Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Valentine Mk. II/IV w/ Desert Fenders

Published: April 13th, 2018     
Valentine Mk. II/IV w/ Desert Fenders
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:35
Company: Eduard

This is a Big Ed set which contains three Eduard PE sets for the new tooled Tamiya Valentine Mk.II /IV kit.

In the Big Ed sets the following sets:

T-55 Mod. 1963 Interior Kit, Part 1

Published: April 3rd, 2018     
T-55 Mod. 1963 Interior Kit, Part 1
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt Models

Introduction

This is part 1 of the review of MiniArt's T-55 Mod. 1963 Interior Kit. Part 2 will complete the assembly of the turret, tracks, fenders, and the remainder of the kit.

This kit is the first of MiniArt's T-55 variants and follows their earlier series of T-44/54 Russian tank kits. Following their previous versions, this kit is first released with full interior detailing. MiniArt has also announced a soon to be released IDF Tiran version of the T-55, and a T-55A Late Mod. 1965.

With over 1200 parts, this is an extremely well-detailed kit that is best suited for patient, experienced modelers. MiniArt provides full interior details of the hull, turret, and engine. The drivers' compartment provides some detail, but not as complex as the other areas. There is no detail in the rear compartment for the transmission, oil cooler, fan, etc. There is also no provision for the main fuel tank at the front of the hull. Otherwise, this tank is packed full of extreme detail!

M109A3/M185A3 Shop Van

Published: April 2nd, 2018     
M109A3/M185A3 Shop Van
Reviewed by: David Dodge, IPMS# 49795
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

Intro

AFV Club released this kit in the fall of last year. This is a variant of their M35x series of 2.5-ton trucks of which the M49A2c 1200 Gallon Fuel truck and the venerable M35A2/3 "Deuce and a half" truck were released.

Camouflage - The Weathering Magazine Issue #20

Published: March 27th, 2018     
Camouflage - The Weathering Magazine Issue #20
Author: Various
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Company: AMMO

This is 20th magazine in Ammo's weathering line. I really like how they take one topic and run about ten articles to explain how to improve your skill on this technique. The magazine is in the larger, A4 European style, since it is published in Spain. There are 75 pages of high gloss color photos broken down into 11 articles. The article's models range from five armored fighting vehicles, a locomotive, a figure, a submarine and a Sci-Fi Maschinen figure. Each article is six to eight pages long and full of photos detailing the step by step camouflage pattern being used. There is no construction of these kits discussed, it is just all painting and weathering. I noticed that almost all the articles use only Ammo by Mig products. Makes sense since it is their magazine series.

T-80 Photoetch Set

Published: March 27th, 2018     
T-80 Photoetch Set
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler

Hauler produces photo-etched and resin upgrade sets for armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), airplanes, cars, railway vehicles, and dioramas. They also produce a few resin kits. Their products are in most of the common scale sizes, 1/72, 1/48, and 1/35, but they also produce a number of other items in common railroad hobbyist scales.

The kit for this review is a small set of photoetch designed to upgrade Revell's 1/72 T-80 kit. The most obvious pieces of photoetch parts in this kit are designed to replace the plastic grills over the engine and exhaust, as well as the side skirts covering the lower portion of the tank's hull. However, there are also parts to replace the stowage basket on the turret, the commander's machine gun mount and ammo box, as well as the headlight mounts and covers. In all, there are 25 parts included on one small sheet of photo-etch and a small set of instructions in the package.