Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

USS Carl Vinson

Published: February 9th, 2019     
USS Carl Vinson
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:720
Company: Italeri

'I wanted to build one of the new USN Super Carriers and since I wanted a water line model, I added Coastal Kits 1/700 water base that was reviewed

previously...

https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/ship-display-base-4

I broke the build into separate parts- hull, air wing, flight deck Italeri has released several versions of the US nuclear carriers in 1/720 scale and this latest rebox release represents CVN-70, the USS Carl Vinson which is notably as the carrier to dispose of Bin Laden's body along with supporting the current war on terror. I am big fan of the carrier too as most know as my son was stationed on her for five years.

German Tank Destroyer Sd.Kfz. 173 "Jagdpanther Ausf. G1"

Published: February 9th, 2019     
German Tank Destroyer Sd.Kfz. 173 "Jagdpanther Ausf. G1"
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck
Scale: 1:35
Company: Meng Models

Background

Of late there has been a plethora of new WW2 German Panther tank kits in 1/35th scale from multiple manufacturers, and where there are Panther kits, there almost certainly will soon be subvariants of the Panther. Sure enough, having recently released kits of the Panther Ausf A and Ausf D, together with a Bergepanther Ausf A, Meng has added to their Panther pride with a Jagdpanther Ausf G1.

The Jagdpanther was a devastatingly effective attempt to mount a more powerful 88mm anti-tank gun to the Panther tank chassis, as such a gun was too large to put into the turret of a Panther. Also, producing tracked mobile anti-tank vehicles without the complexity for the need of rotating turrets made such vehicles cheaper to produce both in terms of financial cost, and time/manpower resources.

The Colosseum

Published: February 9th, 2019     
The Colosseum
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1/500
Company: Italeri

The Kit

This is one in a series of architectural models that Italeri is producing. Kudos to them for doing some really different things in modeling, with their Leonardo Da Vinci line and now this architectural one.

No number of parts is given, but my guess is around 60 or so, most of those being the columns at the top. The parts are sharply molded in a light tan plastic with good detail. Included is a sheet of images of statues that are cut out and glued to the interior of the outer wall parts so that they show through the arches, which is a neat effect. You also get a few gladiators, a lion and what I think is a bear, but in 1/500 scale, they are pretty tiny and painting them is a challenge. You get a booklet about the colosseum with its history in Italian and English and the instructions are in this booklet. The history is pretty extensive and makes the model more interesting.

NATO Pilot Walking

Published: February 3rd, 2019     
NATO Pilot Walking
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/32
Company: PJ Production

PJ Production is a Belgian company that is self-described as a company who specializes in the creation and production of resin scale models and accessories aimed at amateurs of military aircraft kits and aviation-related dioramas in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale.

This is my first PJ Production product and overall, I found it to be a very nice resin figure. Included in the set is the pilot figure with separate arms, oxygen hose, and two helmet / hand options representing two styles of aviation helmets. The manufacturer includes a photo of the back side of the pilot figure to aid your painting the figure. The figure is molded in a light grey and has very fine detail although I did find several obvious pinholes in the resin. I quickly filled them in with my favorite resin filler made by Bondo. It is a very fine two-part glazing and spot putty that dries lightning quick and sands very well. (Bondo #801). Unfortunately, I missed the rather large pin hole on the chin of the pilot so I just opted to flood with paint while painting the face.

Russian 9K37M1 BUK

Published: February 1st, 2019     
Russian 9K37M1 BUK
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

The Buk (Beech Tree) missile system is an integrated system of self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air missile systems developed by the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. The Buk system is designed to counter all manner of airborne threats from cruise missiles to unmanned aerial vehicles. This new kit from Meng represents the Buk-M1-2 transporter erector launcher and radar (TELAR) vehicle. TELAR superstructure is a turret containing the fire control radar at the front and a launcher with four ready-to-fire missiles on top.

As usual with new Meng releases, the large box includes an impressive collection of extremely well-molded sprues with no visible mold issues or flash. There are eleven sprues, three hull parts in sand-colored styrene, a sprue of clear parts, a sprue of flexible black styrene parts, a ladder of poly-caps, a sheet of Photo-Etched (PE) brass, decal sheet, the instruction booklet, and separate color and markings guide. Included in this kit has a very nice set of Meng's usual workable individual link tracks with a simplified assembly jig on the clear sprue.

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