Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

15-cm Sturm-Infanteriegeschutz 33 Ausf. Pz. III

Published: January 20th, 2011     
15-cm Sturm-Infanteriegeschutz 33 Ausf. Pz. III
Reviewed by: Don Barry, IPMS# 46771
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Editor's note: This kit is from Dragon's Cyber-Hobby line

Soviet Medium Tank T-34/76 Mod 1943 (Snap-fit)

Published: January 15th, 2011     
Soviet Medium Tank T-34/76 Mod 1943 (Snap-fit)
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/72
Company: Zvezda

This kit is listed as "My First Model Kit" and I wanted to get my grandson into modeling, so I thought this should be a good kit to introduce the hobby to my just turned 6 grandson. Well, things did not go as I had hoped. There are no age recommendations on the box, but most of the other kits on the shelf state 8 years old or older even for the snap tight kits. Now I know why. My grandson's fine motor skills were not developed enough to handle a sprue cutter and his attention span was not long enough even to handle this kit (from start to finish no more than 2 hours). So I ended up finishing the model myself and getting him introduced to the painting and decal portion of the project. Below is listed what was done and how:

AFV Modeller, #55 November/December 2010

Published: January 14th, 2011     
AFV Modeller, #55 November/December 2010
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: AFV Modeller

Many military vehicle modelers look forward to each issue of AFV Modeller showing up in their mailbox or on the local hobby shop's rack. A look at the contents of issue 55 will quickly tell you why. In this issue, there are seven featured multi-page articles, forty-two product and publications reviews and a showcase of inspirational models entered in the 2011 Euro Militaire.

The first article in this issue documents Lars Richter's build of the new Trumpeter 1/35 scale Russian T-62 Main Battle Tank kit. The eight-page feature covers everything from opening the box to adding the final weathering. In the end, Lars says the kit is highly recommended.

The second article describes how Andy Guilden went about conceiving and building the late winter diorama featured on the cover. Titled 'Operation Spring Awakening", the vignette places the new 1/16 scale Neograde resin kit of Germany's Jagdpanzer IV L/70 in a snowy environment with a cluster of crew and foot soldiers apparently distracted by a distant sound. The diorama was awarded a gold medal and won Best Diorama at the 2010 AMPS International Convention.

German s.10cm Kanone 18

Published: January 9th, 2011     
German s.10cm Kanone 18
Reviewed by: Ken McDevitt, IPMS# 46356
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Description and History

Quoting from Dragon's web site product description:

"The 5.6-ton K18 was of 10.5cm caliber, and was based on the high-speed towing carriage of the s.FH.18. Designed to be a long-range medium artillery piece, it was the standard weapon in medium artillery battalions. The gun had a range of 20,850 yards, and it remained in service throughout the war. A crew of ten operated this howitzer that was first introduced in 1934"

In the Box

This kit has approximately 231 styrene parts - approximately 228 parts on seven gray sprues and three parts on a clear sprue. Also in the kit are 2 etched brass parts, 2 etched nickel parts, 2 brass-tubing parts, 1 decal sheet and one turned aluminum barrel with rifling. There are 8 pages of instructions with 12 steps and painting guides for 3 schemes.

Stug. III Ausf. F/8 Late production with Winterketten

Published: December 31st, 2010     
Stug. III Ausf. F/8 Late production with Winterketten
Reviewed by: Mark A. Dice, IPMS# 31326
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Background:

The Sturmgeschutz III (Stug III) assault gun was the most produced armored vehicle by Germany in WWII. It was built on the Panzer III chassis, initially to provide infantry support but continually modified and improved growing into a very effective tank destroyer.

The Stug III F/8 was produced Sept. - Dec. 1942 with 250 being built. It introduced an improved hull similar to the Panzer III Ausf. J/L with additional armor of 30mm thickness bolted on to speed up production. It mounted the 7.5cm Stuk 40 L/48 gun that would become the standard gun carried throughout the G series.

Kit:

This is one of Dragon's "Smart Kits". It contains over 800 light grey parts, photo etch, metal wire, and the Magic Track type individual track links. Many of the parts are slide molded and over all detail and appearance are excellent!