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Messerschmitt Me410A-1 High Speed Bomber

Published: February 8th, 2014     
Messerschmitt Me410A-1 High Speed Bomber
Reviewed by: Andrew Fuller, IPMS# 49099
Scale: 1/48
Company: Meng Models

The Me-410 was a German heavy fighter/bomber used by the Luftwaffe during WWII. It was one of the very few bombers that could outrun Allied interceptors and bomb Britain. it was also utilized as an interceptor due to it's speed.

To start things off, Meng has done a superb job concerning detail and quality of this kit.

The kit is comprised of  289 pieces. Each sprue is individually wrapped, as are the photo-etched and clear parts. The big surprise to me was that there is zero "flash" on any of the parts. Well done Meng!

The build went smoothly, and the fit of all parts was relatively precise. I used almost no filler during the build, which I'm very pleased with!

2008 Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car

Published: February 8th, 2014     
2008 Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car
Reviewed by: Steve Jahnke, IPMS# 34991
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

This is a 1/25 un-assembled promo.  The kit contains 40 pieces molded in clear, and black, seats are molded in black vinyl.  This is an official Indianapolis 500 licensed product and includes an Indy 500 sticker and 5x7 picture of the car.  This model is part of Round 2’s Showroom Replica series

History and Research

The Chevrolet Corvette has become a familiar star at the annual running of the Indianapolis 500.  The subject model of this review is the 2008 version of the Corvette or “C6” model.  It was the 10th Corvette chosen to pace the annual May Indy 500 race.  The 2008 Pace car celebrated the 30 year anniversary of the first Corvette to pace Indy. This 2008 model was styled after the 1978 (C3 model), complete with black over silver.

British WWII Reflector Gunsight

Published: February 8th, 2014     
British WWII Reflector Gunsight
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

There are components for six gun sights. Each gun sight consists of 4 parts, two metal brackets, the clear reflector, and the gun sight base. The gun sight base is a single piece, molded in gray plastic. The two metal brackets are photo etched, and are identified as Part 1 and Part 2. These PE parts do not require any bending or forming. Just clip a Part 1 and a Part 2 from the PE sheet and attach them to the plastic gun sight base as depicted on the QB instructions. The gun sight base is identified as Part 3 on the plans.

Quickboost provides a highly detailed gunsight that can be used in any British aircraft equipped with a reflector sight. The gun sight is fairly easy to assemble, taking only a few minutes, but one must exercise caution since the parts are very small. The price listed in this review introduction is an estimated amount, but with parts available for six gun sights even at a dollar or two more one is getting a high quality aftermarket gun sight for a couple of bucks per aircraft.

North American P-51D Mustang

Published: February 7th, 2014     
North American P-51D Mustang
Author: Pobert Peczkowski, illustrations by Teodor Liviu Morosanu
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: MMP Books

Written by Pobert Peczkowski, with color illustrations by Teodor Liviu Morosanu, this book focuses on the “D” model of the ubiquitous P-51 Mustang. For such a small book, 6 ½ by 9 inches, it packs a powerful punch in its 152 pages of intense coverage of the Mustang.

There are 32 pages of black and white images which cover the development of the “D” and “K” models of the Mustang. A full-color section of 120 pages provides a great deal of “detail” for the modeler who wishes to “up their game” on a Mustang project. Drawings and illustrations are included, and add that extra value that modelers seek when selecting research material.

Bound within the publication are 3-view plans of the “D” in 1/72nd scale, with 1/48th and 1/32nd plans, on folded paper inserted in the book.

A set of excellent full-color profiles are included on the final 28 pages of the book.

This book has it all…. Cockpit illustrations and photos from every angle, full color detail images of the landing gear and wheel wells, excellent technical images of the engine showing all the “plumbing”….and full color profiles and color images….. a true modeler’s delight.

Imperial Guard Dutch Grenadier - Napoleonic Wars

Published: February 7th, 2014     
Imperial Guard Dutch Grenadier - Napoleonic Wars
Reviewed by: Al LaFleche, IPMS# 30337
Scale: 1/16
Company: MiniArt

Background

During the 17th through 19th centuries, Grenadiers were considered the shock troops of an army. In addition to their muskets, they were equipped with rudimentary hand grenades. Typically, they were chosen from the tallest recruits for the sake of intimidation, and this was visually increased by the use of tall mitre hats or bearskins. The kit represents an enlisted man from the Dutch Imperial Grenadiers circa 1810. Some quick research in one of my older references, as well as online, shows that this kit indeed represents a Third Dutch Grenadier. This unit was part of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard at Waterloo. The colors recommended in the kit seem to be accurate for an enlisted man. According to Wikipedia, “This regiment was created as the Royal Guard in Holland, when Louis Napoleon, brother to Napoleon, was made King of Holland. After Holland became part of France, it became in 1810 the 3e Régiment de Grenadiers-à-Pied de la Garde Impériale.” The uniform is a relatively simple white-on-white with red facings, cuffs and collar. The bed roll is blue. Gaiters may be done in black or white.

US Navy Albatross, Early Types

Published: February 6th, 2014     
US Navy Albatross, Early Types
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models has created an excellent decal set featuring numerous colorful US Navy schemes for Trumpeter's HU-16A Albatoss kit. This decal set also address the biggest deficiency in the Trumpeter kit, the absence of walkway decals.  The three decal sheets included in the set are printed by Cartograf, and are accompanied by a color glossy eight-page placement and painting guide.  Suggested paints are given in FS numbers.  The decal colors are opaque and appear to match the FS equivalents accurately when compared to fan deck chips.  The decals are just thick enough, going on easily without tearing and hugging down to the surface quite nicely using Microscale setting solutions.  All marking were in perfect registration.

HU-16A Albatross

Published: February 6th, 2014     
HU-16A Albatross
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Trumpeter

The wonderful folks at Stevens International Hobby Distributors deserve tremendous thanks for providing this review kit.  I appreciate their work to bring new products to the scale modeling community.  The IPMS/USA Reviewer Corps also deserves thanks for giving me the kit to review.  I am only one member of a large staff in the Reviewer Corps, and I appreciate all the tireless team and individual work that goes into getting the material out to be reviewed and the finished write-ups published.

The Albatross was a common utility amphibian aircraft in the post-WW2 era, carrying a number of designations and operating with the USAF, USN, USCG and many foreign services.  The distinctive high-wing, twin-engine plane worked mostly in the search and rescue role, with some examples serving in the unusual triphibian mode with snow-landing capability!   Trumpeter provides markings options for two different aircraft, a USAF HU-16A and a Taiwan HU-16A.

Kawasaki Police 1000

Published: February 6th, 2014     
Kawasaki Police 1000
Reviewed by: Randy Robinson, IPMS# 45593
Scale: 1/12
Company: Aoshima

The Kawasaki Police 1000 is probably one of the most recognizable motorcycles on the planet. The motorcycle has appeared in countless TV shows and Movies. The most notable of which is the TV series CHiP’s, Starring actors Eric Estrada and Larry Wilcox. Adapted in the 1970’s by the California Highway Patrol as a patrol bike, the Kawasaki Z1 quickly gained a reputation as a highly dependable and agile motorcycle. After several improvements and a name change to the KZ1000C1 police version, the bike became a staple in the motor pools of Law Enforcement agencies all across the country.  Aoshima has faithfully reproduced the bike in its California Highway Patrol, Las Angeles Division, trim.

Hungarian 75mm Assault Gun 44.M ‘Zrinyi’ I

Published: February 6th, 2014     
Hungarian 75mm Assault Gun 44.M ‘Zrinyi’ I
Reviewed by: Jeff Leiby, IPMS# 30249
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

The Kit

The Zrinyi I was an attempt to convert the successful Zrinyi II, 105mm howitzer-equipped assault gun into an anti-tank weapon. The Hungarians replaced the howitzer with the German made Pak 40, 75mm anti-tank gun. Since the Germans were willing to provide STU-III/IV SP anti-tank guns it was decided not to go beyond the single prototype.

You will find the following inside the box:

U.S. Scooter - Airborne

Published: February 5th, 2014     
U.S. Scooter - Airborne
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plusmodel

If you are looking for a unique addition for your next 1/35 scale US Army Airborne diorama, please allow me to direct your attention to the Plusmodel offering of a Cushman 53 scooter.  The kit comes with decals for a single scooter that was used by the 101st Airborne.  This kit was more challenging to build than the 1/48 scale scooters I have previously reviewed, and this kit will also require you have some experience with small photo-etch items.  I would highly recommend this kit to anyone wanting something unique to sit next to their 1/35 scale figures or vehicles.