Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

IDF M3 Half-Track

Published: April 7th, 2017     
IDF M3 Half-Track
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

I've always had a soft spot in my old modeling heart for the early Israeli equipment, back when the IDF had to scrounge for every item. I loved the interesting field modifications and clever use of limited resources, and the Israeli halftracks were a good example. Admittedly, from a modeling standpoint the conversion was always relatively easy, and I had it on my "to do" list for years, but just never got around to it. Dragon has done the job for me with this excellent little kit. I did, however, encounter a few bumps along the road, although nothing that should make any average modeler quail. One basic bit of advice, though -- do NOT try and build this in the sequence in the instructions. They have you build the separate units, such as chassis, truck bed, etc. in their entireties then piece it all together at the end. Due to the fragility of many of the exterior items you will land up trashing your work. Far better to build the basic structure of the model and then add the details.

Sd.Kfz.181 Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.E Tiger I Mid Production w/Zimmerit s.Pz.Abt.506 Eastern Front 1944

Published: April 5th, 2017     
Sd.Kfz.181 Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.E Tiger I Mid Production w/Zimmerit s.Pz.Abt.506 Eastern Front 1944
Reviewed by: Max Welliver, IPMS# 50498
Scale: 1:35
Company: Dragon Models

This is Dragon's eighth and latest release of the Pz. Kpfw. VI Tiger 1. The kit contains many parts, great detail and a nice finished product. It is a re-box of Dragon's 6700 Tiger 1 released in 2014.

A lot of the sprues have unused parts from the 6700 kit, as well as some other kits. The Zimmerit looks very realistic and there are many other goodies in the build.

Opening the Box

The sturdy Dragon box is filled to the top with parts, and is quite heavy. Each sprue comes in a plastic bag grouped with similar parts. Looking closer at the parts, they are highly detailed with molded weld seems, and molded Zimmerit.

The contents of the box include:

  • 24 sprues molded in light grey plastic
  • Lower hull and lower turret (packaged separately)
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 4 photo etch engine grates (packaged separately)
  • Photo etch detail sheet
  • Custom bent front convoy light wire
  • 3 variants of decals on one sheet
  • 2 runs of DS Tracks
  • Instruction guide with 19 steps

The kit includes 3 camo schemes to choose from using a three side diagram.

CMP C60L Water Truck

Published: April 3rd, 2017     
CMP C60L Water Truck
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1:35
Company: Mirror Models Ltd.

History

The Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) truck was a class of military truck - of various forms - made in large numbers in Canada during World War II to British Army specifications for use in the armies of the British Commonwealth allies. Standard designs were drawn up just before the beginning of the war.

IJA Type 4 Light Tank “Ke-Nu”

Published: March 27th, 2017     
IJA Type 4 Light Tank “Ke-Nu”
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1:35
Company: Dragon Models

The IJA Type 4 "Ke-Nu" was designed and built during 1944 utilizing two existing IJA tank components. The designers mated surplus Type 97 Chi-Ha turrets left over from the Type 97 modernization program with obsolete Type 95 Ha-go tank chassis. In total 100 tanks were produced with this recipe. According to the Dragon Models website, this kit utilizes a brand new Type 97 Chi-Ha turret & antenna ring mated with the hull parts from their Type 95 Ha-Go hull. Dragon included updated glacis plate and upper hull parts to accurately represent the Ke-Nu. I hope to see Dragon produce a Type 97 sometime in the near future now that they have the Type 97 turret tooled.

British Mk.VI Crusader Mk.III - Cruiser Tank

Published: March 27th, 2017     
British Mk.VI Crusader Mk.III - Cruiser Tank
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

The Crusader Mk. III came into British service in the second half of 1942 during the Tunisian Campaign in North Africa. They were used for about a year until replaced with the M4, then they were converted to AA or reconnaissance tanks. This Tamiya kit is part of their Italeri series where they take older Italeri molds, correct errors, add details and pack them in new boxes with some extra Tamiya goodies. This Italeri kit first hit the market in 1976. Tamiya has taken these old molds and added turret and hull weld seam. They also corrected the front fenders by taking a molded-in step out of them, updated the moldings on the turret tool box, added details to the underside of the hatches, hollowed out the spotlight and included a thin, plastic lens. Two Tamiya figures are included from their Churchill Mk. VII kit, # 35210, from 1996, and a sprue from the British Infantry on Patrol weapons, kit #35223, from 1999. New decals offer two marking options from the Tunisia Campaign go along with the new instruction sheet in typical Tamiya multi-page, fold-out design.