Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Tracks for Pz.V Panther, Late

Published: April 7th, 2020     
Tracks for Pz.V Panther, Late
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: OKB Grigorov

OKB is based in the EU and has been in the business of offering products of high quality since 2003. The website provides some excellent images of the products being offered and also an email address, which is " [email protected] ". OKB offers kits featuring 1/72 scale armor, a wide variety of submarines, and 1/72nd weaponry that can be displayed with a 1/72nd scale figure. Note that when selecting the "Figures" option on the menu, one will be directed to those weapon sets and not to actual "figures".

The Panther (Sd. Kfz.171) is one of the more well-known armored fighting vehicles used by the Germans in WWII. The Panther saw service on both the eastern and western fronts in Europe. OKB offers a number of after-market items to replace kit parts for the Panther, in this case, a set of 1/48th scale tracks for the Panther V (Late).

Return Rollers for Pz.IV Type 2

Published: April 7th, 2020     
Return Rollers for Pz.IV Type 2
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/35
Company: OKB Grigorov

OKB offers three very similar products, all in 35th scale, for use on a Pz.IV . These items are "return rollers" for the Type 2 (product S35007), the Type 3 (product S35008), and the Type 4 (product S35009). This review will focus on the rollers for the Type 2 (product S35007).

The roller parts are contained in a small zip lock baggie. A paper label is stapled to the baggie which serves to identify the "Type" for which these parts are engineered, and also to provide a secure closure so that none of the parts go astray.

Wehrmacht in the Mud

Published: April 5th, 2020     
Wehrmacht in the Mud
Reviewed by: Patrick Brown - IPMS# 47467

Bottom Line Up Front

The latest in MMP's "Camera On" series is dedicated to a broad selection of German vehicles and equipment battling mud. This book is useful, not just for diorama ideas, but for terrific reference photos on how mud actually looks; something that is rarely depicted accurately in dioramas and scenic bases.

Chapters

  • Forward
  • Introduction
  • Tanks and Self-Propelled Guns
  • Halftracks
  • Lorries
  • Staff Cars
  • Motorcycles

Contents

In the forward the author makes it clear he is not trying to add to the body of knowledge about German military vehicles. The book is dedicated to depicting the vehicles in the conditions in which they found themselves, primarily in the rainy season on the Eastern Front.

The almost 150 black and white photos are well captioned to give the researcher a good idea of the context of the photos. No documentary credit is given for any of the photos but in the opening remarks the author implies that all are from his personal collection.

German Military Vehicles in the Spanish Civil War: A Comprehensive Study of the Deployment of German Military Vehicles on the Eve of WW2

Published: April 4th, 2020     
German Military Vehicles in the Spanish Civil War:  A Comprehensive Study of the Deployment of German Military Vehicles on the Eve of WW2
Reviewed by: Patrick Brown - IPMS# 47467
Company: Frontline Books

Bottom Line Up Front

This is the most comprehensive collection of German vehicles in the Spanish Civil War. None of the photos, to the best of my knowledge, have ever been published before. The pages contain photos of tracked AFVs, armored cars, soft-skins and towed ordinance as well as detailed order of battle information.

Chapters

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 Rebellion in Spain and German Support
  • Chapter 2 Panzergruppe Drohne
  • Chapter 3 German Tanks in Spain
  • Chapter 4 Special Training by Panzergruppe Drohne
  • Chapter 5 Wheeled Vehicles of Panzergruppe Drohne
  • Chapter 6 The Airforce Contingent

Contents

This book fills a void in AFV on the body of knowledge on WW2 era vehicles. Many scholarly references make note of how Germany made a proving ground out of Spain during its bloody civil war, but there are precious few comprehensive visual references of this intervention.

Legends of Warfare M24 Chaffee Vol 1

Published: April 3rd, 2020     
Legends of Warfare M24 Chaffee Vol 1
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton - IPMS# 50734

The Author

David Doyle's earliest published works appeared in periodicals aimed at the hobby of historic military vehicle restoration. By 1999 this included regular features in leading hobby publications, appearing regularly in US, English and Polish magazines. Since 2003, over 100 of his books have been published. Broadening his horizons from his initial efforts concerning vehicles, he soon added aircraft and warships to his research objectives.

Contents

The book is divided into two chapters all covering the beginning of construction to the final day.

  • Chapter 1 - Production
  • Chapter 2 - Field Use

In the Book

The book is hardbound with 2 chapters and 112 pages. It didn't take long for me to read all the book in one night, I was intrigued by a lot of facts about the Tank being presented and the information on the Tank and the photographs were a joy to look at and read. There are both Black and White and color photographs in the book. Some of the subjects covered in the book include:

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