Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Büssing NAG 4500 A-1 with Bilstein 3t Drehkran

Published: July 11th, 2017     
Büssing NAG 4500 A-1 with Bilstein 3t Drehkran
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

The Bussing-NAG 4.5 ton truck was manufactured for the Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe between 1942 & 1945. The truck was adapted for many uses including cargo, troop carrier, artillery prime mover, flak carriage, and even a version that could run on railroad tracks. This particular version of the Bussing Nag was fitted with a Bilstein 3 ton crane which could be used to lift engines and change tank gun barrels. After 1943, the Bussing-NAG with 3 ton Bilstein crane was designated Kfz. 100.

The Bussing-NAG was first issued by AFV Club in 2012 as a cargo truck, again in 2014 with new parts, and this version in 2015 with the Bilstein Crane.

Panda Bumerang IFV (Object K-17)

Published: July 10th, 2017     
Panda Bumerang IFV (Object K-17)
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/35
Company: Panda Hobby

At the 2015 Russian Army May Day Victory parade, the world got its first official view of Russia's latest family of armored fighting vehicles. This new series of vehicles presented a new doctrine for Russian armament, design and ultimately survivability by creating a modular system to work across multiple platforms similar to what the U.S. Army attempted with their Future Combat Systems. The "Bumerang" is the design of Russia's newest addition to the BTR family, intended to replace the BTR-80 and BTR-82 designs.

The Bumerang more closely resembles Western LAVs, rather than the BTR systems. The engine has been moved to the front, it has a v-shaped hull to make it more mine-resistant, instead of exiting the vehicle through the sides of the vehicle, as was the case with the BTR, troops exit the rear, and the Bumerang features an unmanned turret.

Clarktor Towing Tractor

Published: July 10th, 2017     
Clarktor Towing Tractor
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/32
Company: Videoaviation.com

This resin kits is of the standard US Tow Tractor used on airfields from the beginning of WWII to the 1950's. This is such a nice addition to any airfield diorama. The kit represents the factory basic version as delivered these were customized a lot so you can modify it to suit any reference material you have. The kit is very easy to build as long as you watch the instruction details carefully.

In the box is:

  • 35 resin parts
  • 1 plastic rod
  • 1 instruction booklet

All the parts are all very well details with no defects. Once the parts are removed from the base parts they are extremely well molded with no flash or bubbles.

Construction

The build is very easy and is made up of 12 steps. I had no issues with the build, very little filling was required. It when together beautifully. There is also an optional rear armor plate that can be installed.

Summary

This is excellent kit and was a lot of fun to build. The fit of the parts is very good. The only thing I would recommend is the addition of a decal sheet.

German SU-76i with Cupola

Published: July 8th, 2017     
German SU-76i with Cupola
Reviewed by: Peter Bucher, IPMS# 50232
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

What's in the Box?

  • 13 grey plastic sprues
  • 1 plastic lower hull
  • 1 Photo etch sheet
  • 2 bags of magic tracks (one left and one right)
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 set of Instructions

Background

The SU76I was based on the German Panzer III and Stug III chassis. It was armed with a 76.2 mm gun. Approximately 200 of these captured vehicles were converted by the Russians. A new superstructure enclosing the 76.2 mm gun was added to the tank. The tank was issued to self-propelled gun units starting in autumn 1943, but it was withdrawn from the front in early 1944. Some SU-76i were recaptured by the Germans who added a Panzer III commander's copula fixed on the roof. I found this to be very interesting in that the original vehicles had been re-purposed twice.

US Army Jeep

Published: July 7th, 2017     
US Army Jeep
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:144
Company: Brengun

The Jeep

The original Jeep was built by Bantam, but Ford and Willys also bid on the original contract. Due to financial problems at Bantam, the other two companies were given contracts to build Jeeps. Bantam called theirs BRC-40 Willys was the MB, the Ford was called GPW. The Jeep was a 1/4 ton all-wheel drive vehicle, with a wheelbase of 80 inches and a track of 47 inches.

Willys produced 363,000 Jeeps, Ford made 280,000. We gave 51,000 to the Russians. They were used in every theater of WW2.

The Kit

The base kit is one very nicely cast piece of resin, which is almost the entire Jeep. There is a PE fret, of which 3 parts are used. There's a decal sheet with all the markings you need. You get enough in the envelope to build two Jeeps, with PE and decals for both.