Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Nagmachon Early Heavy APC Israel Defense Forces

Published: February 19th, 2017     
Nagmachon Early Heavy APC Israel Defense Forces
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tiger Model

Introduction

The Nagmachon was developed from the Nagmashot which was based upon the British Centurion hull. Initially this APC was used as a counter-insurgency platform and for urban warfare. The Nagmachon is a heavily armed fighting vehicle fielded by the IDF. It contains three armoured shields on the roof containing vision blocks of armoured glass to protect the soldiers firing 7.62 mm machine guns. Additionally, the Nagmachon carries heavily armored belly protection as well as being equipped with ER armour. The Nagmachon weighs in at 52 tons and carries a crew of up to 10 including driver and commander.

This kit by Tiger Model is a release of the early version of the Nagmachon following the release of their “Doghouse” Late APC version in 2015. The “Doghouse” version, kit number 4616, has the distinctive raised superstructure intended to protect the soldiers. The model measures 225mm (8.9”) long x 115mm (4.5”) wide x 100mm (3.9”) high when completed.

Sd.Kfz.182 Kingtiger Porsche Turret w/Zimmerit (2 in 1)

Published: February 18th, 2017     
Sd.Kfz.182 Kingtiger Porsche Turret w/Zimmerit (2 in 1)
Reviewed by: Len Pilhofer, IPMS# 49932
Scale: 1:35
Company: Dragon Models

In recent months, we have seen a plethora of King Tiger kits hit the market. Most notable have been the Takom releases of the Sd.Kfz. 182 with full interiors…and it seems these have so far been a hit with armor modelers around the world. ICM and Meng have also released similar models of this iconic tank so it should not be a surprise that Dragon has also entered the fray with yet another release of this “king” of the WWII battlefield. One can point out numerous Dragon releases of this tank in past years but this time around they have upped their game to stay competitive. The question is, will these extras be enough to keep this newest Konigstiger on the Forward Edge of the Battlefield?

Gulf War Anniversary Box Diorama Set: Part 3 - US M1A1 Abrams

Published: February 15th, 2017     
Gulf War Anniversary Box Diorama Set: Part 3 - US M1A1 Abrams
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.

Tie Down Straps

Published: February 14th, 2017     
Tie Down Straps
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is one of those detail sets that you don’t know you need it until you need it. It is a pre-painted fret of US straps and tie downs. Packaged in a typical Eduard re-sealable package with card stock to protect the contents. This pre-painted fret utilizes the new steel media to produce a thin and accurate strap. The straps can be manipulated fairly robustly without the paint chipping.

There are five different types of straps. The first one has a clip on the end that will have to be folded. There are three of them. The second one is a strap in tan that can be added to the first one to ‘lengthen’ it. There are two of these straps. The third strap is a ‘leather’ looking strap that can be added to one of the other straps. There are two of these straps. The fourth one is another tan/canvas style of strap, that again can be used to lengthen the others. The fifth strap is another leather style strap. There are three of them to use.

You can cut and lengthen the straps as necessary with these steel straps. The steel is pliable and the straps are realistically thin. You can secure a lot of stuff in your helicopter or on your tank.

VBL Milan

Published: February 12th, 2017     
VBL Milan
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tiger Model

The Panhard VBL is a French light armored reconnaissance vehicle developed by the Panhard company with a steel-armored body and bulletproof glass. The VBL can also run on water with a propeller which is part of the rear axle. This version of the VBL includes a roof mounted Milan Anti-Tank Missile Launcher. This kit is a reissue of Tiger Model's kit of the Panhard VBL light armored reconnaissance vehicle with 7.62 mm machine gun, #4603. Tiger has also produced a version with a 12.7 mm M2 machine gun, #4619.

All six of the kit’s vehicle hatches can be modeled open or closed. The kit includes a complete interior with weapons, gear, and communication equipment. The tires can rotate. The kit also includes a metal tow cable and missile launcher with six spare missiles. The roof mounted missile launcher can rotate. The kit does not include an engine or transmission. A roof-mounted machine gun is provided with the kit parts, but not used on this version.