Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

The Tanks of Operation Barbarossa

Published: October 22nd, 2018     
The Tanks of Operation Barbarossa
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Casemate Publishing

This publication is available in three formats. The hardback version is $43.00, and both the eBook(ePub) version and eBook (PDF) version are $26.00.

"Adobe Digital Editions" is needed to download and view eBooks. This book was first published in Great Britain by Pen and Sword Limited and is distributed in North America by Casemate Publishers.

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T-34-85 After WW2-Camouflage & Markings 1946 - 2016

Published: October 12th, 2018     
T-34-85 After WW2-Camouflage & Markings 1946 - 2016
Author: Przemyslaw Skulski
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: MMP Books

The T-34 series of tanks together with the M4 Sherman series are THE most important tanks of the Second World War from the Allied point of view. The Panther tank, perhaps the most influential tank of WW2 from the German perspective was a direct result of German forces running smack bang into the T-34/76 on the Eastern Front, and the demand for German industry to provide a counter to it. In turn the T-34 needed to be upgraded once the Germans introduced more thickly armored tanks such as the Panther and the Tiger, and thus was born the T-34/85, an upgrading of the T-34 series from its original 76mm main gun, to a more lethal 85mm gun.

Sd. Kfz. 182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Interior Set

Published: October 10th, 2018     
Sd. Kfz. 182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Interior Set
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

My, but when it rains it really pours, doesn't it? After years of comparatively limited (and sometimes pretty iffy) kits of the impressive King Tiger, we now have numerous companies falling all over themselves to provide THE definitive version of this classic monster. Meng, a relative newcomer to the modeling community, has chimed in with their own contribution - one which offers a lovely Porche-turreted vehicle in classic 1/35th scale, but also a separate kit of the full interior as well as a decal set for the zimmerit.

Because of the nature of the build, the interior kit and the basic kit are unavoidably interlinked, as you will have to bounce back and forth between the two a fair bit during construction. As I intend to write separate reviews for these two items, I will do my best to refer to the companion kit (in either case) only in its relation to the other kit's construction. Bear with me on this - I found myself going through the directions and crossing out portions of both sheets so I wouldn't get confused.

Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Zimmerit Decal Sheet

Published: October 10th, 2018     
Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Zimmerit Decal Sheet
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

Meng has done something comparatively new to accompany their outstanding Porsche-turreted King Tiger model in 1/35th scale, offering a separately-available decal sheet for the zimmerit coating found on so many of these monsters at this stage of the Second World War.

The decal sheet is certainly comprehensive - providing 3-dimensionally printed decals for literally every surface that might have had this coating on the real beast. All parts show a remarkable fidelity to the surface they're supposed to cover and have virtually no film to interfere with the edges. On complicated areas, such as the rear of the hull and turret, multiple decals simplify getting around surface detail. All tool attachment points and other such extrusions are also left free of film to facilitate gluing.

King Tiger (Porsche Turret)

Published: October 10th, 2018     
King Tiger (Porsche Turret)
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

My, but when it rains it really pours, doesn't it? After years of comparatively limited (and sometimes pretty iffy) kits of the impressive King Tiger, we now have numerous companies falling all over themselves to provide THE definitive version of this classic monster. Meng, a relative newcomer to the modeling community, has chimed in with their own contribution - one which offers a lovely Porche-turreted vehicle in classic 1/35th scale, but also a separate kit of the full interior as well as a decal set for the zimmerit.

As a limited edition, this offering not only includes a metal barrel, photoetch parts, and various other non-styrene bits but a military map from the Battle of Caen, drawn in 1944. The latter might make a nice poster for your modeling area wall if you're into that sort of thing.

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