Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Pz Kpfw IV Return Rollers Type I

Published: March 18th, 2019     
Pz Kpfw IV  Return Rollers Type I
Reviewed by: Michael Novasad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/35
Company: OKB Grigorov

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OKB Grigorov is a scale model manufacturer based in Bulgaria. The business was established in 2003. Their main goal since then is to provide quality models and accessories with the maximum amount of details.

The product line includes several 1/72th scale armour kits along with separate photoetch sets, brass gun barrel and idlers. Also, they offer 1/72 and 1/35 resin armor accessories, 1/350 and 1/700 scale naval accessories, 1/72, 1/48, 1/35 and 1/350 resin and PE AFV sets. Also include is a line of 1/72 scale military weapons. Their product line continues to grow.

Contents Description

The review set includes eight resin return rollers for Pz.Kpfw IV and variants. I found images of the Ausf J variant with steel return rollers in place. Check your references. Their catalog includes four types of rollers for the Mk IV and should meet the needs of armor builders looking to add the correct roller to their subject model.

Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle

Published: March 16th, 2019     
Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya


The Type 16 maneuver combat vehicle (16Shi Ji Dong Zhan Dou Che Hitoroku-shiki kidou-sentou-sha) is a wheeled tank destroyer of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The Type 16 maneuver combat vehicle (MCV) equips designated combat units. Due to its light weight and small size, it is designed for easy deployment (by aircraft if needed) allowing rapid movement on narrow roads and in built-up areas in response to various contingencies. Despite its small size and light armor, it can successfully attack much larger armored fighting vehicles as well as personnel, using its large caliber gun.


The kit is produced by Tamiya, a well-known company who is known for producing quality midrange priced model kits. The box artwork is outstanding and shows the Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle traversing open ground. This kit belongs to Tamiya's 1/48 Military Miniature Series.

34/85 Zavod 183 Mod. 44

Published: March 3rd, 2019     
34/85 Zavod 183 Mod. 44
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Scale: 1/35
Company: Italeri


You can't enter a discussion of World War II tanks that made an impact on the course of the war without the T-34 coming up somewhere along the line. While it was a surprise to the Soviets to see their "allies" attacking, the grit and determination of Soviet industry did not leave the attacks unanswered. While it may not be as aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, the design of the sloped frontal armor, rough weld lines, and wide tracks to accommodate Mother Russia's terrible winters made it more than able to be up to the task of staving off German armor. Starting out with the 76mm cannon to fight off the Panzer III's and IV's of the time, the advances in design allowed for a new turret to house the much more powerful 85mm long barrel gun- which was more than a match for the dreaded Tigers and Panthers.

Before the Birth of the MBT - Western Tank Development 1945-1959

Published: March 2nd, 2019     
Before the Birth of the MBT - Western Tank Development 1945-1959
Author: Dick Taylor and MP Robinson
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Company: Kagero Publishing

According to the Kagero website, this book is the first in a short series looking at the major developments of battle tanks by Western nations in the years following the end of the Second World War up through to the present day. This volume is a good mix of B&W images, design sketches, as well as a color photo section and selection of color profiles.

There is no real order of chapters the book follows. After a brief introduction paragraph, the overall majority of the book just delves into a general overview of the "Iron Trinity"- Firepower, Protection, and Mobility. The book then shifts into how late war versions of the Sherman, including the Easy Eight, were primarily used for training and continued to be used up until the time of the start of the Korean War. During this time, the M24 and M26 started to make their presence known, but not in as sufficient numbers as the military would've hoped. Photos early on in the book switch between training photos and in service shots from the Korean War.

Sherman Tanks (U.S. Army, North-Western Europe, 1944-1945)

Published: February 22nd, 2019     
Sherman Tanks (U.S. Army, North-Western Europe, 1944-1945)
Author: Dennis Oliver
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: Casemate Publishing


The aim of this innovative new series is to provide modelmakers and tank enthusiasts with a new standard of primarily visual reference of both full-size tanks and their scale models. Each book will contain detailed technical information imparted through drawings and photographs while the meticulously researched full-color profiles will provide a complete reference for paint schemes and markings, in addition every volume of TankCraft series will feature summaries of design histories and operational careers, and reviews of available kits. Each book is devoted to an iconic tank type - chosen for its popularity as a modelling subject - and the series will provide coverage across a range of different criteria, showcasing the best of the world's tank types and providing invaluable insight and guidance for modelmakers.

The Author

Dennis Oliver is the author of over twenty books on the Second World War armoured vehicles including Codename Swallow: British Sherman Tanks to Alamein, To the Last Bullet: Germanys War on 3 Fronts, Westwall: German Armour in the West1945, Viking Summer and A Sound Like Thunder.