I wanted to shift gears a little bit and go back to 1/285 micro armor. I have some of the 2012-13 model year vehicles from GHQ that I would like to share. Some I think are quite good and others just aren’t. All of them are high quality and ultra detailed, which you would expect from GHQ. But one in particular just seems too big. So why not start with that one. Before the reveal however, I want to say that I’m a huge Bundeswehr fan. I have all the models currently available and have scratchbuilt or kitbashed numerous others. So I eagerly awaited the release of the Puma, which is to replace the Marder in active service. Unfortunately this has been a marketing nightmare for GHQ. If you’re interested you can read all about it on the GHQ forum but in a nutshell here’s what happened. Initial release have five roadwheels and the reaction from the forum experts was highly critical. That’s the proto-type we want the real deal. So GHQ called a do-over and released a model with six roadwheels. But when the first ones reached customers hands the forum lit up and sales went to all stop. This thing is huge! Much larger than the Marder it is replacing. Much larger than the Leopard 2A6 tank it will serve along side. Debate raged over what the actual dimensions are and what the scale error is etc. etc. The debate was complicated by the fact that no online sources had the same data because there are modular armor packages that change the dimensions considerably. What is the real baseline height and width? I don’t know and neither does GHQ but they’re sticking to their guns and aren’t going to change the design again unless proven wrong. Well until I know how far off it is or even if it is off scale I’m not buying any more of these. If you’re a Sci-Fi fan however these are fantastic.
With this next item GHQ redeemed themselves. Following the global trend of making lighter, easily transportable wheeled APCs the Bundeswehr has also adopted into service the Boxer. This eight wheeled vehicle is broadly similar to the Stryker family of vehicles now in use in the U.S. More of these are definitely on my shopping list.
Staying with German manufacturers for a moment the next model is the Canadian version of the German Leopard 2A6 main battle tank. I ordered this when it was first released but before any catalog pictures were available on GHQ’s website. I had hoped that the additional slat armor was etched brass similar to the kits available for GHQ Stryker vehicles. I was a little disappointed when I received the product and it was an integral part of the mold. My main issue is how to paint it. Can’t really show the camouflage pattern behind the slats so I guess I’m going to have to go with O.D.
Staying with the heavy metal theme I’ll move along to one of my favorite models of recent years, the Magach 6B Gal. The Israeli army comes up with some wacky and wild upgrades to old favorites. The designs show a healthy respect for the dangers of fighting in built up terrain, lots of reactive armor and machine guns for personnel suppression. This M-60 upgrade is no exception. These tanks will be featured in a future piece on magnets and rotating turrets.
The last model I want to talk about is the Nayla RG-31. The RG-31 is one of many MRAP vehicles that have proliferated throughout the U.S. military. GHQ has a large range of MRAP vehicles which I think are pretty cool in general. The RG-31 is also a favorite for NGO’s and UN workers so maybe I’ll have to paint up a couple of these in UN white and blue.