By Modelers... For Modelers
Banner 2 Banner 3 Banner 3 Banner 1

Hawker Hurricane Mk. I Engine Covers

Published: August 31st, 2012     
Hawker Hurricane Mk. I Engine Covers
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Another fine offering from Quickboost comes in the form of a pair of cast resin engine covers for the Tamiya/Italeri Hurricane Mk. I.

Crisply and delicately cast, these shrouds for the ‘Cane’s Merlin cleanly capture the shape and internal and external detail of the Mk. I’s engine covers, and are ideally suited for display in the removed position, as the fastener holes are finely captured.  Compared to Eduard’s photoetch panel inserts reviewed earlier, the Quickboost version far better captures scale thickness and interior surface detail, as shown in the photo below.  Not to knock the Eduard set (which is superb overall), but if you want to display your Hurricane with the engine exposed with the removed panels nearby, the Quickboost parts are the better option.

Panther Ausf. D, Early Production

Published: August 30th, 2012     
Panther Ausf. D, Early Production
Reviewed by: Tracy Palmer, IPMS# 39188
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dragon Models

The Panther.  Do I really need to say more about the history of this tank?  If you do desire more information, I suggest you go to Wikipedia, Google, Dog Pile, or Bing and research it.   You will find more than you can digest!  Come on…it’s a Panther!!!

On to the kit.  The box says it is a Panther Ausf. D early production, kit number 7494.  The kit has over 80 parts on 4 sprues and DS tracks.  Five different painting and decal choices are available to mix the color pallet up for everybody’s taste.  The directions are in color (and on very nice paper) and have 8 steps for assembling the model, starting with the running gear.

P-51 Mustang Wheels, Diamond Tread

Published: August 30th, 2012     
P-51 Mustang Wheels, Diamond Tread
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

A fast way to upgrade any kit is to replace the wheels with some higher quality resin ones.  Ultracast has long been a standard for outstanding resin aircraft accessories and updates, with their P-51 items leading the pack. These wheels are for any P-51 kit where the modeler desires a diamond tread.

In The Package

The wheels come on two separate pour stubs, sealed in a Ziploc bag on a card hanger.  The parts are completely free of any defect or casting flaw, and the tread pattern is very nicely defined but not overdone.  The casting block attaches to the tire where there would be a slight flattening from the weight of the aircraft, but there is no “flat tire bulge.”

Use on the Kit

To use these, simply cut from the casting block and drill an appropriate sized hole to mount them on the landing gear.  Just be sure to line up the flat side so that it is flush against the surface the model is sitting on.  It’s that simple!

P-51 Mustang Wheels, Block Tread

Published: August 30th, 2012     
P-51 Mustang Wheels, Block Tread
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

A fast way to upgrade any kit is to replace the wheels with some higher quality resin ones.  Ultracast has long been a standard for outstanding resin aircraft accessories and updates, with their P-51 items leading the pack. These wheels are for any P-51 kit where the modeler desires a block tread, which is a little different than the standard kit-supplied diamond tread.

In The Package

The wheels come on two separate pour stubs, sealed in a Ziploc bag on a card hanger.  The parts are completely free of any defect or casting flaw, and the tread pattern is very nicely defined but not overdone.  The casting block attaches to the tire where there would be a slight flattening from the weight of the aircraft, but there is no “flat tire bulge.”

Use on the Kit

To use these, simply cut from the casting block and drill an appropriate size hole to mount them on the landing gear.  Just be sure to line up the flat side so that it is flush against the surface the model is sitting on.  It’s that simple!

High Velocity Aerial Rockets (HVAR)

Published: August 30th, 2012     
High Velocity Aerial Rockets (HVAR)
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

High Velocity Aerial Rockets, or HVAR, were used by the US between 1944 and 1955.  This six-foot long rocket was 5 inches in diameter and carried a 45lb HE warhead.  Unguided, it could be fitted to almost any aircraft with hard points and was used extensively on most late war fighters, patrol, and attack aircraft, and into the Korean war on jets like the F-86 and F-84.  Retired in 1955, it became the precursor to the modern Zuni and other unguided ground attack rockets.

For most modelers, we all will spend lots of time and energy detailing the aircraft to the max, yet when we get to the ordnance, we are left wanting by the kit-supplied items.  HVARs tend to fall into this category, ranging from bare likeness with fins to better looking but still not up to the same standard as the rest of the model.

British 25-Pdr. Field Gun Mk.II w/Limber & Crew

Published: August 30th, 2012     
British 25-Pdr. Field Gun Mk.II w/Limber & Crew
Reviewed by: Howie Belkin, IPMS# 16
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

First, I owe an apology to you and to Dragon for my delay in building and reviewing this long-overdue British 25-Pdr. QF Field Gun Mk.II w/Limber & Crew - Smart Kit.   Long overdue in that this fine kit finally replaces the venerable 35+ year old Tamiya 25-Pdr.  Tamiya’s kit is comparatively toy-like and its figures scale rather short, 5’2” scale troops.  Its big advantage was that either separately or as a package, Tamiya also provided a Quad Gun Tractor.  In just over 210 gray injection-molded parts, Dragon provides only the 25-Pdr, limber, and crew.  And DML sets the bar high as this is one of the best, easiest to build artillery models I’ve had the pleasure of building.

F-5F Tiger II Self-Adhesive Set

Published: August 30th, 2012     
F-5F Tiger II Self-Adhesive Set
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard’s self-adhesive photoetch set for AFV Club’s F-5F Tiger II is yet another work of art in a long line of exquisite detail sets from the Czech manufacturer of model kits and accessories.

Two PE frets – one color with self-adhesive on some parts, and the other in bare metal – provide the modeler with over a hundred parts to make the already-solid AFV kit really “pop.”

As with all of Eduard’s comprehensive “S.A.” sets, the cockpit is the focal point.  Instrument panel, side consoles, rudder pedal, ejection seat, and canopy rails and frames are superbly recreated in quarter scale, and fit the kit like a proverbial glove.  The pre-painted instrument panels, console surfaces, and harnesses immediately draw the eye and provide a clear “wow” factor.  Although the AFV kit has strong cockpit detail to begin with, the Eduard enhancement really makes it a centerpiece of the model.

Soviet KM-1 Ejection Seat

Published: August 29th, 2012     
Soviet KM-1 Ejection Seat
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

As might be predicted, with Eduard’s numerous MiG 21 releases on the market, Aires has now added a highly detailed 1/48 scale Soviet KM-1 ejection seat to their line of aftermarket parts.  By incorporating both cast resin components and numerous small photo-etch parts, Aires has come up with a remarkably accurate rendition of this style of ejection seat.  So many parts are involved that one might describe this aftermarket seat as a kit in itself.  The photos below show the components and the finished product.

Yamato Super Detail Set

Published: August 28th, 2012     
Yamato Super Detail Set
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/350
Company: Lion Roar

Anyone who’s seen or even heard about the new Tamiya Yamato knows that this is one of the largest, most complex model kits yet to hit the hobby store shelves. So it almost goes without saying that this new super detail set from Lion Roar would be equally large and complex. Using the bulk of this set, or even a portion of it, is not for the faint of heart.

U.S. Tent Stove

Published: August 28th, 2012     
U.S. Tent Stove
Reviewed by: Don Norton, IPMS# 41055
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plusmodel

Here’s another unusual subject from our friends at Plus Model. This kit features an M1941 U.S. tent stove and various accessories. The box contains 11 grey resin parts, a small length of fine wire, and a fret of photo etched brass with 3 parts. There is also a simple instruction sheet. I found no pinholes or imperfections on any of the parts.

The M1941 Tent Stove was a light, portable unit that could be fueled with wood or coal, and an accessory kit could be added allowing it to use liquid fuel such as kerosene or diesel. It was used in large tents and bunkers and was very popular with the troops. Even today, these stoves are offered on web sites and at surplus stores to outdoorsmen who use them in cabins.

Theme by Danetsoft and Danang Probo Sayekti inspired by Maksimer