Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Sd.Kfz.179 Bergepanther Recovery Vehicle

Published: September 7th, 2017     
Sd.Kfz.179 Bergepanther Recovery Vehicle
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Italeri

The Italeri Bergepanther Kit # 285, originally released back in 1995, is still standing sentry duty as the only readily available injection-molded set of sprues for this Panther-based German tank recovery vehicle. The model has gone through a number of updates and improvements since, culminating in what you see reviewed here. After all this time, however, Italeri's offering 'still has it goin' on', sporting a relatively detailed engine, transmission, and winch/cable assembly, all housed in a decent Panther A chassis. One heck of a value, and still the only game in town.

T14 Armata - Object 148

Published: September 6th, 2017     
T14 Armata - Object 148
Reviewed by: David Dodge, IPMS# 49795
Scale: 1/35
Company: Panda Models

Intro

Panda released this kit late last year and it competes with the Takom and Zvesda Armata Kits. The kit is molded in medium green plastic and the track components are molded in a dark tan plastic. There is one sprue of clear parts, a PE fret and decals. With a length of tow cable.

Background

The T14 Armata is Russia's latest Main Battle Tank that first appeared in public practices for the 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade. This was a shock to NATO and Western Forces as the advanced design was unknown at that time. The T14 is derived from the Armata Universal Combat Platform. The tank weighs 48 metric tons and is 11 feet wide and 11 feet tall and 29 feet long. This is a big tank.

BTR-60 Wheels

Published: August 30th, 2017     
BTR-60 Wheels
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler

The set provides eight resin replacement wheels and tires, molded as one piece, for the Russian BTR-60 APC. The tires are slightly wider than the Trumpeter rubber tires. The Hauler wheels are a different style and much smaller than the Trumpeter wheels. The Hauler tires have a crisper tread pattern than the Trumpeter tires and are molded without a center seam. They do not have a flattened portion for the weight of the vehicle.

Each of the wheels is molded with their own casting block. The mounting hole for the wheel is much larger than the Trumpeter axle so it needs to be drilled out. Mounted on the vehicle, it becomes apparent that the Hauler wheels are smaller and the tires have a larger profile.

The profile and size of the Hauler wheels provide a good option to the Trumpeter kit wheels. The tire tread is much crisper, even at this small scale.

Thanks to Hauler for continuing to produce these nice add-on parts and providing review samples to IPMS.

M752 Tactical Ballistic Missile Launcher

Published: August 23rd, 2017     
M752 Tactical Ballistic Missile Launcher
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

From Dragon Models USA website:

This M752 is understandably 100% newly tooled. Furthermore, it's the only 1/35th scale full plastic kit of this US-manufactured tracked missile launcher currently available on the market.

The missile can be elevated up or down to represent firing or transport modes, respectively. The missile mount and associated elevation mechanism are sophisticated and strong enough to support an accurately detailed Lance missile.

This new kit captures the somber days of the Cold War, and so this Lance self-propelled missile launcher would make a fine addition to any modern warfare kit collection. The Lance system was used by the US Army, Belgium, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, and UK, meaning that this new kit offers enterprising modelers a lot of versatility.

M4A2 76mm Red Army

Published: August 17th, 2017     
M4A2 76mm Red Army
Reviewed by: Max Welliver, IPMS# 50498
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

The next Cyber-Hobby Orange Box offering is a Red Army M4A2(76) tank. A total of 4,102 M4A2 medium tanks were sent to the U.S.S.R. under Lend-Lease during WWII. To make the kit more valuable, the kit includes a fine 1/35 scale Maxim machine gun as well!

Opening the Box

This thin, side-opening Dragon box is filled with a nice amount of parts. The sprues are molded in light grey plastic and have some really detailed cast textures and weld seams.

The kit includes:

  • Seven sprues
  • One clear sprue
  • One small cable
  • Two small sheets of PE
  • Two lengths of DS track
  • One gun mantlet cover made of the same DS material
  • One small decal sheet

They provide decals for two tanks: