Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Ride Of The Valkyries: The UH-1D in Vietnam

Published: September 26th, 2017     
Ride Of The Valkyries: The UH-1D in Vietnam
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1:48
Company: Werners Wings

Werner's Wings is proud to announce the release of their latest decal sheet Werner's Wings Decal 48-14 Ride of the Valkyries - UH-1D/H in Vietnam. Designed specifically for the Kitty Hawk 1/48th scale kit, these decals will fit any 1/48th scale UH-1D/H kit.

There are 14 new marking options, as well as, stencils in black and yellow for one aircraft. Unique Danger warnings are provided in multiple colors and in English, Vietnamese and Korean.

Werner's Wing Decal 48-14 includes stencils for one aircraft on the same sheet. If you want to do more than one aircraft, additional stencils are available from Werner's Wings with their decal sheet 48-15 UH-1D/H Stencils.

The decals include markings for three Medal of Honor recipients, Major Bruce Crandall and Captain Ed "Too Tall" Freeman from We Were Soldiers fame and CWO Mike Novosel.

StuG. III, Ausf. F

Published: September 16th, 2017     
StuG. III, Ausf. F
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dragon Models

The Sturmgeschutz III (StuG. III) was Germany's most widely produced armored fighting vehicle of WWII. By the end of the war, over 10,500 vehicles, in a number of different versions, had been produced. Built on the chassis of the Panzer III, and originally designed as an infantry support vehicle intended to knock out strong points and hardened defenses, it really proved itself as a tank destroyer first on the Eastern front in Russia. First in Russia, the StuG III Ausf. F was armed with the longer 7.5cm StuK 40 L/43 gun and became a formidable opponent on the battlefield.

AFV Tools

Published: September 14th, 2017     
AFV Tools
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler

Another nice PE set from Hauler which will find many uses for the Braille Scale modeler, especially when working with armor and dioramas.

The set includes wrenches, axes, shovels, picks and even a couple machetes. I am guessing for those jungle jobs. There are also a couple of different design tool boxes that you will have to fold.

The first thing I thought when I heard PE tools is how is that going to work with types, they will just look flat, right? Hauler has thought of this and the sledges and a mallet come with an couple extra pieces of PE to thicken the head. A couple of the picks and shovels are designed to be used with some plastic or metal rod to give a more 3-dimensional look.

Instructions are provided for the tool boxes and those tools that use more than one part. Just make sure you are careful when you cut these parts out and they will be sure to liven up that aircraft or tank maintenance scene.

Thanks to Hauler and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

Sd.Kfz.250/7 Atle 8cm Mortar Carrier w/ Full Interior

Published: September 13th, 2017     
Sd.Kfz.250/7 Atle 8cm Mortar Carrier w/ Full Interior
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1:35
Company: Dragon Models

The Germans of WW2 were notorious for multi-tasking vehicles, and this one is a good example. In this case, they mounted an 81mm mortar in a standard light armored half-track. I'm old enough to remember the last time a plastic kit manufacturer took a shot at this particular make - a motorized version by Arii back in the early 1970's. The older kit was pretty poor by even the standards of the day, although it did provide a nice ammunition trailer (to carry the batteries for the motor, of course). Otherwise, there wasn't much to recommend it.

Dragon has filled the void with a new release which does a fine job of capturing this beastie, including "magic tracks" which eliminate the odious task of snipping some 200 track bits off of sprues.

As with all armored kits, I started with the running gear, which gave me no particular problems. Two different patterns of front wheels are provided although the instructions only mention the classic military pattern. Frankly, I rather liked the more complex version, and was able to piece them together despite the lack of instructions provided for these.

Modern AFV Antenna - Straight & Tilted Versions

Published: September 7th, 2017     
Modern AFV Antenna - Straight & Tilted Versions
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

If you click the "About Us" tab on the Master Model website you'll read the following: Master Model was created in Poland with a passion for modeling. The company knows how important details are for you. We strive to give you the best possibility of making perfect models, which are a reflection of the originals. The most important thing for us is your satisfaction. By utilizing high product quality, great workmanship, and above all customers contentment, we will take care of you. To that end, there is even a proviso that should the need arise, you may contact the headman, Piotr Czerkasow, directly.

Rather lofty aspirations for a company that manufacturers brass aftermarket gun barrels and pitot tubes for aircraft, ships and armor models. An aspiration that the company has been living up to since its founding in 2008.