Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Model Art AFV Profile, #2, Pz.Kpfw.VI Tiger I

Published: May 26th, 2011     
Model Art AFV Profile, #2, Pz.Kpfw.VI Tiger I
Author: Editors of Model Art
Reviewed by: Jeffrey Brown, IPMS# 42302
Company: Model Art

This book is the second of a series on German armor in World War II. These are written specifically for the AFV modeler. The subject of the book is the Tiger I. It is written entirely in Japanese with English subtitles on some of the pictures and illustrations.

The book begins with an illustration of the driving mechanism and part of the transmission. It is taken from the German manual on the Tiger I. These pictures are without English subtitles. Next the book shows us 18 color plates of the Tiger I from the early version to the late version. These illustrate camouflage patterns and markings. These are very good color renderings in fact. The title of each drawing is in English.

After the color plates, there is a short section, once again entirely in Japanese, which appears to discuss the formation of Tiger units. After the Tiger unit part is a small comic book like section covering some of the great Tiger commanders.

Mark V Tank

Published: May 17th, 2011     
Mark V Tank
Author: Davis Fletcher, illustrated by Henry Morshead
Reviewed by: Jeff Leiby, IPMS# 30429
Company: Osprey Publishing

The British developed and employed the first full-tracked armored fighting vehicle and continued to improve the design throughout the First World War. The result was the Mark V tank in 1918.

This book, number 178 in the New Vanguard series published by Osprey Publishing, describes the development of the Mark V and Mark V* tanks from the earlier Mark IV, crew duties, combat deployment, and further improvements at the Christchurch development center. The text provides a pretty inclusive discussion of the development of the Mark V and its larger siblings the Mark V* and V**. The discussion of combat operations is basic but does give an idea of the improvement of the faster Mark V over earlier models.

Sd.kfz. 10/5 fur 2cm Flak 38

Published: May 16th, 2011     
Sd.kfz. 10/5 fur 2cm Flak 38
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

History Brief:

The GermanWehrmacht and Luftwaffe grew into a powerful military machine during the last half of the1930s under Nazi control. They were very well equipped with all the latest and greatest weapons the world had ever seen. When the early weapons and training were tested in Spain confidence grew and then they seemed unstoppable blitzing through Europe at will.

As the war progressed so did the inventory of halftracksthe Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe operated, listing several types and sizes of halftracks each with a specific purpose. Our subject the Sd.Kfz.10 was one of the lighter types. Initially conceived as a utility tow for small towed guns, several different specialist vehicles were based on this halftrack design including Sd.Kfz.10/5, its rear hull was refitted with a purpose-built anti-aircraft platform carrying a 2cm FlaK38 platform. Around 14,000 Sd.Kfz.10 halftracks were built from 1938-45.

Type 63-1 (YW-531A) Armored Personnel Carrier (Early Production)

Published: May 9th, 2011     
Type 63-1 (YW-531A) Armored Personnel Carrier (Early Production)
Reviewed by: John Lyons, IPMS# 47470
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

Short History

The YW-531a was the first APC manufactured by Norinco for the PLA. It was designed in the early 1960's and first appeared in 1964. It can carry a crew of 4 to 10 troops. The YW-531 was first used in the Vietnam War by the North Vietnamese Army (PAVN) and was in action again in the Iran-Iraq War.

APCs are usually armed with only a machine gun although variants carry recoilless rifles, anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), or mortars. They are not usually designed to take part in a direct-fire battle, but to carry troops to the battlefield safe from shrapnel and ambush. Amor on APCs is usually composed of simple steel or aluminum, sufficient for protection against small fire arms and most shell fragments. Just about any type of anti-tank weapon can defeat the armor of an APC. Some APCs also come with NBC protection, which would protect its crew from radioactive fallout or the like.

AFVs in Irish Service Since 1922

Published: May 6th, 2011     
AFVs in Irish Service Since 1922
Author: Ralph A. Riccio
Reviewed by: John Ratzenberger, IPMS# 40196
Company: MMP Books

I am a Rolls Royce Armored Car mega-fan, so I pleaded for this book when it showed on the review list. Also, my real name is Sean O'Ratzenberger ....

The book covers wheeled and tracked armored fighting vehicles used by the armed forces of the Republic of Ireland from independence to the present day. It, of necessity, starts before then, in 1916, and works forward through the civil war as much of the armor was first used by the British and then acquired by the Free State (National Army) or captured by the Republican Army. This story is told in some detail. From there, the book covers the Irish forces during The Emergency (WW2, in which Ireland was neutral) through various UN peace-keeping operations.

Following the general and organizational history, there is a lengthy section which goes one-by-one through all vehicles used, having history, data, pictures, etc., for each. Some of this information duplicates that already told in the historical sections.