Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

American Tanks and AFV's of World War II

Published: November 13th, 2018     
American Tanks and AFV's of World War II
Author: Michael Green
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: Osprey Publishing

I've been waiting for a book like this for a long time - an inexpensive, comprehensive and readable book on US Armor in WWII. Prolific author Michael Green's latest release covers just about everything that rolled on track and sported a big white star. While there are images of war in this volume, this book is more informative than sexy - perfectly suitable as a go-to resource for research, as well as an easy read next to the fireplace.

Even though the book is separated into chapters set along functional lines, the author begins with a roughly chronological treatise on the often-conflicting design decisions and questionable Army doctrine that guided the early development of U.S. armor. The discussion then continues, walking the reader up through the hard-learned lessons of combat and how the Army came to be the irresistible juggernaut that rolled across Europe and up the island chains of the Pacific. It is this style of writing that sets the book apart from encyclopedic tomes that make up similar works. The book is readable and filled with enough pictures and artwork to quickly move the reader through this substantial, yet fascinating subject.

IDF M-109 Doher 1993

Published: November 11th, 2018     
IDF M-109 Doher 1993
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

The M109 is an American made 155mm self propelled howitzer that was first used in the early 1960s. It has been extensively upgraded to remain in front line service and extensively exported to U.S. allies around the world. Israel fielded the M109A2 variant in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 as the Rochev and in the early 1990s the IDF began to modernize this vehicle using the M109A6 as a guide. The designation of the updated M109 Rochev was Doher and the vehicles remain in service today. This new injection molded kit from AFV Club is the next in the line of recent releases of their M109 line.

The "Einheits-Diesel" WW2 German Trucks

Published: November 10th, 2018     
The "Einheits-Diesel" WW2 German Trucks
Author: Alan Ranger
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: MMP Books

This photo album is packed with 120 photos and is part of MMP books Camera On series of photo books. Author Alan Ranger uses photos taken by regular German soldiers of vehicles both before and during the WW2. Ranger attempts to show a more personal view of the vehicles through the eyes of the soldiers that lived and worked with the Einheits Diesels. The photos are all in black and white and many have only recently become available. The photographs are in most cases clear, but many are low contrast, typical of personal photos of the time.

Centurion Mk. III Photoetch Detail Set

Published: November 10th, 2018     
Centurion Mk. III Photoetch Detail Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch set for Tamiya Centurion Mk III 1.35 Model kit.

The set contains the following sets;

  • 2 x photoetch sheet
  • 1 film
  • 1 instruction sheet

This photoetch set replaces a lot of the simple molded on details and improve the kit immensely.

The parts are very easy to attach and form with only a few issues and points to be aware of being encountered during the complete build. The first one was you need to use Kit part A13 to form the photo etch replacement Item 28. I would also suggest that when attaching the item 109 handles that you pre-drill holes for them sit in. I added a pick axe head as one is not included to replace the one you remove during the build. Remember to fill the holes not required, most are indicated in the instructions but a few are missed. I also added a Sledge hammer to replace the one you remove during the build.

Be careful when forming the items 38 and 33 around the kit part A12.

When you come to the replacement turret side bins latches the part the latch locks on to is shown as item 99 in a couple of locations when it should be item 106.

Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer

Published: November 7th, 2018     
Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer
Author: Dennis Oliver
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

Dennis Oliver, in conjunction with Pen and Sword Books, has released another one of his very popular TankCraft series; this one covering the German Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer. Written specifically with the modeler in mind, Mr. Oliver has packed these handy books with enough combat history and technical data to be of interest to the non-modeler as well. Several of these populate my modeling library, although I've started to buy the electronic Kindle versions as well, so I can zoom in on various images while the e-Book lays flat on my workbench.

The attractive, slightly oversized softcover book contains a short introduction of this popular German AFV, followed by in interesting 4-page chronological history of the late European War, starting with D-Day and ending with the German surrender on May 7th. The line items include most major events of the war, but also most newsworthy items involving the Jagdpanther. The author then moves through the various military units that employed the tank destroyer, showing unit designations and organization. This section continues at the back of the book.

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