I added the optional snap on roof. The 665 was open topped, although there are some references on line that at least one 665 has an armoured roof installed. The FAQ also adds an option “front hull MG” and this is completely out from left field. No idea where that came from. I expect that to be corrected in a future FAQ.

This .stl pack offers separate packs for both FDM and resin printing. The FDM .stls have separate front and rear axles, and the FDM version has the rear passenger box designed as two parts, for better build plate adhesion and less support material being required. It is a large print – the 655NM measured almost 7.4 metres long – the length of a Churchill tank! and the hull of the model is 140mm long, just barely fitting on my x1 printer build plate.

Both FDM and resin .stls have the rear passenger box as a separate part, as it makes for easier painting, post print. The .stls for the optional Breda MMG have both resin and FDM .stls, with a simpler print for FDM, allowing for better build plate contact. It friction fits into a slot within the passenger box, and can be added and removed with issue, depending on how you chose to bring the vehicle into the game.

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