Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

German Tank Destroyer Sd Kfz 173 Jagdpanther Ausf G1

Published: September 7th, 2018     
German Tank Destroyer Sd Kfz 173 Jagdpanther Ausf G1
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

This is kit comprised of about 600 styrene parts of which 508 are the track pieces, 2 frets of photo etched parts, an abundant set of poly caps and a set of braded wire for the tow cables. Not listed, but in the box was a metal barrel. It appears that it would replace part C13.

The instructions include 4 different finishes, so you need to choose which one you want to make and then review the instruction to see which set you need to follow. I chose option 3 and then when thru the instruction crossing out the other options so only option 3 was showing.

The 4 options are as follows:

  1. #212 sPzJgAbt 654 Battle of the Ruhr, March 1945
  2. #01 Headquarters, sPzJgAbt 559 Western France 1944
  3. #314 sPzJgAbt 654, Normandy, France 1944
  4. #? sPzJgAbt 559, Ardennes, 1944

Step 1. Builds the road wheels, drive sprocket and idler wheel. No issues here.

US Army M163 Vulcan

Published: September 4th, 2018     
US Army M163 Vulcan
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1:35
Company: Academy

The M113 is a long serving fully tracked APC that was first fielded in Vietnam by the US Army in 1962. It has long been replaced by the M2 and M3 Bradley in front line roles but this versatile chassis still has a number of units in service in support roles. One of the most interesting uses of this chassis is the M163 Vulcan Air Defense System or VADS. This marries the M113 to the M168 rotary cannon, which is a variant of the 20MM M61. This new injection molded kit from Academy is one among previously released versions of the M113 chassis. It is an oldie yet goodie chassis with some new sprues that to add the parts for the M163 variant.

Sturmgeschutz, Vol. 1, Legends of Warfare

Published: September 3rd, 2018     
Sturmgeschutz, Vol. 1, Legends of Warfare
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: David Doyle Books

David Doyle is a well-known author of over 100 books published since 2003, covering a wide range of military subjects. Adding aircraft and warship subjects to his already lengthy list of published books covering military vehicles, Doyle's portfolio of publications continues to expand rapidly, while maintaining the highest degree of quality, accuracy, and depth of coverage.

German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Interior Set

Published: September 1st, 2018     
German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Interior Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

The Interior kit is includes a lot of steps and refers to what parts/build steps from the main tank kit you need to do to build the whole tank correctly which is a great help and very easy to follow. There are also several parts that will not be used as they are from the other version of the King Tiger with the Henschel turret. Also a very good idea is the amount of painting instruction details given at each of the build stages.

Step 1 through 6 - builds parts of the lower hull and suspension real no issues. I would suggest that the part numbers M2 and M6 (stage 3 and 4) at Stage 1 before the cross supports are installed to easy installation. I also found it would be easy to install P50 incorrectly. The part M8 was also a tight fit. The parts Q10 and Q1 need to carefully be installed.

Step 7 through 11 Install details into the main hull /crew compartment. In stage 7 you fit the bottom escape hatch and I would suggest you do this at Stage 3 instead as it is very hard with the suspension fully installed. At stage 9 I found it very hard to install the subassembly B, so I removed the location pins to make this easier.

AMX Leclerc Series 2 Main Battle Tank

Published: August 29th, 2018     
AMX Leclerc Series 2 Main Battle Tank
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

From the Tamiya USA website: This modern Tamiya classic, originally released in 2005, has been updated with plastic road wheel parts in place of the original's die-cast components.

The Leclerc features a 4-stroke V8 diesel allowing a top speed of 72km/h on road and 50km/h cross country, and is equipped with a French-built 120mm, L/52 smoothbore cannon. Series 2 tanks have an air conditioner to cool the computer system as well as several other improvements.

The kit comes packed in Tamiya's standard, strong box, with each sprue individually packed in its own plastic bag. A nice touch is a folded black and white sheet that provides French tank history and technological data on the various systems that make up this advanced tank. It is repeated in four languages on each page.