Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

The "Einheits-Diesel" WW2 German Trucks

Published: November 10th, 2018     
The "Einheits-Diesel" WW2 German Trucks
Author: Alan Ranger
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: MMP Books

This photo album is packed with 120 photos and is part of MMP books Camera On series of photo books. Author Alan Ranger uses photos taken by regular German soldiers of vehicles both before and during the WW2. Ranger attempts to show a more personal view of the vehicles through the eyes of the soldiers that lived and worked with the Einheits Diesels. The photos are all in black and white and many have only recently become available. The photographs are in most cases clear, but many are low contrast, typical of personal photos of the time.

Centurion Mk. III Photoetch Detail Set

Published: November 10th, 2018     
Centurion Mk. III Photoetch Detail Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch set for Tamiya Centurion Mk III 1.35 Model kit.

The set contains the following sets;

  • 2 x photoetch sheet
  • 1 film
  • 1 instruction sheet

This photoetch set replaces a lot of the simple molded on details and improve the kit immensely.

The parts are very easy to attach and form with only a few issues and points to be aware of being encountered during the complete build. The first one was you need to use Kit part A13 to form the photo etch replacement Item 28. I would also suggest that when attaching the item 109 handles that you pre-drill holes for them sit in. I added a pick axe head as one is not included to replace the one you remove during the build. Remember to fill the holes not required, most are indicated in the instructions but a few are missed. I also added a Sledge hammer to replace the one you remove during the build.

Be careful when forming the items 38 and 33 around the kit part A12.

When you come to the replacement turret side bins latches the part the latch locks on to is shown as item 99 in a couple of locations when it should be item 106.

Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer

Published: November 7th, 2018     
Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer
Author: Dennis Oliver
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: Pen and Sword Books, LTD

Dennis Oliver, in conjunction with Pen and Sword Books, has released another one of his very popular TankCraft series; this one covering the German Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer. Written specifically with the modeler in mind, Mr. Oliver has packed these handy books with enough combat history and technical data to be of interest to the non-modeler as well. Several of these populate my modeling library, although I've started to buy the electronic Kindle versions as well, so I can zoom in on various images while the e-Book lays flat on my workbench.

The attractive, slightly oversized softcover book contains a short introduction of this popular German AFV, followed by in interesting 4-page chronological history of the late European War, starting with D-Day and ending with the German surrender on May 7th. The line items include most major events of the war, but also most newsworthy items involving the Jagdpanther. The author then moves through the various military units that employed the tank destroyer, showing unit designations and organization. This section continues at the back of the book.

Centurion Mk III Side Skirts Photo-etch Replacements

Published: November 3rd, 2018     
Centurion Mk III Side Skirts Photo-etch Replacements
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a Photo etch set for Tamiya Centurion Mk III 1.35 Model kit to replace the side skirts.

The set contains the following sets:

  • 2 x photoetch sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

This photoetch set replaces plastic molded side skirts provided with the Tamiya kit which improves the finish kit a lot.

The parts are very easy to attach and form with no issues encountered during the complete build.

Summary

This is a great set for adding additional details for the side skirts to the very old kit from Tamiya. I would recommend this set to everyone who has this kit.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Sd. KfZ.6: Mittlerer Zugkraftwagen 5t

Published: November 1st, 2018     
Sd. KfZ.6: Mittlerer Zugkraftwagen 5t
Author: Alan Ranger
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: MMP Books

Prolific military author Alan Ranger introduces his Camera On series with a book on the German 5-ton Sd.Kfz.6 Mittlerer Zugkraftwagen ("Medium Tractor") utility halftrack. The Camera On series can best be described as photographic compilations, filled mostly with images recently made available from private collections.

The attractive, slightly oversized volume contains a short introduction of this relatively rare German halftrack, and then quickly moves into a chronological expose of the vehicle as it was employed throughout the war by the Wehrmacht. In terms of towing capacity, the Sd.Kfz.6 was sandwiched between the (slightly smaller) Sd.Kfz. 11 and (larger, ubiquitous) Sd.Kfz.7, resulting is very short manufacturing run. The type's real only claim to fame is that it was the first German halftrack to sport interleaved wheels - a standard that would be used throughout the remaining halftrack marks.

homepagelink