Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Osprey Early US Armor - Armored Cars 1915-40

Published: February 9th, 2018     
Osprey Early US Armor - Armored Cars 1915-40
Author: Steven J. Zaloga, Illustrator Felipe Rodríguez Náñe,
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

This informative and well-illustrated book covers early US armor from steam-powered units in the late 1800s, early armored cars used in pursuit of Pancho Villa, and armored cars in action during the Great War. Armored cars were abandoned prior to World War II in favor of more lightly armored scout cars and half-track cars that would see extensive use in World War II.

Prolific author Steven J. Zaloga has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over three decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. Illustrator Felipe Rodriguez Nanez works as an architect and computer graphics artist. He combines his experience in CG art and his passion for modelling in his illustrations, where he looks for a good balance between technical detail and craft.

T-90 Standard Tank: The First Tank of the New Russia

Published: February 7th, 2018     
T-90 Standard Tank: The First Tank of the New Russia
Author: Steven J. Zaloga; Illustrator: Felipe Rodríguez
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Osprey Publishing

Background

The T-90 "Standard Tank" was an evolutionary development of the Soviet T-72 tank, the latter being a prime component of Soviet tank forces during the mid-1970's to the mid 1990's. The T-72 was also exported widely, including to the armed forces of Saddam Hussein's Iraq. During the 1991 Gulf War, the Iraqi T-72 tanks suffered very badly against such tanks as the U.S. M1 Abrams. Whether this was due to the T-72 being notably inferior to the West's main battle tanks or poor training and tactics on the part of the Iraqis is irrelevant: the perception in many nations following the 1991 war was that the Soviet tank was inferior. Thus, there was pressure within the Russian military-industrial complex to get rid of the "T-72" name. Hence naming the first tank out of the newly formed "Russia" the T-90.

T-54-3 Soviet Medium Tank Mod 1951 Interior Kit

Published: February 3rd, 2018     
T-54-3 Soviet Medium Tank Mod 1951 Interior Kit
Reviewed by: Michael Novasad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

Brief History

The T-54 and T-55 tanks are a series of Soviet main battle tanks introduced in the years following the Second World War. The first T-54 prototype was completed at Nizhny Tagil by the end of 1945. Initial production ramp up settled for 1947 at Nizhny Tagil, and 1948 for Kharkov were halted and curtailed as many problems were uncovered; the T-34-85 still accounted for 88 percent of production through the 50's. The T-54 eventually became the main tank for armoured units of the Soviet Army, armies of the Warsaw Pact countries, and many others. T-54s and T-55s have been involved in many of the world's armed conflicts since the later part of the 20th century.

The T-54/55 series eventually became the most-produced tank in military history. Estimated production numbers for the series range from 86,000 to 100,000. They were replaced by the T-62, T-64, T-72, -80, T-90 and soon, T-14 tanks in the Soviet and Russian armies, but remain in use by up to 50 other armies worldwide, some having received sophisticated retrofitting.

155mm Long Tom Gun In Action

Published: January 26th, 2018     
155mm Long Tom Gun In Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

After many years of being published in enthusiast publications focused on military vehicle restorations, David Doyle 'graduated' to full-fledged books in 2003. His first book was a hefty 512 page history of US military vehicles. He has now had more than 100 books published in military vehicles, aviation and naval topics. David and his wife Denise have amassed a collection of ten Vietnam era military vehicles that still displays at shows. In June 2015, was honored with the Military Vehicle Preservation Association's Bart Vanderveen Award, given in recognition of "...the individual who has contributed the most to the historic preservation of military vehicles worldwide." Be sure to check out David's website at www.DavidDoyleBooks.com where you can see and buy at a discounted price off of MSRP all his books that are still available.

M32B1 Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV)

Published: January 22nd, 2018     
M32B1 Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV)
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Italeri

The Italeri M32B-1 Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV) Kit # 6547, originally released way back in 1980, was, at the time of release, still standing sentry duty as the only readily available injection-molded set of sprues for this Sherman-based Allied tank recovery vehicle. The model has gone through a number of updates and improvements since, culminating in what you see reviewed here. After all this time, however, Italeri's offering 'still has it goin' on', sporting a relatively detailed interior and winch/cable assembly; all housed in a decent Sherman chassis. As boxed, this kit is one heck of a value.