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AMT- BatBoat

Published: May 28th, 2017     
AMT- BatBoat
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/24
Company: Round 2 Models

This is a re-issue by Round2 of a kit first released a few years ago by AMT.

This is a kit of the BatBoat from the movie Batman Returns, and featured in the movie climax.

 In the box is;

  • 1 x Chrome Sprue
  • 3 x wing parts
  • 1 x Black Sprue
  • 1 x Upper Hull Section
  • 1 x Lower Hull Section
  • 1 x Cardboard fold out backdrop (based on scene from the movie)
  • 1x Instruction booklet

All of the 18 parts are well molded and great detail, the only issue is the large number of ejector pin marks on the rear and side wing parts. The instruction booklet is easy to follow and well-illustrated.

Construction:

Stage 1, 2 and 3 is the construction of the Batboat interior and installing it into the lower hull. The interior parts were painted and some shading/weathering added to make it look sharp. This was the only painting needed on this kit.

Stage 4 is the install of the jet nozzle which needed the chrome removed to enable it to be glued.

Mercury Redstone

Published: May 26th, 2017     
Mercury Redstone
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Horizon Models

Horizon Models, a company based in Australia has recently released another in a series of U.S. spacecraft, this one being the Mercury Redstone, item # 2004. Horizon has covered the Mercury series well with this new release, along with the earlier releases of the Mercury Capsule and the Mercury Atlas kits. And with this kit, Horizon Models announces that their coverage of the Mercury Program has been completed. Future releases will cover other launch vehicles and other programs.

If you've seen the artwork on the box top (one can Google Image the artwork) then you know that it catches the spirit and "feel" of the Mercury Redstone as it begins its journey. Paul Renwick Farley, the artist who illustrated all three of the Mercury kits, did justice to that spirit.On the reverse side of the box are three profile illustrations by Juanita Franzi of Aero Illustrations. These illustrations are an excellent resource for colors and decal placement.

Russian AT-S Artillery Prime Mover

Published: May 26th, 2017     
Russian AT-S Artillery Prime Mover
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Scale: 1/35
Company: Trumpeter

Trumpeter continues to produce a wide range of interesting and wide ranging Russian subjects. While the box says that this is the Russian AT-S Tractor, in fact, this is a two-in-one kit. Also included with the prime mover is the Soviet ML-20 152 mm howitzer Mod 1937. As with most Trumpeter kits, the box is sturdy and the sprues are individually packaged and the more fragile parts are wrapped in foam. For the prime mover there are twelve sprues, including four for the individual track links, one sprue of transparent parts and a small PE fret. There are markings for three vehicles, Russian, Finnish, and the German Democratic Republic. For this build, I chose the Finnish markings. For the artillery piece, there are nine sprues, two PE frets, a set of rubber tires and a metal gun barrel. As with most recent Trumpeter models, the parts are well molded in grey plastic, though there is some fine flash and mold lines present on the parts which take some time to clean up. While this a prime mover combination, the artillery piece is so sweet, I elected to build them apart rather than the vehicle towing the gun.

The Kits: Prime Mover

COMBAT EDGE- Warfighters in Detail #1: US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier

Published: May 26th, 2017     
COMBAT EDGE- Warfighters in Detail #1: US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier
Author: Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Company: SAM Publications

This is the first book in a new series by SAM Publications called COMBAT EDGE and it covers the AV-8B Harrier. 8 chapters, 82 pages with a short text and VERY nice color pictures including 15 color profiles to boot! The chapters cover:

  1. Harrier Origins
  2. The AV-8B
  3. The AV-8b (NA)-Night Attack
  4. Harrier Walkaround
  5. The AV-8B Harrier II Plus
  6. Color Profiles
  7. The TAV-8B
  8. Harrier in Scale

The chapters cover exactly what they are titled starting with 'Origins' which covers the need to upgrade the AV-8A/C so that it could carry a bigger punch. 'AV-8B' covers the development of the aircraft and even includes a couple pictures of the YAV-8B and, for me anyway, a cool picture of one of the Harriers that was with us in the Med back in 88. (Marking targets for the Harriers and A-10s was always pretty cool!)

T-54-1 Mod. 1947

Published: May 26th, 2017     
T-54-1 Mod. 1947
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: MiniArt

I've always had a fascination for the Russian T-54/T-55 series and have been building models of it all my life, beginning with the ancient Tamiya T-55 from the 1960's.  As each new incarnation came out, I leapt on it eagerly, including the Lindberg kit, the AMT/ERTL kit all the way to the latest Takom offering.

MiniArt has been expanding its armor stable dramatically lately, with the release of a number of kits on these ubiquitous vehicles, both with and without full interiors.  The T54-1 marks the transition of Russian armor development from the the T-34 through the T-44 and rather looks like a transition, with a number of aspects shared with its predecessors. 

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