Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Kubelwagen and Schwimmwagen – A Visual History of German Army’s Multi-Purpose Vehicles.

Published: January 16th, 2017     
Kubelwagen and Schwimmwagen – A Visual History of German Army’s Multi-Purpose Vehicles.
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: David Doyle books

The book explores the history of both the Kubelwagen and the Schwimmwagen in photos.

The visual history series of book mixes rare and visual stunning archival imagery with pictures of restored vehicles.

The book has some extremely interesting and diverse photos of both vehicles. A number of photos that I had never seen before made this a very fascinating book. I could spend hours looking at the pictures that are worth a million words! There are some wonderful pictures showing captured versions – idea for model inspiration.

The pictures depict many versions of the vehicles and there is some very detailed walk around photos included. The close up pictures are great at showing the details of the vehicles.

I whole heartily recommend this book to everyone with an interest in these vehicles; it has great reference photos. It is a great book for modelers.

I look forward greatly to others in the series, especially if they are by David Doyle.

Thanks go to David Doyle for providing this book for review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review this book for them.

Gulf War Anniversary Box Diorama Set: Part 1 - Iraqi T-62

Published: January 15th, 2017     
Gulf War Anniversary Box Diorama Set: Part 1 - Iraqi T-62
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:72
Company: Italeri

This is a diorama set which observes the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War. The kit comes with 4 1/72 models; The US AH-1 Cobra, the US M-1A1 Abrams, the Iraqi Mi-25 and an Iraqi T-62.

Because there are 4 models in the set, and we have time limits, the helicopters are built by Mike Hinderliter, and the armor by Jim Pearsall. The review will appear in 4 parts, as each of the 4 kits is finished.

The T-62

The T-62 is a Main Battle Tank, developed from the T-55. The big improvements of the T-62 were a smoothbore main gun which could fire high velocity armor piercing rounds. Iraq had T-62s in the 1980 Iran-Iraq war, and they were successful against M-60s and Chieftains. But advancements in Coalition equipment, particularly the US M1A1 Abrams put the T-62 at a disadvantage in the 1991-92 Gulf War.

MIM-104F Patriot Surface to Air Missile System M901 Launching Station

Published: January 15th, 2017     
MIM-104F Patriot Surface to Air Missile System M901 Launching Station
Reviewed by: Peter Bucher, IPMS# 50232
Scale: 1:35
Company: Dragon Models

What's in the Huge Box

When I opened the box I was impressed with the numbers of sprues. At first glance it did not appear that this was going to be too difficult of a build. However, I later discovered that my assumption was incorrect. There are a lot of parts to put together, and you must be ready to devote some time into this model because it will take a while to complete. With that said, let's get on with the good stuff. Here is a breakdown of the items in the huge box.

Kit contents

  • 20-Grey Sprues
  • 4-DS Tires
  • 1-Tow Cable
  • Decals
  • Instructions

(An interesting note. This kit has no photo etch parts. You will also have a ton of leftover parts in the kit which all look like the belong to the HEMTT. The question is why did Dragon not release the HEMMT with this kit?)

PanzerFunkwagen Sd.Kfz. 233 8 Rad 7.5cm

Published: January 14th, 2017     
PanzerFunkwagen Sd.Kfz. 233 8 Rad 7.5cm
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

AFV Club has released an updated version of their original (excellent) eight-wheeled Sd.Kfz. 232 – this time representing an open-topped, -233 version armed with the 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24 main gun. While this kit has been out for some time, the specific vehicle type has remained under-represented in the industry.

There is quite a lot of interior provided; including two driver’s compartments (one for each set of four wheels, fore and aft) and every hatch and view port on the vehicle can be modeled in the open or closed position. Still, with the large main weapon and the streamlined super-structure, precious little is visible on the completed model.

Flipping the hull over uncovers an abundance of detail offered in the gear, axles and other odds and ends underneath and around the eight positionable wheels.