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1/35 Academy M4A3 with Newly Tooled Parts

Academy releases updated 1/35 M4A3 (76)W “Battle of the Bulge” U.S. Main Battle tank (13500). Newly tooled parts include engine deck, late version VVSS (Vertical Volute Spring Suspension) and accessories. Produced with Academy’s typical attention to detail, the kit features accurately reproduced 76mm main gun and 12.7mm machine gun; T48 track with Duckbill extenders, photo etched parts and a choice of six markings. Other features include rotatable turret, adjustable main gun elevation, hatches can be assembled

New Italeri 1/24 Jeep Willys

Advances in early 20th century technology resulted in widespread mechanization of the military during World War I. The United States Army deployed four-wheel drive trucks in it, supplied by Four Wheel Drive Auto (FWD) and the Thomas B. Jeffery Company. By the eve of World War II the United States Department of War had determined it needed a light, cross-country reconnaissance vehicle. Anxious to have one in time for America's entry into World War II, the

Panzer Art RE35-021 Cooler Mask for Sd.Kfz.Kfz.9 FAMO

Panzer Art has been making resin and photo-etched brass detail items for several years now. I recently acquired some sets for my Tamiya Sd.Kfz. 9 Famo. One of these items is Panzer Art's grill (called cooler mask on their site). The other set is for the Dragon Sd.Kfz. 7 series which I will review separately. Inside a resealable plastic bag with a cardboard header, we find one resin part, exquisitely molded. 13981

Monogram Armored Half Track Model Kit

The Half Track was developed from the concept of the scout car as a troop carrier and recon vehicle. Many more uses became apparent by mounting a 37 mm cannon with two .50 caliber machine guns, 75 mm and 105 mm cannons. Also built was an M16 multiple machine gun mount called a "Quad 50". The M16 mounted a M45 Maxson .50cal MG "quad" arrangement. The U.S. half-track was first used in the Philippines where several

Cyber Hobby JSU 152 Soviet Tank 3 in 1

In the latter half of WWII, in order to counter German tanks, the Russian army used the JS-2 heavy tank's chassis to create the JSU-152 heavy self-propelled gun. It featured improved armor protection and a simple superstructure which housed a massive ML-20S 152mm howitzer. They officially entered combat in the summer of 1944 during Operation Bagration, where Russian soldiers gave it the nickname Zveroboy (beast killer) due to its ability to destroy Tiger I and

1/35 Tamiya Italian Carro Armato M13/40

The Fiat-Ansaldo M13/40 was an Italian World War II tank designed to replace the Fiat L3, the Fiat L6/40 and the Fiat M11/39 in the Italian Army at the start of World War II. It was the main tank the Italians used throughout the war. The design was influenced by the British Vickers 6-Ton and was based on the modified chassis of the earlier Fiat M11/39. M11/39 production was cut short in order to get

Tamiya T34/76 Russian Tank

The T-34 was powered by an excellent engine, armed with the powerful gun and protected with stamped thick armor plates welded onto the body in a rather unsightly manner. Thus the T-34, unlike West European tanks, did not have a polished shape at all. It, however, was superior in fighting power to any tank then manufactured by any other nation of the world. The T-34 was a real fighting vehicle and great tank. The T-34 was

An Old Weasel

The old Monogram Weasel brings back many memories as I have built several over the past 40 years or so. Wow, a record perhaps but now I have one to show off, and in better shape than ever along with the priceless original box for sale if anyone is willing to pay big bucks for the box-top only! Highest bid wins. At any rate the build was straight forward with no fit problems and then the

A Bear of a Kit, Building the German Grizzly Bear

Greetings all, In recent years I have perfected many techniques for adding realism to all  of my 1/35th scale armor as well as 1/48th scale aircraft, all of which I have in Hobbies in a Barn on Facebook as well as this site to show those techniques. I have chosen the Tamiya release of the German Grizzly Bear which represents a late World War Two issue of a true assault gun mounted on a tank chassis as

Models by Hobbies in a Barn

Dear readers, Thank you for viewing the attached photos of my re-issued 1/35th scale Revell/Italeri M7 Priest. This is about the 3rd Priest I have build as I have another version of the British 25Lb'er Howitzer in desert scheme as one of the versions.  Also you can see the Academy M18 Hellcat and the Italeri Elephant. Additonally I have include my AFV Club Dodge Weapons Carrier. I have been building all sorts of scale models since the 1950s

Academy 1/35 M18 Hellcat US Army

The 76 mm Gun Motor Carriage (GMC) M18 was an American tank destroyer of World War II. The manufacturer, Buick, gave it the nickname "Hellcat" and it was the fastest tracked armored fighting vehicle during the war with a top speed up to 60 mph.Hellcat crews took advantage of the vehicle's speed to protect against hits to its thin armor. Many German Panther and Tiger tanks were destroyed because they could not turn their turrets fast enough

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