Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Imperial Japanese Army Medium Tank Type 3 'CHI-NU' Long Barreled Version

Published: October 22nd, 2010     
Imperial Japanese Army Medium Tank Type 3 'CHI-NU' Long Barreled Version
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/35
Company: Fine Molds

Fine Molds continues to add to their great line of WWII Japanese Armor - this time with a variant of the Type 3 "CHI-NU" Tank. This up-gunned long barreled version of the Type 3 was a paper-only project. The variant was expected to go into production in 1946, but as we know the war ended before then. It was thought that the gun on the Type 3 would not be sufficient to knock out US Armor at long ranges, so plans were drawn up to fit the Type 3 tank with a long barrel 75mm gun.

Panzerwerfer 42 auf Maultier

Published: October 19th, 2010     
Panzerwerfer 42 auf Maultier
Reviewed by: Fred Wilms, IPMS# 42113
Scale: 1/35
Company: Italeri

HISTORY

The use of multiple rocket launchers by the German armed forces during WWII was quite extensive. The mobile version of a 150mm rocket launcher type 42 was mounted on a half track Sd Kfz 4 Maultier. It guaranteed a high mobility, especially in off-road conditions.

THE KIT

The kit is made up of injection molded gray plastic parts. The details were in excellent condition, there was minimal flashing, and no defects. Some injection molded marks were visible.

BMP-3 MICV Early Version

Published: October 18th, 2010     
BMP-3 MICV Early Version
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/35
Company: Trumpeter

Thanks first to Stevens International for providing this kit. Once again, we are blessed with excellent review opportunities through their gracious provision!

I am an occasional armor modeler. Having built BMP 1 and 2 versions from DML many years ago, I was interested in what Trumpeter have provided. Let's move on to the build and see...

When you open the box you are greeted by 13 parts trees (sprues to some), 12 in tan and one clear for the lights and laser sighting windows. Everything is packed in separate bags... no lost parts or broken bits! One photo-etch fret for details, including a grill to go over the kit engine intake, and bags of track parts. We're talking BAGS. Three bag sets of pad/growser bar assemblies, and 2 trees of "U" shaped parts for the wheel alignment teeth. These were a bit imposing; I love repetition like I like to slam my hand in a car door, but this is a review, so I sacrifice to the minor gods of modeling and press on... Also included was a small decal sheet with numbers. And there was a tree of clear parts for the headlight, spotlight, and (unused in this kit) laser designators.

M7 Priest ‘Mid-Production’ Smart Kit

Published: October 18th, 2010     
M7 Priest ‘Mid-Production’ Smart Kit
Reviewed by: Chris Durden, IPMS# 29474
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon has countered Academy's recent M7 release with their own excellent release of a mid-production Priest with a combination of the early suspension and additional armor. Coming in the usually sized Dragon box, this kit only clocks in with 260 parts as there are no individual track links or many left-over parts.

Those of you used to many of Dragon's German subject that fatten the spares box will be disappointed with only about 10 left over parts! An entire sprue utilizes common parts from the previously released 105mm gun. The moldings are crisp and flash free with fine detail. The DS tracks are also well detailed and really pop when painted and weathered. I really won't have much to say about assembly except that it was straightforward with excellent fit of the parts.

I chose to replace the prominent weld beads with styrene rod to replace the weld details that I lost due to some ham handed sanding.

The only issues that I ran into were involving the gun mounts due to instructions that are poor. In step 6,do the following:

Pz. Kpfw. III Ausf. N with Winterketten

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Pz. Kpfw. III Ausf. N with Winterketten
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

History and Performance

The Panzerkampfwagen III was one of the workhorses of the German army during World War II. The development order was issued in 1935 for a full-tracked vehicle in the 15 ton class. The Ausf. A model was manufactured in 1937 and was armed with a 3.7 cm main gun. Ten of these vehicles were produced but were withdrawn from service in 1940 due to insufficient armor and poor suspension. Several other variants were manufactured in subsequent years with armament increased to include 5.0 cm and ultimately 7.5 cm main guns. There was also a model equipped with a flame thrower. The Panzerkampfwagen III saw service on all fronts during the war, but the improvements in armament and armor never quite matching its opponents.