Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

F.A.Q. 3 - Frequently Asked Questions of the Modern AFV Painting Techniques

Published: May 5th, 2019     
F.A.Q. 3 - Frequently Asked Questions of the Modern AFV Painting Techniques
Reviewed by: Jim Coatney - IPMS# 46815
Company: AK Interactive

I've always been a big fan of the F.A.Q. books; while they are not cheap, they are packed with stunning pictures and high-quality modeling know-how. AK Interactive's latest F.A.Q. release, version 3 by world-class modeler Ruben Gonzalez, focuses on modern armor. And just like its predecessors, it's stunning.

The soft-cover book is contains 463 pages on glossy paper. Each page averages six high-quality images and their accompanying descriptions, which means there are around 2500 beautiful images in the book. But this book is more than just pretty pictures...it's a how-to book and provides stet-by-step methodologies on how to use the modeling techniques used in the images. If you really want to take your modern armor models to the next level, the ways to do just that are in this book. Also included is a section on 3d-printed parts and how to use them.

The book is laid out in the following order:

Churchill Mk. VII

Published: May 5th, 2019     
Churchill Mk. VII
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm - IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/76
Company: Airfix

The recent rerelease of Airfix's catalogue of 1/76 AFVs has generated a little bit of a buzz among Airfix fans, many of whom grew up building these little gems as lads. Now, as adults, they get to harken back on the days of yore with the reboxing of these little beauties. I myself never had much of an opportunity to build Airfix kits in my youth, but have taken to them as an adult. Whether it's a fiddly older kit, or one of the new-tool ones in the shiny red boxes, getting back into the hobby later in life also meant finding some great new, and OLD, kits to build.

These "Vintage Classic" releases from Airfix, fit both categories. They're old molds repackaged into the new box with newly printed decals, and most important of all, new tracks. The kits come packaged in the now familiar side-opening red box, but feature the artwork on the original packaging. In the case of the Mark VII, the artwork shows the infantry tank doing what it was designed to do, leading a group of infantrymen into a town, firing away at an unseen enemy while taking the brunt of the return fire.

Tracks for Merkava, Type 3

Published: May 4th, 2019     
Tracks for Merkava, Type 3
Reviewed by: Ben Morton - IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/72
Company: OKB Grigorov

Without expressed or written consent, I stole the following from an IPMS/USA Review by Mike Lamm: OKB Grigorov is a small model company based in Bulgaria. The company, begun in 2002, focuses primarily on AFVs, tanks, and naval ships in 1/72, 1/350 and 1/700 scales, and they have an extensive list of after-market 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.

This review is not of one of those but rather on an after-market set of tracks for Revell's Merkava series of tanks in 1/72nd scale. HobbyBoss has a 1/72nd scale Merkava but they choose to mold the road wheel /tracks as one piece. The Revell kit features separate road wheels and length and link style tracks. While it is might be possible to remove the tracks lengths from the Hobby Boss assembly, it will be a bit of a chore. Given a choice, maybe best to stick with the Revell version...for your own sanity.

USSR M10 "Lend-Lease"

Published: April 28th, 2019     
USSR M10 "Lend-Lease"
Reviewed by: Chris Renninger - IPMS# 51246
Scale: 1/35
Company: Academy Models

In today's review we will be doing a Soviet Union Lend lease M10, This Tank was originally released back in 2014 for the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion with that being said this new release does have a few things differently such as the decal sheet and the Soviet figures.

Let's start will the Hull, This kit does offer the interior which is very nicely detailed. Some of the fit needed some work such as the 4 Sponson containers on the sides of the tank. The diamond blade deck was a very tight fit and required some additional sanding to sit in with ought bending the deck. My only real complaint is the lack of an engine for the build. The outside of the Hull is also very nicely detailed with all the little details that are added plus the molded-in features such as the weld lines and positionable crew hatch's.

M3A1 Scout Car: The US Cavalry’s Primary Reconnaissance Vehicle in World War II

Published: April 20th, 2019     
M3A1 Scout Car: The US Cavalry’s Primary Reconnaissance Vehicle in World War II
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

David Doyle's latest book is one of the latest entries in the 'Legends of Warfare' series with entries in Ground, Naval, and Aviation. The first Ground book focused on the Panzerkampfwagen IV, the first Naval book was on the USS Yorktown (CV-5), and the first two Aviation books were are on the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (#4) and Douglas TBD Devastator (#3). This tome is the ninth release in the Legends of Warfare - Ground series.