Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Bradley vs BMP Desert Storm 1991

Published: July 28th, 2016     
Bradley vs BMP Desert Storm 1991
Author: Mike Guardia
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

The newest in Osprey’s Duel series is authored by Mike Guardia, a six year veteran who served as an Armor Officer in the United States Army. He attended the University of Houston where he earned a BA and MA in American History. Guardia has been published by Osprey before in the New Vanguard series, but this is his first entry into the Duel series. He has also authored The Fires of Babylon, Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always, and Shadow Commander. Hal Moore, of course, was popularized by Mel Gibson in the movie “We Were Soldiers”. He is an active member in the Military Writers Society of America and has twice been nominated for the Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Book Award.

M-48A1

Published: July 25th, 2016     
M-48A1
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Background

The M48 tank was the third in a series named for the famous WW2 US general, George Patton. The first two were the M46 and M47 Patton tanks, and the M48, though looking similar to its immediate predecessor, the M47, was in fact a completely new design. It incorporated a 90mm main gun, and had a cast steel hull and turret, which was much more rounded than its predecessors, thus offering superior ballistic properties. Initial variants of the M48 had gasoline powered engines, but these proved to be poor performers, and so the M48A3 introduced a better performing diesel engine. Production of the M48 lasted from 1952 until 1959, with a total of just over 11,700 vehicles manufactured.

This is Dragon’s third M48, the first being an M48A3 Mod. B released in 2013 (kit 3544) followed by an M48A3 (kit 3546) in 2014. The initial offering lacked parts for the main gun mantle dusk covers, but the second kit, together with this M48A1 variant comes with rubberized DS100 parts for the mantle dust cover.

Pz. Kpfw. III Ausf. A (Sd Kfz 141)

Published: July 24th, 2016     
Pz. Kpfw. III Ausf. A (Sd Kfz 141)
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

Background

The Panzer III (Pz Kpfw III) was Germany’s first main battle tank, all previous designs being smaller so called “scout” tanks. In early 1934 the German Army, now rearming after the National Socialist (Nazi) takeover of the German national government in 1933, put in motion via the Army Weapons Department plans for a new medium tank weighing 24 tonnes and with a speed of 34 KPH. Daimler-Benz, Krupp, MAN, and Rheinmetall all submitted design proposals and produced prototypes, with Daimler-Benz being awarded a contract for production of the new tank in 1937.

Katyusha: Russian Multiple Rocket Launchers 1941–Present

Published: July 17th, 2016     
Katyusha: Russian Multiple Rocket Launchers 1941–Present
Author: Jamie Prenatt; Illustrator: Adam Hook
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

The newest in Osprey’s New Vanguard series is authored by Jamie E. Prenatt is a Department of Defense senior analyst, with a particular interest in weapon systems development. He has over 30 years of military and civilian intelligence experience. He holds a Masters in Government/National Security Policy from Georgetown University. He has taught military history, war-gaming, and historical miniature painting at the Smithsonian Institution for several years.

Adam Hook began working as an illustrator in 1983. He specializes in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on subjects as diverse as the Aztecs, the Ancient Greeks, Roman battle tactics, several 19th-century American subjects, the modern Chinese Army, and a number of books in the Fortress series.

I counted 21 black and white photographs, 19 color pictures, and 15 color plates. To help make sense of the various MRL models, Prenatt includes 10 tables and graphs to illustrate their evolution and capabilities.

Pz.Kpfw.V Panther Ausf. G Late

Published: July 15th, 2016     
Pz.Kpfw.V Panther Ausf. G Late
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Scale: 1:35
Company: Italeri

This kit by Italeri is a rebox of their 2012 Pz. Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G kit # 6493 with the addition of upgraded moulds, photo-etch fret and new gluable rubber tracks as stated on their website. Let me preface my review by stating that as modelers we do not always follow the instructions step by step. We tend to skip around completing steps in advance while letting previous steps dry or bond. For this build and review, I did indeed skip steps, but I will describe what I found in each step, pros or cons, so the builder will be enlightened as to what needs addressed during the build. I also will not review any historical data pertaining to the Panther tank as I assume the builder will review historical data prior to the build. The Panther tank I will be constructing represents Panther #122 under the command of Oberleutnant Rasim, which was destroyed and knocked out east of Berlin in late April 1945.