Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

MB Military Vehicle

Published: May 8th, 2020     
MB Military Vehicle
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding - IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Model

The develop of the iconic Jeep in 1940 lead to the production version known as the Willys MB Military Vehicle. Over 640,000 vehicles were produced by Willys and Ford during World War II. Meng's new tooled kit follows their flame thrower version released a few months ago.

The kit consists of three sprues of tan plastic, one sprue of clear parts and the Jeep's body. There is no photo-etch parts and a small decal sheet for three different jeeps. One of the sprues is the 50-caliber machine gun and this is dated 2014. The other sprues are dates 2019. The 50-caliber machine gun receiver is molded separately and has a hollow barrel guard. There are three choices of barrel assemblies included. This is the best machine gun I have seen in 1/35 scale. The other two plastic sprues have a little flash on the smaller parts. It is easy to remove but takes some care. The instruction booklet is 20 pages long and consists of 22 steps, three color paint/decal plates and a sprue layout. In each step, the parts that being added are in a tan color, whereas the already built parts are in gray. Some of the final color is on these tan parts to assist in painting.

Replacement Road Wheels for T-64

Published: May 7th, 2020     
Replacement Road Wheels for T-64
Reviewed by: Peter Bucher - IPMS# 50232
Scale: 1/35
Company: OKB Grigorov

The kit comes packaged in a small zip lock bag with a paper header that has the OKB logo the part number and the scale as well as a description of what is in the bag. In this case a complete set of road wheels for the T-64 type-1. The wheels are very well molded and are free from bubbles and the molding is very crisp. The detail on the wheels is outstanding and looks great.

The resin wheels are a bit more detailed than the road wheels in a trumpeter kit that I compared them to and I will be putting them on the kit. Unfortunately, I do not own a Skif T-64 kit and would like to compare the wheels to that kit as well. But based on the level of detail and molding in the OKB I cannot help but feel they are more than likely better.

The Weathering Magazine Green #29

Published: May 7th, 2020     
The Weathering Magazine Green #29
Reviewed by: Peter Bucher - IPMS# 50232

This issue of the weathering magazine is devoted to the color green. I found this extremely interesting because so many military vehicles are green as well as many other interesting subjects to model. The problem I have always noticed with models that are green or any other single color for that matter is they can be very monochromatic or otherwise kind of boring. But with the technics in this magazine you can transform your monochromatic subject into an interest and spectacular build to look at that will be anything but boring.

There are several different types of articles in the book from various authors showing there weathering technics on green vehicles and are as follows:

Mig Ammo Desert and Arid Battlefields Super Pack

Published: May 7th, 2020     
Mig Ammo Desert and Arid Battlefields Super Pack
Reviewed by: Peter Bucher - IPMS# 50232
Scale: NA

This kit is a super pack containing all the needed items to weather a vehicle of any type in a Desert or Arid battlefield. The box is small and packs a lot of items in such a small space. When I opened the box, I was very please at all the items I found inside here is a comprehensive list of what's included inside the box.

  • A.MIG-0105 WASHABLE DUST (RAL 8000)
  • A.MIG-0106 WASHABLE SAND (RAL 8020)
  • A.MIG-1258 STREAKING DUST
  • A.MIG-1401 LIGHT DUST
  • A.MIG-1700 DRY LIGHT SOIL
  • A.MIG-1701 THICK SOIL
  • A.MIG-1750 DRY EARTH
  • A.MIG-1751 DRY STEPPE
  • A.MIG-3002 LIGHT DUST
  • A.MIG-3012 SAND
  • A.MIG-3523 DUSTY EARTH

With all these Mig products that are included, you can create any type of desert weathering effect you want. Many effects can be added to your model including dust, earth, sand, rain marks, dry mud, splashes, all kind of dust effects and spots, there is even sand colored paint to apply that is washable and can be partially removed to produce all kinds of interesting worn effects.

Top Drawings M16 Half-Track

Published: May 6th, 2020     
Top Drawings M16 Half-Track
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol - IPMS# 46287

Background

A variant of the iconic M3 series of half-track vehicles originally fielded in World War II, the M16 was fitted with 4 each .50 caliber machine guns in an electrically-drive rotating turret adapted from aircraft use. Used primarily as an anti-aircraft platform, the M16 also held great utility in suppressing enemy infantry. First seeing service in 1944, replacing the twin-gunned M13, the M16 proved a valuable asset for the remainder of the war and following, namely in service with US and South Korean forces during the Korean War.

The Publication

This softbound volume sports 24 pages consisting of a brief 1-page introduction, with the remainder of the book devoted to black-and-white line drawings with descriptive captions in English and Polish and 3 loose, large, folded sheets with vehicle and detail drawings in 1/72, 1/48, 1/35, 1/16 scales.