Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

U.S. Armoured Bulldozer

Published: June 19th, 2016     
U.S. Armoured Bulldozer
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

This is an extremely detailed, highly accurate, and well-engineered kit. It will take a lot of patience and only very experienced modelers should undertake this little beauty due to the large number of minute, sometimes microscopic parts. With 759 parts in a model that’s less than 6” long, the kit packs a lot of tiny parts in a dense model of the Cat D7. The fit of the parts is phenomenal. The many pipes and levers, layers of body parts, and even the articulated treads all came together nicely.

The kit is part of MiniArt's WW2 Military Miniature series. Previous versions of the kit include:

  • US Tractor D7 w/Towing Winch D7N (35174)
  • US Army Bulldozer (35195)
  • US Army Tractor w/Angled Dozer Blade (35184)

Kit comes in a 15 x 9.5 x 3" box with thin corrugated bottom. The box lists 759 plastic parts, photoetch parts, 2 clear plastic parts, small decal sheet, and instruction booklet. Features include workable tracks, and a fully detailed engine compartment and chassis.

Albion 3 Point Fueller

Published: June 18th, 2016     
Albion 3 Point Fueller
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1/48
Company: Airfix

History

By the outbreak of WWII over 400 Albion 3-Point Fuellers were in use with the RAF both in Europe and the Far and Middle East. Many went to France with the RAF in 1940, and suffered a similar fate to the vehicles of the British Army, being abandoned on the run back to Dunkirk.

Those that remained gave sterling service during the Battle of Britain, helping to quickly refuel fighters in between sorties, their three refueling hoses drastically cutting down the time needed.

Construction

The kit is produced by Airfix, a well-known maker of scale model kits. The kit arrives in a very colorful box with artwork of an Albion refueling a Hurricane. There are some test shot photos displayed on the side of the box showing detail of the cab and pump.

Tiger 1 "Tunisia Initial"

Published: June 16th, 2016     
Tiger 1 "Tunisia Initial"
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Before you read the overall review in this kit, let me start with a disclaimer: I’m not an armor guy. I’m an airplane guy that is that is very timidly exploring the armor genre. This is only my 3rd 1/35 model.

Having said that, Dragon is releasing a 1/35 Tiger I “Tunisia Initial”, with an impressive total of 24 sprues, including one clear sprue, a couple of small photo-etch frets and some metal cord to be used as a towing cable. Tracks are of the DS kind. Beware: some sprues have the same letter, so check if in the instructions they are printed in “black” or “light blue” to distinguish between them.

I think some (if not several) of these sprues have been released previously. Despite the different vintages of the sprues, all of them are molded in a medium grey plastic with clean sharp features and no flash anywhere.

French Light Tank AMX-13

Published: June 16th, 2016     
French Light Tank AMX-13
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

Background

The French military has a proud history of tank design, starting with the grandfather of all modern tanks, the FT-17 during the First World War. This was the first tank to incorporate a gun mounted in a rotating turret. Immediately prior to the start of the Second World War, the French Army fielded a good number of world class tanks such as the Somua S-35 (Tamiya kit 35344). But disaster struck the French, and their massive Army was humiliated when it was outmaneuvered by German forces in May 1940.

Rinaldi TankArt 1: German Armor, 3rd Edition

Published: June 12th, 2016     
Rinaldi TankArt 1: German Armor, 3rd Edition
Author: Mike Rinaldi
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Rinaldi Studio Press

This is the third edition of Michael Rinaldi’s first book on modeling techniques. It has been expanded from 208 pages in the first edition and 224 pages in the second edition to a whopping 288 pages of glossy, high grade paper. This 64 page increase over the second edition includes three additional chapters, two by Michael Rinaldi, and one by Lester Plaskitt. The chapter on figure painting by Marijn van Gils is no longer included, but figure modeling by Lester Plaskitt to go along with his Sd.Kfz 251/22 Drilling is included. This edition is touting a “Lay-Flat binding” that works quite well, allowing you to open to a particular section and have the book stay open, ‘flat’ as it were.

This edition uses all the style and methodology that has been on display in Rinaldi’s Tank Art series of books. The print quality of the large and bright color photographs is truly superb. Michael Rinaldi demonstrates a step by step method of building the vehicles with the focus on bringing the finishes to life. Each of his techniques are demonstrated and are painstakingly explained in the text.