Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Hunter F.6/FGA.9 Aerobatic Teams

Published: September 11th, 2017     
Hunter F.6/FGA.9 Aerobatic Teams
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:48
Company: Hobbico

Extreme gratitude from IPMS USA and this reviewer to Hobbico for providing us this kit... it's been a while off the radar and we're pleased it's back!

This kit was originally released around 1997 or so, if I remember correctly. At the time it was (and still is) the best of the 1/48 kits of this famous British fighter, and was considered to be the "UK Sabre" of its day with maneuverability, speed, and overall "it looks right" appearance.

This kit continues Italeri's current trend of releasing warfighting aircraft with specialized color schemes. In the box you get the Hunter F.6 and FGA.9, with two different lower nose cannon covers, and the different size/shape exhaust area required for each version based on the engine installation. The F-6 was designed as an air-to- air fighter, whereas the FGA.9 incorporated ground attack capabilities with rockets and bomb delivery capability.

Liberator Mk III/V "Coastal Command"

Published: September 11th, 2017     
Liberator Mk III/V "Coastal Command"
Reviewed by: : Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:72
Company: Hasegawa USA (Hobbico)

Extreme gratitude from IPMS USA and this reviewer to Hobbico for providing us this kit... it's been a while off the radar and we're pleased it's back!

This kit was originally released as a B-24D back in around 1999, if I remember correctly. At the time it was (and still is) the best of the 1/72 kits of this multi-use aircraft, and in Hasegawa's normal practice, this time is released in the guise of an RAF Coastal Command aircraft.

The short history is the British needed a long-range coastal heavy bomber capable of flying out to assist the beleaguered convoys shipping war materials to Britain from the U.S., in the form of anti-submarine reconnaissance and general over watch of the ships. In these roles the aircraft proved more than capable.

The kit contains an additional sprue in this case catering to the turret and quad-Browning .303 machine guns, along with the thimble-shaped lower ball turret replacement radome used on the Mark V for locating surface ships and submarines. The earlier Mark III did not have the radome but a standard B-24D with no lower turret assembly.

Sd.Kfz.179 Bergepanther Recovery Vehicle

Published: September 7th, 2017     
Sd.Kfz.179 Bergepanther Recovery Vehicle
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Italeri

The Italeri Bergepanther Kit # 285, originally released back in 1995, is still standing sentry duty as the only readily available injection-molded set of sprues for this Panther-based German tank recovery vehicle. The model has gone through a number of updates and improvements since, culminating in what you see reviewed here. After all this time, however, Italeri's offering 'still has it goin' on', sporting a relatively detailed engine, transmission, and winch/cable assembly, all housed in a decent Panther A chassis. One heck of a value, and still the only game in town.

T14 Armata - Object 148

Published: September 6th, 2017     
T14 Armata - Object 148
Reviewed by: David Dodge, IPMS# 49795
Scale: 1/35
Company: Panda Models

Intro

Panda released this kit late last year and it competes with the Takom and Zvesda Armata Kits. The kit is molded in medium green plastic and the track components are molded in a dark tan plastic. There is one sprue of clear parts, a PE fret and decals. With a length of tow cable.

Background

The T14 Armata is Russia's latest Main Battle Tank that first appeared in public practices for the 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade. This was a shock to NATO and Western Forces as the advanced design was unknown at that time. The T14 is derived from the Armata Universal Combat Platform. The tank weighs 48 metric tons and is 11 feet wide and 11 feet tall and 29 feet long. This is a big tank.

Grumman F6F-3

Published: September 4th, 2017