Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

BA-64B Soviet Armored Car with Crew

Published: October 13th, 2010     
BA-64B Soviet Armored Car with Crew
Reviewed by: Don Barry, IPMS# 46771
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

Based on the chassis of the ubiquitous GAZ Soviet "jeep", the BA-64 served in various incarnations throughout most of World War II.  Used primarily for scouting and liaison work, the two-man vehicle was robust and durable, if lacking somewhat in creature comforts.  It soldiered on after the war, being supplied to various Warsaw Pact countries during the early stages of the Cold War.

This kit consists of 118 parts on 4 sprues of medium grey styrene, two for the actual vehicle, and two for the five figures.  This breaks down to 49 parts for figures, and 69 for the armored car.  Markings are provided for 4 vehicles from different formations in the 1943-45 time frames.  Paint numbers are called out for the Vallejo, Testors, Tamiya, Humbrol, Revell and Mr. Color lines. The color names are given in English and Cyrillic.  The single page, folded instruction sheet is in color, on glossy paper, with parts called out by sprue letter and part number.  Intermediate painting directions are given when appropriate during construction.

Vickers-Armstrong "6 ton" Light Tank

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Vickers-Armstrong "6 ton" Light Tank
Reviewed by: John Yager, IPMS# 40097
Scale: 1/35
Company: Mirage Hobby

A BRIEF HISTORY

When first produced, the Vickers-Armstrong "6 ton" light tank could not find acceptance with the British Army because the 2 small turrets on the tank were fitted with machine guns only. The tank was later modified into the "B" version that had a 47mm gun and the turret was moved to the right side due to traffic in England being left-sided.

THE MODEL

Upon opening the kit box, there are 12 sprue trees in a bag, some vinyl treads and a small decal sheet. The smaller parts trees are lettered with numbered parts. The largest tree is not lettered but the parts are numbered. There is no parts layout diagram. Marking options are for a Mk. F and B version in Bulgarian Army colors, 1938, in what looks like Panzer gray or a Mk. F version for a British Army training unit, 1939, in a dark earth color. There appears to be no decals for the British version but turret decals are provided for the Bulgarian version.

German StuG III C/D w/ L-48 KwK 40 7.5

Published: October 13th, 2010     
German StuG III C/D w/ L-48 KwK 40 7.5
Reviewed by: Don Barry, IPMS# 46771
Scale: 1/35
Company: Cyber-Hobby

Before World War II started, Germany had already begun to investigate the feasibility of putting infantry support guns under armor and giving them cross-country mobility, providing heavy fire support to infantry units during the advance.  This led to the line of vehicles collectively known as Sturmgeschutz.  Built on converted Panzer III chassis, they were produced in ever increasing numbers right up to the end of the war. Continuous up-grades were made as their roles evolved.  Originally envisioned to provide on-call, organic fire support to infantry units during the assault, they became premier tank killers of the German armored forces by the end of hostilities.

STURMGESCHUTZ III - Development, Production, Deployment

Published: October 13th, 2010     
STURMGESCHUTZ III - Development, Production, Deployment
Author: Peter Muller and Wolfgang Zimmerman
Reviewed by: Don Barry, IPMS# 46771
Company: Casemate Publishing

This is the first of a 2 volume set detailing the history, tactical development, and use of the various marks of the Sturmgeschutz III, commonly referred to as the StuG III.  Volume 1 is predominately text, whereas Volume 2 is mostly photographic in content.  This book offers a wealth of data for the modeler as well as those more interested in the technical aspects of this weapons system.

Chapters cover background, technical development, and series production, design variants A thru G, the factories involved in production, and combat records and troop reports.  There is a full developmental section, where the evolution of tactics is examined.  Due to the requirements of the conflict, a weapon developed to support the infantry with mobile heavy firepower, evolved into a premier tank killer and improvised tank replacement.

Schwerer Plattformwagen Typ SSY and Pz Bef Wg III Ausf K - Part 2 - The Panzer

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Schwerer Plattformwagen Typ SSY and Pz Bef Wg III Ausf K - Part 2 - The Panzer
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Cyber-Hobby

The Kit

The Orange Box Series from Dragon are basically previously released models that have been repackaged. This particular kit is a combo of the Dragon 6069 Schwerer Plattformwagen Typ SSY railcar flat top and the Dragon Kit # 9018 Pz Bef Wg III Ausf K