Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

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 K. 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 drive, and poorly suited for off road assignments. They were used in rear areas and on British airbases in a variety of roles.

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