Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

World War Toons British Infantry Tank A12 Matilda II

Published: May 13th, 2019     
World War Toons British Infantry Tank A12 Matilda II
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: N/S
Company: Meng Models

Here is another caricature tank from Meng Models. These models are obviously targeted at kids, but many of us "serious" modelers are finding them to be fantastic "breaks" from our usual in-depth subjects. I am seeing them on the contest tables as well.

The kit comes in a strong end opening box with a colorful painting of a British Matilda. All the sprues, instruction manual and tiny decal sheet are located within a single plastic bag.

All the parts show a good amount of detail, and it is intended to be a "snap fit" model. The instruction manual is easy to follow, but the painting and decal diagrams are very small and quite dark, making it a little difficult to determine decal positions and color demarcation areas. There are two decal schemes offered: a British tank in the Caunter paint scheme and a captured German tank painted in Panzer Grey. The model builds up quickly, although, care is needed with some quite large sprue attachments. Make sure these are completely eliminated so the parts fit cleanly. I found the tolerances quite tight and in some cases paint had to be removed for parts to slot into their mounting holes easier.

Renault FT-17 Tank

Published: May 13th, 2019     
Renault FT-17 Tank
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:144
Company: Brengun

The Vehicle

The Renault FT (the 17 was added after World War I) was the first modern tank to reach production. The big advance over previous armored vehicles was the armament in a fully rotating turret, which allowed the tank to shoot without maneuvering. There were over 3,000 FTs built in France during the war, and there were 950 M1917 light tanks built in the United States. None of the US built tanks were completed in time to see action in the war, but France lent 144 FTs to the US Army in mid-1918.

There were many users of the FT, including Afghanistan, where 4 were discovered by US Forces in 2003, Belgium, Brazil, China, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, and 19 others, including Nazi Germany.

The Kit

This is a tiny vehicle in 1/144, smaller than the US Staff car I built recently. The kit is 100% resin, with no PE or plastic. The hull is one piece, there are 2 turrets, the cast and welded, the tracks, two-gun choices, 37mm cannon or machine gun, the exhaust and the rear tail with 2 supports.

There are decals for two German, two French and one US tank.

Stug III 75mm Assault Gun

Published: May 13th, 2019     
Stug III 75mm Assault Gun
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1:76
Company: Airfix

The recent re-release of Airfix's catalogue of 1/76 AFVs has generated a bit of a buzz among Airfix fans, many of whom grew up building these little gems as lads. Now, as adults, these kits bring back memories of the simpler times with the re-boxing of these little beauties. I never had much of an opportunity to build Airfix kits in my youth, I don't remember them, or their many American boxings being available in my local hobby shop. However, coming back into the hobby as an adult, I've really taken a liken to many of Airfix's recent offerings, as well as a few of their golden oldies.

These "Vintage Classic" releases from Airfix, fit both categories. They're old molds repackaged into the new box with newly printed decals, and most important of all, new tracks. The kits come packaged in the now familiar side-opening red box, but feature the artwork on the original packaging. In the case of the Stug III, the artwork is more of a fiction piece, showing a Stug III and infantry charging down a sand dune as U.S. troops assault the beaches from landing crafts.

Panzer Rollen

Published: May 9th, 2019     
Panzer Rollen
Author: Bob Carruthers
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Company: Casemate Publishing


Panzer Rollen provides an insightful look into the workings of the Military Intelligence Service that was so invaluable in shaping both the strategy and tactics of the Allied forces during the Second World War.

Captured German field manuals translated and published by the US Military Intelligence Division are crucial in offering a perception of the intelligence provided to Allied fighters. The two volumes gathered together in this publication were originally published by the German War Office and therefore are particularly valuable, as they also provide a rare glimpse into the methodology underlying the operation of an armored division from the German perspective. Comprising of two supplementary field manuals, this book is essential reading for any military history enthusiast.

The Author

Bob Carruthers is an Emmy Award - winning author and historian, who has written extensively on the Great War. A graduate of Edinburgh University, Bob is the author of a number of military history titles including the Amazon bestseller The Wehrmacht in Russia.

F.A.Q. 3 - Frequently Asked Questions of the Modern AFV Painting Techniques

Published: May 5th, 2019     
F.A.Q. 3 - Frequently Asked Questions of the Modern AFV Painting Techniques
Author: Rubén González
Reviewed by: Jim Coatney, IPMS# 46815
Company: AK Interactive

I've always been a big fan of the F.A.Q. books; while they are not cheap, they are packed with stunning pictures and high-quality modeling know-how. AK Interactive's latest F.A.Q. release, version 3 by world-class modeler Ruben Gonzalez, focuses on modern armor. And just like its predecessors, it's stunning.

The soft-cover book is contains 463 pages on glossy paper. Each page averages six high-quality images and their accompanying descriptions, which means there are around 2500 beautiful images in the book. But this book is more than just pretty's a how-to book and provides stet-by-step methodologies on how to use the modeling techniques used in the images. If you really want to take your modern armor models to the next level, the ways to do just that are in this book. Also included is a section on 3d-printed parts and how to use them.

The book is laid out in the following order: