Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

MIG-15UTI

Published: February 6th, 2016     
MIG-15UTI
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

History

The MiG-15 was the product of the Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Team, which was known as the MiG Design Bureau. After producing a series of moderately successful fighters during World War II, and numerous prototypes, their first jet powered design, the MiG-9 was not produced in significant numbers. However, after the war, when German aerodynamic research became available, a design was produced using some of the ideas that were incorporated into the Focke Wulf TA-183 jet fighter prototype, which include a sweptback wing. The original prototype first flew in December, 1947, powered by an imported Rolls Royce Nene engine, which the Russians later copied for use in production models. The MiG-15 became the standard Soviet fighter during the late forties, and continued in service for many years thereafter. The type was also exported to Soviet Allies, including China, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and other countries under Soviet influence. The MiG 15 was comparable in many ways to the American F-86, and the USAF’s higher kill ratio against the type in the Korean War was more related to pilot training than aircraft quality.

Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider (2-Pack)

Published: February 6th, 2016     
Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider (2-Pack)
Reviewed by: Brent Bristow, IPMS# 48487
Scale: 1/72
Company: Moebius Models

Ron Moore’s reimagined Battlestar Galactica series has been a hit with sci-fi fans for over a decade. As with any series that takes place in space, the ships are just as important as any of the characters. The Cylon Raiders seen in this series are interesting because the ships are characters! Rather than being piloted by humanoid shaped Cylons, as seen in the 1970’s series, the new Raiders are, themselves, Cylons. The 1/32 scale Raider offered by Moebius has been very popular with modelers over the last couple of years, and now, Moebius is offering a 2-pack of these ships in 1/72 scale.

The Kit

The kit includes 2 complete Raiders, each of which has 11 parts, and 2 clear bases that consist of 2 parts each. Each ship and base is on its own individual sprue, which makes finding the parts, and keeping them separated easy. I was happy to see that all of the panel lines are recessed rather than raised. No decals are included, or needed, with this kit.

German Luftwaffe Pilot WWII with Life Vest

Published: February 4th, 2016     
German Luftwaffe Pilot WWII with Life Vest
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aerobonus

Aires continues their wonderful pilot release, this time in 1/32 scale of a German WWII pilot wearing a Kapok life preserver. The parts are perfectly case and have both arms, the body and a separate head. Also included is a full color painting guide and also a printed map and booklet which can be cut out and added to the models right hand.

Assembly is simple. Start by removing the arms and sanding as needed. Same for the head. The body takes a little more work cleaning out along the inseam but nothing too difficult. The arms and can be attached and the head painted separately.

I primed with Alclad gray and let dry overnight. I used Scale 75 painted for the face. If you haven’t tried these, they are wonderful with a great range of flesh colors. The body was painted with Tamiya and Liquitex acrylics. Shading was done with oil washes and acrylics dry brushes.

I flat coated the figure and gloss coated the goggles. I cut out the map from the instructions (which are really well done ad in color) and added a light tan wash for some age and dirt and glued it into his hand.

‘29 Ford Model A Roadster 2 'n 1

Published: February 2nd, 2016     
‘29 Ford Model A Roadster 2 'n 1
Reviewed by: Joe Porché, IPMS# 20296
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell

Parts Count

  • 68 White Styrene on 11 trees
  • 66 Chrome Styrene on 4 trees
  • 7 Crystal Clear Styrene on 1 tree
  • 4 Mold rubber tires
  • 4 Steel axle/tire pins
  • 1 5” x 6” Decal Sheet
  • 1 16 Page 20 step Instruction Guide

Lots of parts in this kit as it’s a 2 ’n 1 edition of the 1929 Ford Model A.

Options

  1. One Chassis set up for High Boy version to include stockish frame, deep interior tub, deep firewall, correct length front radius rods, correct length steering shaft, appropriate radiator hoses and exhaust.
  2. Alternative Chassis set up for Channeled version to include channeled frame, shallow interior tub, shallow firewall, correct length front radius rods, correct length steering shaft, appropriate radiator hoses and exhaust.

Buick Nail Head engine includes options for Hilborn Fuel injection or 6 single Stromberg Carburetors.

Wheels are common steelies with optional chrome rings and chrome hub cabs.

Avia B.534 Quattro Combo

Published: February 2nd, 2016     
Avia B.534 Quattro Combo
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Eduard

The Aircraft

When the first B.534 flew in 1934, the aircraft was well ahead of its contemporaries in other air forces. The British were using Hawker Furies, the US had Curtiss Hawks and the Russians had the I-15. With the German takeover of much of Czechoslovakia in 1939, many of these planes were taken over by the Luftwaffe. The B.534’s combat record is sparse, although some flown by Bulgaria did attempt to intercept the Ploesti raid, and a 534 flown by a pilot of the Slovak National Uprising shot down a Hungarian Ju-52 in October of 1944, the last recorded victory by a biplane.

The Kit

You get four of everything except decals. The 4 sprues are not exactly identical, being called B+C, B+D, B+E and B+G. There are plenty of parts, and many of the parts on the sprues are for a version you won’t be building. It looks like Eduard is planning another B.534 kit of a later version. (That would be nice!) The decals are for six different aircraft, 3 pre-WW2 Czechs, 1 Slovak from 1940 and 2 Luftwaffe 41-42.

Tiger-1 "Gruppe Ferhmann Essel 1945"

Published: January 31st, 2016     
Tiger-1 "Gruppe Ferhmann Essel 1945"
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1:35
Company: Academy

History

Enough has been written about the Tiger tank so I will not go into detail about it. The Gruppe Fehrmann Tigers were “procured” from the Lehr School at Fallingbostel and were re-built from damaged Tigers. The unit was formed around 5 Tigers and 6 Panthers on April 6th, 1944 and by April 11th only two Tigers and possibly 1 Panther remained active.

The Kit

Upon opening the box you are presented with 11 sprue of dark yellow injected plastic, the lower hull & two vinyl tracks, A fret of photo etch (P/E), decal sheet, A zimmerit decal sheet (By DEF.MODEL), 8 page instruction fold out, and a two page markings & P/E guide (actually pages 9-12 of the instructions but separate). The plastic is crisply molded with little to no flash. The P/E is thin with many small parts. The decals are well printed and in register. And the zimmerit decals have a real subtle texture. One thing I noticed though was that there are no instructions for the zimmerit decals, so I had to go to the DEF.MODEL web site for them (http://defmodel.com/).

P-38 Lightning Egg Plane

Published: January 31st, 2016     
P-38 Lightning Egg Plane
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Scale: None
Company: Hasegawa

From the Hasegawa web page:

Set to strike

During the Pacific War, Charles MacDonald shot down 27 enemy fighters with his P-38, nicknamed "Putt-Putt Maru." These victories and his exceptional abilities as commander of the 475th Fighter Group made him one of the top Allied aces of World War II. P-38 Lightnings were the ideal aircraft for the Pacific; their long range, high speed and heavy armament let U.S. forces successfully engage Japanese planes at every turn.

Kit

This kit is a re-release of an older kit that comes packaged in a sturdy cardboard box with 1 bag of sprues, a single sheet of decals, and an instruction manual.

The sprue bag contains 4 gray sprues (36 parts) and 1 clear (1 part) sprue (in a small bag to prevent scratches).

The decal sheet is for 1 P-38 in the markings of Lt. Col. Charles Henry “Mac” MacDonald’s P-38 “Putt-Putt Maru”.

The instructions are on a single, foldout sheet with 3 steps for assembling the aircraft on one side of the sheet. The other side shows the decal placement and painting guide.

T-50 ROKAF Advanced Trainer

Published: January 30th, 2016     
T-50 ROKAF Advanced Trainer
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy

The Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50 Golden Eagle Advanced Trainer is a new family of supersonic trainers and light attack aircraft developed by KAI and Lockheed Martin. It is the first supersonic aircraft developed by South Korea. The aircraft entered service with the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) in 2005 and has been ordered by several other nations such as Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Hand Truck

Published: January 30th, 2016     
Hand Truck
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

This kit is one of those spiffy little diorama add-ons that you sometimes would like to add, but nobody makes it. Well, Brengun comes to the rescue here.

I have had some experience with one of these “vehicles”, when I worked in receiving for Sears. And the war story follows:

I was moving a refrigerator out to the floor for display. It wasn’t quite balanced because of the floor, and it started to stand up. As I usually did, I stuck my foot out against the axle to push it back into travel position. It didn’t stop, and broke my big toe.

Fortunately for me, my Mom worked as an emergency room nurse, so she took care of me at home. The fix was to tape part of a tongue depressor between the big toe and the second toe. This acted as a splint. Then she laughed at me for breaking my toe that way. You don’t get that kind of service at the local hospital.

You get enough parts to make 4 of these little jewels. You are also provided with a choice of either resin wheels or PE wheels. The resin wheels are for the “ATV” version of the hand truck.

US Navy Pilot WWII Pacific Theater

Published: January 30th, 2016     
US Navy Pilot WWII Pacific Theater
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

First things first. I want to thank Aires for supplying this Aerobonus item for review and IPMS/USA for allowing me to do the review.

Aires Aerobonus has release several pilot figures lately. This review covers their World War II U.S. Navy pilot. This particular subject is molded in the manner of a pilot operating in the Pacific Theater during WW II. He’s posed as if stepping onto a wing or standing in the cockpit with a foot on the side console or cockpit sill.