Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Scammell Pioneer SV2S Photoetch

Published: October 24th, 2017     
Scammell Pioneer SV2S Photoetch
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

Eduard has issued this nice photoetch set for IBG Model's newly released Scammell Pioneer SV2S Heavy Breakdown Tractor. IBG's kit has very good detail, and Eduard provides many additional details to improve the quality of the model.

The photoetch is up to Eduard's high quality standard, but there are many very small parts to deal with. I could assemble all the photoetch using super glue, and did not find soldering to be necessary. The photoetch seems to be very thin, and several pieces broke when I tried to bend them. Experience working with photoetch is highly recommended for this set. The use of a bending device tool is also very helpful for this set.

To add PE to a model, I go through the kit instructions and mark those parts that are modified by the photoetch so it can be incorporated in the normal assembly sequence. The Eduard instructions are quite clear and use different colors to designate replacement PE parts, kit parts, or areas to be removed.

The PE set includes:

World of Tanks KV-1/2

Published: October 23rd, 2017     
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1:56
Company: Italeri

Italeri recently started producing a line of 1/56 scale AFVs and figures. This might be an unusual scale for most model builders, but is a fairly common wargaming scale equivalent to the 28mm scale. The Soviet KV-1 tank kit is one of their newest kits that also promotes the on-line video game, World of Tanks(r).

The Kliment Voroshilov (KV) series of heavy tanks came as a surprise to the German army at the start of Operation Barbarosa. The tanks proved to be nearly impenetrable to all the German anti-tank weapons, other than the 8.8cm gun. The KV series featured heavy armor, and strong weaponry, with the KV-1 fielding a 76mm gun, and the KV-2 fielding the 152mm howitzer. The Soviet tanks so outclassed their German counterparts, that there were instances where a single KV tank, with supporting infantry, was able to hold off entire German columns in the early part of the war.

Sturmpanzer IV Brummbar

Published: October 22nd, 2017     
Sturmpanzer IV Brummbar
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

History

In February 1942, the German Army (Heer) started building forty Sturmpanzer (Assault Tank) on Panzer IV chassis in readiness for the Battle of Kursk. The vehicle carried a 15cm howitzer in a boxed fighting compartment. Another eighty were produced in late 1943. Finally, another 162 were built between May 1944 and March 1945. These were the late production models built on the Panzer IV Ausf. J chassis and this newly tooled kit represents this model.

Zimmerit Coating Sheet - Brummbar Late Production

Published: October 22nd, 2017     
Zimmerit Coating Sheet -  Brummbar Late Production
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

Zimmerit was a paste-like coating used on German armored fighting vehicles between December 1943 and October 1944. It was used to produce a hard layer covering the metal armor of the vehicle, providing enough separation that magnetically attached anti-tank mines would fail to stick to the vehicle. This 5x10 inch sticker sheet enables easy reproduction of zimmerit on the Tamiya #35353 1/35 scale German Assault Tank IV Brummbar Late Production. There are 48 red outlined stickers on this sheet that need to be cut out, pealed from the backing and applied to the model. The stickers are a little thicker then decals and cut very easily with a sharp X-Acto blade. I also used my photoetch scissors to cut a few decals. A metal straight edge helps making the longer cuts. There is some extra zimmerit coating printed on this sheet for repair needs.

I am using this sheet on the new Tamiya Brummbar for a separate review.

T-15 Armata Object 149

Published: October 16th, 2017     
T-15 Armata Object 149
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1:35
Company: Panda Hobby

The T-15 is a new vehicle designed for the Russian inventory as an infantry support vehicle, possibly as a replacement for the venerable BMP 2. The T-15 is concept based on the T-14 MBT tank hull. Due to the nature of the T-14 being designed to have multiple versions, the T-15 is the same hull that has a different automated turret installed. This turret is designed with infantry support in mind with a 2A42 30 mm auto-cannon, a 7.62 mm coaxial PKT and two sets of Kornet-EM anti-tank missiles. Panda Hobby's new kit is the first attempt at this interesting new vehicle.

The instructions are pretty standard for Panda kits, printed on glossy paper with clear part breakdowns. In a few steps the parts locations can be a little vague but for the most part the instructions are great. They did tend to fall apart with use, the staples tended to pull through the paper easily. The kit parts are very well molded in a heavy dark green plastic and the individual link tracks are molded in a light brown. I didn't really find and molding issues and I had almost no issues with flash or broken parts.