Military Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale military vehicle models.

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.

British Battle Tanks - American-Made World War II Tanks

Published: September 24th, 2018     
British Battle Tanks - American-Made World War II Tanks
Author: David Fletcher, Steven J. Zaloga
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book describes the design, development, and operational history of US-made tanks in British service in World War II. The British were initially reluctant to endorse the American-made tanks as they felt they were inferior to British developed tanks. The British eventually appreciated the simplicity of American designed tanks and modified them to meet British needs. The Lend Lease program allowed Britain to obtain American tanks in adequate numbers to take pressure off of the British manufacturers. By the end of World War II the British tank regiments were equipped with more Sherman tanks than any other type.

Author David Fletcher MBE was born in 1942. He has written many books and articles on military subjects and until his retirement was the historian at the Tank Museum, Bovington, UK. He has spent over 40 years studying the development of British armoured vehicles during the two World Wars and in 2012 was awarded an MBE for services to the history of armoured warfare.

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