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Maschinen Krieger MK 44 Ausf.B Hammerknight

Published: March 10th, 2017     
Maschinen Krieger MK 44 Ausf.B Hammerknight
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/20
Company: Hasegawa

For a long time now I have loved the look of this range of kits and have wanted to build one, so I jumped at the opportunity to build this kit. It is an excellent kit in the Hasegawa Machinen Krieger series. The kit is very easy to build as long as you watch the instruction details carefully.

In the Box

  • 11 x red sprues
  • 1 beige sprue
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 1 dark grey vinyl sprue of polycaps
  • 1 vinyl/rubber sprue
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 painting guide / collectors card
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 small correction sheet for the instructions

All the sprues are extremely well molded with no flash and great detail. The decals allow you to finish the Mk 44 in many different ways. The painting guide shows 4 more, and 2 more on the back of the box.

Construction

Assembly begins with the feet and legs in steps 1 thru step 11. These are moveable due to the use of the vinyl polycaps in each joint. Construction of the legs and feet was very simple with no issues, and the parts fit nicely.

DC-9-50

Published: March 9th, 2017     
DC-9-50
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Fly

Fly Model is a new company to me, but you’ll probably hear from them more in the future. They offer a number of interesting and off-beat models in all the popular scales. They have a 1/32 Hurricane Mk I, a 1/32 Westland Wessex, a 1/48 BAC Jet Provost, three different 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf-108s, and about 25 different 1/144 DC-9s. This list only scratches the surface. You might want to look at their web site. They have an interesting resin kit of an “Abstosswagen” in 1/35. It took me some looking, but it’s a railroad flat car for hauling tanks. Never heard of that before!

The DC-9-50 Kit

The kit comes in a pretty plain black box labeled DC-9-10/20/30/40/50 with a sticker which tells you which version of the DC-9 and which markings are included.

Universal Fuel Tank Trailer

Published: March 9th, 2017     
Universal Fuel Tank Trailer
Reviewed by: Peter Bucher, IPMS# 50232
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

History and Facts

The trailer depicted here is my research is correct is a Renault UK trailer that is in captured German service the trailer were used and obtained during the fall of France, about 3000 UE and UE2s had been captured by the German Wermacht.

What's in the Box

  • 6 sprues of grey plastic
  • 2 photo etch frets (1 for trailer and 1 for the jerry cans)

The Build

Let me start by saying this was a fun build. It started out as an in box review but the model looked so cool it ended up getting built. You start by assembling the suspensions and the running gear. Do not glue part Ga 5to the leaf springs this will allow you to tip the trailer later to suit which ever vehicle you are going to connect it to. I also did not glue the road wheels bogie units to Ga 5 until after the model was assembled and again was to allow the trailer to pivot as mentioned.

There are a few rivets to remove in step 3 which is easy enough. The tracks are link and length and glue around the road wheels. The tracks have the characteristic track sag molded in which was nice.

T-90MS MBT

Published: March 8th, 2017     
T-90MS MBT
Reviewed by: Peter Bucher, IPMS# 50232
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tiger Model

History and Facts

T-90MS is a modernized version of the T-90 main battle tank (MBT) built by Uralvagonzavod. The tank is being proposed for the Russian Army and potential export customers. The tank was first demonstrated during the Russian Expo Arms in Nizhny Tagil in September 2011. The capabilities of the T-90MS were also exhibited at DEFEXPO 2012 in New Delhi, India, as well as IDEX 2013 in Abu-Dhabi, UAE. The T-90MS tank will deliver enhanced combat capabilities. The tank offers superior fire power and protection than that of its predecessor.

Tornado Wheels

Published: March 8th, 2017     
Tornado Wheels
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Res-Im

RES-IM has recently released several sets of replacement wheels for modern aircraft. Often kit wheels are not accurate representations of the real thing, being rather featureless.

This set provides a very nicely molded set of four replacement tires for the Tornado. The set does not state which Tornado kit it is for and as I only have Hasegawa kits of the Tornado, I don’t know if there are any differences between Hasegawa, Italeri or Revell moldings, but I can say they are a big improvement over the kit tires of my Hasegawa Tornado F3 as shown in the photos. The set consists of two main wheels and two nose wheels. The tires are crisply molded with nice tread detail and outstanding hub detail that really pops out with a light black wash.

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