I've had these little beauties for a few weeks, and decided to get some pictures posted here on the blog. In deciding to go with 10mm for the land war portion of the Korean War, I had to be able to find some sources for vehicles. Pithead Miniatures offers a huge list of American vehicles for World War II, most are rather suited for Korea, and considering that they are the company of choice for the land war project, I ordered an M24 Chaffee and a T-34/85 with my infantry order last month. Both vehicles are very easy to assemble, as they have two tracks, a hull, and a turret. They are not bad castings, a bit of flash to clean, a few moments to glue together, and they you have it, armor for Korea. Well, of course I will need to paint them, but both vehicles will have fairly simple paint schemes and a few decals for national markings. As for cost, the Chaffee comes out to be $4.36 and the T-34/85 was $4.19. I am guessing the cost of the Chaffee is higher as it is a limited edition for Pithead.
But, also knowing that if I wanted to really move this project along and being a realist, one who knows that painting occurs on very rare occasions, I also decided to purchase two vehicles from Panzer Depot from a recommendation from The Miniatures Page. It took a few weeks to receive my Panzer Depot order (I believe they are based in Hong Kong or another portion of China), but the tanks are nicely done. Cleanly made, pre-painted, very well-packaged, and they include decals. If you do not mind the cost, Panzer Depot is the way to go for 1/144 vehicles. I bought a Chaffee and an M26 Pershing (a personal favorite), the Chaffee was $15.80 and the Pershing cost $16.80, but they are ready to use right out of the box. I will hit them both with a bit of highlighting and add the decals, and they will be nice additions to the gaming table. Panzer Depot makes 260 World War II vehicles, so again one can get a lot of use from their offerings for Korea (but no T-34-85 at this time). And I have enough Panzer Depot decals left for the Pithead tanks, bonus!
Comparing sizes the Pithead and Panzer Depot Chaffees are decently close, the Pithead being a tad shorter in hull length and having less detail on the casting. But one can grab four Pitheads for the price of one Panzer Depot, so cost could play a factor in the future. As I do not see buying many vehicles, I will probably go with Panzer Depot first, then Pithead for those vehicles not produced by Panzer Depot.
All in all I am happy with both companies as one has good cost and decent detail and the other ready to use and great quality. I do not think you could go wrong with either company.
A few more pictures: