Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

T-34 "Tyagach" Model 1944 Soviet Recovery Machine

Published: May 6th, 2020     
T-34 "Tyagach" Model 1944 Soviet Recovery Machine
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman - IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/35
Company: ICM

The WWII Soviet T-34 is one of the most recognizable tanks out there. There is nothing about the T-34 that I can tell you that you probably don't already know.

ICM's newest release is something that you don't see too often, and to my knowledge is the first time this variant has appeared in kit form. The ICM #35371 1/35 T-34 "Tyagach" Model 1944 Soviet Recovery Machine. This kit represents the 'tractor' version of the T-34 - made by replacing the turret of a damaged tank with a welded plug/hatch. These vehicles were used for towing and recovery operations during the World War II.

The kit comes in a nice study inner box with a hinged lid. The colorful box top comes off from that and has the typical printed information. Inside, this kit has six trees plus the upper and lower hull molded in green, one clear tree, four vinyl track parts, and two vinyl tow cables.

Kit parts come in a plastic bag, with the two "C" sprues with the smaller parts wrapped in their own protective padding. The clear tree is in its own bag, as are the vinyl parts.

Tank Battles in East Prussia and Poland 1944-1945

Published: May 5th, 2020     
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198

Towards the end of World War 2 some of the most vicious tank battles were being fought on the Eastern Front as Russian forces pushed their way into the back door of the Third Reich. Although not on the scale of the Kursk campaign earlier in the war, these slugfests involved some of the heaviest, most sophisticated armored units the world had seen up to that point, and most engagements were hammered out between the opposing forces with no quarter given or taken. The atrocities that these two countries had inflicted on each other during the previous five years ensured that.

My father was a professor of history, and he wrote a number of books relying on primary sources. Igor Nebolsin's book on the subject of these brutal encounters likewise draws on a plethora of first-hand information, from battle reports to statistical data from both sides, to first-hand reminiscences of combatants. Ultimately, this becomes a virtual day-to-day study of this period in history.

9K330 Tor Air Defense System

Published: May 4th, 2020     
9K330 Tor Air Defense System
Reviewed by: Dan Brown - IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1/35
Company: Panda Hobby

The 9K330 Tor is the newest vehicle in the Russian arsenal for self contained anti-air missile defense system. The missile system is the SA-15 Gauntlet and it is mounted in the 9K330 Tor tracked chassis. The vehicle has an integrated rotating search radar, a tracking radar in the front of the turret, antennas for guidance and 6 vertically stored missiles in the center of the turret. Interestingly, these missiles are stored internally and are launched similar to US naval vessels. In 2016, Panda Hobby released the original version of this kit and it remains the only styrene kit of this subject. This new release from 2019 adds replacement white metal tracks to the kit.

FWD Type B WWI US Army Truck

Published: May 4th, 2020     
FWD Type B WWI US Army Truck
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves - IPMS# 51129
Scale: 1/35
Company: ICM

I had heard that ICM vehicle kits were a bit of trouble and that care was needed in building them. I can honestly say though that they did pretty well with this kit, which went together smoothly with very little fuss. It makes an interesting looking addition to my WWI model collection.

The Four Wheel Drive Auto Company (FWD) was one of the first American companies to develop and produce all-wheel drive vehicles. The U.S. Army ordered 15,000 FWD Model B three ton trucks, known as Truck, 3 Ton, Model 1917, during WWI with over 14,000 delivered. Additional orders came from the United Kingdom and Russia.

What's Inside the Box

The kit comes as the standard ICM kit does - with a colorful box top that slides off of an enclosed brown cardboard box. Parts were packaged well and details were crisp with no flash to speak of.

Hungarian Armored Fighting Vehicles in the Second World War

Published: May 4th, 2020     
Hungarian Armored Fighting Vehicles in the Second World War
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Company: Pen & Sword

The coverage of WWII in print has been profound covering many aspects or the Untied States, Britain and Germany in the European theater. What hasn't been covered as well is the remainder of the Axis powers and their contributions and participation in the conflict. Writer Eduardo Manuel Gil Martinez aims to correct part of that with this book covering Hungarian Armor in WWII. The book covers from prewar to the end of WWII with superb period black and white photos and an explanation of the people, battles, and equipment involved.

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