Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Sd.Kfz. 2 Kleines Kettenkraftrad Typ HK 101

Published: December 28th, 2017     
Sd.Kfz. 2 Kleines Kettenkraftrad Typ HK 101
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/9
Company: Italeri

Background on the vehicle is provided in English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian. Colors are called out in Italeri acrylic paint numbers and some in RAL numbers. Detail color references are included in the various assembly steps. Diagrams of each of the sprues are included, which is important as the parts are not numbered on the sprues themselves. The sprue letter is only called out on the diagram, not the actual sprue. Identifying the correct part will require referring to the sprue diagrams to see the number and where it's located on which sprue. I made copies of the sprue diagrams to tape up in front of my workbench for quick reference. I also added tape tabs to the sprues with the sprue number to make it easier to find the right sprue.

Hull Assembly

The first series of steps assembles the Kettenkrad's tub, suspension, and wheels. The suspension arms are not glued as they have a press fit, and small springs allow the suspension to flex. The kit parts for the suspension arms, 180G, have small holes, which I assumed were for the spring, although this is not indicated on the instructions.

German WWII Clamps

Published: December 24th, 2017     
German WWII Clamps
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch interior set to any 1/35 German WWII armored vehicles. They replace the molded in clamps on tools provided.

In the packet is:

  • 1 photoetch sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for added some great additional details to German Tanks etc. The set contains parts to make 15 tool clamps and 24 tow cable clamps.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

T-34/76 Factory 183

Published: December 15th, 2017     
T-34/76 Factory 183
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/35
Company: Academy

Background

I won't go heavily into the background of the Russian T-34 tank, suffice to say that it is a VERY strong contender for "the tank that won the war". Certainly, this was so on the Eastern Front of World War Two. It was well suited for the climatic conditions found on this battlefront, with its harsh winters and "muddy season". Its diesel engine was easier to start in cold conditions than the gasoline engines preferred by the Germans, and its wide tracks allowed it to better handle the muddy and marshy conditions found in much of Russia. It had well-sloped armor that at least in the early days of Operation Barbarossa proved a very tough nut for German anti-tank gunners to crack. And it's 76 and later 85mm main gun was quite capable of defeating the armor of most German tanks.

M1A2 Abrams U.S. Main Battle Tank

Published: December 15th, 2017     
M1A2 Abrams U.S. Main Battle Tank
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya

Background

The M1 Abrams, named for former General Creighton Abrams (commanded US troops in Vietnam following General Westmoreland, and later became US Army Chief of Staff), is the current front line Main Battle Tank of the US Army and US Marine Corps. It also serves in the Armed Forces of nations such as Australia, Egypt, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. It first entered service with US forces in 1980 and has over the years since been upgraded with various enhancements, especially as battle conditions in which it finds itself have changed from a tank vs tank to "urban combat" situations.

Kurganets-25 IFV (Object 695)

Published: December 11th, 2017     
Kurganets-25 IFV (Object 695)
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1:35
Company: Panda Hobby

Russia seems to be having a surge of military development these days, suggesting some expansionist policies which go far beyond the scope of a model review. What this offers for the modeler, however, is a wide range of interesting equipment never seen before. The Kurganets-25 IFV is a good example of this. Heralding back to the BMP-2 and -3 of the previous generation, this new machine seems to be the epitome of both defensive and offensive capabilities, literally festooned with sensors and targeting electronics. The spaced armor enhances survivability on the battlefield, while its armament makes it a worthy opponent for most challenges it might encounter.