Monday, 25 July 2011

Pz. Kfw III L

The Pz. Kfw III L is one of the last versions of the german Pz. Kfw III. It was armed with a 50mm Anti-tank gun which became ineffective against allied tanks as the war progressed. Most Pz. Kfw. III where converted to StuG. III's.

Revell has two models of the Pz. Kfw. III, a L version (nr. 03133) and a K version (nr. 03117). Both models are in production at the moment. The difference between the versions is the exaust and extra armor plating (schürtzen) which is only included with the M version.

The box-art of the current releases.

I've build the L version and was impressed by the detail of the model and the fit of the parts which is outstanding. Building it right from the box will produce a very nice model but on the hull I added wire for the lights, an antenna and replaced the towcable on the reardeck. On the turret I added handels & small raincovers over the side hatches, attachment points for gear and a strip on the underside of the radio basket (the large thing on the back of the turret) to make the model even more authentic. In addition I made a rack on the rear deck for fuel and water jerrycans. This was a field modification often made in reallity. The commander hatch can be build open which I've done. The model was finished in Afrika colors and 'chipped' with panzergrey to simulate where the paint is worn away by the rough dessert environment.

Slighty less good as the Leopard I model reviewed before which is simply perfect but still highly recommended!

Monday, 11 July 2011

Leopard I A5

The Leopard I A5 is one of the last types of the Leopard I used by various armies around Europe like Belgium, Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands. It's sometimes refered to as the Leopard I A1A1. A distinctive feature of the Leopard I A5 are the turretshields, the big lights on the turret are gone however. The Leopard I is armed with a 105mm gun like it's M60, Strv103 and Merkava I counterparts. This is slightly more then the T55 but less then the T62 and successors.

The Revell model (03115) is a very well, and if I'm correct the only, model of this version of the Leopard I A5 in 1/72 scale. The about 150 parts go together without problem and there is excelent detail all over the model. I've seen several Leopard I's in a museum last weekend and was sincerely suprised how well the model is made, Revell certainly didn't cut corners on this one! If you want to make the model even better you might want to add small chains for the caps of the smoke canisters, the handgrabs on the turret and chains. The only weak part are the pins that attach the shields to the turret but they are not so visible.

I made the model almost straight from the box, I just made my own chains from copperwire. One of the turret hatches is form the Hasegawa Leopard II because I lost the original one. The crew figures are from the Hasegawa Leopard II and M1E1 Abrams.

Highly recommended for all modern armour fans!

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Suprise releases from Revell

After the news with details about the 1/72 Leopard II A6M to be released later this year Revell also came with news of a suprise releases of 1/72 armour this year. The SPz Marder 1A3 and M1A1 Abrams a
will be released in September and October respectively. More information on the Revell website.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Italeri: Merkava I

This miniature from Italeri on a 1:72 scale is a fine piece of military equipment from the IDF. The Merkava is first used in Lebanese actions in 1979 and is still in active duty. The fourth version of the tank is the most recent and launched in 2003. The future of the tank uncertain. The Arab enemies in the region are using more and more strong Western cavalery. The IDF is thinking about changing the main cavalerist for the American Abrams M1.

The tank is build as a defensive machine and designed to fight infantery also. The backward entrance and multiple 8 mm machineguns show the character of this tank.

The model of Italeri is well shaped miniature of the Merkava I and is very well sculpted. Some pieces can't attach that well, but that's very easy to fix.

Monday, 4 July 2011

News from Revell

Revell has updated the page on it's 1/72 Leopard IIA6M model. The updates include a new release data (September 2011 instead of August) and features of the model.

The feature that stands out the most is the fact that this model will feature a 'two piece plastic track that bends'. This souds cryptical but the model will probarbly feature a plastic track made out of two long pieces instead of many small ones as seen with the 'link & length' concept. The long plastic track be bend in to shape quite easily avoiling the 'corners' seen in a 'link & length' style track. the only model I know of with this feature are the M1A1 and M1E1 Abrams tanks from Hasegawa. Having build these models I can say this type of track is an inprovement over the already very good 'link & length' tracks.

Looks like we have a real winner on the way from Revell! More information can be found here.