Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Photetch Detail Set for Tamiya M1A2 Abrams

Published: July 24th, 2018     
Photetch Detail Set for Tamiya M1A2 Abrams
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1:48
Company: Hauler-Brengun

For those of us who attended the IPMS Nationals in 2017, we were able to see the 1/48 scale M1A2 that Tamiya would soon be releasing. I built the original 1/35 Tamiya offering in the 1980's as the tank was just entering service, and I knew that I would need this new release in a smaller scale. The folks at Hauler have released a photoetch set to improve detail on some items and add more/missing details in other areas. I would highly recommend this set to modelers building this Abrams tank, but also recommend that you have experience with some rather small detail parts.

This set comes with two frets of thin brass holding 75 numbered parts, and there are over three dozen additional parts for instances when multiple parts share the same number (such as the tow cable supports). There are only a few items that have spares included, which is why I recommend that a person have some PE experience before taking on this set. The instructions are covered on two sheets of paper with black and white drawings on both sides of each sheet.

M-109A2 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer (DOHER)

Published: July 24th, 2018     
M-109A2 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer (DOHER)
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

AFV Club has released the third version of Israeli's rework of the venerable American M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH). This time around we meet the 'Doher', or 'Galloper' - an augmented boxing of their recent 'Rochev Bet' release. The M109A2 Doher was fielded in 1993, eventually replacing all of the earlier Rochev models in active service by 1997. After the active service units received their share, the IDF began to replace some of the reserve units' vehicles. Today one can find in the reserve units both the Doher & Rochev models.

From Moscow to Stalingrad

Published: July 21st, 2018     
From Moscow to Stalingrad
Author: Yves Buffetaut
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Casemate Publishing

The book goes into great detail German Campaign on the Eastern front 1941 to 1942.

It covers Germans path from Moscow to Stalingrad which was full of successes and failures for both the Wehrmacht and the Red Army.

I found this book very interesting and fascinating. It was full of such a lot of information and some fantastic photographs that I had never seen before. This whole period of World War two was full of problems created by Hitler's obsession that he knew better that his high command. occasions.

There are lot of pictures and illustrations that make the book even more interesting.

I recommend this book to everyone with a deep interest the war. The only downside was it could have had a little insight into the actions it fought from an eyewitness perspective to give it more feeling.

Thanks go to Casemate Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

International Tank Development Since 1970

Published: July 4th, 2018     
International Tank Development Since 1970
Author: Alexander Ludeke
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Company: Casemate Publishing

About the Author

Historian and author Alexander Ludeke's main interests are the military and the history of technology. He has an extensive image library, which includes numerous illustrations, a selection of which can be found in this Fact File.


A great upheaval in tank construction took place in the 1970s, as new combat techniques, helicopters, weaponry and new types of ammunition reduced the value of a conventional combat battalion. Nevertheless, complete new developments are rare and in this book, Alexander Ludeke looks at the most important developments that have taken place since 1970.

M60A2 Patton Early Type

Published: June 27th, 2018     
M60A2 Patton Early Type
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Scale: 1:35
Company: Hobby Fan


Without giving a lengthy history of the M60 Patton the following is a short summary of the M60A2. The M60A2 nicknamed the "Starship" grew out of the development of the M60A1 with a CVWS (Combat Vehicle Weapons System) turret firing a 152mm conventional round. Planning began in the late 1950s. These were initially named the M60A1E2 then later standardized to the designation M60A2. Production was ended in 1975 with a total production run of 526 vehicles.

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