Tag Archives: Matchbox armour

Old-School Desert Strikers

Fighting a war is obviously a life-and-death matter. However, doing it in some of the most inhospitable terrain on Earth ratchets the stakes to a whole new level. This is what the British and Commonwealth forces found out when they fought the Italians and Germans in Africa. However, there was a group that took on […]

Have Gun, Will Travel!

In the days before tank destroyers and helicopters, the main anti-tank weapon was the anti-tank gun, a piece of field artillery specifically designed to kill tanks. Of course, just as had always been the case, the cannons weren’t really mobile, requiring a prime mover to get them into position and move them around the battlefield. […]

Panzer II, Low Countries 0

What kind of a score is that? Well, it’s the score from the European front in 1940, of course! The Panzer II helped blast a path through Western Europe (then Africa and Russia) despite its failings and overall weakness. This do-it-all little stopgap fought everywhere until it became brutally apparent that it was no match […]

Old School Tiny Tank Hunter!

Even though  I’m not a huge armour guy, I know what I like. One thing I like, are German WWII tanks. Another thing I like are Matchbox armour kits! Combine the two, and now you’re talking my language! One of Germany’s most potent tank killers of WWII was the Jagdpanzer IV. The upgunned version, with […]

4 x 50 (cal) = Hamburger!

Effective mobile defence against low-flying enemy fighter bombers was a key development in WWII. It required a vehicle that could keep up with the armoured columns it was to defend, as well as one tough enough to mount viable weaponry. In the M16, aka the “meat chopper” the US and Allied forces had such a […]

Small Scale Stopgap

When the Nazi Germany unleashed the Blitzkrieg on the world in 1939, one of the most important instruments in its victorious conclusion was the Panzer II. This small, light tank spearheaded the assaults across Europe, both to the west and then the east. Check out the Matchbox 1/76 Panzer II Ausf. F on the Out […]