Combat Tanks Collection 1-7

Combat Tanks Collection Issues 1-7

Combat Tanks Collection Issues 1-7

Here are some photos of the models in the first few issues of the CTC Magazine. As I previously posted on the Auckland Wargaming Club Website the Combat Tanks Collection Magazine from the UK is now available here in NZ (having been available in Australia for sometime, and in a different format as the non-English Panzer Magazine in other countries)…

And you can subscribe on line or pick it up from most book stores. Each issue includes a 1/72nd Scale Die-Cast Model similar to those produced by Dragon Armor; Forces of Valor; and similar.

Sdkfz 9 18-ton FAMO Half-Track with Tank Transporter Trailer

Sdkfz 9 18-ton FAMO Half-Track with Tank Transporter Trailer (this is the free bonus if you subscribe - the FAMO model appears again in Issue 52 towing an 88mm FlaK Gun).

The magazine covers World War II and more Modern Vehicles. This is a great way to get some good quality models for Wargaming World War II & Modern conflicts in 1/72nd (20mm) scale. Issues cost NZ$19.95 each so you get the model for about half what a Dragon Armor, or about 1/3 the what a FoV, model would cost – albeit the models aren’t quite the same quality as the latter 2 manufacturers (e.g. no weathering effects). So here’s the photos of the first 8 models (Issues 1-7 plus the subscription bonus)…

Issue 1: Pzkpfw VI Tiger E - 13th Company, Pz.Regt 'Grossdeustchland', Germany, Early 1943.

Issue 1: Pzkpfw VI Tiger E - 13th Company, Pz.Regt 'Grossdeustchland', Germany, Early 1943.

Issue 2: Challenger 1, Deployed in United Kingdom, 1984.

Issue 2: Challenger 1, Deployed in United Kingdom, 1984.

While some of the tanks have a slightly ‘plasticy’ look, this is easily dealt with by doing suitable washes on the vehicle, then matt varnishing (or use of items like the Testor’s “Dull Coate” lacquer) and adding final weathering (such as with the excellent Tamiya Weathering powders). The issue is caused as most of the models are being cast in a coloured plastic that is used as the base colour for the colour scheme (i.e. they don’t have a primer or base colour painted on before camouflage or other detail is painted).

Issue 3: M4A3 (105mm) Sherman, 756th US Tank Battalion, France 1945.

Issue 3: M4A3 (105mm) Sherman, 756th US Tank Battalion, France 1945.

Issue 4: JgdPz V Jagdpanther, s.PzJg Abt 559, Luxembourg 1944.

Issue 4: JgdPz V Jagdpanther, s.PzJg Abt 559, Luxembourg 1944.

Issue 5: M1A1HA Abrams, 1st USMC Tank Battalion, Iraq 2003.

Issue 5: M1A1HA Abrams, 1st USMC Tank Battalion, Iraq 2003.

I’ve ended up picking up 2 of the Tiger E (at the introductory issue 1 price of about NZ$8 each you couldn’t say no really)… And 3 of the T-34/76 (below), which really is a very nice model and the best so far, as well as 2 of the Panther – even at full price these are very good value compared to Dragon. I have a large number of Dragon Tiger’s and variants, T-34’s, and Panthers, plus plastic kit versions too, but have still picked up extra of these CTC models as they are models of different units & camo schemes…

Issue 6: T-34/76 Model 41, 130th Tank Brigade, 21st Tank Corps, USSR 1942.

Issue 6: T-34/76 Model 41, 130th Tank Brigade, 21st Tank Corps, USSR 1942.

Issue 7: Pzkpfw V Panther ausf A, 1st SS Pz.Div Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, Normandy 1944.

Issue 7: Pzkpfw V Panther ausf A, 1st SS Pz.Div Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, Normandy 1944.

The next few issues are:

08. Chieftain MK V (BAOR, Brussels, Belgium – UK 1979)
09. Merkava III (188 ‘Barak‘ Armoured Brigade, Israel 1990)
10. M48A3 Patton 2 (1st Marine Tank Battalion, USMC, Da Nang, Vietnam – USA 1968)
11. PzKpfw. III Ausf.G (Afrika Korps, Sidi Rezegh, Libya – Germany 1941)
12. Leclerc Mk 2 (501-503‘eme RCC, France 1997)
13. T-54 (Vitava River Sector, Czechoslovakia 1978) – There is a Polish T-55A 1968 in issue 18 also.
14. Centurion Mk.III (8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars, Seoul, Korea – UK 1950)
15. C1 Ariete (132 Brigata Corazzata “Ariete” Norvara, Italy 2002)

See the website for more info & discussion forums: DeAgostini Combat Tank Collections and/or you can subscribe online in New Zealand at: Netlink Distribution. The series is intended to run for at least 60 issues (i.e. 30 months – but may run longer as it has been suggested demand may result in extra issues/models).

Close-Up of the 8-ton FAMO Half-Track.

Close-Up of the 8-ton FAMO Half-Track.

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  • Daniel Bone

    are the models accurately modelled to details? it just arrived here in malaysia but it was produced in china. a little cheaper compared to the UK price.

    • Hi Daniel – yes they are pretty good – not quite up to Dragon Armor or Easy Model standard, but not far off. And you can always super detail them yourself if desired… For wargaming purposes there is just no comparison between these and plastic or resin kits for value for money… Of course some plastic or resin kits will be more accurate with the details but in general for wargaming purposes these are pretty good value for money!

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