Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

M65 Atomic Cannon

Published: July 28th, 2019     
M65 Atomic Cannon
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Company: David Doyle books

Pen and Sword has published another tome in David Doyle's Images of War series of books. This most recent volume covers the M65 Atomic Cannon. Should you be unaware of this series of books, David Doyle gathers together an immense number of rare and often times never before published photos on the selected subject. There are well written and informative captions for each and every photo.

For those that may be unfamiliar with the M65 Atomic Cannon there is a vintage film, produced by the U.S. Army, that highlights the cannon and associated vehicles. And if modeling the M65 is in your future this video may even give you a few ideas for displaying this enormous piece of artillery.

Following a brief introductory chapter on the history of large caliber, long ranged artillery, David Doyle's M65 Atomic Cannon is divided into five chapters:

Images of War - M36/M36B1 Tank Destroyer

Published: July 28th, 2019     
Images of War - M36/M36B1 Tank Destroyer
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: David Doyle Books

This book provides great detail drawings of the American M36/M36B1 Tank Destroyer.

The US idea when going into WWII was to use tanks to support infantry and use Tank Destroyers against enemy tanks.

I found the photos and information in this book to be fascinating and many of the photos are ones not available anywhere else. The photos range from in production shots, in action and knocked out ones. All variations are covered in the photos and you see a lot of in action shots with the tank customized by each crew.

Along with the many photos from WWII there are great workarounds pictures full of fantastic details. These are indispensable for any modeler building this tank destroyer. You see so much detail in the walk around pictures which will make adding additional work to your model so much easier.

Each photo has a great description of what is in the picture, units using them, where and when.

ROC Army CM11 Main Battle Tank

Published: July 17th, 2019     
ROC Army CM11 Main Battle Tank
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1:35
Company: AFV Club

History

The CM-11 Brave Tiger (Yong Hu Shi Zhan Che ) is a Main Battle Tank (MBT) that was developed by the American General Dynamics and the Republic of China Army (ROCA) Armored Vehicle Development Center[1] It was introduced to the public on 14 April 1990. Being a variant of the M48 Patton, it is also known as the M48H Main Battle Tank. The CM-11 is a hybrid M60 chassis fitted with the turret from the older M48 Patton and the fire control system of the M1 Abrams.[2]

Panzer III On The Battlefield 2

Published: July 3rd, 2019     
Panzer III On The Battlefield 2
Author: Tom Cockle
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Peko Publishing

If you are a student of WW2 German armored vehicles, or enjoy modeling subjects such as the German Panzer III and Panzer IV, then the name Tom Cockle should be very familiar to you. Mr. Cockle is a prolific author on such subjects, and has written or co-written books for Osprey Publishing, Concord Publications, Squadron Signal Publications as well as European publisher Peko Publishing. Mr. Cockle is also a frequent commentator on such matters on military vehicle model websites such as Missing-lynx.com. The book under discussion today is the 18thvolume in this wonderful series by Peko Publishing. I have 8 of the titles in the series so far, and plan on picking up others as my reference budget allows.

The Complete Guide to German Armored Vehicles

Published: June 29th, 2019     
The Complete Guide to German Armored Vehicles
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: David Doyle books

Given the massive interest surrounding the Nazi armed forces during World War 2, it isn't surprising that publishers want to produce books that cover the entirety of the military vehicles used by the Germans, in one volume, at an affordable price. And for a reader interested in this topic, it might be very useful to have a handy guide to said vehicles all in one volume. Over the years, there have been a number of such tomes published. I myself have one from 1969 titled "German Tanks of World War II: The Complete Illustrated History of German Armored Fighting Vehicles 1926-1945" edited by Peter Chamberlain and Chris Ellis. However, to do it right, is surely a daunting challenge to any author? And what, exactly, is "doing it right"?

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