Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

World War Toons German Light Panzer 38 (T)

Published: October 28th, 2018     
World War Toons German Light Panzer 38 (T)
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/EGG
Company: Meng Models

The Panzer 38 was a Czechoslovakian tank designed and built prior to World War 2. After Germany occupied the country, the tank was used successfully against the allies. World War Toonsis a "humorous first-person shooter and tankcombat game set in a whimsical, cartoon-inspiredworld".

Meng has been expanding into the "egg" scale models over the last few years, and they are EGGzactly what the doctor ordered as a break from the complex builds most of us put ourselves through. Need I mention they are perfect for kids to put together?

The two plastic sprues, instruction book, and decals are contained within a clear plastic bag, inside a sturdy end-opening box.

Russian 9K37M1 BUK

Published: October 28th, 2018     
Russian 9K37M1 BUK
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models


The Buk missile system, Russian: "beech tree", is a family of self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air missile systems developed by the Soviet Union and its successor, the Russian Federation. The Buk system is designed to counter cruise missiles, smart bombs, fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Buk-M1-2 transporter erector launcher and radar (TELAR) vehicle uses the GM-569 chassis designed and produced by JSC MMZ (Mytishchi). TELAR superstructure is a turret containing the fire control radar at the front and a launcher with four ready-to-fire missiles on top. Each TELAR is operated by a crew of four and is equipped with chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear protection.

Meng Kit

The kit futures movable suspension, workable tracks, movable missile launcher, and vinyl hoses. A track assembly jig is provided. The box says a PE painting mask for road wheels is provided, but it was not in the review kit sample. The many hatches on the vehicle can be posed open, but there is no interior detail provided with the kit. The kit is 263.6 mm long and 98.9 mm wide.

Italian Armoured & Reconnaissance Cars 1911–45

Published: October 24th, 2018     
Italian Armoured & Reconnaissance Cars 1911–45
Author: Filippo Cappellano, Pier Paolo Battistelli
Reviewed by: Michael Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey's New Vanguard series is a well-established line of books featuring full color artworks, exploded and cutaway diagrams, and black and white photographs and diagrams. They can be a good resource for model makers, wargamers, or military history enthusiasts. I actually find that when I read them, they tend to inspire me to want to build a model of one or more of the subjects, which can be a good or bad thing depending on how you feel about your current stash level.

This book begins by detailing Italy's use of armored cars well before the first world war. In 1911, Italy armored and armed a couple of Fiat trucks and used them in their war with the Ottoman Empire in present-day Libya. This was the first use of armored cars in war. Following World War I, and their participation in the Spanish Civil War, Italy saw the importance of the armored car for reconnaissance and infantry support, and they began to develop a series of armored vehicles for their police force, which were immediately put to use by their army.

The Tanks of Operation Barbarossa

Published: October 22nd, 2018     
The Tanks of Operation Barbarossa
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Casemate Publishing

This publication is available in three formats. The hardback version is $43.00, and both the eBook(ePub) version and eBook (PDF) version are $26.00.

"Adobe Digital Editions" is needed to download and view eBooks. This book was first published in Great Britain by Pen and Sword Limited and is distributed in North America by Casemate Publishers.

About the Author

As presented on the broadsheet provided by Casemate, "Boris Kavalerchik is a mechanical engineer from the USSR who served as an officer in the Soviet armed forces reserve before emigrating to the United States. He has made a special study of the opening campaign of the Second World War on the Eastern Front, focusing in particular on the performance of the Soviet tank arm during the German advance. In Russian he has published a monograph and many articles on the subject. In English he has published 'Once Again About the T-34' in the Journal of Slavic Military Studies and, with Lev Lopukhovsky, The Price of Victory: The Red Army's Casualties in the Great Patriotic War."

T-34-85 After WW2-Camouflage & Markings 1946 - 2016

Published: October 12th, 2018     
T-34-85 After WW2-Camouflage & Markings 1946 - 2016
Author: Przemyslaw Skulski
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: MMP Books

The T-34 series of tanks together with the M4 Sherman series are THE most important tanks of the Second World War from the Allied point of view. The Panther tank, perhaps the most influential tank of WW2 from the German perspective was a direct result of German forces running smack bang into the T-34/76 on the Eastern Front, and the demand for German industry to provide a counter to it. In turn the T-34 needed to be upgraded once the Germans introduced more thickly armored tanks such as the Panther and the Tiger, and thus was born the T-34/85, an upgrading of the T-34 series from its original 76mm main gun, to a more lethal 85mm gun.