Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Tiger 1 German Army Heavy Tank Southern Front

Published: December 4th, 2018     
Tiger 1 German Army Heavy Tank Southern Front
Author: Dennis Oliver
Reviewed by: Michael Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

Pen and Sword Books' latest release in their Tank Craft series details the Pzkpfw VI Tiger 1 Heavy Tank. This series of books is designed to provide model builders and tank enthusiasts a detailed visual reference of the actual tanks featured, as well as their scale model equivalents. This book focuses specifically on the Tiger I tanks deployed to the southern front for the North Africa campaign through the retreat and withdrawal into Sicily and up Italy until the end of hostilities in May 1945.

Axis Armored Fighting Vehicles of the Second World War

Published: December 1st, 2018     
Axis Armored Fighting Vehicles of the Second World War
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Pen and Sword

Pen and Sword has released a new book on their series "Images of War". This book is focused on Axis Armored Fighting Vehicles during War World Two.

The book is divided on 4 main chapters

  • Reconnaissance Vehicles
  • Assault Guns
  • Tank Destroyers
  • Miscellaneous;

All chapters have a well-researched introduction to the type of vehicle being described -in the chapter- including development, main roles, tactics (including historical narratives and in some cases representative combat action for the vehicle type), plus sub-sections devoted for specific vehicles (of vehicle family) being described.

Most of half of each chapter is devoted to pictures, including a great balance of period (B&W) wartime photographs of the vehicles in the field -and combat in some images-, plus contemporary images of museum vehicles highlighting specific details (commander cupola, driver compartment, etc). The images are of high quality and very useful if you are trying to get references for your next build.

M54A2 5-Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck

Published: November 13th, 2018     
M54A2 5-Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

Background

Excerpted from Wikipedia:

The M54 5-ton 6x6 truck (G744) was the basic cargo model of the M39 Series truck. It was designed to transport a 10,000 lb., 14-foot long cargo load off-road in all weather. In on-road service, the load weight was doubled. The M54 was the primary heavy cargo truck of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine forces during the Vietnam War and was also used by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and ARVN forces.

The M54 truck was used as the base vehicle for Gun Trucks during the Vietnam War. Field-applied armor added protection to the Gun Trucks, and armament consisted of various combinations of weapons including M60s, .50-calibre machine guns, XM 134 miniguns, and anti-aircraft weapons such as the quad mount .50 cal. machine guns. Early 2 1/2 ton trucks proved inadequate leading to their replacement by M54 five-ton cargo trucks.

AFV Club's M54A2 Kit

AFV's kit can be the basis for modelers wanting to create a Vietnam era Gun Truck. After the kit is built for this review, I plan to modify the truck into a Gun Truck using a Real Model conversion set.

American Tanks and AFV's of World War II

Published: November 13th, 2018     
American Tanks and AFV's of World War II
Author: Michael Green
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: Osprey Publishing

I've been waiting for a book like this for a long time - an inexpensive, comprehensive and readable book on US Armor in WWII. Prolific author Michael Green's latest release covers just about everything that rolled on track and sported a big white star. While there are images of war in this volume, this book is more informative than sexy - perfectly suitable as a go-to resource for research, as well as an easy read next to the fireplace.

Even though the book is separated into chapters set along functional lines, the author begins with a roughly chronological treatise on the often-conflicting design decisions and questionable Army doctrine that guided the early development of U.S. armor. The discussion then continues, walking the reader up through the hard-learned lessons of combat and how the Army came to be the irresistible juggernaut that rolled across Europe and up the island chains of the Pacific. It is this style of writing that sets the book apart from encyclopedic tomes that make up similar works. The book is readable and filled with enough pictures and artwork to quickly move the reader through this substantial, yet fascinating subject.

IDF M-109 Doher 1993

Published: November 11th, 2018     
IDF M-109 Doher 1993
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

The M109 is an American made 155mm self propelled howitzer that was first used in the early 1960s. It has been extensively upgraded to remain in front line service and extensively exported to U.S. allies around the world. Israel fielded the M109A2 variant in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 as the Rochev and in the early 1990s the IDF began to modernize this vehicle using the M109A6 as a guide. The designation of the updated M109 Rochev was Doher and the vehicles remain in service today. This new injection molded kit from AFV Club is the next in the line of recent releases of their M109 line.