Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

U.S. Half-Track Vehicles

Published: July 3rd, 2017     
U.S. Half-Track Vehicles
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

David Doyle's latest book continues to expand on Squadron Signal's long standing In Action series that initiated back in 1971. This is a completely updated and expanded edition over Squadron's earlier Armor in Action 34, M3 Half-Track by Jim Mesko that was published in 1996 with 50 pages.

Russian AT-T Artillery Prime Mover

Published: July 3rd, 2017     
Russian AT-T Artillery Prime Mover
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Scale: 1/35
Company: Trumpeter

The Kit

Joining Trumpeter's growing fleet of prime movers, this kit is their latest addition. The AT-T is a tracked vehicle, sharing the same components as a T-54. The kit and markings are for one vehicle. The color call out sheet shows this as a parade vehicle, white rims and markings of the Soviet flag. I chose to make it a grubbier vehicle with the Soviet red star (ironically enough, left over from another Trumpeter kit). Molded in the now customary grey Trumpeter plastic, there are ten sprues in the kit of which three are the tracks and two are the rubber road wheels. It includes one fret of PE, clear parts and one sheet of decals. The parts are nicely molded, but there are some prominent mold lines on some of the smaller parts that must be taken care of.

JGSDF TYPE 10 Tank Photoetch (Tamiya kit)

Published: June 29th, 2017     
JGSDF TYPE 10 Tank Photoetch (Tamiya kit)
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler

This photo etched brass and nickel set is designed for Tamiya's 1/48th scale JGSDF Type 10 modern tank, kit 32588 in the Tamiya line:

Tamiya's line of 1/48th scale military vehicle kits are designed to be easy to assemble, in that they are brilliantly engineered for excellent fit of parts, the parts count is relatively low, and they lack any sort of photo etched parts commonly seen in many recently released armor model kits.

Soviet Lend-Lease Tanks of World War II

Published: June 28th, 2017     
Soviet Lend-Lease Tanks of World War II
Author: Steven J. Zaloga; Illustrators: Henry Morshead
Reviewed by: Mike Lamb, IPMS# 50139
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey's latest publication is this study of the types of tanks shipped to the Soviet Union starting in late 1941 and continuing through the end of the war under the Lend-Lease Program. Due to their armor losses following the success of Germany's Operation Barbarossa, the Red Army desperately needed replacements and turned to their allies for help.

This book details the number and types of tanks provided to the Soviet Union between 1941 and 1945 by Britain and the United States. The author goes into detail about the number of vehicles sent during the various phases of the contract periods and the Russian reactions to the vehicles. There's not a lot of detail about the strategic use of the lend-lease tanks since the book focuses more on how many vehicles were being sent and when. The book does provide some interesting information about the various colors of the tanks provided to the Red Army, and where a tank may have been manufactured (e.g. Canada versus Britain) may have affected what color it would have been.

60/54cm Morser Karl w/Munitionspanzer IV Limited Edition

Published: June 25th, 2017     
60/54cm Morser Karl w/Munitionspanzer IV Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:72
Company: Hasegawa USA

The Karl "Gerat" (device) was a huge self-propelled siege mortar. The 60cm shells weighed around 5000 pounds and contained several hundred pounds of explosives. Hasegawa says that the Karl made a "significant impact" wherever it was used. The problems with Karl were that it wasn't very mobile, and it required special ammunition. When a Karl was in use, it had to be in a special firing position, which should be level and support the chassis.

This is Hasegawa's release of their Karl Mortar in 1/72. It includes the "Munitionschlepper" Panzer IV. This kit has been released before, with the Munitionschlepper or with the railway transport add-on. What makes this kit desirable is that you get more options for the basic Karl mortar.

The two big options are: