Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Focke-Wulf 190V-1

Published: September 16th, 2019     
Focke-Wulf 190V-1
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: 1:48
Company: Classic Airframes

 

In the Box

 

Instructions:

The instruction booklet was divided into four pages of clearly marked parts and their construction sequence. Illustrations for the parts and their construction sequence were very clear and crisp. The instructions contained 10 separate steps to complete the model. My instruction book was missing step seven but that appeared to be the step when the wing is attached to the fuselage.

Included with the instructions is a drawing for paint and decal applications for either of two aircraft. One version was in natural metal finish and the other was in German camo markings.

 

Clear plastic: Supplied was one piece of vacuum formed plastic with two canopies molded into it.

8 Inch Howitzer M1 WWII

Published: September 11th, 2019     
8 Inch Howitzer M1 WWII
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:35
Company: AFV Club

Background

The 8-inch Gun M1 was a 203 mm towed heavy gun developed in the United States and was also used in small numbers by the British Army. Serious development began in June 1940 of an 8-inch (203 mm) gun that would have the longest range of any US Army field artillery weapon in World War II. The gun used the same projectile as the 8-inch coastal gun and the US Navy's 8-inch cruiser gun. The M1 consists of equilibrator assemblies, elevating and traversing mechanisms, two single-wheel, single-axle heavy limber, and a two-axle bogie with eight tires and two trails. After 1962 it was designated the M115 Howitzer.

AFV Club Kit

Originally issued in 1997 & reissued in 2000 as the post-1962 M115 Howitzer, this kit release has been modified to the original WWII M1 version with new parts. The new parts include:

P-51D Mustang

Published: September 10th, 2019     
P-51D Mustang
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/144
Company: Platz

Nearly every aircraft modeler has at least one iconic WWII P-51 Mustang in their collection. Based on the quick sell-out of Eduard's recent 1/48 new tooling at the 2019 'Nooga Nats, its popularity is long from over. The subject of this review however is a diminutive 1/144 scale version of the Mustang produced by Japanese model-maker Platz.

According to their website, "Platz was founded in April, 2000, and is based in Shizuoka, Japan. PLATZ comes from the term "place" - or to be more precise, a "gathering place" for modelers from various categories to develop and produce something new, something really wanted by the public and moreover, something "we" would also want.

Based on the knowledge acquired with a 20-year experience in the modelling business, we would like to challenge the market with a combination of renovated ideas, technologies and materials.

Our goal is to create products previously not available in the market - always accompanied with the spirit of "Approaching business in a serious and yet, fun-filled manner"."

Kittyhawk UH-1N

Published: September 3rd, 2019     
Kittyhawk UH-1N
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kitty Hawk

First, thanks to Glenn for providing IPMS USA with this kit, and IPMS leadership for passing it on to me.

Kitty Hawk's new UH-1N has obvious ties with the recently released UH-1W from the same firm. The "Whiskey" has four-bladed main and tail rotors along with scabbed on antenna and systems, giving it a purposeful, definitely non-aerodynamic look, along with weaponry fit for a short, hot firefight. The kit also draws on the recently released UH-1D/H from Kittyhawk, as many of the sprue trees are from that kit as well. The UH-1N (November) however, was originally developed under Bell's auspices of the natural improvement of a helicopter in overwater and hot, low-density air environments, whereby two-engines are better than one. The "November" has proven longevity and is still in operation almost 47 years since inception. It is the legacy of the original "Huey" line from the 1960's... and morphed into the Whiskey and other commercial variants.

MILES M.8 "PEREGRINE"

Published: September 2nd, 2019     
MILES M.8 "PEREGRINE"
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Croco Model Company

History

The Miles M.8 "Peregrine" was the first twin engine to be developed by Miles Aircraft Company, and was built at their Woodley Plant in the UK, first flying in Sept. 1936. It was a low wing, twin engine monoplane powered by 205 hp. Gypsy Six air cooled engines. It had a retractable landing gear, and could probably be considered to be one of the world's first small "executive" transport types. Besides a pilot and co-pilot, it had seats for six passengers. Since Miles had already put the "Magister" trainer into production for the RAF at their Woodley Plant, the plane was never developed, although later, one further prototype was constructed for the Royal Aircraft Establishment, using American Menasco engines. This aircraft was used by the RAE as a test bed. With the beginning of World War II, the type faded into oblivion,

References

The aircraft is covered in several books, including Amos, Brown, and Lambert's Miles Aircraft Since 1925, Vol. 1, The illustrated Encyclopedia of aircraft, and Jackson's British Civil Aircraft since 1919. Looking up the aircraft on Google will also bring up a lot of information on the aircraft.

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