Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

IDF M109A2 Rochev

Published: July 23rd, 2017     
IDF M109A2 Rochev
Reviewed by: Mark David Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1:35
Company: AFV Club

The U.S. Army accepted their first M109 in 1963. The M109 sported the short barrel (23 Caliber) 155mm M126 gun. Since 1963 the M109 has gone through a series of changes and upgrades. Most notable is the change to the longer barreled (39 Caliber) M185 gun on the M109A1 and the removal of the external floatation kit and addition of the external ammunition storage box on the M109A2.

The Israelis received their first 60 M109s in 1967. After years of boycotts, refusals, and subterfuge, the United States agreed to openly sell Israel much needed modern armored fighting vehicles. The only changes the IDF did to the original M109s were to add some hull mounted crew rails on the side and the conversion of some muzzle brakes to the Soltam version (probably for testing purposes).

By the time of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, only one Battalion had been equipped with the M109 Rochev (Rider) as it is called in Hebrew. This Battalions B Battery was almost completely wiped out in the first two days of the war. After the losses suffered from the war, the United States again offered to supply more arms and armor. This time the M109A1 was delivered to Israel.

Soviet T-10 Heavy Tank And Variantsx

Published: July 18th, 2017     
Soviet T-10 Heavy Tank And Variantsx
Author: James Kinnear and Stephen (Cookie) Sewell
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Osprey Publishing, UK

During the early 1930's, the Soviet Union's military embarked upon a program to produce a massive new tank force capable of defending the vast territories of the Motherland. Tank production was broken down into six "types" of vehicles: amphibious scout tanks (as there was massive amounts of waterways and marshland within the country); light tanks; infantry support tanks; fast (cavalry) tanks; medium tanks; and heavy tanks. The latter were to be produced in smaller numbers (due to their expense and also complexity of production) and utilized for "breakthrough" maneuvers such as engaging large concentrations of enemy tanks, or against hard to dislodge fixed defensive positions unable to be dealt with by lighter armed or armored tank units.

T-54-2 Model 1949 Soviet Medium Tank

Published: July 16th, 2017     
T-54-2 Model 1949 Soviet Medium Tank
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

Background

As production ramped up, it was discovered that the T-54-1 Model 1947 had a number of technical issues. This lead to relatively few vehicles being produced, and production ceasing quickly, to be replaced as the problems were sorted out with a modified variant, the Model 1949. This second variant had a different turret configuration than its predecessor, the fender mounted machine guns of the Model 1947 were deleted, and the fender mounted cylindrical fuel tanks (as seen on late model T-34/76 and T-34/85 tanks) were replaced by a rectangular design.

This is the second T-54 kit from MiniArt that I have had the great pleasure of reviewing for IPMS/USA. The first, MiniArt Kit #37003, was of the T-54-1 Model 1947, the first production variant of this important Soviet Cold War warrior. For this review, see here: T-54-1 Review

Husky MKIII VMMD

Published: July 15th, 2017     
Husky MKIII VMMD
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:35
Company: Panda Hobby

First released by Panda-Hobby in 2015, this is a good kit of an interesting and very unusual vehicle. The parts have some fit issues, but are generally okay. There are not a huge number of parts (220) and there is not a lot of detail to the vehicle, which simplifies assembly.

Background

The Husky VMMD was first developed for the South African Defence Force in the 1970s to clear military convoy routes of mines. Formerly called the Chubby System, the Husky uses ground penetrating radar to locate mines and IEDs. Driven by a single occupant, the vehicle can withstand explosions and is easily repairable due to its modular construction. The Husky VMMD has been used extensively in Afghanistan and Iraq.

German Staff Car

Published: July 13th, 2017     
German Staff Car
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:144
Company: Brengun

The Vehicle

Every armed force in World War II used civilian automobiles as transportation for "important" people. There were American Dodges, Buicks, and Fords. The British used Bentleys and Austin. The Germans used Opels and Horches. Brengun doesn't specify which model of automobile this kit represents, but it's obviously a "luxury" car, with a hard top and 4 doors. It's definitely nicer than Hans-Joachim Marseille's Kubelwagen.

The Kit

You get two resin staff cars in the kit. There is a PE fret an instruction sheet, and a small decal sheet with license plates for two cars.

Assembly

There really isn't any assembly to this kit. I removed the pour block from the connectors at the bottom of the car, and then cut these connectors off of the bottom of the car.