Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Sd. Kfz. 182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Interior Set

Published: October 10th, 2018     
Sd. Kfz. 182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Interior Set
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

My, but when it rains it really pours, doesn't it? After years of comparatively limited (and sometimes pretty iffy) kits of the impressive King Tiger, we now have numerous companies falling all over themselves to provide THE definitive version of this classic monster. Meng, a relative newcomer to the modeling community, has chimed in with their own contribution - one which offers a lovely Porche-turreted vehicle in classic 1/35th scale, but also a separate kit of the full interior as well as a decal set for the zimmerit.

Because of the nature of the build, the interior kit and the basic kit are unavoidably interlinked, as you will have to bounce back and forth between the two a fair bit during construction. As I intend to write separate reviews for these two items, I will do my best to refer to the companion kit (in either case) only in its relation to the other kit's construction. Bear with me on this - I found myself going through the directions and crossing out portions of both sheets so I wouldn't get confused.

Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Zimmerit Decal Sheet

Published: October 10th, 2018     
Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Zimmerit Decal Sheet
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

Meng has done something comparatively new to accompany their outstanding Porsche-turreted King Tiger model in 1/35th scale, offering a separately-available decal sheet for the zimmerit coating found on so many of these monsters at this stage of the Second World War.

The decal sheet is certainly comprehensive - providing 3-dimensionally printed decals for literally every surface that might have had this coating on the real beast. All parts show a remarkable fidelity to the surface they're supposed to cover and have virtually no film to interfere with the edges. On complicated areas, such as the rear of the hull and turret, multiple decals simplify getting around surface detail. All tool attachment points and other such extrusions are also left free of film to facilitate gluing.

King Tiger (Porsche Turret)

Published: October 10th, 2018     
King Tiger (Porsche Turret)
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

My, but when it rains it really pours, doesn't it? After years of comparatively limited (and sometimes pretty iffy) kits of the impressive King Tiger, we now have numerous companies falling all over themselves to provide THE definitive version of this classic monster. Meng, a relative newcomer to the modeling community, has chimed in with their own contribution - one which offers a lovely Porche-turreted vehicle in classic 1/35th scale, but also a separate kit of the full interior as well as a decal set for the zimmerit.

As a limited edition, this offering not only includes a metal barrel, photoetch parts, and various other non-styrene bits but a military map from the Battle of Caen, drawn in 1944. The latter might make a nice poster for your modeling area wall if you're into that sort of thing.

British Battle Tanks - American-Made World War II Tanks

Published: September 24th, 2018     
British Battle Tanks - American-Made World War II Tanks
Author: David Fletcher, Steven J. Zaloga
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book describes the design, development, and operational history of US-made tanks in British service in World War II. The British were initially reluctant to endorse the American-made tanks as they felt they were inferior to British developed tanks. The British eventually appreciated the simplicity of American designed tanks and modified them to meet British needs. The Lend Lease program allowed Britain to obtain American tanks in adequate numbers to take pressure off of the British manufacturers. By the end of World War II the British tank regiments were equipped with more Sherman tanks than any other type.

Author David Fletcher MBE was born in 1942. He has written many books and articles on military subjects and until his retirement was the historian at the Tank Museum, Bovington, UK. He has spent over 40 years studying the development of British armoured vehicles during the two World Wars and in 2012 was awarded an MBE for services to the history of armoured warfare.

German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret)

Published: September 16th, 2018     
German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret)
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

This is a new version of the King Tiger following up on the release of the Henschel version last year.  My first impression was wow what a very well detailed kit. I did review this kit with the addition of the Interior set SPS-062 and Zimmerit Set SPS-060 so the picture will include parts not included in this kit. You can see my reviews of these on this site also. The set is very impressive with the amount of parts and detail included. The parts that would be cast metal on the real tank are well detailed and defined.

The kit contains

  • 10 sprues molded in tan styrene
  • 1 lower hull
  • 1 Photo Etch sheet
  • 1 Clear Sprue
  • 1 Metal gun barrel
  • 1 sprue of rubber ploy caps
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 Painting booklet in color
  • A limited edition Map

Construction

Step 1 through 5 - builds parts of the lower hull and suspension real no issues, except for a few injection pin marks that needed filling.

Step 6 through 9 - Builds and installs the rear armored wall. This was a very easy with no issues at all.

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