Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

M29 Weasel Tracked Cargo Carrier and Variants

Published: September 8th, 2019     
M29 Weasel Tracked Cargo Carrier and Variants
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Company: David Doyle Books

One of my planned retirement builds is a Resolution Island, Labrador winter diorama scene. My father, a retired career pilot and Colonel in the USAF, passes along a magazine he receives each month as a member of the Air Force Association. Several years ago, an article in one issue titled "Life on the Pine Tree Line" captivated me. The article details daily activities at a remote DEW-line radar site on Resolution Island in far North Newfoundland back in the 50s and 60s. In particular, photos of an H-21 Shawnee or "Flying Banana" as it is more commonly referred to in Artic Red conspicuity markings, caught my eye. Other aircraft and vehicles documented in the photos included a C-123, a TWA "Connie", various cargo trucks and vehicles, and a small WWII utility vehicle known as a "Weasel". Visions of a winter diorama scene began to take shape.

Fast forward several years, and after researching availability of the necessary vehicles in each scale, I acquired the both the Italeri and Special Hobby 1/48 H-21 kits, along with a couple of 1/48 Weasels from CMK to go with a Tamiya 1/48 US 2-1/2 Ton 6X6 Cargo Truck.

The Jeep

Published: August 31st, 2019     
The Jeep
Author: Lance Cole
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Pen & Sword Books

This is one of three books in Pen & Swords Land Craft series. The other books include the M2/M3 Half-Track and Bren Gun Carrier. The Land Craft books are good resources for modelers as they provide background on the design of vehicles, detailed descriptions, photos of variants, and include descriptions of completed models and available kits

The contents of The Jeep book are:

Introduction

This section describes the story of the jeep during its early years of 1940-45 as it played a significant role in the 2nd World War and went on to become an icon in the four wheel drive movement. The Jeep became a wartime hero and went on to inspire a brand, sparking today's off-road and 4-wheel drive enthusiasts. The Jeep became the first four-wheel drive multipurpose vehicle and B&W photos are used to show some early variants. This book focuses on the wartime Jeep with a concise description for the enthusiast and modelers.

Soviet T-55 Main Battle Tank

Published: August 21st, 2019     
Soviet T-55 Main Battle Tank
Author: Andrey Aksenov
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Russian T-54 and T-55 are without doubt the single most ubiquitous tank designs ever produced, having served in literally every theater of war since their initial design work back in the 1950's. As such, they deserve a special place in any modern armor enthusiast's collection. This book helps iron out some of the details for the detail conscious.

I must admit I was somewhat surprised as to the scope of the book when I first cracked the cover. Like most modelers, I've always used the terms T-54 and T-55 fairly interchangeably, as externally there are so few differences between the makes. I think I expected this book to treat them in the same manner. Instead, this book runs right into the process of creating the T-55 FROM the T-54 and never looks back.

M2/M3 American Half-Tracks of the Second World War

Published: August 20th, 2019     
M2/M3 American Half-Tracks of the Second World War
Author: Editor: Robert Jackson
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Pen & Sword Books

This is one of three books in Pen & Swords Land Craft series. The other books include The Jeep and Bren Gun Carrier. The Land Craft books are good resources for modelers as they provide background on the design of vehicles, detailed descriptions, and description of variants. They also include a gallery of completed models and kits available.

M2/M3 Half-Track Book Contents

Introduction

Provides a brief description of the history of half-track vehicles subsequent to World War I, including early French vehicles and the half-track car T1. These early vehicles were tested for use as prime movers.

German Heavy Tank VK 30.01(h)

Published: August 19th, 2019     
German Heavy Tank VK 30.01(h)
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: OKB Grigorov

OKB Grigorov is a small model company based in Bulgaria that you may not be too familiar with. The company focuses primarily on AFVs, tanks, and naval ships in 1/72, 1/350 and 1/700 scales and they have an extensive list of products available. They produce full resin kits with photo-etch enhancements, as well as resin, photo-etch and white metal conversion pieces for other models. More recently, they began producing some plastic AFV kits.

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