Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

5IDF Shot'Kal Dalet with Battering Ram

Published: October 12th, 2017     
5IDF Shot'Kal Dalet with Battering Ram
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

In the late 1950's the Israeli Defense Force was faced with an ageing armory consisting mainly of up-gunned M50 Shermans from the end of World War II. To update and modernize this fleet of vehicles they purchased second hand Centurion Mark III and Vs. They were quickly upgraded to local specs and were named Sho't ("scourge"). The Sho't series of tanks served from the late 1950's to the early 1990's in Israel's arsenal, through a number of upgrades culminating in the Sho't Kal Dalet. The Sho't Kal Dalet came into service sometime around 1985 with an upgraded laser range finder and thermal gun sleeve.

M4 Sherman Tank

Published: October 8th, 2017     
M4 Sherman Tank
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1:35
Company: Revell Inc.

The Kit

When I saw that this kit was available for review, I just had to do it. It was the first model I ever built on my own. My grandfather bought it for me and I built it at his kitchen table with a tube of Ambroid glue that got all over everything, but I loved it. The model, not the glue. That tank saw many a battle on my bedroom floor and in the back yard for that matter. Can't remember how it met its fate, but I think it just plain wore out and fell apart. But all that's neither here nor there, so on to the review.

First released in 1956 (!) this model was Revell's first foray into the military vehicle area, to be followed by a T-34, M-56, a jeep, a 155mm Long Tom and high-speed towing vehicle and two sets of soldiers. Unfortunately, at the time, none of them had great sales and they disappeared from the Revell catalogue after a few years. However, the Sherman and M-56 have been re-released on several occasions, even once motorized, but never did particularly well.

Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf D

Published: October 5th, 2017     
Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf D
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dragon Models

This is a plastic only kit comprised of about 62 styrene parts, no photo etched parts fret, and a standard set of instructions, they need to be reviewed carefully before gluing any parts together.

Sd.Kfz. 1381 Geschutzwagen 38 H fur s. JG.331

Published: September 27th, 2017     
Sd.Kfz. 1381 Geschutzwagen 38 H fur s. JG.331
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon has recently re-released the diminutive Geschutzwagen 38 H sporting the relatively large sIG 33 field howitzer - a kit that has been improved upon over the twenty-plus years it's been out. As expected, the molding, fit and engineering found in today's kit is up to Dragon's excellent standards. A tremendous amount of detail adorns the open-topped chassis, including a nice engine and transmission, along with MagicTrack and an aluminum barrel. A very impressive offering that builds into a model about the size of my fist!

JGSDF Komatsu LAV Detail Set

Published: September 26th, 2017     
JGSDF Komatsu LAV Detail Set
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1:48
Company: Hauler

Hauler has chosen to support a very fine kit with this release of a photo-etch & resin parts for the 1/48 Tamiya LAV. Please note, Tamiya also makes this LAV in 1/35 scale. Like the 1/48 HUMVEE kit Tamiya also produces, this kit can benefit from a bit of bling to really make the finished model pop! This set from Hauler includes a large photo-etch fret, one small photo-etch fret and two pour stubs of resin parts along with a detailed set of instructions to help you to install this array of parts on the Tamiya JGSDF LAV model.