Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

EA-18G "VAQ-141 Shadowhawks"

Published: January 13th, 2019     
EA-18G "VAQ-141 Shadowhawks"
Reviewed by: Camden Koukol, edited by Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy

Background

The Electronic Aircraft (EA) EA-18G Growler is a modified version of the F/A-18F Super Hornet that is used in a naval strike package to jam enemy radar to make the strike package virtually invisible. The EA-18G Growler had its first test flight in August 2006, the later entered service in the U.S. Navy in September 2009. Our Australian allies later adopted the Growler in March of 2015. This aircraft is also able to provide self-defense with AIM-120 medium range air to air missiles, along with the Super Hornet's speed and maneuverability. With this advanced technology, the Growler blinds the radar and the strike package is able to deliver its weapons with pinpoint accuracy with little or no resistance.

Pe-2 Peshka

Published: January 12th, 2019     
Pe-2 Peshka
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

As a little background, the Petlyakov Pe-2 was a Soviet light bomber used during World War II. Pe-2s were manufactured in greater numbers (11,427 built) during the war than any other twin-engined combat aircraft except for the German Junkers Ju-88 and British Vickers Wellington.

Eduard continues their tradition of taking great kits and adding the "Eduard" touch with new decals, resin and photoetch upgrade parts. In this case, the 1/48th scale Pe-2 plastic is from Zvezda and resin tires (main and rear), propeller blades and spinners and an alternate glass radio operator window. There is also a large decal sheet which was designed by Begemot and includes markings for five planes:

I.A.R. 81 BoPi "Dive Bomber"

Published: January 8th, 2019     
I.A.R. 81 BoPi "Dive Bomber"
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: Special Hobby

The IAR-80 is the best-known production fighter to come out of the Romanian plant during WW2 and has always had a certain fascination for me. Developed in the 1930s as the Rumanian Air Force was working valiantly to get into the arms race then taking place in Europe, the IAR-80 featured a license-built Gnome-Rhone 14K engine and some various bits and pieces purchased from other countries, including the machine gun armament. Despite the comparative lack of experience in such design work, the IAR-80 proved to be a relatively modern and well-thought-out design, although some fixes needed to be included during its design life, including external bracing for the rear fuselage, which had a tendency to twist during high-speed turns.

F-104G Starfighter, Special Colors

Published: January 8th, 2019     
F-104G Starfighter, Special Colors
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: Italeri

Short History

The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft which later became widely used as an attack aircraft. It was originally developed by Lockheed for the United States Air Force (USAF), but was later produced by several other nations, seeing widespread service outside the United States. One of the Century Series of fighter aircraft, it was operated by the air forces of more than a dozen nations from 1958 to 2004. Its design team was led by Kelly Johnson, who contributed to the development of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Lockheed U-2, Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, and other Lockheed aircraft.

Bundeswehr. German Military Men, Present Day

Published: December 30th, 2018     
Bundeswehr. German Military Men, Present Day
Reviewed by: Brent Bristow, IPMS# 48487
Scale: 1:35
Company: Master Box Ltd.

Over the last few years, Master Box Ltd. has produced numerous figure kits of varying scales and genres. Many of these can be used to enhance automotive or military vehicles, and some, such as their fantasy and sci-fi line, can stand on their own. For this out-of-box review, I will be looking at the Master Box release of Bundeswehr. German Military Men, Present day in 1/35 scale.

The kit includes five full figures, each of which have detailed uniforms and equipment consistent with the era. The poses for each are different enough to distinguish them from each other. Each figure is comprised of 7-13 plastic parts, depending upon the pose and the amount of gear. The basic parts for each include a torso (molded in 1 part), a head, two arms, and two legs. Two of the figures have a hat that is a separate part, while the other 3 have the hat molded onto the head.