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Availability of 1/72 low tier vehicles, especially starter tanks

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:10 am
by Contrarius
I'm having problems sourcing starter vehicles for 1940 and 1941, especially for France 1940 and USSR 1941.

Germany
Rarer lvl 1 starter tanks available from First to Fight and World at War (IBG), only one missing is Pzrjgr I.

France
Diecast models for Somua and Char B1 readily available, but these are lvl 3! First to Fight has promised R35 and Hotchkiss H35, but unlikely to appear before 2019.

Britain
Lvl 1 Cruisers? The SHQ metal kits are 20mm, but are they too small for 1/72?
Valentine - new Plastic Soldier kit; Crusader I - Airfix kit

USSR
Quite a nice T28 available diecast, but BTs? T26?

Re: Availability of 1/72 low tier vehicles, especially starter tanks

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:07 am
by dalemunk
Have a look at Early War Miniatures - https://earlywarminiatures.com/ These are 20mm but work fine with 1/72 - it's basically the same "scale"

Also - SHQ 20mm work fine with 1/72 models. To the extent that I have used some of their conversion kits for their own jeeps on plastic ones from Hasegawa and Academy. Fits perfectly.

/K

Re: Availability of 1/72 low tier vehicles, especially starter tanks

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:10 am
by Contrarius
dalemunk wrote:
Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:07 am
Have a look at Early War Miniatures - https://earlywarminiatures.com/ These are 20mm but work fine with 1/72 - it's basically the same "scale"

Also - SHQ 20mm work fine with 1/72 models. To the extent that I have used some of their conversion kits for their own jeeps on plastic ones from Hasegawa and Academy. Fits perfectly.

/K
Great site for EWM. Not seen that before. Great for Brits and especially France. Especially liked the crewmen included in the standard price. But no early Soviet stuff :(

Having recently bought some SHQ Panzer crewmen and motorcycles I was rather disappointed how small they seemed compared to 1/72 models. If you place two tanks of different marques next to each other you probably won't notice the difference in scale, but plop a Hasegawa Sherman next to an Airfix Sherman and it's Pygmy vs Watusi.

Are there any scale comparisons for EWM vehicles on the web?

Re: Availability of 1/72 low tier vehicles, especially starter tanks

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:42 pm
by dalemunk
Contrarius wrote:
Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:10 am
dalemunk wrote:
Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:07 am
Have a look at Early War Miniatures - https://earlywarminiatures.com/ These are 20mm but work fine with 1/72 - it's basically the same "scale"

Also - SHQ 20mm work fine with 1/72 models. To the extent that I have used some of their conversion kits for their own jeeps on plastic ones from Hasegawa and Academy. Fits perfectly.

/K
Great site for EWM. Not seen that before. Great for Brits and especially France. Especially liked the crewmen included in the standard price. But no early Soviet stuff :(

Having recently bought some SHQ Panzer crewmen and motorcycles I was rather disappointed how small they seemed compared to 1/72 models. If you place two tanks of different marques next to each other you probably won't notice the difference in scale, but plop a Hasegawa Sherman next to an Airfix Sherman and it's Pygmy vs Watusi.

Are there any scale comparisons for EWM vehicles on the web?
Well, Airfix (the old stuff definitely) is really 1/76. I'm using SHQ and EWM with my 1/72 and have never seen issues. SHQ crew fits nicely in/to my Hasegawa, new Airfix, Academy, S-models and other 1/72 jeeps (British paras).

Re: Availability of 1/72 low tier vehicles, especially starter tanks

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:23 pm
by SteveBurt
Aside from SHQ, Skytrex have a (rather overpriced) selection covering A9, A10 and such like.
Fujimi used to do a Pzjgr I kit, and Airfix do the Mark VI light tank. Someone does the Somua in kit form, Matchbox do the Char B1 and FT17.
I have resin H35 and R35 models and an A10 and A13 but I can't remember who did those.

Re: Availability of 1/72 low tier vehicles, especially starter tanks

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:29 pm
by Simon
Have you tried Frontline Wargaming resin range in 20mm? Click on WW2 vehicles.

http://www.frontlinewargaming.co.uk/

Regards

Simon

Re: Availability of 1/72 low tier vehicles, especially starter tanks

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:43 pm
by changl09
PSC also makes a 1/72 A9 and A10 kit. http://theplasticsoldiercompany.co.uk/i ... ts_id=1184

Re: Availability of 1/72 low tier vehicles, especially starter tanks

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:03 pm
by JimLeCat
Armourfast do one or two as well, and Butler's Printed Models do a number (including IIRC some no-one else does).

Re: Availability of 1/72 low tier vehicles, especially starter tanks

Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:20 am
by nbattler
Pegasus Hobbies do a BT 7

Re: Availability of 1/72 low tier vehicles, especially starter tanks

Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:21 am
by dalemunk
They also have Pz38 (t) and some more, I think.

S-models have A13 and other early war tanks as well.