This is a Polish TKS tankette with a 20mm cannon. The kit is from First to Fight, a Polish company which specializes in Polish and German subjects from the 1939 invasion. Their catalog includes several vehicles which are uncommon or unique in 1/72 scale.
French Light Tank Renault FT US Six Ton Tank M1917
By Witold J. Lawrynowicz
Series: Armor Photo Gallery # 15
Softcover, 72 pages, drawings, and photographs
Published by Model Centrum Progres, January 2006
Dimensions: 8.0 x 11.2 x 0.2 inches
The Renault FT was a French light tank which saw initial service during the First World War. It is notable for introducing what has since become the standard tank configuration – a rotating turret containing the main armament, engine to the rear of the hull, and driver in the front. Over 3,000 were produced in France, with several other nations producing copies of the design. Although obsolete by the standards of WWII, there were several hundred still in service during the Battle of France, and captured examples were retained in Wehrmacht service in secondary roles through the end of the war.
This book is number 15 in the Armor Photo Gallery series and is intended to be a visual reference for modelers. Two-thirds of the pages are devoted to well-captioned full-color photographs of preserved vehicles presented in a walk-around style. There are two tanks presented – a Renault FT in the Musée Royal de l’Armée et d’Histoire Militaire in Brussels and a U.S.-built M1917 which was at the West Point Museum. The two vehicles exhibit a number of construction differences which the captions point out.
Also included are drawings in 1/48 and 1/35 scale, but nothing for 1/72 scale enthusiast. There is a short history of the type and several pages of black-and-white photographs of the tanks in service. I purchased this book at a model show, and was not familiar with the series at the time. These happy little discoveries are one of the best reasons to go to shows, you can always find something you didn’t know you needed! It is a quality publication and judging by what is listed on Amazon, somewhat sought after. Recommended.
The Cunningham T1 was a series of prototype light tanks developed in America. They were modified and rebuilt into a number of configurations, but were never formally adopted by the U.S. Army. These were printed on a Creality printer using a file by “Turenkarn” here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2192170
The figure was converted from a Preisser Luftwaffe pilot.
This is a Vickers Mk. VI light tank from designer “TigerAce1945” on Thingiverse here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2055879
The file was scaled to 1/72 and printed on a Creality LD-002R 3-D resin printer. It is painted as one of the tanks defending Malta in the “stone wall” scheme. The figure is converted from a Preisser Luftwaffe pilot.
Marine Corps Tank Battles in Vietnam
By Oscar E. Gilbert
Hardcover in dustjacket, 288 pages, photographs, bibliography, notes, and index
Published by Casemate 2007
Dimensions: 6.0 x 1.2 x 9.0 inches
Despite the number of books published about the Viet Nam War, many people are unaware of the role played by armor, or that the U.S. Marines deployed armored units. Perhaps this is due in part to the nature of their employment. Armor rarely fought in units larger than platoons, and often in groups of only two or three tanks. There were no large set-piece battles, the tanks were generally employed to defend bridges or firebases, or to support sweeps through the countryside. The result is the tanks were disbursed and moved in small groups from place to place, many of the crews commenting that they had never even seen their Battalion commanders while in-country.
Not surprisingly, the constant movements and changes in unit assignments have made it very difficult for historians to document the histories of the armored Battalions in Viet Nam. Sweeps and patrols in support of the myriad of operations tended to blend together for the crews to the point that even the men involved were unsure if they had actually been part of a specific operation. I was surprised to learn how vulnerable the M48 was to the RPG-7, a great many crew casualties were caused by this weapon. Another problem was mines. While these rarely totally destroyed a tank they generally were enough to disable the track and suspension, taking the vehicle out of the fight.
This is the third of Gilbert’s “Marine Corps Tank Battles” books which I have read. Like the others, the bulk of the text is derived from interviews with the Marines themselves, in their own words. The opening chapter gives a history of the country leading up to the war which is well worth reading just on its own. The book is well written, and I enjoy the first-hand perspectives from the Marines who were there. Recommended.
A diorama showing the arrival of an Northern Alliance T-55 being welcomed by Afghani militia. The tank transporter is Takom’s MAZ-537, the T-55 is from Trumpeter. Figures on the vehicle are from Paracel Miniatures, the rest are modified from various components to represent Afghanis. The structure is a 3D resin print.