Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

British Battle Tanks - American-Made World War II Tanks

Published: September 24th, 2018     
British Battle Tanks - American-Made World War II Tanks
Author: David Fletcher, Steven J. Zaloga
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book describes the design, development, and operational history of US-made tanks in British service in World War II. The British were initially reluctant to endorse the American-made tanks as they felt they were inferior to British developed tanks. The British eventually appreciated the simplicity of American designed tanks and modified them to meet British needs. The Lend Lease program allowed Britain to obtain American tanks in adequate numbers to take pressure off of the British manufacturers. By the end of World War II the British tank regiments were equipped with more Sherman tanks than any other type.

Author David Fletcher MBE was born in 1942. He has written many books and articles on military subjects and until his retirement was the historian at the Tank Museum, Bovington, UK. He has spent over 40 years studying the development of British armoured vehicles during the two World Wars and in 2012 was awarded an MBE for services to the history of armoured warfare.

German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret)

Published: September 16th, 2018     
German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret)
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

This is a new version of the King Tiger following up on the release of the Henschel version last year.  My first impression was wow what a very well detailed kit. I did review this kit with the addition of the Interior set SPS-062 and Zimmerit Set SPS-060 so the picture will include parts not included in this kit. You can see my reviews of these on this site also. The set is very impressive with the amount of parts and detail included. The parts that would be cast metal on the real tank are well detailed and defined.

The kit contains

  • 10 sprues molded in tan styrene
  • 1 lower hull
  • 1 Photo Etch sheet
  • 1 Clear Sprue
  • 1 Metal gun barrel
  • 1 sprue of rubber ploy caps
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 Painting booklet in color
  • A limited edition Map

Construction

Step 1 through 5 - builds parts of the lower hull and suspension real no issues, except for a few injection pin marks that needed filling.

Step 6 through 9 - Builds and installs the rear armored wall. This was a very easy with no issues at all.

Sd.Kfz. 182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Zimmerit Decal Set

Published: September 16th, 2018     
Sd.Kfz. 182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Zimmerit Decal Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

This is a Zimmerit Decal set for the Meng Model Sd.Kfz. 182 King Turret (Porsche Turret) kit TS-037.

The set contains one sheet of textured decals and one instruction sheet.

Zimmerit was widely used on the early King Tigers. These decals will make adding the Zimmerit a lot easier.

The decals are printed onto one sheet with the patterns in relief. Individual decals are supplied for all the various areas of front, Sides and rear armor. The turret has the most decals to ensure all the areas are covered properly.

The textured pattern is very nicely raised on the decals and looks very good once applied.

It is highly recommended to primer coat under the contoured areas especially.

There are a few things to be careful with as follows. The edges of the decals once dry can be easily caught and can peel bits away. Be care applying decals 9 and 14 which go on rounded surfaces as they can fall apart easily. Last ensure you orientate decal 2 correctly.

I recommend these parts are a great addition to an already extremely well detailed kit.

OKB Grigorov Soviet Heavy Tank SMK

Published: September 14th, 2018     
OKB Grigorov Soviet Heavy Tank SMK
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: OKB Grigorov

OKB Grigorov is a small model company based in Bulgaria that you may not be too familiar with. The company focuses primarily on AFVs, tanks, and naval ships in 1/72, 1/350 and 1/700 scales, and they have an extensive list of products available. They produce full resin kits with photo-etch enhancements, as well as resin, photo-etch, and white metal conversion pieces for other models. More recently, they began producing some plastic AFV kits.

The History of the Panzerjager

Published: September 10th, 2018     
The History of the Panzerjager
Author: Thomas Anderson
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Osprey Publishing

According to Sir Isaac Newton's Third Law of Motion: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This law describes the action of warfare as well, and so when the Allies introduced the revolutionary "tank" onto the battlefields of Western Europe in 1916, the opposing German forces quickly attempted to blunt the tank with the introduction of anti-tank weapons together with dedicated anti-tank units, known as Panzerjagertruppe. During the Second World War the anti-tank units were known as Panzerjager, or "Tank Hunters", a separate arm of the Wehrmacht dedicated to the destruction of enemy tank forces. These troops utilized a wide variety of weapons, from man portable items such as anti-tank rifles, to towed artillery pieces such as the 3.7cm PaK and 8.8cm Flak 18, and self-propelled weapons such as the Panzerjager 1.