Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Nisseki Trust Porsche 962C Limited Edition

Published: November 9th, 2017     
Nisseki Trust Porsche 962C Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Mike Howard, IPMS# 30741
Scale: 1/24
Company: Hasegawa

Background

The Group "C" racing class ran from 1982 until about 1993. It was an extremely exciting series that saw some of the class cars run over 250 mph on the Le Mans' Mulsanne Straight (the WM-Peugeot recorded the highest 405 km/h / 252 mph). Porsche revolutionized the race series with the 956/962 cars and the associated aerodynamics and ground effects innovations. These Porsche vehicles were dominant for many years and were campaigned by both the factory and private race teams which, for modelers, allows for a multitude of paint and color schemes.

German Passenger Car Type 170V Saloon 4 Doors

Published: November 9th, 2017     
German Passenger Car Type 170V Saloon 4 Doors
Reviewed by: Ian Latham, IPMS# 50276
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

The MiniArt German Passsenger Car Typ 170V Saloon 4 Doors kit is a 1/35th scale kit ideal for dioramas. This is the 5th incarnation of the MiniArt Mercedees 170V kit and includes the addition of a single female figure. There is a total of 265 parts supplied on 7 grey spue of simi-soft grey plastic with the body cast in one piece and boxed separately, 1 sprue of crystal clear plastic, 1 card of photo-etched brass, and a set of decals that include 11 different marking options. The detail is beautiful and exquisitely cast with no flash and only the subtlest of seams, which are easily removed. The instruction booklet includes beautiful color pictures of the 11 different options as well as well rendered cad drawings of each 48 steps. Color call outs are broken down for Ammo Mig, Humbrol, Mr. Color, Testors and Vallejo paints.

De Havilland Mosquito B Mk.IX/Mk.XVI

Published: November 8th, 2017     
De Havilland Mosquito B Mk.IX/Mk.XVI
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: H-K Models Co.

Aircraft and History

The De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito, commonly called "Mossie" or "Wooden Wonder" was a fast, twin engine multi-role aircraft developed and operated during WWII. The Mosquito could operate as a bomber or be fitted with guns (in the nose or in bomb bay) and operate as an effective fighter. Speed was one of the Mosquitos best defensive assets where this aircraft was faster than most piston powered fighters Germany operated. The Mosquito was very capable at high altitude, low altitude, daytime and night operations.

Construction of the Mosquito consisted mostly of wood which was beneficial since "strategic material" (metal) was in high demand during WWII and small "cottage industries" were capable of building parts for the Mosquito and reducing the aircraft manufacturing demand during war time. Some mosquitos were fitted with a "glass" nose while others contained four machine guns and others contained a radar for night fighting operations.

TF-15A Bicentennial Eagles

Published: November 8th, 2017     
TF-15A Bicentennial Eagles
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: Two Bobs Aviation Graphics

Thank you, Bob Sanchez, for another stunning set of decals for us! While the Bicentennial F-15 is not new to us in the modeling community as the original aircraft was displayed and flown worldwide over 40 years ago, the decals are a much-needed facelift to anyone who has an old F-15 A-D laying around or just maybe wanting to change it up and not use the kit decals.

About the Company

Two Bobs is a limited run/ Custom aviation Decal company based out of Fort Worth, Texas and is owned and operated by Mr. Bob Sanchez. Mr. Sanchez is a former enlisted Air Force engineer and has been very active in the modeling community almost all of his life and has continued to be active in the aviation field outside of his service to our country.

I can tell you guys from experience Mr. Sanchez's decals cover unique and memorable topics, are a pleasure to work with and downright hard to get if you miss out on a particular set, so keep that in mind when ordering.

F-4J Rockin Rhino

Published: November 8th, 2017     
F-4J Rockin Rhino
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Short History

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor aircraft/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 respective 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 hardpoints, 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 M61 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.