Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

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.

The table of contents looks like this:

M4A3E2 'Jumbo'

Published: May 3rd, 2020     
M4A3E2 'Jumbo'
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy - IPMS# 3064
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Model

Background

'The new German tanks were the headache of ordinary Sherman tanks. The mass production of the M26 Pershing was still some time away. The M4A3E2, a special Sherman variant nicknamed "Jumbo" was thus born. It received much thicker chassis and turret armor on the basis of M4A3. It could withstand the shot of large caliber German tank guns and anti-tank guns. Later, it was refitted the 76mm main gun and had better anti-armor capability. In the end of December 1944, a "Jumbo" tank of the 4th Armored Division under the command of Patton led a unit of U.S. soldiers to break the German Siege of Bastogne and joined forces with the 101st Airborne Division. This operation reversed the situation of the Battle of the Bulge.

The latest MENG Sherman series product, TS-045 U.S. Assault Tank M4A3E2 Jumbo kit completely replicates the special "Jumbo" Sherman exterior details. The entirely different front and side hull armor, and brand-new turret and mantlet profile have been properly represented. It will be the most unique one in your Sherman collection.'

Clarcat Typ B Royal Navy deck Tractor

Published: May 3rd, 2020     
Clarcat Typ B Royal Navy deck Tractor
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler Brengun

Brengun has released a great accessory to add to a WWII Royal Navy Aircraft carrier diorama. This a tractor used in the later part of WWII on aircraft carrier to move aircraft around the deck.

In the box is;

  • 15 x light grey resin parts
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

The resin is well molded with very little flash and great detail. The only issue I found was the two larger parts have large resin parts to be removed which has to be done very carefully. Also, the review kit had one of the two part 5's missing which I made a scratch one up.

Construction

First is the construction is the main body and the control parts, steering wheel, levers and pedals. Be careful installing the pedals as they are tightly spaced. I also drilled out the holes for the parts to be installed easier.

The wheels and accessories are added next. The front wheel bay needs to be enlarged to allow the wheel to be installed correctly.

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