Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

From Moscow to Stalingrad

Published: July 21st, 2018     
From Moscow to Stalingrad
Author: Yves Buffetaut
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Casemate Publishing

The book goes into great detail German Campaign on the Eastern front 1941 to 1942.

It covers Germans path from Moscow to Stalingrad which was full of successes and failures for both the Wehrmacht and the Red Army.

I found this book very interesting and fascinating. It was full of such a lot of information and some fantastic photographs that I had never seen before. This whole period of World War two was full of problems created by Hitler's obsession that he knew better that his high command. occasions.

There are lot of pictures and illustrations that make the book even more interesting.

I recommend this book to everyone with a deep interest the war. The only downside was it could have had a little insight into the actions it fought from an eyewitness perspective to give it more feeling.

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

International Tank Development Since 1970

Published: July 4th, 2018     
International Tank Development Since 1970
Author: Alexander Ludeke
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Company: Casemate Publishing

About the Author

Historian and author Alexander Ludeke's main interests are the military and the history of technology. He has an extensive image library, which includes numerous illustrations, a selection of which can be found in this Fact File.

Overview

A great upheaval in tank construction took place in the 1970s, as new combat techniques, helicopters, weaponry and new types of ammunition reduced the value of a conventional combat battalion. Nevertheless, complete new developments are rare and in this book, Alexander Ludeke looks at the most important developments that have taken place since 1970.

M60A2 Patton Early Type

Published: June 27th, 2018     
M60A2 Patton Early Type
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Scale: 1:35
Company: Hobby Fan

Introduction

Without giving a lengthy history of the M60 Patton the following is a short summary of the M60A2. The M60A2 nicknamed the "Starship" grew out of the development of the M60A1 with a CVWS (Combat Vehicle Weapons System) turret firing a 152mm conventional round. Planning began in the late 1950s. These were initially named the M60A1E2 then later standardized to the designation M60A2. Production was ended in 1975 with a total production run of 526 vehicles.

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Panzer I & II – Blueprint for Blitzkrieg 1933-1941

Published: June 25th, 2018     
Panzer I & II – Blueprint for Blitzkrieg 1933-1941
Author: Robert Jackson
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Company: Casemate Publishing

Pen and Sword Publishers has added to their TankCraft Series. Volume Number 7 titled: Panzer I & II - Blueprint for Blitzkrieg 1933-1941 by Robert Jackson.

This softbound book is 64 pages. Included are some nicely done color profiles, many period wartime photographs, a summary of variants and some description of development, along with a section devoted to modeling the Panzer I & II.

The book starts with some background on German armor development but quickly gets into the Panzer I & II design and development. The variants of each model are discussed and photos of many of the examples are included. A separate section includes later war variants which used the Panzer I & II chassis for other vehicles. For example the Marder and Wespe. The book is well illustrated with some photographs I have not seen before. The color profiles were done just for this publication and are a nice touch for the book.

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T-34 - Russia's Armoured Spearhead

Published: June 22nd, 2018     
T-34 - Russia's Armoured Spearhead
Author: Robert Jackson
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Casemate Publishing

Pen and Sword has started a new series of publications related to Armored Fighting Vehicles (TankCraft Series) and this book is the fifth installment in the series. It covers one of the best WWII-era tanks: The Soviet T-34.

The book is broken down in the following chapters.

  • Introduction
  • Development and Design
  • The T-34 in detail
  • Camouflage and Markings
  • Model Showcase
  • Modelling Products
  • Into Service and into Action
  • Enter the T-34/85
  • The T-34 in Action after the Second World War

The first 3 chapters tell the story of the T-34, going back to the origins of the design in the Christie Tank and its design evolution, culminating on the 3rd chapter where the tank is described from the mechanical, defensive, offensive and even living conditions point of view.