Looking for more support options for both my German and British forces for Chain of Command, I stumbled on an interesting option.
A line of 1:100 scale, snap together vehicles, from a company called Zvevda. For those not aware, 15mm is 1:106 scale, so 1:100 scale vehicles are very close to the correct size.
Zvezda 1:100 scale Vehicles
How well does the The Zvezda 1:100 Panzer III (G) scale compared to the real thing? The Zvezda Panzer III measures 30mm wide, 55mm long and 25mm high to the top of the turret. Wikipedia specifies the Panzer III as being 5.56m long, 2.9m wide and 2.5m high. Very comparable, with the Zvezda Panzer III being a fraction squarer than the real thing (scaling up, the miniature would be 3m wide, 5.5m long and 2.5m high).
How much does 1:100 differ from 1:106? I think close enough to not really notice in most cases. Comparing the 1:100 scale to the size we would expect to find at 15mm (1:106), we get 52mm long, 27mm wide and 23mm high. Certainly a difference, but one of only 3mm maximum in length and width. I think a single vehicle, or a unit entirely comprised of one scale or another wouldn’t be noticeable. If you were to mix and match manufacturers to make a unit, you might find the 1:100 scale to be a fraction big, and maybe out of place, depending on how true to size other manufacturers make their 15mm vehicles.
QUICK REFERENCE TABLE - Panzer IIISize Comparison of Panzer III scales.
|Panzer III||Zvezda 1:100 scale model size||Expected 15mm model size|
The Zvezda Vehicles are good on details. Not the best I have seen, but certainly better than others out there. Definitely above average. The casting is excellent, the details that are there are very crisp and clean. The kits themselves are snap together with excellent fit and EASY. All of 6 parts for the Panzer III. This is a big plus in my book.
I highly recommend the Zvezda 1:100 scale vehicles as options for people looking for support choices. The range is ok for the Russian vehicle line, light for the German line and I couldn’t see any British or American tanks, although there was a British Matador truck. Unfortunately the Zvezda range of infantry and guns are 1:72 scale, and simply too big for 15mm armies (although they might suit for 20mm armies).
The price per box, containing 1 vehicle, is AUD $7.
As this is a quick view, there will be a further update once the vehicles are painted and ready for action, with better photos.
Has anyone else had any experience with Zvezda, or any other 1:100 scale manufacturers, being used with 15mm miniatures?