Review Author
Marc K. Blackburn
Published on
March 26, 2020
Company
Airfix
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$42.99

The Kit

In 2016, Airfix released to wide acclaim, a B-17 G. Rather than giving a summary of the bomber, I will just say this – Airfix chose to create a variant used in the RAF. The kit is based on that new mold and is a variant of the B-17 G. The British adapted 85 B-17 G’s to be used for weather monitoring and electronic warfare. The kit has markings and profiles for two RAF aircraft plus stencils common to both aircraft. The biggest difference is that this variant is missing the ball and chin turrets. The G model’s distinctive chin turret was replaced by a radome.  Ten sprues are in typical Airfix light blue plastic and packed together in one bag. Instructions are in a booklet of new type with CAD drawings. Colors listed as Humbrol line. It is easy enough to find equivalents if you use other paint brands. Given the state of the mold, there is very little flash.  

Review Author
Jim Pearsall
Published on
March 26, 2020
Company
Brengun
MSRP
$5.15

The Kit

This item comes as a single small PE Fret. It’s the boarding ladder for a 1/144 Skyhawk, the base kit by Platz, and it’s been reboxed by Eduard.

Assembly and Installation

I cut the base part from the fret. I formed the ladder legs to 90 degrees from the steps. Then I cut the brace that goes on under the platform, then added the platform. The steps were next, and then the two braces that run from the step support to under the platform.

I painted the ladder assembly bright yellow. I also painted the steps and top of the platform flat black, as anti-slip coatings. The wheels were then painted flat black and added to the bottom of the ladder.

Review Author
Scott Hollingshead
Published on
March 25, 2020
Company
OKB Grigorov
Scale
1/700
MSRP
$22.27

Developed following the concept of a titanium-hulled design first seen in K-162, Project 705, or the Lira class, was a small, streamlined double hull design which was built to operate at depths in excess of 2200 feet, and allegedly deeper than 3600 feet. The submarines of this class (seven in all) were 265 feet-9inches in length, 31 feet at the beam, and had a draught of 26 feet-3inches. The liquid metal reactor and two steam turbines could propel the boat at a speed of 20 knots surfaced, or 42 knots submerged. The weapon options included a loading of up to 18 torpedoes or 21 missiles or 36 mines, and the crew compliment was a mere 31 sailors. In addition to the main screw for propulsion, two small propellers were also present for emergency operations as well as slow, quiet maneuvering.

Review Author
Scott Hollingshead
Published on
March 25, 2020
Company
Hauler Brengun
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$6.80

For those who prefer the smaller footprint of 1/72 scale WWII German subjects, Hauler has released this set of license plates, which look great for their size. While I typically start my reviews with a little history on the item that I am reviewing, when it comes to license plates, there is just not much to write. What I can tell you is that on a single photoetched fret, Hauler provides 58 plates of the three styles used most during the war. 27 of the plates are etched with a raised outer edge, while the remaining 31 are flat plates.

These plates will be an easy item to add to any kit to either replace the plastic equivalent or can be added if the kit neglected to add the plate(s). While no instructions are provided, none are needed as you can replace the kit plate(s) following those instructions for location or using reference photos to install them in the correct location.

Review Author
John Noack
Published on
March 25, 2020
Company
Zoukei-Mura
Scale
1/144
MSRP
$39.00

(Note: This is a split review of a combination package, I took the 1/144 version and another reviewer is doing the 1/72 kit).

While one can argue whether this aircraft would have truly been a stealthy fighter, the fact remains that it is one of the most intriguing possibilities to come out of the minds of the Horten brothers. Much has been written about their innovative designs, their clashes with Luftwaffe leaders, and the remaining Ho229 at NASM – I encourage the reader to dive into the plethora of research and opinions. But for now, let’s dive into the kit build.

17 light gray parts and one clear sprue make for a quick build – you could literally finish this little jewel in one setting unless you’re a slowpoke like me. The cockpit is basic but in 1/144 with a small canopy, you’re not going to see much of it anyway.