Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Brengun 1/144 T-72 MBT

Published: May 21st, 2019     
Brengun 1/144 T-72 MBT
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

The vehicle:  

The T-72 series was the most produced post WW2 tank.  It is designed to have a low silhouette and smaller hull than most modern tanks.  The crew is only three soldiers, with ammunition loading being done automatically.  Due to the cramped crew positions, the maximum height of a T-72 soldier is 5 feet 9 inches.

The T-72 gun is a 125 mm capable of firing HEAT and APFSDS rounds, as well as ATGMs.  

There are 40 different countries who have significant numbers of T-72s.  In spite of an arms embargo, Iraq had 1000 T-72s in 1990.  In 1996, this number had reduced to 375

The Kit:

AH-6M/MH-6M Little bird Night stalkers

Published: May 20th, 2019     
AH-6M/MH-6M Little bird Night stalkers
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/35
Company: Kitty Hawk

Aircraft and history:

The AH/MH-6M is the latest variant of the Army's light observation helicopter with the original design dating back to 1963 as the Hughes OH-6A Cayuse (nicknamed "Loach"). The term "Little Bird" was given to the enhanced version of the OH-6 with the AH-6 versions armed and MH-6 versions for carrying three commandos per side developed in 1980 and used by the newly formed 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. This highly versatile airframe was used effectively in many conflicts with the most notable being "Operation Gothic Serpent" (better known as "Black Hawk Down" and "Battle of Mogadishu").

Kit:

Vickers Vildebeest Mk. III

Published: May 18th, 2019     
Vickers  Vildebeest Mk. III
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Special Hobby

HISTORY

The Vickers Vildebeeste design originated as a result of  Air Ministry Specification 24/25 for a land based torpedo bomber to replace the Hawker Horsley, with the first prototype flying in April, 1928.  The plane was of all metal construction with mainly fabric cover. Power was provided by a Bristol Jupiter VIII radial engine. Development continued, with the first production models flying in 1932.  The design was upgraded over the years, with 9  Mk. I's (Bristol Pegasus),  30 Mk. II's  (Bristol Pegasus IIM3),  150 Mk. III's  (A Mk. II with provision for a third crew member) and 18  Mk. IV's, (825 hp. Bristol Perseus radial enclosed in a NACA cowling).  In 1931,  Vickers developed a modified Vildebeeste as a general purpose type to replace the Westland Wapiti, and this aircraft, which was essentially similar to the Vildebeeste Mk. II, emerged as the Vincent, with additional fuel replacing the torpedo equipment.

DH 100 Vampire FB Mk.52 Over Northern Sky

Published: May 18th, 2019     
DH 100 Vampire FB Mk.52 Over Northern Sky
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/72
Company: Special Hobby

The De Havilland (English Electric) Vampire was conceived in 1941 and first took to the sky in 1943.  According to Wikipedia it was used by over 30 nations and was last flown operationally by Rhodesia in 1979.  Given the longevity of the Vampire, and its interesting twin boom look I took on the challenge of this build and review.

U-2A Dragon Lady

Published: May 17th, 2019     
U-2A Dragon Lady
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: AFV Club

The U-2 is one of those historic planes that many people have heard of whether they are fans of planes or not. From the shooting down of Francis Gary Powers to its long service of gathering intelligence, it has always interested me. AVF Club has issued their first kit of this iconic plane as the U-2A Dragon Lady.

Inside the box, there are eight grey sprues with petit panel lines and no flash, easily the equivalent of top-flight manufacturers. One crystal clear sprue is provided along with a large decal sheet and a nice picture of the box art. There are three options in the box for markings:

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