Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Tracks & Wheels

Published: March 24th, 2019     
Tracks & Wheels
Author: Ruben Gonzalez, Michel Perez
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: AK Interactive

Tracks & Wheels is part of AK Interactive's Learning Series of books that are profusely illustrated how-to guides that include step-by-step instructions on how to assemble, paint, and weather kits. Other titles in the learning series include:

  • Metallic Paints
  • Flesh & Skin
  • Realistic Wood Effects
  • Panzer Crew Uniforms Painting Guide
  • Modern Figures Camouflages
  • Photoetched Parts

Tracks & Wheels includes in-progress photos and descriptive text explaining each of the steps in assembling, painting, and weathering kit track & wheel subassemblies. The techniques are demonstrated using photos and text by artists and expert modelers. The photos are very clear and explain each progressive step in painting & weathering techniques and includes tips on tools to use. The book includes photo examples of models and actual vehicles to illustrate weathering using the various techniques described in the book. Most of the products used in the book are from AK Interactive.

German Tank Destroyer Marder III M "Normandy Front"

Published: March 22nd, 2019     
German Tank Destroyer Marder III M "Normandy Front"
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1:35
Company: Tamiya

This kit represents the final Marder series of tank destroyer, the model M, that was used in Normandy during the D-Day operations. This version of the Marder was the most produced by the Germans during World War II. Tamiya has taken their kit # 35255 Marder III M from 2002 and added some new parts and figures. Gone are the one-piece rubber band style tracks being replaced with two sprues of link and length tracks. These new tracks make up two sprues that also include new drive sprockets and a dozen 7.5cm rounds to fit into the side ammo bins. A new sprue with four new figures, helmets and headsets is included. The new instruction sheet is in booklet style, not the older Tamiya trifold style. This is nice and helps in referring to different assembly steps - just flips the pages, not the whole sheet. There are 12 pages consisting of 22 steps in the instructions. Along with this is a separate color page showing one Normandy Marder on both sides. This is used for a painting guide and where to place the five decals. Another four-page history booklet is enclosed. The only photo etched part is the perforated muffler cover that comes with a length of brass wire to secure it.

Hauler Sd.Kfz.9 Famo

Published: March 22nd, 2019     
Hauler Sd.Kfz.9 Famo
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 have items in common railroad hobbyist scales.

This small sheet of photoetch provides upgrades to Revell's 1/72 Sd. Kfz. 9 FAMO (03141) kit. The Revell kit is nicely detailed on its own, but for those of us wanting to reallydetailthe kit, Hauler provides this nice set of photoetch. The photoetch comes with a small instruction sheet listing each Revell part number to use, and instructions on whether something needs to be modified or replaced entirely. The instructions are simple and easy to follow.

Pz Kpfw IV Return Rollers Type I

Published: March 18th, 2019     
Pz Kpfw IV  Return Rollers Type I
Reviewed by: Michael Novasad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/35
Company: OKB Grigorov

Additional information is available on Facebook--https://www.facebook.com/OKBGrigorov/

Background

OKB Grigorov is a scale model manufacturer based in Bulgaria. The business was established in 2003. Their main goal since then is to provide quality models and accessories with the maximum amount of details.

The product line includes several 1/72th scale armour kits along with separate photoetch sets, brass gun barrel and idlers. Also, they offer 1/72 and 1/35 resin armor accessories, 1/350 and 1/700 scale naval accessories, 1/72, 1/48, 1/35 and 1/350 resin and PE AFV sets. Also include is a line of 1/72 scale military weapons. Their product line continues to grow.

Contents Description

The review set includes eight resin return rollers for Pz.Kpfw IV and variants. I found images of the Ausf J variant with steel return rollers in place. Check your references. Their catalog includes four types of rollers for the Mk IV and should meet the needs of armor builders looking to add the correct roller to their subject model.

Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle

Published: March 16th, 2019     
Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya

History

The Type 16 maneuver combat vehicle (16Shi Ji Dong Zhan Dou Che Hitoroku-shiki kidou-sentou-sha) is a wheeled tank destroyer of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The Type 16 maneuver combat vehicle (MCV) equips designated combat units. Due to its light weight and small size, it is designed for easy deployment (by aircraft if needed) allowing rapid movement on narrow roads and in built-up areas in response to various contingencies. Despite its small size and light armor, it can successfully attack much larger armored fighting vehicles as well as personnel, using its large caliber gun.

Kit

The kit is produced by Tamiya, a well-known company who is known for producing quality midrange priced model kits. The box artwork is outstanding and shows the Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle traversing open ground. This kit belongs to Tamiya's 1/48 Military Miniature Series.

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