Review Author
Doug Cole
Published on
January 8, 2023
Company
OKB Grigorov
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$12.74

About the Subject (from Wikipedia)

“The M26 Pershing was a heavy tank/medium tank of the United States Army. It was used in the last months of World War II during the Invasion of Germany and extensively during the Korean War.

The M26 was intended as a replacement of the M4 Sherman but a prolonged development period meant that only a small number saw combat in Europe.

The M26 was the culmination of a series of medium tank prototypes that began with the T20 in 1942, and it was a significant design departure from the previous line of U.S. Army tanks that had ended with the M4 Sherman. Several design features were tested in the prototypes. Some of these were experimental dead-ends, but many become permanent characteristics of subsequent U.S. Army tanks”.

URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M26_Pershing

Review Author
Doug Cole
Published on
January 6, 2023
Company
Hauler
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$12.09

The Subject (Source - Wikipedia)

"The Type 16 maneuver combat vehicle (MCV) equips designated combat units. Due to its light weight and small size, it is designed for easy deployment (by aircraft if needed) allowing rapid movement on narrow roads and in built-up areas in response to various contingencies. Despite its small size and light armor, it can successfully attack much larger armored fighting vehicles as well as personnel, using its large caliber gun.

Main armament: 105 mm L/52 gun (developed by Japan Steel Works)

Secondary armament: 12.7 mm (0.5 in) M2 Browning machine gun, 7.62 mm NATO coaxial Sumitomo Type 74 machine gun (replacing M2 Browning) Type 96 40 mm Automatic grenade launcher or FN Minimi 5.56 mm NATO light machine gun".

URL:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_16_maneuver_combat_vehicle

Review Author
Doug Cole
Published on
January 6, 2023
Company
Hauler
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$10.24

The Subject (Source - Wikipedia)

The heavy Panzerspähwagen was a large but very fast and highly versatile addition to the German Army. The original 6-Rad (six wheel) versions were based on a 6x4 truck with an armoured body, but by 1937 they were being replaced by 8-Rad versions. During the replacement phase, the Sd.Kfz. (Sonderkraftfahrzeug, 'special vehicle') numbers were carried directly over; differentiation was made by the inclusion of 6-Rad or 8-Rad in the vehicle's name.

The Sd.Kfz. 232 was armed with a 20 mm KwK 30 L/55 autocannon. This cannon was based on the 20 mm FlaK 30 anti-aircraft gun, and was capable of firing at a cyclic rate of 280 rounds per minute.

Review Author
Doug Cole
Published on
January 3, 2023
Company
Hauler
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$10.20

The Subject

The M8 light armored car was a 6×6 armored car that saw service from 1943 by US and British forces until the end of World War II.

Designed and built by Ford Motor Company it was intended as a replacement for the M6. Because it had tires instead of treads, it had great speed at 55 mph on open roads and was very good in support roles as a recon vehicle. It wasn’t without its drawbacks however. Crews put sandbags on the ¼” thick floor to protect them from mines. It was also awkward in wooded areas and rough terrain.

Exported widely, it was still in service with some countries in 2006.

The Item

If you want to bring your M8 model kit to the next level, this excellent photoetch/detail set is just the thing for you. This extensive PE sheet has most of the appliqués that can be added to the kit to provide a fully detailed rendering of the M8.

Review Author
Doug Cole
Published on
January 3, 2023
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$12.95

This white metal SAC landing gear/strut set is designed for the Eduard 1/72 Fokker Dr.I series model kits.

Known widely as the Fokker Triplane, the fighter entered service in 1917 and was widely used by spring in 1918. The Triplane gained notoriety due to the last spate of the Baron Manfred von Richthofen’s aerial victories. It featured twin 7.92 mm Spandau machines guns as armament.

Compared to the Pfalz and Albatross fighters it was significantly more maneuverable in dive and role situations, but suffered from structural and engine failures. It was eventually abandoned due to faster versions of enemy aircraft.

These are nice replacement parts that will add highly detailed realism to the Eduard kit while providing additional strength and needed support for the model. This will reduce the concerns about the fragile landing gear breaking and preventing the resulting damage.