Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Directional Tires for SkyBow 3/4 Ton Dodge

Published: February 23rd, 2011     
Directional Tires for SkyBow 3/4 Ton Dodge
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Celticwerks

Editor's note: This is a combined product review using Formations and Celticwerks kits as described by author. Both products are noted as "Special Order" by author. Contact product manufacturers as noted. Formations parts are noted by author as $12.00 .

It's funny how the small armor modeling world is often much interconnected. I was looking on the Missing-Lynx "Constructive Comments" site and saw Roy Chow's, First Vice-President of AMPS (Armored Modeling Preservation Society), M3 Gun Truck. It looked different than your standard Dodge because it had these neat Deep tread directional tires. I contacted Roy and found out the tires were from Formations Models.....odd, they weren't listed on the website!  I contacted Rob at Formations and he said they were not a big seller and were taken off but as the molds were still good he would be happy to make me a set. I said make me two while you were going to be pouring.

Soviet 122mm Ammunition

Published: February 22nd, 2011     
Soviet 122mm Ammunition
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

This kit consists of a set of 122mm ammunition and their transportation crates. Included in the kit are 6 identical sprues with one set of decals for the markings on both the ammo and the crates. You can make either a BR-471 APHE shell and its corresponding crate or OF-471 High Explosive fragmentation shell and its crate. You can make all of one type or a mixture of both. I built 3 of each type.

The construction of the crates is fairly straightforward. There are two sequences to follow according to which type of shell you want to build. I followed the instructions exactly on the first crate and found it was not as easy as I had expected. So I changed the sequence as follows:

I.J.A. Type 97 Medium Tank [CHI-HA] Early production hull

Published: February 21st, 2011     
I.J.A. Type 97 Medium Tank [CHI-HA] Early production hull
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/35
Company: Fine Molds

History brief

The type 97 medium tank Chi-Ha, designed in 1936, was the most widely produced Japanese medium tank of WW II. Its turret was fashioned with 26-mm thick armor sides and 33-mm on its gun shield. Its 57-mm main gun had already been proven in the early model Type 89 medium tank. It also sported a pair of 7.7-mm machine guns. Powered by a 170-hp Mitsubishi diesel it had a top speed of about 23-24 mph. Weighing in at 17.4 tons [US], it was the most effective medium tank the Japanese had.

First impressions

T-34T Post War Tank Retriever

Published: February 14th, 2011     
T-34T Post War Tank Retriever
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Celticwerks

I have been a dedicated TreadHead for many a year now. That love also has a few sub divisions of TreadHeadiness. Yea, like that is a word. I have always thought Recovery Vehicles were so neat. Whether they were based on an actual combat vehicle like the M-31 and M-32 or completely their own design like the M-88. They all look so neat!  The Russians were just like any other Army in the world. In the event of war or just a simple vehicular break down, combat vehicles need to be recovered and moved back to a location where they can be repaired. The first VT-34 vehicles were simple T-34s with no turret. Over time, they went from simple pulling tractors to very advanced combat recovery vehicles.

Flakpanzer V "Coelian" w/Panzer Riders

Published: February 10th, 2011     
Flakpanzer V "Coelian" w/Panzer Riders
Reviewed by: Rob Folden, IPMS# 45545
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

So what's better than a 37mm FlaK 43?  How about twin FlaK 43s. And how about mounting them in an enclosed, armored turret and mounting them to an armored chassis?  In 1943, the German military contractor Rheinmetall-Borsig started designing the Flakpanzer 341 to be just that, an armored, mobile twin 37mm air defense platform. Commonly referred to as the Coelian [Flakpanzer V], the vehicle mounted twin FlaK 43's in a powered turret which featured the ability to fire near vertical. The turret found itself mounted to a Panther chassis that had been slightly modified. Although the Coelian never made it past a wooden mockup [on actual Panther chassis], several experts over the years have speculated that the design would not have been effective due to the enclosed turret. Many believe that the turret design did not properly allow for the exhaust gasses from the twin 37mm guns to vent.