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Tanks

TANKS ALL VIDEOS

  • Vallejo German Red Oxide Acrylic Paint Set #78.411
    Here’s a great painting set for armour or AFV model makers from Vallejo which aims to capture the look of a tank’s primer coat.
  • Easy Metal Links Tracks
    Adding white metal tracks is a great way to get your tanks looking as real as possible. Here's a manufacturer who simplifies the process.
  • Tankart Volume 3 Modern Armor
    This is the third instalment in Rinaldi Studio Press' popular Tank Art series. The author, Michael Rinaldi, is a leading figure in the world of modelling.
  • Friulmodel Metal Replacement Tank Tracks
    Our hobby is all about the pursuit of scale realism. Our quest for perfection means manufacturers offer some great products.
  • Vallejo Rust & Chipping Set Ref: 71.186
    Want to get down with the chipping gang? Eager to try out the latest painting craze? Then this new Vallejo set (Ref: 71.186) will get you started.
  • Vallejo IJA Colors Early/Late 1937-1945
    Kicking off our new series of video reviews & unboxings is Vallejo's "IJA Colors Early/Late 1937-1945” (Ref: 71.160).
  • Military Vehicle Technology Foundation
    As part of our series on the best tank museums in the world, we headed to the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation near San Francisco.
  • Tankfest 2013
    VIDEO: TANKFEST 2013
    Looking for a great day out for all the family but with a bundle of inspiration for your models to boot?
  • Bovington Tank Museum - Tankfest
    Every year the Dorset countryside rumbles to the sound of heavy armour. It’s a sign that Tankfest at Bovington Tank Museum has arrived.
  • Saumur Tank Museum
    Every so often we hit the road to hunt out the best tank museums in the world. This time, it’s Saumur in France.
  • Mr Surfacer
    Mr. Who? Mr. Surfacer is who! Modellers who haven’t yet made his acquaintance better form a queue.

TANKS ALL ARTICLES

  • Tamiya KV-II
    For his evocative diorama, Doug Frame chose a legendary behemoth, the KV-II.
  • Tiger I Initial Production
    Ever build a project from scratch or with odds & ends only to discover a mainstream manufacturer releases it?
  • M24 Chaffee Walkaround
    The M24 light tank, known by the British as the Chaffee, hit the battlefield in late 1944.
  • Tamiya M4 Early Ref. 35150
    Nowadays there’s a plethora of Sherman model kits out there, but Tamiya’s M4A3 offering led the way for years. Then this kit came along.
  • Sandbagged Sherman M4A3
    American tankers devised their own way of protecting their AFVs as they pushed into Germany. They turned to sandbags.
  • Sherman Firefly
    The 17pdr Firefly was one of the most powerful of the M4 Shermans, we used it to showcase a venerable painting technique.
  • Hobbyboss T-34/76 1943 Factory No.112
    If only more manufacturers would supply a full interior, just like Hobbyboss did with their 1:48th T-34 series.
  • M60A1
    The M60 was only a stop-gap design – but it still looks big & cool in our eyes, especially with a mineroller attached.
  • Steelmasters 20
    If you don’t already know, here at Scale War Machines, we are huge Steelmasters fans. Their latest special gets a review.
  • Tamiya Churchill Crocodile
    For a long time Tamiya’s 1:35th Churchill moulds were the only game in town & their Crocodile captured a fearsome variant.
  • Tamiya Cromwell 1:35th Ref 35221
    Finding a good balance between an easy build & a great result is hard, but when done well, everyone wins.
  • Tamiya 1:48th Tiger
    ARTICLE: TIGER TIGER!
    The Tiger Tank attained an almost mythical status during World War 2. It also happens to be a modeller’s favourite.
  • M4A3 Sherman HVSS
    One of the most significant updates to the World War 2 M4 was the fitting of HVSS suspension, giving it a smoother ride.
  • Hobby Boss VK1602
    ARTICLE: VK1602 LEOPARD
    Hobbyboss’s VK1602 (Ref: 82460) is an example of how far manufacturers will go to find a new subject for their models.
  • Tamiya Panzer III Ausf. N (Ref: 35290)
    The Panzer III was a German Army workhorse, soldiering away on all fronts. So Tamiya’s Ausf. N is a welcome addition.
  • M18 Hellcat Walkaround
    With its 76mm gun, torsion bar suspension & top speed of 95km/h, the Hellcat tank destroyer was one speedy feline.
Vehicles

VEHICLES - ALL VIDEOS

  • Vallejo US Vietnam Olive Drab #78.412
    Vallejo has hit upon a simple marketing ploy. Offer up box sets to capitalize on the trend for modulation & other “out-of-the-box” techniques.
  • Archer Fine Transfers Instrument Dials & Placards
    Archer Fine Transfers of America makes an impressive range of dry transfers & wet decals that are both clever & very useful.
  • Painting Canvas
    Soft-skinned vehicles often have a canvas tilt to keep out the elements. Here's how you can easily recreate canvas.
  • Jeep M201 & Kit Review
    The Jeep has to be one of the most iconic machines of all time giving rise to a number of versions including the M201.
  • BMW R75
    There’s always been something appealing about BMW’s heavy World War Two motorcycle, the powerful R75 & sidecar.
  • Stoewer
    Sometimes German manufacturers just couldn’t help themselves, this overcomplicated little staff car is a case in point.
  • M2A1 Halftrack Review & Walkaround
    Dragon’s M2A1 halftrack typifies today’s state-of-the art model kits, so we decided to compare it with the real thing.
  • GMC 2.5t Truck with Leroi Compressor
    All American workhorse! We love the US GMC 6x6 2.5t truck, a.k.a the Jimmy. The Leroi Compressor version is no exception.

VEHICLES - ALL ARTICLES

  • Revell 1/72nd Scale Sdkfz.7/2 Halftrack 30207
    The Sdkfz.7 halftrack was a mainstay of the Heer, Waffen SS & Luftwaffe & saw widespread use.
  • Sdkz.9 18t Famo Halftrack
    The 18-ton Heavy Tractor or “Famo” was a massive beast that could tow 22-ton loads & was the ultimate German halftrack.
  • ICM Sdkfz.222
    For his atmospheric desert diorama, Doug Frame chose ICM’s Sdkfz. 222 in 1:48th Scale (Ref: 48191).
  • Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
    Before the arrival of Hobbyboss' 1:35th M3 Scout Car, the Italeri model (Ref: 231) & its derivatives were the only option.
  • Italeri Jeep 1:24th Scale Ref 3721
    It's good to leave your comfort zone & try a new scale. We moved away from 1:35th to try Italeri's Jeep in 1:24th scale.
  • Italeri Horch kfz15
    This all-terrain staff car was made famous by the Desert Fox, General Erwin Rommel, who used the vehicle as his ride during the long desert campaign.
  • Skybow Dodge WC52
    Skybow is a manufacturer that has disappeared from our shelves – but their Dodge WC51/52 survives thanks to AFV Club.
  • Italeri Steyr RSO
    The first Russian winter came as a rude awakening to Germany. It showed troops needed a new vehicle to cope with Russia’s muddy & impassable roads.
  • Tamiya Krupp Protze Ref. 35104
    Prior to World War Two, the Germans equipped their growing armed forces with increasing numbers of all-terrain vehicles
  • CMK 1/35 Volkswagen Type 82E
    The iconic Beetle was conceived as a propaganda tool by The Third Reich – a peoples’ car or “Volkswagen” for the masses.
  • Academy M151A1 Shmira
    There’s something about Israeli vehicles that appeals to modellers. We guess it’s all those little extras so beloved of the IDF.
  • Unimog U1300L
    The Unimog is one of the world’s most iconic vehicles, often seen in action around global hotspots & disaster zones.
  • BA20 - Dragon 9003 Alan Hobbies
    Every so often those who know a modeller will generously add to your stash…that’s how the BA20 came our way.
  • Italeri AB43 1:35th Scale Ref 6451
    The Italian AB43 armoured car was an updated design that took the lessons learnt from the AB41 a stage further.
  • Tamiya Kubelwagen
    The little Kubelwagen was to the Germans what the Jeep was to the Allies & is descended from the famous Beetle.
  • Tamiya Schwimmwagen Typ 166
    Tamiya’s 1:35th “Schwimm” (Ref: 35224) may have come out over 15 years ago but it’s a great little kit of a fine vehicle.
  • Ford M151 Mutt - Walkaround
    The Ford M151 was another chapter in the story of the US Jeep. Born in 1952, it took the Jeep concept a stage further.
  • Chevrolet 30cwt LRDG - Walkaround
    The LRDG was one of the most legendary units of World War 2. Founded by Ralph Bagnold, it used some great-looking trucks.
  • Jeep & Trailer Walkaround
    The Jeep & trailer is one good-looking combo, so if you’ve seen our Jeep walk-around video but want more...try this.
  • M3 Scout Car - Walkaround
    The M3 Scout Car was the precursor to the M2 & M3 halftracks & can now be easily modelled thanks to Hobby Boss.
Artillery

ARTILLERY - ALL VIDEOS

  • Pak40 Walkaround & Review
    Who can ignore the legendary 88mm Flak or the 20mm Flakvierling – the Pak40, however, gets less attention – unduly so.

ARTILLERY - ALL ARTICLES

  • Russian ML-20 Model 1937 Gun Howitzer
    Hidden around the back of the excellent Overloon Military Museum in Holland, we found this slightly shabby looking Soviet artillery piece.
  • 7.5cm Pak 40 Tamiya Ref: 35047
    Rheinmetall-Borsig made the 7.5cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun which entered service in 1941 & fought on to war’s end.
  • Tamiya 25PDR Gun
    A legendary universal gun howitzer, Tamiya was the first to issue a British 25Pdr artillery piece in 1:35th scale.
  • 8.8cm Flak 36 Walkaround
    The 8.8cm Flak 36 entered service in 1936 & was one of Germany’s most feared & respected weapons systems.
  • Ordnance 17pdr Q.F. Gun Walkaround
    The Ordnance Q.F. 17Pdr, to give it its proper title, was an acknowledgement of the need for a bigger & better Allied gun.
  • Valentine Archer SPG
    With its back-to-front design, the Archer SPG’s main 17Pdr gun faced to the rear - certainly a little different.
  • M1897 75mm Gun
    ARTICLE: M1897 75MM GUN
    The M1897 was a French gun used in US service. A World War One veteran, it was pressed back into use decades later.
  • 2Pdr QF AT Gun
    At the time of launch the 2Pdr anti-tank gun looked up to the task, but very quickly it became outclassed by tougher tanks.
  • Bofors AA Gun
    After a long wait, there's now quite a selection of 40mm Bofors kits in 1:35th scale. So here's some detail shots of one type.
  • Long Tom Upgrade Set
    The one drawback with many plastic kits are the tyres. Luckily, there’s a host of aftermarket resin upgrade options...
  • AFV Club Long Tom 1:35th
    A kit can often remain waiting its turn in your stash – AFV Club’s 1:35th Long Tom is given a much-needed public airing!
  • M1 Long Tom & Mack NO
    The American 155mm gun or “Long Tom” was a highly-effective long-range artillery piece that served from 1942 onwards.
  • 75mm Pack Howitzer
    Being flown into battle? Taking the enemy on in mountainous terrain? This compact little gun is just what you need.
Trains

TRAINS ALL VIDEOS

TRAINS - ALL ARTICLES

  • BR52 Kriegslok Walkaround
    The BR52 was known as the Kriegslok or “War Locomotive” & was manufactured in vast numbers between 1942 & 1944.
  • Dragon 6086 - Dragon typ Ommr Gondola
    We’ve got a bit of a railway obsession & dreams of making vast marshalling yards of German rolling stock & locomotives.
  • Schwerer Plattformen - Dragon Ref: 6069
    As part of our BR52 build we needed a load for our loco - the Dragon Typ SSy Plattformwagen seemed to fit the bill.
  • BR52 Kriegslok
    ARTICLE: BR52 KRIEGSLOK
    Every so often there’s a project that takes a while to reach completion, Trumpeter’s massive BR52 is a case in point...
Sci-Fi

SCIFI ALL VIDEOS

SCIFI ALL ARTICLES

  • Revell 04990 Cylon Centurion
    Every film needs its baddie & Battlestar Galactica’s is the Cylon Centurion. So Revell has released a fitting tribute to this movie menace.
  • Revell Easy Pocket X-Wing
    Revell’s snap-together kits are aimed at novice modellers, but that doesn’t mean more experienced modellers can’t make the most of them.
  • Battlestar Galactica Viper MkII 1:32
    ARTICLE: BATTLESTAR VIPER
    The rebooted Battlestar Galactica hit our screens in 2003, for us, the Viper II Fighter is the show’s undisputed star.
  • Fine Molds X-Wing 1:48th
    The Force is strong in Fine Molds X-Wing Fighter (Ref: SW1 2400). A Great subject & fantastic quality awaits modellers.
  • Dust Mickey ARV Review
    Sci-fi walkers from the imaginary world of Dust are becoming more popular with modelers, so we checked one kit out.
  • Star Wars Tie Interceptor - Fine Molds 1:72nd Scale
    Not only did George Lucas’ Star Wars create one of the finest film franchises of all time, but it also invented some cool machines.

NAVAL ALL VIDEOS

NAVAL ALL ARTICLES

  • Steelmasters #24 Vietnam
    There’s something about the Vietnam conflict that makes it an alluring subject for modellers interested in naval subjects.
  • Italeri MAS 568
    Italeri have hit their stride with naval subjects in 1:35th scale. The Italian M.A.S. is a great addition to their fleet.
  • Tamiya PBR
    As military movie icons go, it’s hard to beat the PBR from Apocalypse Now’s journey into Vietnam’s heart of darkness.
  • Italeri Biber
    Its good to see Italeri trying something new & making 1:35th scale naval releases the backbone of their model output.
  • U-Models US Navy Life Vests
    Every so often a new manufacturer emerges looking to corner a particular part of the market. Enter U-Models from France.
Figures

FIGURES ALL VIDEOS

  • RP Models 100mm Busts

    We look at the latest releases & figures from RP Models of Portugal. These figure busts & 3/4 busts boast action poses & are all 3D modelled before being cast in resin.

  • Vallejo Waffen SS Camouflage Set Ref: 70180

    Painting Waffen SS camouflage can be a daunting task but achieving a convincing result just got a little easier thanks to Vallejo.

  • Vallejo Black & White Ref: 70.151

    Here’s another film in our new series of video reviews. We unbox Vallejo's "Black & White” figure painting set (Ref: 70.151).

  • Using Hornet Heads For Your Figures

    Changing a stock figure’s head with a resin item is a sure way to give your miniatures more life. But it may not be obvious what needs to be done.

  • Painting Figures' Faces

    Figure painting is an artform in itself. Painting convincing faces is especially tricky.

FIGURES ALL ARTICLES

  • Chinese Boxer Rebel Figurine
    This 90mm historic figure sculpted by Mike Good is no longer in production but that didn’t dampen Doug Frame’s enthusiasm.
  • Battle Of Britain Pilot Bust - The Few
    Modeller Doug Frame had always wanted to pay tribute to the RAF pilots of 1940’s Battle of Britain & this bust gave him a great excuse.
  • Painting Leather How To Guide
    Here’s an easy way to paint leather on your model figures using Vallejo acrylics – illustrated on our French Tanker figure.
  • German Officer 1:35th Scale
    “Practice makes perfect” is the old adage & it’s certainly true when it comes to painting miniature model figures.
  • Vallejo Face Painting Set
    Painting faces is an art form in itself, here's a set that can take a lot of the hassle out of the process.
  • Beltring War & Peace
    Here’s another photo set from the War & Peace military show to give you yet more ideas for your figure modelling.
  • Beltring War & Peace
    When it comes to figure modelling, nothing beats great references. So here’s a photo set from the Beltring military show for inspiration.
  • Painting Figure's Faces How To
    For armour modellers, figures' faces can be a real challenge. It’s tough to get a good result. But there are ways to try.
Accessories

ACCESSORIES ALL VIDEOS

  • The Small Shop Deluxe Brass Assist

    Rolling curved or rounded profiles is not easy with photo etched brass. The Deluxe Brass Assist will give you a helping hand.

  • The Small Shop Hold & Fold

    Working with photoetch can be fraught with all kinds of difficulties but there's no doubt, it's a great way to enhance your scale models.

  • Verlinden Productions New Releases Dec 2014 to Jan 2015

    Verlinden Productions are well-known to a certain generation of modellers. They're steadily re-releasing some classic titles along with some new ones.

  • Nuts & Bolts Book Review

    A good reference book is an essential companion to any model build, helping to correct or improve details.

  • Scale Laser Service Laser-Cut Diorama Accessories

    Scale Laser Service from Peddinghaus Decals makes a range of laser-cut wooden accessories.

  • The Small Shop Wrangler & Wire Assist

    Tanks & military vehicles have all sorts of grab handles, loops & tie-downs dotted all around them. Here's a way to make them.

  • Archer Surface Details

    Time for a fresh idea from America & a new approach to an age-old problem. How to add convincing 3D surface details easily.

  • Art of Modelling Magazine

    Art of Modelling is a Belgian publication originally published in Flemish & now available in English & other languages, as well as in tablet form.

  • RPToolz Circular Punch & Die

    There’s quite a few different varieties of punch & die manufactured by RPToolz. This is their “circular” punch & die set.

  • Verlinden Productions New Releases Sept to Nov 2014

    Belgian modeller François Verlinden has been an inspiration to generations of model makers – today based in the USA – his company continues to grow.

  • RPToolz Photoetch Bending Device

    Tiny little bits of photoetch brass are a great way to superdetail your kit but handling those pesky pieces isn’t easy.

  • Medico's D-Tails Zeltbahn 31 Review

    The range of specialist model suppliers with innovative & unique products just keeps on growing.

  • The Small Shop Nutter Tool

    Placed firmly in the “premium” tool price bracket, The Small Shop’s Nutter takes an innovative approach to making rivets.

  • RPToolz Hexagonal Punch & Die

    Making your own rivets or nuts & bolts is sometimes a choice but, more often than not, a scale model making necessity. This tool will help out.

  • Mig Productions Mud

    Getting a convincing coating of mud is now that little bit easier thanks to Mig Productions.

  • RPToolz Handle Bending Tool

    Standard-issue injection-moulded handles & grab bars can be notoriously fiddly & delicate. Here’s a way around that.

  • Panzer Putty Camouflage MXpression

    Every now & then a remarkable custom-made model making product emerges. Here's Panzer Putty from Mxpression.

  • Model Scene Diorama Grass Mats

    Looking for a quick & easy way to make convincing groundwork? Here's a neat out-of-the box solution that will speed up your diorama build.

  • Auriga Static Model Manuals

    These handy step-by-step books from Auriga Publishing of Italy are a must-have for modelers of all levels & come highly recommended.

  • Wilder Nitroline Weathering Products

    It’s truly the best of times for modelers when it comes to finishing products – now here’s a new range from Adam Wilder.

  • Lifecolor "Burned" Set CS29

    Time for another in our series of video reviews, unboxings & demos, with a great idea for a set from Lifecolor.

  • Casting For Models

    For modellers there's a whole host of accessories on the market. What if you need more than just a one-off?

  •  Vallejo Chipping Medium

    In this step-by-step mini-guide we look at a useful weathering product from Vallejo – their water-based Chipping Medium.

  • Vallejo Desert Sand

    Creating a desert scene offers an easy first foray into diorama building, here's a product to get your groundwork started.

  • Vallejo Surface Primers

    Priming your model is a great way to get a uniform flawless base & seal all those different materials you have used.

  • AK Interactive Chipping Solutions

    Here’s a technique that’s all the rage thanks to a range of dedicated bottled chipping solutions.

  • Enamel Dust Technique

    Real vehicles used in combat get dirty & dusty quickly. Here’s one method to capture that look using enamels.

  • Salt Chipping Technique
    VIDEO: SALT CHIPPING

    Trying to achieve a rusty eroded paint finish can be made easier with the simple use of this household staple.

  • Vallejo Still Water 26230

    Recreating realistic water is one of the skills you will need if you build dioramas to display your models.

  • Drybrushing

    Model making is all about fads & fashions – drybrushing was once all the rage. So here’s a quick guide to this technique.

  • Clean Your Airbrush

    If you're serious about model making, you’ll want to get an airbrush, but keeping it clean is essential to success.

  • Apply Mud To Your Models

    Mud glorious mud! Any keen modeller will want to cover his creations in mud sooner or later, here’s one possible way.

  • How to Decal Your Models

    Most model kits have them. Your decals are the best way to apply markings, but how can you make them look their best?

ACCESSORIES ALL ARTICLES

  • Medicos D-Tails Zeltbahn 16-man Tent
    When we made our video on Medico D-Tails’ new Zeltbahn tent, we couldn’t help trying out the 16-man version as well.
  • Life Color Tensocrom TSC01
    These days there's no shortage of modelling finishing products, but Lifecolor's Tensocrom range remains a mystery to some.
  • Dust SPG04 and Mud SPG05
    Some of the best paints on the market now come bundled with pigments.
  • Life Color Dust and Rust CS10
    Diorama Set CS10 from Italian paint manufacturer Lifecolor is a regular favourite at Scale War Machines HQ.
  • RMG Barbed Wire
    Recreating convincing barbed wire is no mean feat, but RMG models of Portugal has just the solution you need, so we ordered a pack for our diorama.
  • Vallejo Plastic Putty
    Time for another top tool. This week a handy little putty product that will be a useful addition to your toolbox.
  • Fairy Power Spray Paintstrip
    The great thing about model making is finding out about new techniques, like how to strip paint using Fairy Power Spray.
  • Paintstrip Your Models
    Ever wondered how to strip a kit’s paint finish & start again? We tried one possible method on Rommel’s famous halftrack.
  • Iwata Hi-Line HP-CH Airbrush review
    Iwata’s HP-CH double-action airbrush is on long-term bench test over the coming months - and first impressions are good.
  • Iwata M2 Airbrush
    Iwata’s M2 is a bit of a departure in airbrush design. We got our hands on one & gave this newbie a going over.
  • Tamiya Lacquer Thinner
    There’s a vast range of model paints & finishing accessories on the market, this week we review Tamiya’s Lacquer Thinner.
  • Tamiya Quick Type Putty
    This week’s top tool is Tamiya Quick Type Putty, one of those perennial items you won’t be able to live without.
  • Resicast Steerable Axles
    Every now & then a little something arrives to make your life easier - like steerable replacement axles for your models.
  • Laser Cut Signs
    Dr. Evil had an obsession with “fricking lasers” & so does Scale Laser Service - suppliers of laser-cut accessories.
  • Wheel Upgrade Sets From Hussar Productions
    Hussar Productions out of Canada make some excellent upgrade wheel sets for a variety of 1:35th scale models.

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