Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

US Army Jeep

Published: July 7th, 2017     
US Army Jeep
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:144
Company: Brengun

The Jeep

The original Jeep was built by Bantam, but Ford and Willys also bid on the original contract. Due to financial problems at Bantam, the other two companies were given contracts to build Jeeps. Bantam called theirs BRC-40 Willys was the MB, the Ford was called GPW. The Jeep was a 1/4 ton all-wheel drive vehicle, with a wheelbase of 80 inches and a track of 47 inches.

Willys produced 363,000 Jeeps, Ford made 280,000. We gave 51,000 to the Russians. They were used in every theater of WW2.

The Kit

The base kit is one very nicely cast piece of resin, which is almost the entire Jeep. There is a PE fret, of which 3 parts are used. There's a decal sheet with all the markings you need. You get enough in the envelope to build two Jeeps, with PE and decals for both.

U.S. Half-Track Vehicles

Published: July 3rd, 2017     
U.S. Half-Track Vehicles
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

David Doyle's latest book continues to expand on Squadron Signal's long standing In Action series that initiated back in 1971. This is a completely updated and expanded edition over Squadron's earlier Armor in Action 34, M3 Half-Track by Jim Mesko that was published in 1996 with 50 pages.

Russian AT-T Artillery Prime Mover

Published: July 3rd, 2017     
Russian AT-T Artillery Prime Mover
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Scale: 1/35
Company: Trumpeter

The Kit

Joining Trumpeter's growing fleet of prime movers, this kit is their latest addition. The AT-T is a tracked vehicle, sharing the same components as a T-54. The kit and markings are for one vehicle. The color call out sheet shows this as a parade vehicle, white rims and markings of the Soviet flag. I chose to make it a grubbier vehicle with the Soviet red star (ironically enough, left over from another Trumpeter kit). Molded in the now customary grey Trumpeter plastic, there are ten sprues in the kit of which three are the tracks and two are the rubber road wheels. It includes one fret of PE, clear parts and one sheet of decals. The parts are nicely molded, but there are some prominent mold lines on some of the smaller parts that must be taken care of.

JGSDF TYPE 10 Tank Photoetch (Tamiya kit)

Published: June 29th, 2017     
JGSDF TYPE 10 Tank Photoetch (Tamiya kit)
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler

This photo etched brass and nickel set is designed for Tamiya's 1/48th scale JGSDF Type 10 modern tank, kit 32588 in the Tamiya line: https://www.tamiyausa.com/items/plastic-model-series-20/1-48-scale-milit...

Tamiya's line of 1/48th scale military vehicle kits are designed to be easy to assemble, in that they are brilliantly engineered for excellent fit of parts, the parts count is relatively low, and they lack any sort of photo etched parts commonly seen in many recently released armor model kits.

Soviet Lend-Lease Tanks of World War II

Published: June 28th, 2017     
Soviet Lend-Lease Tanks of World War II
Author: Steven J. Zaloga; Illustrators: Henry Morshead
Reviewed by: Mike Lamb, IPMS# 50139