Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

Stryker Interim Combat Vehicle: The Stryker and LAV III in US and Canadian Service, 1999-2020

Published: April 8th, 2021     
Stryker Interim Combat Vehicle: The Stryker and LAV III in US and Canadian Service, 1999-2020
Reviewed by: Dana Mathes - IPMS# 43781

David Grummitt is an accomplished historian, author, and scale model builder. With his 2020 work, Stryker Interim Combat Vehicle: The Stryker and LAV III in US and Canadian Service, 1999-2020, he has given the modeling community a comprehensive reference for this vehicle. More than a simple photographic history, this book is tailored to the needs of an armor modeler as it provides many photographs, drawings, kit reviews, and variant details.

Turret for Panzer IV, Ausf. H

Published: April 8th, 2021     
Turret for Panzer IV, Ausf. H
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm - IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: OKB Grigorov

OKB Grigorov produces resin kits and accessories. The kits are 1/700 submarines and 1/72 armor. The accessories are for 1/35 and 1/72 armor. I've built a couple of the kits, and some of the resin upgrade pieces, and they provide incredible detail.

This kit is an upgrade turret for any 1/72 Panzer IV kit, and I doubt you'll find a better 1/72nd turret out there. The kit comes packed in a tiny box, but don't let its size fool you, inside it packed with 36 highly detailed resin and photo-etch metal parts, as well as a metal barrel. There are 14 resin parts, and 22 metal pieces and each one is finely detailed.

While the kit parts are highly details, the one page instructions are less so. The instructions show 7 different drawings of the completed model with lines drawn showing where the resin and photo-etch part are to be assembled, but the drawings weren't always clear to me about where the piece went and there was a considerable amount of looking at the drawing, then comparing it to photos in books, and on the internet, hoping to see how the part went on a particular location. In the end, I think I got the majority of parts in the right places.

German Sd.Kfz. 247 Ausf B with Crew

Published: April 8th, 2021     
German Sd.Kfz. 247 Ausf B with Crew
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson - IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1:35
Company: ICM

History

This new ICM offering represents an unusual mark in a family of Sonderkraftfahrzeug (Sd.kfz.) 'special purpose vehicles' fielded by the German Wehrmacht in World War II. The diminutive Sd.Kfz. 247 was an armored staff car outfitted with radio gear, intended for use by the commanders of motorcycle and motorized reconnaissance battalions. The Ausf B version represented in this kit, was one of 58 built by Daimler-Benz between 1941--1942 on afour-wheel driveheavy car chassis (s.Pkw. Type 1c). The front-mounted engine was an 8-cylinder, 3.823-litre (233.3cuin)Horch3.5petrolengine, giving it a road speed of 80km/h (50mph). It had a maximum range of 400km (250mi).

Although unarmed, its armor was intended to stop7.92-millimetre (0.312in)armor-piercingbullets at ranges over 30 meters.

Churchill Tank Light Cast Resin Tracks

Published: March 25th, 2021     
Churchill Tank Light Cast Resin Tracks
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Company: OKB Grigorov

This product is replacement resin tracks for any 1/72 Churchill Tank kit that you want to use the Light Cast tracks on.

The set includes 6 light grey resin strips of track more than enough for a single tank.

The detail is excellent and vey little flash and a breeze to cut of the runners.

The tracks are easily formed using a hair dryer to apply heat then form the track on the track rollers, wheels and Sprockets.

They are a great replacement for the rubber tracks supplied with the majority of the 1/72 scale kits on the market.

I recommend these parts are a great addition to any 1/72 Churchill tank model kit.

Thanks go to OKB Grigorov for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Churchill Tank Heavy Cast Resin Tracks

Published: March 25th, 2021     
Churchill Tank Heavy Cast Resin Tracks
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:72
Company: OKB Grigorov

This product is replacement resin tracks for any 1/72 Churchill Tank kit that you want to use the Heavy Cast tracks on.

The set includes 6 light grey resin strips of track more than enough for a single tank.

The detail is excellent and vey little flash and a breeze to cut of the runners.

The tracks are easily formed using a hair dryer to apply heat then form the track on the track rollers, wheels and Sprockets.

They are a great replacement for the rubber tracks supplied with the majority of the 1/72 scale kits on the market.

I recommend these parts are a great addition to any 1/72 Churchill tank model kit.

Thanks go to OKB Grigorov for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

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