Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Top Drawing 85 Jagdpanzer IV L/48 and L/70

Published: March 29th, 2020     
Top Drawing 85 Jagdpanzer IV L/48 and L/70
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715

The book provides great detail drawings of the Jagdpanzer IV which was German WWII tank destroyer based on the Pz.Kpfw. IV as a replacement for the successful StuG III. It was produced in two versions the L/48 with a 7.5cm PaK 39 gun produced from Jan to Nov 1944 at the Vomag plant. The second was the L/70 produced in two factories Vomag and Alkett plants. It used the Pak 42 gun and produced from Nov 1944 to April 1945.

I found the drawings in this book to be fascinating and very detailed.

Along with the many outline drawings (in 1/35, 1/48 & 1/72 scales) there is also very nice profile drawings.

The final few pages have so great details of components of the tank.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the armour and a must for modellers.

Thanks go to Casemate Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Tanks in the Battle of the Bulge

Published: March 29th, 2020     
Tanks in the Battle of the Bulge
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves - IPMS# 51129

What's Inside

This exciting new volume in the New Vanguard series from Osprey gives the reader a new analysis of the tanks from both sides of one of the last and most intensive battles of the European Theater of Operations- the Battle of the Bulge. Who better to offer up the analysis than one of the most acclaimed authors in military history in the present day- Steven Zaloga. His book gives a thorough survey of the principal tank and tank variants that took part in the Ardennes Campaign from December of 1944 through January of 1945.

 As per usual with the New Vanguard series, the book opens with an overview of the campaign including tables of Wehrmacht Panzerwaffe in the Ardennes (16 December, 1944) and US Armored Divisions in the Ardennes from the duration of the campaign.

Land Craft - Bren Gun Carrier - Britain’s Universal War Machine

Published: March 28th, 2020     
Land Craft - Bren Gun Carrier - Britain’s Universal War Machine
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715

This is a book in the Land Craft series which details vehicles and covers model kits and accessories to build the featured vehicle covered in the book. This book covers the Bren Gun Carrier by the Allies during World war two.

I found this book a fountain of information on this important little support vehicle. The Profile pictures are a particular favorite and great source for modelling.

The chapters on the different model builds and kits are of great interest and will provide a good resource when modelling this subject.

I was impressed at the amount of information and history found in the pages of this extremely enjoyable book. The pictures along are worth the cost of the book. I will find this book indispensible in my library of reference books.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in armor and modelling armor. I very much look forward to other releases in this series.

Thanks go to Casemate Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Rommel’s Mammoth DAK AEC Armored Command Vehicle

Published: March 28th, 2020     
Rommel’s Mammoth DAK AEC Armored Command Vehicle
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves - IPMS# 51129
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

AFV Club kits for me have always been a bit of a challenge - multi-part assemblies that could easily be presented as lower part count builds are usually the norm for me. This particular build for the most part avoids this issue, except for the undercarriage. The only real issues encountered for me was in the order of assembly in some cases which will be outlined as we go. The kit is a rebox of the AEC Dorchester kit from 2012. Obviously these three examples were basically captured Dorchesters so the only changes were in the interior equipment and schemes of the three examples captured by the Germans as we will soon see.

What's Inside the Box

The kit has an assortment of different media-plastic, resin, and PE, but not in overwhelming amounts. Inside we get:

Tiger I German Army Heavy Tank Eastern Front, Summer 1943

Published: March 28th, 2020     
Tiger I German Army Heavy Tank Eastern Front, Summer 1943
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721

Information from the Publisher

The Tiger I tank, probably the most famous German armoured vehicle of the Second World War, might have been a war-winning, break-through weapon if it had been produced in sufficient numbers and if it had been introduced earlier on the Eastern Front, before the balance of strength had tipped towards the Soviet Union. At the Battle of Kursk there were not enough Tigers to make a decisive difference and thereafter the Tiger was forced to play a mainly defensive role as the Wehrmacht struggled to withstand the advances of the Red Army. And it is this period in the Tiger tank's short history that Dennis Oliver concentrates on in this, his third book on the Tiger in the TankCraft series.