Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

IDF Sho't Kal Gimel Type II

Published: December 6th, 2018     
IDF Sho't Kal Gimel Type II
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

According to ScaleMates.com, AFV Club has released no less than sixteen different kitting's of the venerable British Centurion, five of which depict the various Israeli Defense Force (IDF) versions. The subject of this review is the Sho't Kal Gimel Type II, which is identified on the box top as being from the time period of the 1982 Lebanon war ("Operation Peace for Galilee"). 'Sho't' translates to 'Whip' and Kal is an abbreviation of where the powerplant was manufactured (Continental). Each new version of the IDF Centurion was given a new afterword which comes from a letter in the Semitic abjad, the alphabet or 'writing system' used in the Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Urdu languages. In this case, 'Gimel' is the third letter in the abjad.

IDF M60A1 Magach 6B

Published: December 5th, 2018     
IDF M60A1 Magach 6B
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

History and this Kit

The Magach tank was produced and based on both the M48, and with the Magach 6B on M60 tank hulls. I took this review assignment because of my interest in the M60 Patton tanks. Having built several over the last few years and AFV's M60A1 kit #35060 and Takom's M60A1 with the Explosive Reactive Armor, I was equally up for the challenge of the Magach 6B. This latest version of the Magach 6B has mostly aspects that we modelers can't see: the British 105mm gun and 750hp diesel engine. As the M60 tanks were modified into the Magach 6 series the most noticeable difference is the explosive reactive armor panels surrounding the turret and the frontal hull area, and the addition of a M2 50 cal. and two 30 cal. machine guns on the turret.

The Build

The Magach 6B is not a difficult build, though I suggest that the kit instructions are followed to insure the numerous small parts are included in the various sequence steps. My only departure in this build was to not include any of the internal parts as my kit was built for 'closed' version of the Magach.

Tiger 1 German Army Heavy Tank Southern Front

Published: December 4th, 2018     
Tiger 1 German Army Heavy Tank Southern Front
Author: Dennis Oliver
Reviewed by: Michael Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

Pen and Sword Books' latest release in their Tank Craft series details the Pzkpfw VI Tiger 1 Heavy Tank. This series of books is designed to provide model builders and tank enthusiasts a detailed visual reference of the actual tanks featured, as well as their scale model equivalents. This book focuses specifically on the Tiger I tanks deployed to the southern front for the North Africa campaign through the retreat and withdrawal into Sicily and up Italy until the end of hostilities in May 1945.

Axis Armored Fighting Vehicles of the Second World War

Published: December 1st, 2018     
Axis Armored Fighting Vehicles of the Second World War
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

Pen and Sword has released a new book on their series "Images of War". This book is focused on Axis Armored Fighting Vehicles during War World Two.

The book is divided on 4 main chapters

  • Reconnaissance Vehicles
  • Assault Guns
  • Tank Destroyers
  • Miscellaneous;

All chapters have a well-researched introduction to the type of vehicle being described -in the chapter- including development, main roles, tactics (including historical narratives and in some cases representative combat action for the vehicle type), plus sub-sections devoted for specific vehicles (of vehicle family) being described.

Most of half of each chapter is devoted to pictures, including a great balance of period (B&W) wartime photographs of the vehicles in the field -and combat in some images-, plus contemporary images of museum vehicles highlighting specific details (commander cupola, driver compartment, etc). The images are of high quality and very useful if you are trying to get references for your next build.

M54A2 5-Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck

Published: November 13th, 2018     
M54A2 5-Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

Background

Excerpted from Wikipedia:

The M54 5-ton 6x6 truck (G744) was the basic cargo model of the M39 Series truck. It was designed to transport a 10,000 lb., 14-foot long cargo load off-road in all weather. In on-road service, the load weight was doubled. The M54 was the primary heavy cargo truck of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine forces during the Vietnam War and was also used by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and ARVN forces.

The M54 truck was used as the base vehicle for Gun Trucks during the Vietnam War. Field-applied armor added protection to the Gun Trucks, and armament consisted of various combinations of weapons including M60s, .50-calibre machine guns, XM 134 miniguns, and anti-aircraft weapons such as the quad mount .50 cal. machine guns. Early 2 1/2 ton trucks proved inadequate leading to their replacement by M54 five-ton cargo trucks.

AFV Club's M54A2 Kit

AFV's kit can be the basis for modelers wanting to create a Vietnam era Gun Truck. After the kit is built for this review, I plan to modify the truck into a Gun Truck using a Real Model conversion set.