Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Bergepanzer 38(t) Hetzer mit 2cm Flak 38 - Smart Kit (2 in 1)

Published: December 6th, 2016     
Bergepanzer 38(t) Hetzer mit 2cm Flak 38 - Smart Kit (2 in 1)
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

I’ll be honest – I’ve always had a thing for AA mounts. When Dragon decided to release this, it struck an immediate chord with me.

Germans in World War 2 certainly had a propensity for creating makeshift anti-aircraft installations on various vehicles. Surprisingly, this particular Hetzer modification, which apparently never made it beyond the prototype stage, was not actually designed to provide air cover at all, but to serve as a reconnaissance vehicle.

D9R DOOBI w/ Armor Slats

Published: November 23rd, 2016     
D9R DOOBI w/ Armor Slats
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a large photoetch set that adds lots of detail to Meng’s D9R Dozer, particularly in the interior and with replacements for the exterior maintenance platforms. The Cooling Slats are tedious to assemble, but will add a battle-damaged look to the dozer. Soldering is highly recommended for assembling this photoetch set.

This Eduard BIG ED photo etch set is intended for the Meng D9R DOOBI w/ armor slats kit. Like other Edward BIG ED sets, the D9R set is a combination of several photoetch sets that are also available individually, and includes:

  • 36335 D9R Doobi w/ armor slats - interior - $24.95
  • 36336 D9R Doobi w/ armor slats - exterior - $39.95
  • 36337 D9R Doobi w/ armor slats - cooling slats - $34.95

The BIG ED set sells for $69.95, a savings of $29.90 (30%) over the individual sets purchased separately.

M1113 ACAV

Published: November 21st, 2016     
M1113 ACAV
Reviewed by: Chris Graeter, IPMS# 39558
Scale: 1/35
Company: Italeri

History

The M1113 is one of the most famous armored personal carriers in the history of military vehicles. It entered service in the beginning of the 1960’s and was the most widely used armored vehicle of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps in the Vietnam War. Capable of Carrying a fully equipped infantry squad, it proved its mobility, reliability and efficiency in the very difficult operational environment of Vietnam characterized by swamps and jungles. The “armored cavalry assault vehicle” or “ACAV” version was developed very soon to improve the fighting effectiveness of the M1113. The new features implemented on ACAV version were a circular turret armor for the commander’s M2 12.7mm machine gun and two additional 7.62mm M60 machine guns, protected by shields, and fitted on either side of the top cargo hatch.

Model 39M Csaba Armored Car Cordatic Replacement Tires

Published: November 14th, 2016     
Model 39M Csaba Armored Car Cordatic Replacement Tires
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1:35
Company: SBS Model

A short while ago Hobby Boss released a charming model of a rarity – the Hungarian 39M Csaba armored car, which clearly shares an ancestry similar to the French Panhard armored car of roughly the same vintage. Although Hobby Boss seems to have done well in the overall design of this kit, it is somewhat let down by the soft rubber tires, which fall below the quality of the rest of the model. Ironically, what detail is evident on the tires is soft and inaccurate, and even includes a misspelling!

Appropriately enough, S.B.S. Model, which is a Hungarian company, has come to the rescue with some truly lovely replacement wheels and tires, available in two patterns. This package features the Cordatic tires and includes four complete wheels and separate brake drums. The minute detail, including the manufacturer’s logo and the elaborate tread pattern is lovingly reproduced and the castings are exceptionally clean. Even the usual mold plugs have been designed so that they don’t endanger the tread detail on their portion of the tires.

Russian Light AA Gun Set

Published: November 13th, 2016     
Russian Light AA Gun Set
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

Meng Models exploded on the scene several years ago and has since built a reputation for interesting subjects and well-designed kits. With the release of a Russian Light Anti-Aircraft gun set, I am sure that their star continues to rise for the scale modeling community. You get four weapons – ZPU-1, ZPU-2. ZPU-4, and ZU-23-2 as well as several of their Chinese equivalents. As part of Meng’s Supply series, this is certainly a welcome addition to those who enjoy modeling anti-aircraft artillery. With sixteen sprues and one fret of etched brass, the parts are well molded. They have taken advantage of advances in molding technology and there are many very small and fragile parts. Take care when you remove them from the sprue. The instructions are in a booklet form and come with color profiles of each weapon. You can choose any color you want as long as it’s Russian Green. There are no decals or clear parts.