Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

T-55 Mod. 1963 Interior Kit, Part 2

Published: May 20th, 2018     
T-55 Mod. 1963 Interior Kit, Part 2
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

Introduction

This is part 2 of the review of MiniArt's T-55 Mod. 1963 Interior Kit, including assembly of the turret, tracks, fenders, and the remainder of the kit. Part 1 of this review included the engine, suspension, hull assembly, hull side panels, and rear deck panels.

This kit is one of MiniArt's T-55 variants and follows their earlier series of T-44/54 Russian tank kits. Following their previous versions, this kit is first released with full interior detailing. MiniArt has also announced an IDF Tiran version of the T-55, and a T-55A Late Mod. 1965.

British Nuffield Assault Tank A.T.2

Published: May 15th, 2018     
British Nuffield Assault Tank A.T.2
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1/72
Company: OKB Gigorov

The Vehicle

In order to break into the fortified zones on the European continent, the Allies anticipated needing a new class of vehicles, assault tanks, which placed maximum armor protection at a higher priority than mobility. Nuffield responded with 18 separate designs (AT1 through AT18), each design larger and heavier than the last. The AT 2, the subject of this kit, was never built, but served as a stepping stone to the eventual development of the AT 16, or Tortoise, two of which were built, but the war ended before they were needed.

Don't be fooled by what looks like a turret on this vehicle. It's actually a fixed superstructure such as on a Sturmgeschutze. In the AT 2 version, it mounted a 95mm howitzer.

Cromwell vs Jagdpanzer IV: Normandy 1944

Published: May 7th, 2018     
Cromwell vs Jagdpanzer IV: Normandy 1944
Author: David R. Higgins; Illustrator: Johnny Shumate & Alan Gilliland
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publications

David R. Higgins is the author of several military history books, including five previous titles for Osprey's Duel series. These include King Tiger vs IS-2 (Duel 37), Mark IV vs A7V (Duel 49), Jagdpanther vs Su-100 (Duel 58), Panzer II vs 7TP (Duel 66), and M48 Patton vs Centurion (Duel 71). David has also authored books for Osprey in the Raid and Combat series. David authored a hardcover book for Casemate in 2010: The Roer Battles: Germany's Stand at the Westwall, 1944-45. David has been prolific in periodicals, having written nearly 50 articles for magazines such as Strategy & Tactics, Armchair General, World at War and Modern War, and has appeared on television's 'Greatest Tank Battles'. David attended the Columbus College of Art & Design and received a BFA from Ohio State University. He currently lives in New Albany, Ohio.

German Self-Propelled Howitzer - Wespe "Italian Front"

Published: May 7th, 2018     
German Self-Propelled Howitzer - Wespe "Italian Front"
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

The Kit

The Wespe was in production from February 1943 until June 1944 by taking a Panzer II chassis, moving the engine to the front right and adding a fighting compartment with a 105mm howitzer in it.

This kit is a re-issue of Tamiya #35200 released in 1996, but with two new sprues. The first new sprue has link and length track, interior details, and weapons. The second sprue has four crewmen in the action of loading and firing the gun. The decals are new and are for two Italian campaign vehicles, hence the "Italian Front" on the box. The kit includes a length of white string to be used as the tow cable. The other five sprues are from the original 1996 release. There are no photoetched parts or clear parts. The instructions are in a booklet form consisting of 12 pages, 20 construction steps and two black and white painting / decal options. I like how Tamiya has been going away from their older foldout instruction sheets and going to these booklet styles on the latest new releases. This booklet is very clear and uncluttered, so I did not encounter any errors or confusing parts on the instructions.

Renault UE Tank

Published: May 4th, 2018     
Renault UE Tank
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Mirage Hobby

This is a new version of the Renault UE Tankette and is the Scout version. This version has two options you can build one which has two machine gun turrets while the other has one machine gun turret and a load carrier at the rear.

The kit contains

  • 3 x sprues molded in grey styrene
  • 1 color guide sheet
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet.

Construction

Firstly you must know the instructions are in Polish which will be a problem for a novice modeler, but many will have no real trouble with the instructions.

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