Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Sd.Kfz. 142 Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. C/D

Published: April 28th, 2017     
Sd.Kfz. 142 Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. C/D
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon Models offers a complete lineup of the Sd.Kfz.142 Sturmgeschutz family tree in 1/35 scale. The subject of this review is the Sd.Kfz. 142 III Ausf, C/D, an upgraded offering from their 'Smart Kit' series.

The 'Sd.Kfz.' in the name, short for 'Sonderkraftfahrzeug', identifies the vehicle as a 'special purpose vehicle', and the Sturmgeschutz (StuG) was Germany's most produced armored fighting vehicle during World War II.

The StuG was built on the chassis of the proven Panzer III tank, replacing the turret with a fixed superstructure mounting a more powerful gun. Initially intended as a mobile, armored light gun for direct-fire support for infantry, the StuG III was continually modified, and widely employed as an assault gun as well as a tank destroyer.

Hanomag RL-20

Published: April 22nd, 2017     
Hanomag RL-20
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plus Model

Background

Hanomag (Hannoversche Maschinenbau AG) was a German producer of steam locomotives, tractors, trucks, and military vehicles in Hanover. During World War II, the car plant made military vehicle engines, a military version of their heavy tractor renamed the SS-100, and halftrack troop carriers. The single most important and iconic military vehicle to be designed and built by Hanomag during World War II was the Sd.Kfz. 251 half-track (commonly called simply "the Hanomag") with a total production numbering just over 15,000.

The Hanomag RL 20 wheeled tractor was manufactured from 1937 to 1942. The 1.9 litre, four-cylinder diesel engine produced 20 HP. At the beginning of WWII many of these tractors were put into service with the German Wehrmacht.

15cm s.IG.33/2 (Sf) auf Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer

Published: April 11th, 2017     
15cm s.IG.33/2 (Sf) auf Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon has recently released five new kits, none of which have been available in plastic before, at least not in the released versions. Instead, modelers would have had to scratch build them or buy expensive resin conversion sets.

This review covers one of the kits; the 15cm s.IG.33/2 (Sf) auf Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer. This Czechoslovakian 38(t)-based vehicle looks unusual, sporting the large-caliber, 150mm field howitzer used on a variety of other (mostly larger) German AFV's. Just imagine the recoil from that gun when fired from the diminutive Hetzer!

Intended as a replacement for the Grille, only 30 were built, from December 1944. Operational history is scarce, but based on the few images available it was apparently used in combat on the Eastern front.

This is an unusual armored vehicle and promises to build into an unusual subject for German WWII armor fans.

"Panzergrenadiers to the Front" plus Companion Map Book

Published: April 11th, 2017     
"Panzergrenadiers to the Front" plus Companion Map Book
Author: A.Stephan Hamilton
Reviewed by: Allan Murrel, IPMS# 49715
Company: Case