Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Renault UE Tank

Published: May 4th, 2018     
Renault UE Tank
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Mirage Hobby

This is a new version of the Renault UE Tankette and is the Scout version. This version has two options you can build one which has two machine gun turrets while the other has one machine gun turret and a load carrier at the rear.

The kit contains

  • 3 x sprues molded in grey styrene
  • 1 color guide sheet
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet.

Construction

Firstly you must know the instructions are in Polish which will be a problem for a novice modeler, but many will have no real trouble with the instructions.

Panzer DNA

Published: April 17th, 2018     
Panzer DNA
Author: Daniele Guglielmi, Mario Pieri
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Ammo by Mig Jimenez

This book, published by AMMO by Mig Jimenez SL, is a guide to the subject of colors and markings of German military vehicles and units. The books stated attempt is to bring order to the complex and partly unknown topics, and to provide clarity to all of the information available on the Internet. The book is divided into chapters that deal with the main themes separately

Chapter 1: The Ballenkreuz

Describes the beginnings, evolution, implementation, and use of the straight-armed cross used on almost all German vehicles. Colored illustrations of variations in the cross and black & white photographs are used to illustrate examples.

Chapter 2: Composition of Military Units

Explains the tactical symbols and hierarchy of military units. A color chart illustrates the Waffenfarbe (arm colors) used to differentiate troops.

Tie Downs and Straps German Steel

Published: April 15th, 2018     
Tie Downs and Straps German Steel
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch Interior set of various German WWII type tie down straps. This set has one colored photoetch sheet with both sides being colored.

In the Packet is:

  • 1 colored photoetch sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for adding some great details to any German WWII vehicle to replace molded-on straps or to attach additional aftermarket stowage materials. There are 14 straps/tie downs included of three different colors and 6 different designs. Being steel, that are very easy to form and shape. They can even be flattened again and re-formed without the paint peeling as it does with brass.

I will be buying a few more sets for my many armor builds to come.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.

Valentine Mk. II/IV w/ Desert Fenders

Published: April 13th, 2018     
Valentine Mk. II/IV w/ Desert Fenders
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:35
Company: Eduard

This is a Big Ed set which contains three Eduard PE sets for the new tooled Tamiya Valentine Mk.II /IV kit.

In the Big Ed sets the following sets:

T-55 Mod. 1963 Interior Kit, Part 1

Published: April 3rd, 2018     
T-55 Mod. 1963 Interior Kit, Part 1
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt Models

Introduction

This is part 1 of the review of MiniArt's T-55 Mod. 1963 Interior Kit. Part 2 will complete the assembly of the turret, tracks, fenders, and the remainder of the kit.

This kit is the first of MiniArt's T-55 variants and follows their earlier series of T-44/54 Russian tank kits. Following their previous versions, this kit is first released with full interior detailing. MiniArt has also announced a soon to be released IDF Tiran version of the T-55, and a T-55A Late Mod. 1965.

With over 1200 parts, this is an extremely well-detailed kit that is best suited for patient, experienced modelers. MiniArt provides full interior details of the hull, turret, and engine. The drivers' compartment provides some detail, but not as complex as the other areas. There is no detail in the rear compartment for the transmission, oil cooler, fan, etc. There is also no provision for the main fuel tank at the front of the hull. Otherwise, this tank is packed full of extreme detail!