Tank and AFV In-Box Kit Reviews

Listed alphabetically, by manufacturer.

Airfix 1/76 Stug III 75mm Assault Gun (A01306V) Can a kit that’s nearly sixty years old be any good?

Airfix 1/76 Cromwell IV Tank (A02338) The Cromwell IV was the first Airfix 1/76 tank released after a hiatus of more than thirty years. Was it worth the wait?

Airfix 1/76 M4 Sherman Mk. I (A01303V) After almost sixty years, perhaps it’s time this Airfix kit was retired?

Airfix 1/76 Tiger I (A01308V) The 1964 Airfix 1/76 Tiger is certainly an oldie but is it a goodie?

Dragon 1/72 Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf. L Late production (7645) Armor Neo Pro. Nice kit. Shame about the instructions!

Dragon 1/72 Sd.Kfz.231 (8-Rad) (7483) DML have a reputation for producing detaied and accurate kits – does that apply to this one?

First to Fight 1/72 PzKpfw I Ausf. A (PL1939-002) Is it possible to have fun with a kit that’s just two inches long and has just 16 parts?

Forces of Valor 1/72 Panzer III Ausf. N (87011) Or it might be Unimax, or possibly Waltersons. Whoever made it, this is a kit with an identity crisis.

Hasegawa 1/72 Infantry Tank Churchill Mk. I (31127) Some old kits are forgotten classics. Some old kits are just, well, old kits. Into which category does this 1975 Hasegawa offering fit?

Hasegawa 1/72 Sd.Kfz. 162 Jagdpanzer IV L/48 Late Version (31151) This Hasegawa kit is more than thirty years newer than the Churchill above. So, it must be better, right? Hmm…

Heller 1/72 M4A2 Sherman Division Leclerc (79894) It’s big, it’s green, it’s not notably fire-resistant and the US made about five bazillion of them during World War Two. Can you guess what it is?

Heller 1/72 Somua S35 (79875) There are very few small-scale kits of the classic French S35, which makes it all the more disappointing that this 1979 offering from Heller has so many flaws.

HobbyBoss 1/35 T-37A Light Tank Izhorsky (83821) OK, so if I’m honest, I had never heard of the T-37A or HobbyBoss before I bought this kit.

IBG Models 1/72 A9 British Cruiser Tank Mk.I with 2 pdr Gun (WAW011) There are very few small-scale kits available of this early-war British tank. What’s this version from Polish company IBG like?

ICM 1/35 WW I German Infantry (1914) (35679) In-Box Review There aren’t many decent 1/35 kits featuring infantry from the early part of World War One. How good is this offering from Ukrainian manufacturer ICM?

Italeri 1/72 Autoblinda AB 43 (7052) Don’t you hate it when you open a kit box and discover something missing…

Italeri 1/35 SdKfz 139 Panzerjäger Marder III (6210) Another elderly kit, this time from Italian manufacturer Italeri.  

Minairons Miniatures 1/72 IGC Sandurni Tank (20GEV001) Do you ever get bored with kits of the same old Tigers, T-34s and Shermans? Fancy something completely different? This may be the answer…

Revell (Matchbox) 1/76 Humber Mk. II (03289) It may say Revell on the box, but this is really a classic Matchbox kit from 1974.

Revell (Matchbox) 1/76 PzKpfw II Ausf. F (03323). Another low-cost Revell re-issue of a Matchbox kit from the 1970s. Is it worth your time and cash?

Revell 1/72 Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.H Tiger (03262) It’s now more than twenty years old, but is the Revell Tiger kit any good?

Revell 1/72 T-34/85. Another cracking Revell 1/72 tank kit.

Revell (Matchbox) 1/76 M24 Chaffee (03323) Here’s another oldie. It may say Revell on the box, but this is a re-issue of the original Matchbox kit from 1974. Is it a classic or just cheap and nasty?

Revell 1/35 World of Tanks T-26 (03505) I’m not a huge fan of WoT, but this is a cheap way to get a 1/35 T-26. Is it any good?

RPM 1/72 Renault FT Char Cannon with Berliet Turret (72204). RPM kits don’t always have the best reputation for quality or ease of construction. What’s this tiny Renault FT like?

Takom 1/72 Chieftain Mk 5 and FV 432 2/1 (5008). My gob is smacked, my flabber, comprehensively gasted. I’m not sure that small-scale armour kits get any better than this!

Tamiya 1/35 3.7cm Antitank Gun PaK 35/36 Another elderly Tamiya kit from the early 1970s…

Tamiya 1/35 British Army 6 Pounder Anti-Tank Gun This is one of the very first batch of models in the Military Miniatures series, but is a kit more than 50 years old worth your time and money?

Tamiya 1/35 British Universal Carrier Mk II European Campaign (35175) Nice kit, decent figures, lots of weapons and stowage items, crap tracks.

Tamiya 1/35 Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf. F/G. This kit is now almost fifty years old, but is it any good?

Tamiya 1/35 Sturmgeschütz IV Sd.Kfz. 163 (35087). Another Tamiya kit from the 1970s. Not as detailed as more recent kits of the same vehicle but, would you want one?

Tamiya 1/35 Type 97 Chi-Ha (35075). Although it’s now over 45 years since it was first released, this is still one of the best Chi-Ha kits around.

Tamiya 1/48 U.S. Medium Tank M4A3E8 Sherman “Easy Eight” (32595). 1/48 kits are still much less popular than their 1/35 counterparts. How does this kit from Tamiya compare?

Tamiya 1/35 Walker Bulldog (MM155). Sheesh – the Tamiya M41 is heading for sixty years old. So, it’s old school, but is it cool?

Trumpeter 1/72 Russian KV-1 M1942 Lightweight Cast Tank (07233). Nice kit, shame about the tracks.

Zvezda 1/72 Jagdpanther (5042). There are lots of small-scale Jagdpanther kits, but most of them have issues. How does this offering from Zvezda shape-up?

Zvezda 1/72 Soviet Tank Destroyer SU-85 (5062) For once, I’m reviewing a modern kit. Is it really better than the oldies?

Zvezda 1/72 Soviet Medium Tank T-34/76 Model 1943 (5001). I assumed this would be very similar to the SU-85 kit. I was wrong…

Old School kits for Old School Kit Builders

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