Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

L-19/0-1 "Bird Dog"

Published: February 20th, 2017     
L-19/0-1 "Bird Dog"
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Roden

Roden’s 0-1 was developed “Under the radar” for many of us; we learned in early announcements of its forthcoming release, and due to world events were concerned that we might never see the kit released. However, the kit has finally appeared, and we now have a large-scale bird dog in hand.

Roden has reputation for developing kits that others won’t… and this kit is one of them. For all of us who clamor for “our favorite” or “why don’t they just make” in conversation, remember hundreds more will not be interested. In the case of the bird dog, is there a market base supporting the expense of the mold making and sheer monumental effort involved? Hopefully, the answer is yes, because Roden is on a streak. Their 1/144 C-141B answered the call from modelers on a manageable scale, and it’s a great kit… so I say the O-1 will be in the same vein. Yes, we need a decent 1/144 C-5A (the Otaki kit is now 50 years old and has a lot of quirks) and a 1/32 O-2 would be nice to round out the FAC trifecta… and Roden is just the company to make this happen. But it’s not free… SUPPORT THEM by buying the kits they produce!

Railway Semaphore

Published: February 20th, 2017     
Railway Semaphore
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

MiniArt’s Railway Semaphore is a nicely detailed kit with great fit of the parts, and will be a great addition to railroad dioramas. This kit is a model of a railway semaphore of the type used by Germany in WWII, and is part of MiniArt’s Building and Accessories Series.

The German Imperial Railway, (Deutsche Reichsbahn), used a signaling system, the H/V system semaphores, which signaled trains whether to proceed or not. The semaphores arms were painted white and red with a circle on their track side. One arm projected horizontally meant stop, and projected upwards at 45 degrees meant proceed. The semaphore in this kit is a two-aspect type with two moveable signal arms. The lights were gas operated.

Included in the review slideshow is a photo of an abandoned semaphore signal on the former Franzburger Suedbahn close to Velgast railway station (Meckl-West. Pommerania, Germany). Photo from Wikipedia by Global Fish.

Household Crockery & Glass Set

Published: February 19th, 2017     
Household Crockery & Glass Set
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt Limited

MiniArt has been moving full steam ahead on providing diorama modelers with the kind of details that simply weren’t available some years ago without resorting to expensive resin short runs. This set of household crockery and glass is an excellent example.

What you get in the box is a tiny clump of REALLY small sprues, which sort of niggled me at first until I actually started working on it. These tiny sprues offer a LOT of final product.

Prepping these items was much easier than their small size would lead you to believe. First off, there’s very little painting required. Even the opaque items are cast in a while plastic that looks remarkably like ceramic.

The first step for me was to clean up the almost nonexistent mold marks by gently scraping them while they were still attached to the sprues. For the clear parts as well as the tinted clear items, I then sprayed them with some Testors Water Clear to hide the scrapes. Almost all parts are designed with only one sprue attachment point on their bottoms so that final removal is relatively simple.

Office Furniture & Accessories

Published: February 19th, 2017     
Office Furniture & Accessories
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

MiniArt seems to have its collective ear to the ground in terms of what they’re bringing to the modeling world, and this kit is no exception. Having dealt with dioramas with interiors, I know the frustration of rooms with little to no furniture. This lovely set is most welcome for that alone.

So what do you get for your money? The box comes with a number of opaque and clear sprues, all with some of the most delicate castings you’re ever likely to see (the phone cradle alone is most impressive), all of which make up into:

Nagmachon Early Heavy APC Israel Defense Forces

Published: February 19th, 2017     
Nagmachon Early Heavy APC Israel Defense Forces
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tiger Model

Introduction

The Nagmachon was developed from the Nagmashot which was based upon the British Centurion hull. Initially this APC was used as a counter-insurgency platform and for urban warfare. The Nagmachon is a heavily armed fighting vehicle fielded by the IDF. It contains three armoured shields on the roof containing vision blocks of armoured glass to protect the soldiers firing 7.62 mm machine guns. Additionally, the Nagmachon carries heavily armored belly protection as well as being equipped with ER armour. The Nagmachon weighs in at 52 tons and carries a crew of up to 10 including driver and commander.

This kit by Tiger Model is a release of the early version of the Nagmachon following the release of their “Doghouse” Late APC version in 2015. The “Doghouse” version, kit number 461