Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Sd.Kfz. 251 Ausf.C & 3.7cm PaK 35/36

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Sd.Kfz. 251 Ausf.C & 3.7cm PaK 35/36
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dragon Models

Let me begin this review as I did a previous one by stating that if you like 1/72 scale armor, you are going to love this kit, as Dragon has once again set the standard for others to follow. Included in this kit is not only a welded hull 251 Ausf.C half-track, but also a very well molded 3.7cm PaK 35/36 gun. The level of detail in the kit is right on par with their 1/35 scale kits, but will take up much less space on a shelf.

L4500 Maultier Heavy Half-Track

Published: October 17th, 2010     
L4500 Maultier Heavy Half-Track
Reviewed by: Tom Jett, IPMS# 46082
Scale: 1/35
Company: Zvezda

When this kit arrived in the mail I was pleasantly surprised by the my impressions of the kit. Although I'd never build a Zvezda kit, my understanding about their kits was... well, let's say not so good. Let me say right here at the start that if this kit is any indication of the quality of kits they now produce, I'll gladly put down my money to buy one if the subject interests me. This is a great kit of an unusual German heavy truck. The kit is molded in dark tan styrene. The quality of the molding is very good, with minimal flash and clean up required. There were some minor sinks on the suspension bogies that needed to be filled and sanded, but were not difficult to accomplish. The sturdy box contains 10 sprues, 9 in dark tan and one clear sprue and a small decal sheet. No photo etch is included. The kit does include two very nicely cast crew figures as well.

Russian Voroshilovets Tractor

Published: October 17th, 2010     
Russian Voroshilovets Tractor
Reviewed by: Chuck Bush, IPMS# 42838
Scale: 1/35
Company: Trumpeter

The Voroshilovets tractor was produced at the beginning of WWII and was used by the Russians as their heavy artillery prime mover. It had a crew of 2 and could carry the gun crew on the bench seats in the cargo bed. The Germans captured and used a few of these vehicles.

The kit is molded in yellow plastic, with the tracks in brown. There is also a sprue of excellent clear parts for the cab windows, tarp windows and headlight lenses. Molding is very good with a minimum of ejection pin marks. I had no references at hand, but the model looks to be close to the proper dimensions based on pictures I found on line.

The instructions are clear and nicely illustrated with 15 steps in 12 pages, including a parts map. The decal sheet measures 1 1/2 by 2 inches and includes 2 red triangles for the Russian version and 6 white markings for the German version. There is a separate painting and decaling sheet with full color 5 view drawings for each version.

Heavy Artillery Armored Car, S.SP

Published: October 16th, 2010     
Heavy Artillery Armored Car, S.SP
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Scale: 1/72
Company: UM Models

History

For the last several years, UM has produced a number of armored train components in 1/72 scale. It appears they are branching out and creating products of German armored train cars. The back of the box includes a short history of the vehicle, "Manufacturing of the heavy 'S.Sp' reconnaissance armored cars started in 1944. These cars were able to operate independently or as a train made up of similar cars. Several types of heavy armored cars existed. Artillery cars were armed with Pz. III (N) tank turret with short KwK L/24 75 mm gun. These cars had 20 mm of armor protection. Their weight (depending on armament) reached 18 tons. Maximum speed - 40 km/hr. Combat effectiveness of heavy armored car was almost equal to BP-42. 'S.Sp' participated in combat operations on Balkans from November 1944."

PE Upgrade for German King Tiger (Porsche Turret)

Published: October 14th, 2010     
PE Upgrade for German King Tiger (Porsche Turret)
Reviewed by: Jeff Leiby, IPMS# 30249
Scale: 1/35
Company: Lion Roar

The Kit

The box top advertises that this photo etch upgrade set is for the German King Tiger with the "Porsche Turret", but it includes instructions and parts for both the Porsche turret and Henschel turret versions. Included in the flip top box are: