Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Dragon Wagon Part 2: A Visual History of the U.S. Army’s Heavy Tank Transporter 1955-1975

Published: August 23rd, 2016     
Dragon Wagon Part 2: A Visual History of the U.S. Army’s Heavy Tank Transporter 1955-1975
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Ampersand Publishing

Ampersand’s latest book continues to expand on their Visual History format as this edition follows up on David Doyle’s “Dragon Wagon Part 1: A Visual History of the U.S. Army’s Heavy Tank Transporter 1941-1955”. Ampersand got their start in 1993 when Pat Stansell distributed a free issue of Military Miniatures in Review at the IPMS Nationals in Atlanta. Ampersand joined forces with HobbyLink Japan in 2008 and have continued to expand their military AFV publications ever since.

Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen: A Visual History of the German Army’s Multi-Purpose Vehicles

Published: August 22nd, 2016     
Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen: A Visual History of the German Army’s Multi-Purpose Vehicles
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: The Ampersand Publishing Group

Ampersand's latest book continues to expand on their Visual History format, as this edition follows up with David Doyle's "251 Half-Track: A Visual History of the German Army's Sd.Kfz 251 Armored Half-Tracks". Ampersand got their start in 1993 when Pat Stansell distributed a free issue of Military Miniatures in Review at the IPMS Nationals in Atlanta. Ampersand joined forces with HobbyLink Japan in 2008 and have continued to expand their military AFV publications ever since.

True to the Visual History Series name, the focus of this book is on the visual, detailing the development and service history of the German Army's Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen. This is slightly expanded from Ampersand's standard 120 page version of their Visual History format, and it runs 136 pages packed with large, clear photographs.

David Doyle starts with a one page introduction and then launches into the photographs, allowing the pictures (along with excellent captions) to tell the story. The "In Service" chapters are largely period photographs in black and white, followed by color photographs of restored vehicles.

Model Art Japan - German AFV Database #2

Published: August 21st, 2016     
Model Art Japan - German AFV Database #2
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Model Art

Model Art is a Japanese publication that specializes in different aspects of plastic modelling. They have a monthly publication that covers all different genres, but also they publish special issues focusing on a specific topic. In this case the issue is part of a series known as “German AFV Database”.

This issue in particular covers many (if not all) the different AFV that were based on the Panzer IV and the Panzer 38(t) chassis -that have ever been kitted in 1/35 scale.

Be aware that all the text in this special issue is in Japanese. Still the pictures are pretty self-explanatory, including pictures of the model box art plus the sprues of the kit. If you install Google Translate in your smartphone, you can get a machine-based translation for the images captions by simply taking a picture of them.

In addition to the pictures of the available kits, there are pictures of finished kits, some of them even in a diorama setting. These kits have been finished by expert modelers and they are certainly worth admiring and studying from.

Recommended to modelers of all levels.

GAZ-03-30 Ambulance

Published: August 18th, 2016     
GAZ-03-30 Ambulance
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

MiniArt is certainly getting a lot of mileage of the molds for the GAZ-03 bus. I think this is the 4th boxing of it, this time as an ambulance (previous ones were passenger bus and a military transport).

When opening the box you find a total of 39 sprues, for a total of 280 plastic parts, plus 26 clear parts and 8 photo-etched parts. Keeping track of all those sprues and pieces will make the assembly of this kit a bit of a challenge.

The instructions come in a glossy paper booklet, with very clean and clear drawings.

I have built other MiniArt models previously and I can tell you, the instructions are superb. There are a total of 49 steps, but some have sub-assemblies, so clearly this is an in depth build, not a weekender.

Construction starts with a very detailed engine (which you want to show) and then it moves to a similarly detailed chassis and transmission. The wheels are of the “slice” kind, with 7 parts per tire. While it sound overly engineered actually those are easy to assemble and provide great surface and thread detail.