Oh dear I've been on ebay again and have discovered a new range of cool toys. This time a range of 1:100 scale WW2 vehicles made by Zvezda. They are simple snap fit kits (although a bit of glue certainly helps), with reasonable, although not excellent, detail. What I like about these is that unlike the other cheap plastic kits from places like the plastic soldier company these come singly and for under £3 (inc. postage) a tank as well! Cheap enough to pick up on a whim and provide an interesting painting diversion. They are of course the right scale for flames of war, which there has been more mutterings about playing, although that has yet to come to fruition.
The first one I bought was this German PZ-IV Ausf.D medium tank. A key part of the German forces and the best detailed of the 3 kits.
My next buy was this small and somewhat flimsy looking Soviet KhT-26 flame thrower version of the T-26 light tank.
And finally this monster of a tank the Soviet KV-2, a massive tank with a massive turret and gun.
Something that these additions have made me realise is the great disparity in size between different tanks that isn't always obvious through pictures etc. From left to right we have a Churchill, Sherman, the tiny KhT-26, the KV-2, a Panther, the PZ-IV and finally a StuG.