Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Type 94 6 Wheeled Truck Hard Top

Published: September 30th, 2010     
Type 94 6 Wheeled Truck Hard Top
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Fine Molds

This truck was designed for use by the Japanese military, using mostly parts for civilian vehicles. Production began in 1936 and continued until the end of the war. 

Schwerer Plattformwagen Typ SSY and Pz Bef Wg III Ausf K

Published: September 25th, 2010     
Schwerer Plattformwagen Typ SSY and Pz Bef Wg III Ausf K
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

The Orange Box Series kits from Dragon are basically previously released models that have been repackaged. The kit in this review is a combo of Dragon 6069 Schwerer Plattformwagen Typ SSY railcar flat top and Dragon Kit 9018 Pz Bef Wg III Ausf K.

Review of the Railcar

The instructions are a composite of the two separate sets of instructions, so I'll start with steps 23 and 24: the assembly of the railcar frame and top or deck. Make sure that you have a flat surface to place the 4 pieces of the deck and that surface will not be marred by the possible glue seepage between the 4 pieces. Lay the 4 pieces face down and run a line of glue between the panels. While the glue is still soft, place the frame on the underside of the deck and make sure that everything is square. Glue the frame to the deck and let it dry.

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.

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