Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Lois & Co. Monowheel Mk.I

Published: June 13th, 2019     
Lois & Co. Monowheel Mk.I
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:35
Company: Weird Armies Reign (WAR)

Monowheel Background (from the instructions)

Lois & Co. was a British industrial combine, a group of businesses manufacturing military and sporting bicycles, motorcycles, iron castings, machine tools, and hard chrome process. It was founded by Spencer Lois, who had a passion for new innovative ideas, in the city of Birmingham.

Motor bicycles were added to bicycle products in 1910. The Lois & Co. Monowheel Mk.I was exhibited at the 1913 Olympia Show, London for the 1914 season. In November 1916 Lois & Co. launched their first military monowheel after a big contract with the British Ministry of Armaments.

The British Army version was armed with a Lewis machine gun mounted on a side swing arm. The ability of the monowheel to overcome trenches along with its high-speed performance and great firepower made it very popular with troops. Hundreds of monowheels were given to the French army (who mounted the FM Chauchat), ANZAC and Greek army as military aid. Several monowheels were captured by the Imperial German Army and Ottoman Army who rearmed it with the MG 08/15.

M3 Half Track

Published: May 27th, 2019     
M3 Half Track
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/76
Company: Airfix

When I was around 10-11 years old I got into a small scale armor kick. The local shop carried Airfix kits and I built a lot of their kits at the time. The first time I built the M3 Half Track it was a MPC release in their Battle of the Bulge Historama kit.

Fast forward 45, cough, years later and Airfix is re-releasing many of their kits under their Vintage Classics range. The kit appears to be the exact same plastic first released in 1966 including the 1 Ton Trailer. The kit includes 54 parts molded in an OD plastic. There is a bit of flash but what would you expect from a set of molds almost older than me. The kit includes some nice detail, a driver and one of the nicest small scale .50 caliber machine guns. Decals are included for an M3A1 during Operation Overlord. More about them later. The color scheme is shown in full color in the instructions. Other than that change the instructions look like they did when I first built it.

Magach 6B Gal Batash, Israeli Main Battle Tank

Published: May 27th, 2019     
Magach 6B Gal Batash, Israeli Main Battle Tank
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

Meng exploded on the scene several years ago and continue to produce very high-quality kits of a variety of subjects. This kit focuses on the Israeli modified M-60 Battle Tank known as the Magach 6B. M-60s began service with the Israeli Army with the 1973 Yom Kippur War and most of the armored force was equipped with M-60 A1 and later models. The Israelis continued to upgrade their fleet to meet the changing threats on the battlefield. These vehicles have the low profile commander's cupola, an upgraded engine, and armor package as well as an upgraded fire control system. Academy has provided kits of the Magach 6B and 7C, so it will be interesting to see which direction Meng takes with this kit.

T-72 MBT

Published: May 21st, 2019     
T-72 MBT
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

The Vehicle

The T-72 series was the most produced post WW2 tank. It is designed to have a low silhouette and smaller hull than most modern tanks. The crew is only three soldiers, with ammunition loading being done automatically. Due to the cramped crew positions, the maximum height of a T-72 soldier is 5 feet 9 inches.

The T-72 gun is a 125 mm capable of firing HEAT and APFSDS rounds, as well as ATGMs.

There are 40 different countries who have significant numbers of T-72s. In spite of an arms embargo, Iraq had 1000 T-72s in 1990. In 1996, this number had reduced to 375

The Kit

This kit is all resin, with no PE or other media parts. The markings schemes are for 4 different armies, Czech, Polish, North Vietnam and Soviet. The Soviet markings require no decals.

World War Toons British Infantry Tank A12 Matilda II

Published: May 13th, 2019     
World War Toons British Infantry Tank A12 Matilda II
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: N/S
Company: Meng Models

Here is another caricature tank from Meng Models. These models are obviously targeted at kids, but many of us "serious" modelers are finding them to be fantastic "breaks" from our usual in-depth subjects. I am seeing them on the contest tables as well.

The kit comes in a strong end opening box with a colorful painting of a British Matilda. All the sprues, instruction manual and tiny decal sheet are located within a single plastic bag.

All the parts show a good amount of detail, and it is intended to be a "snap fit" model. The instruction manual is easy to follow, but the painting and decal diagrams are very small and quite dark, making it a little difficult to determine decal positions and color demarcation areas. There are two decal schemes offered: a British tank in the Caunter paint scheme and a captured German tank painted in Panzer Grey. The model builds up quickly, although, care is needed with some quite large sprue attachments. Make sure these are completely eliminated so the parts fit cleanly. I found the tolerances quite tight and in some cases paint had to be removed for parts to slot into their mounting holes easier.