Military vehicle modelers build a wide variety of models. Tanks and other armored fighting vehicles are the most popular subjects at model contests. Modelers also build ordnance, military trucks and half-tracks, and lighter vehicles such as jeeps and motorcycles.
Modelers tend to focus on vehicles from three eras: World War I, World War II, and the modern era. The first denotes armored vehicles from their inception into combat during the first World War until approximately 1939. Vehicles of this time period are considered to be experimental for the most part and did not make major contributions to what few battles they took part in.
Models depicting vehicles from the World War I era and the following interwar years are not as numerous as their later world war counterparts, but are often just as commonly available, being produced by high-volume companies such as Emhar. Recently, there has been a trend amongst small producers to make resin add-ons and extra tank tracks, in order to improve the look of basic kits. Some companies (regardless of production number), particularly in Eastern Europe make little-known WWI designs such as the Tsar Tank or the K-Wagen. These kits tend to be expensive and often poorly available.
Vehicles used between 1939 and 1945 fall into the World War II category. Even though this era spans the shortest number of years, it is by far the most popular for armor modelers due to the enormous range of vehicles used and the vast improvements in armor technology. During the early part of the war, most armored vehicles were smaller, less heavily armored, and lightly armed. Major tank engagements early on convinced governments on all sides of the need for more survivable and deadlier vehicles.
Any vehicle serving in a setting after 1945 is considered “modern.” This encompasses a longer time span and very large number of armor designs from all countries.
Models may also be categorized by place of service, for example, US or Soviet. They may also be categorized by function, for example, combat engineering vehicles, recovery vehicles, etc. In all cases, the national and unit markings on the replica determine the era and user nationality. For example, a model of a Sherman tank, a World War II design, would be considered a ‘modern’ model if the tank were shown in Israeli markings from the Six-Day War. The same vehicle in World War II US Army markings would be considered a World War II Allied subject.
Models are generally built with historical accuracy in mind, and each model may represent many hours of research effort on the part of the modeler. Frequently, modelers display some of their research work alongside their model.
There is generally some crossover of modelers between the eras, though some focus solely on a specific era, country of origin or operation, or even on a specific vehicle and its variants.
We are in the company of some Expert Modelers here in Collier County, and they are also members of The Naples Museum of Military History. Kent Weston , Tom Rinehart and Pat Radley ( who created all the big scale models from scratch ) all expert modelers and have assembled many military models for us and they do an amazing job a lot different than when as a kids building models these are done right. you really should come see these works of art.Also we have acquired an eight foot Aircraft Carrier from the Gentleman that built it from scratch, this thing is Amazing it is a remote controlled ship and no detail was left to chance here is the only picture I have as it is not on Display yet, we are having a custom case made and when it is finished we will unite the two.