Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf H Late Production with Zimmerit

Published: September 25th, 2010     
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf H Late Production with Zimmerit
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon certainly has produced a lot of Panzer IV kits and this latest one comes with some parts with Zimmerit on them, so you don't have to apply it.  This kit, other than the new Zimmerit parts, is a duplicate of their earlier kit no. 6300 (May 2009) of the Panzer IV Ausf H late production.  Dragon also has supplied DS tracks rather than a set of "magic tracks". We'll see during the build how this works out.  In the Dragon fashion we have at least 23 sprues (two of which come from their Brummbar kit) and as the box top states "over 520 parts".  I did not count the total parts, but just the parts marked "not for use" came to 158. I used about 200 parts on this model, so your spare parts box will have a large addition.

Pedestrian Bridge

Published: September 23rd, 2010     
Pedestrian Bridge
Reviewed by: Gary Telecsan, IPMS# 34779
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

Having no knowledge of this series of MiniArt kits, I was expecting about 5 pieces of resin to clean up, prep, slap together quickly, paint and weather.  Wrong!  One finds upon opening the box 464 grey plastic pieces on 48 sprues.  However, there are only 3 different sprues, each repeated 16 times.  Instructions are line illustrations on two double-sided 8x11 sheets, and are pretty straightforward - more on this later.  When the dust has settled, you will not only have a brilliant diorama accessory but also a number of extra parts left over which will be extremely useful for the diorama hound.

Samochod Pancerny wz. 34 Polish Armored Car

Published: September 23rd, 2010     
Samochod Pancerny wz. 34 Polish Armored Car
Reviewed by: John Yager, IPMS# 40097
Scale: 1/35
Company: Mirage Hobby

A BRIEF HISTORY

The wz. 34 armored car was developed as a modification of the wz. 28 half-track armored car with the tracked wheels being replaced with tires. This allowed simpler maintenance and improved the off-road capabilities. Ten squadrons of armored cars (80+ vehicles) were mobilized in September 1939. In these first days of fighting, the cars were used for reconnaissance and support. Polish crews achieved success by using the element of surprise despite German equipment superiority.

AFV Modeller, #52 May/June 2010

Published: September 5th, 2010     
AFV Modeller, #52 May/June 2010
Author: AFV Modeller
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: AFV Modeller

Issue No. 52 of AFV Modeller has the usual mix of articles and special features that this magazine is known for. However, the emphasis of most the articles in this issue seems to be on weathering. I know that weathering is in the eye of the beholder and some may not be convinced that a heavily weathered vehicle is appropriate. Nevertheless, the articles provide illustrated instructions on how to get the job done.

The cover article, on the odd German vehicle known as the Minenraumer, uses the 1/35 scale RPM kit. Rather than concentrating on constructing the kit, the focus of Albert Lloret's article is on weathering this unusual vehicle. In a step-by-step process, Mr. Lloret provides a number of techniques using masking, diluted paint, and weathering powders to produce a well weathered vehicle.

Two other World War Two vehicles are highlighted in articles, the Dragon 1/35th JSU 122 and the Dragon's Panzer VI ausf. B. As with the previous article, Michelangelo Sicilia focuses on modeling and weathering the JSU 122. Using thinned paint, weathering powders, and dry-brushing, Mr. Sicilia provides an overview on weathering Russian vehicles.

British Light Utility Car

Published: August 30th, 2009     
British Light Utility Car
Reviewed by: Chuck Bush, IPMS# 42838
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya

This British "Car, Light Utility" was based on a passenger car chassis. They were produced by several manufactures and used throughout WWII from Dunkirk to North Africa. Nicknamed "Tilly", they were powered by a 10 hp engine, lacked 4-wheel