Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

M60 Main Battle Tank in Action

Published: December 6th, 2017     
M60 Main Battle Tank in Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

David Doyle's latest book continues to expand on Squadron Signal's long standing In Action series that initiated back in 1971. This is a completely updated and expanded edition over Squadron's earlier Armor in Action number 23, a 50-pager on the Blackbird by Jim Mesko that was published in 1987. This 2017 release is essentially a new book, encompassing 80 pages.

IDF M3 Halftrack Nord SS-11 Anti-Tank Missile Carrier

Published: December 3rd, 2017     
IDF M3 Halftrack Nord SS-11 Anti-Tank Missile Carrier
Reviewed by: Max Welliver, IPMS# 50498
Scale: 1:35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon, in its Six-Day War series, has already produced a 1/35 scale kit of an Israel Defense Forces M3 halftrack, and now another interesting variant is available for modelers. This new kit features an M3 with Nord Aviation SS-11 wire-guided antitank missiles, which was done to strengthen the offensive capability of IDF halftracks. This kit will attract a lot of interest when sitting in your model display.

Opening the Box

This sturdy Dragon box is filled with lots of plastic, a lot of it going to the spares bin.

The kit includes:

  • 15 sprues molded in light grey plastic
  • One sprue molded in clear plastic
  • One small square of photo-etch parts
  • Small brass length of chain
  • Slide molded drive and idler wheels packaged in a separate baggy

The kit also includes decals for two vehicles:

  • Unidentified Unit, 1967
  • Unidentified Unit, 1967

Hmmm, after doing research, I only found only two pictures of the vehicle with the missiles mounted, so I am not surprised to see two unidentified units...

M9 ACE Photo-etch Set

Published: November 30th, 2017     
M9 ACE Photo-etch Set
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

The M9 Armored Combat Earthmover (ACE) is a highly mobile armored tracked vehicle that provides combat engineer support to front-line forces. Fielded by the United States Army, its tasks include eliminating enemy obstacles, maintenance and repair of roads and supply routes, and construction of fighting positions. (Wikipedia)

Takom released a 1/35th scale model of this vehicle in 2015. That kit has been reviewed elsewhere and one of the minor shortcomings of that kit (and there are few) owes more to the limitations of injection molded styrene than to anything else. The oversized and out of scale headlight covers being one of those items that is first to come to mind.

British Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun Archer

Published: November 27th, 2017     
British Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun Archer
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

History

As WWII progressed, British troops found that their 2-pounder and 6-pounder guns were being rendered obsolete by German armor, and planners decided to develop a vehicle using the powerful 17-pounder (76.2mm) gun. The vehicle chosen to mount the gun on was the Valentine with the turret removed and replaced with a fighting compartment. This new vehicle would be known as the Archer. Interestingly, as there was little time to re-organize the cramped layout, the 17-pounder had to be mounted pointing rearwards to fit it in. As a result, the Archer moved and fired in opposite directions. Designed and manufactured by Vickers' Armstrong, 655 were produced by May 1945. It served with British and Commonwealth units from October 1944 until the end of WWII, and with the British using it until the early 1950s.

Photoetched Engraved Plates for AFV's

Published: November 27th, 2017     
Photoetched Engraved Plates for AFV's
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler

Hauler has been busy of late with a pile of kits and accessory items. Among the accessory items are some 1/72nd scale engraved plates. The plates come in a variety of types that represent those used by the various combatants of WWII as well as some plates representative of those employed by more modern armies, notable the United States. Among the offerings are:

  • German WWII - Early type
  • German WWII - Late type
  • U.S. - Grill type
  • Modern - Lentil type
  • Modern - A type

Each plate measures 35mm x 65mm and you get one plate per package. As you can tell from the photos the various patterns are reproduced, in scale, and will go a long way toward giving your latest project the proper look.

Here's direct links to each plate reviewed: