Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

IDF Magach 3 w/ERA

Published: November 12th, 2017     
IDF Magach 3 w/ERA
Reviewed by: David Dodge, IPMS# 49795
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Intro

This kit was introduced in February of 2017. It is a follow-on to Dragon releases of the Magach 1 and 2 and 3. It is listed under the 6 Day war series. The kit includes the newer parts to add the ERA tiles but also includes the earlier parts to build the earlier Magach versions. Parts like the 90mm gun, back deck and grill doors and mantlet. Research should be done to identify the appropriate versions of parts included so you back-rev the kit with the correct parts.

Background

Operationally the Magach with ERA was not used during the 6 Day War. The Magach 3 was retrofitted after the 6 Day War, to the newer M48A3 standard. This included the newer 105mm M68 cannon, the 750HP V12 air cooled diesel and other improvements. ERA tiles were not invented until the late 70's and were not available until after the 6 Day War. The ERA was fitted as a normal improvement to the tank fleet. The Magach 3 with the ERA tiles was used during the Lebanon Incursion in 1980

Jagdpanzer SU-85 (R) w/CREW

Published: November 8th, 2017     
Jagdpanzer SU-85 (R) w/CREW
Reviewed by: Peter Bucher, IPMS# 50232
Scale: 1:35
Company: MiniArt Models

History

The SU-85 was a self-propelled gun. It was developed on the T-34 medium tank Chassis which also resembled the SU-122 assault gun. It was produced from 1943 through mid-1944. The 85-mm gun allowed the SU-85 to effectively hit enemy medium tanks at a range of over 1,000 meters and was able to destroy a Tiger tank from this range, rendering it a very capable weapon against the newer German tanks.

Kit Facts

This kit is a Soviet SU-85 captured and put into service by the German army during WW II. This model is extremely detailed. It has workable track links, and five figures representing the crew. It has a total of 712 parts, 627 of which are plastic, 75 that are photo etched, 10 clear plastic parts, a decal sheet and an instruction booklet.

Assembly

When I opened the box I was absolutely awe struck with the number of sprues and parts. The sprues are literally jam packed in the box and neatly wrapped in plastic bags.

T-54B Early Production Soviet Medium Tank

Published: November 6th, 2017     
T-54B Early Production Soviet Medium Tank
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1:35
Company: MiniArt Models

Background

The T-54B variant of the T-54 range of Soviet medium tanks was the last major variant prior to the introduction of the T-55 series. Production occurred from 1957 to 1959, and saw the introduction of a rifled barrel as the main turret armament, together with a two-plane main gun stabilization system which dramatically improved the probability of hitting the target.

This is the third T-54 kit from MiniArt that I have had the great pleasure of reviewing for IPMS/USA. The first, MiniArt Kit #37003, was of the T-54-1 Model 1947, the first production variant of this important Soviet Cold War warrior. The second was Kit #37012, the T-54-2 Model 1949.

M-67 Flamethrower Tank

Published: October 31st, 2017     
M-67 Flamethrower Tank
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Introduction:  Dragon's product website states that  "Building further on the success of its line-up of 1/35 scale kits of the famous M48 Patton medium tank, Dragon has produced the interesting M67 flamethrower used by the US military. Nicknamed the "Zippo", it was originally based on an M48A1 tank hull, with the usual 90mm gun replaced with an M6 flame gun connected to an M7A1-6 fuel and pressure unit. The 48-ton M67 was disguised somewhat with its flame gun hidden inside a dummy gun tube. The first M67 was completed in 1955 and a total of 109 units were manufactured for US Marine Corps and US Army service. They were fielded until 1974, which meant they saw combat in Vietnam".

Let me preface my review by stating that as modelers we do not always follow the instructions step by step. We tend to skip around completing steps in advance while letting previous steps dry or bond. For this build and review, I did indeed skip steps, but I will describe what I found in each step, pros or cons, so the builder will be enlightened as to what needs addressing during the build.

Scammell Pioneer SV2S Heavy Breakdown Tractor

Published: October 30th, 2017     
Scammell Pioneer SV2S Heavy Breakdown Tractor
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:35
Company: IBG Models

IBG is the first of several manufacturers to issue new versions of the iconic British WWII truck, the Scammell Pioneer. Their first release is the Pioneer SV2S Heavy Breakdown Tractor. IBG has also announced two additional versions of the