Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

McDonnell Douglass F-4C Phantom II

Published: November 21st, 2017     
McDonnell Douglass F-4C Phantom II
Reviewed by: Jim Coatney, IPMS# 46815
Scale: 1/48
Company: Zoukei-Mura

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of their air wings.

The Phantom is a large fighter with a top speed of over Mach 2.2. It can carry more than 18,000 pounds (8,400 kg) of weapons on nine external hard-points, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and various bombs. The F-4, like other interceptors of its time, was designed without an internal cannon. Later models incorporated an M-61 Vulcan rotary cannon. Beginning in 1959, it set 15 world records for in-flight performance, including an absolute speed record, and an absolute altitude record.

U.S. Army AH-64D Block II "Late Version"

Published: November 18th, 2017     
U.S. Army AH-64D Block II "Late  Version"
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy

The AH-64 Apache helicopter has served the U.S. Army since 1986 as its primary attach helicopter. During it's time in service, the Apache has gone through a series of upgrades, and improvements to increase its combat effectiveness, as well as survivability. The Block II aircraft integrates the advanced radar targeting system, Longbow, allowing the helicopter to engage multiple targets while remaining behind cover. The APG-78 Longbow radar system is the large dome radar located above the aircraft's rotors. In addition to this improvement, the latest version of the Block II upgrades includes new exhaust ducts, which direct the engine exhausts vertically to improve protection from infra-red targeting.

BF-110F Heavy Fighter

Published: November 18th, 2017     
BF-110F Heavy Fighter
Reviewed by: James Binder, IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released the latest in their great line of 1/48 scale Bf-110 kits. The Bf-110F night and heavy fighter. It follows in a long line of Bf-110 kits and is a welcome addition to the lineup.

Construction

Construction is broken down into two major subsections, one for the fuselage and one for the wings and rudders. The fuselage comes first, starting with the cockpit. Eduard's directions shine in that they show what parts are replaced or enhanced by the Photo Etch and what needs to be done to the part prior to PE application.

F4F-4 Wildcat 'Operation Torch' Duel Combo

Published: November 15th, 2017     
F4F-4 Wildcat 'Operation Torch' Duel Combo
Reviewed by: James Kelley, IPMS# 42106
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

Operation Torch (initially called Operation Gymnast) was the British-United States invasion of French North Africa during the North African Campaign of the Second World War which started on 8 November 1942. The successful Allied operation has been described as a "critical turning point in the war" and laid the foundations for America's post-war Middle East policy. Despite its important role in the war, Torch has been largely overlooked.

The Soviet Union had pressed the US and British to start operations in Europe and open a second front to reduce the pressure of German forces on the Soviet troops. While US commanders favored Operation Sledgehammer, landing in Occupied Europe as soon as possible, British commanders believed that such a course was likely to end in disaster.

IDF Magach 3 w/ERA

Published: November 12th, 2017     
IDF Magach 3 w/ERA
Reviewed by: David Dodge, IPMS# 49795
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Intro

This kit was introduced in February of 2017. It is a follow-on to Dragon releases of the Magach 1 and 2 and 3. It is listed under the 6 Day war series. The kit includes the newer parts to add the ERA tiles but also includes the earlier parts to build the earlier Magach versions. Parts like the 90mm gun, back deck and grill doors and mantlet. Research should be done to identify the appropriate versions of parts included so you back-rev the kit with the correct parts.

Background

Operationally the Magach with ERA was not used during the 6 Day War. The Magach 3 was retrofitted after the 6 Day War, to the newer M48A3 standard. This included the newer 105mm M68 cannon, the 750HP V12 air cooled diesel and other improvements. ERA tiles were not invented until the late 70's and were not available until after the 6 Day War. The ERA was fitted as a normal improvement to the tank fleet. The Magach 3 with the ERA tiles was used during the Lebanon Incursion in 1980