Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Peterbuilt 359 Wrecker

Published: April 12th, 2014     
Peterbuilt 359 Wrecker
Reviewed by: Joe Porche, IPMS# 20296
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Revell graced us with the re-release of the “Can Do” and now the “Will-Do” 14 wheel Peterbuilt 359 Heavy Wrecker.  This kit contains close to 700 parts of which nearly 40 are not used.  The box alone is massive in size, some 20” x 14” x 5”, which sizes up well with the completed model of 18” long with everything folded up for travel.  If you choose to build the kit with all the options in wrecking recovery pose it is well over 30” long and 10”wide and as much as 15” tall. 

Speaking of options, both of the cab doors, the hood, and the outrigger doors can be posed in the open or closed position, the side and rear outriggers can be set as in use and the boom may be raised, extended and transversed to the left or right. I chose to build my wrecker in the travel mode but definitely played with all of the other options.

Salmson 2-A2 USAS

Published: April 8th, 2014     
Salmson 2-A2 USAS
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wingnut Wings, Ltd

Background

First entering service in October of 1917 with French forces, the Salmson 2-A2 was enthusiastically received by its crews as a rugged and dependable improvement over earlier designs.  It soon entered service with the United States Air Service in June of 1918.  In its brief service with the American Expeditionary Force (AEF), a reported 705 examples of the 2-A2 were delivered, although they saw limited combat duties, and went on to serve with the occupational forces in Germany following World War I.  The 2-A2 continued to serve with French forces until 1921, and saw further limited service with Russian, Czechoslovakian, Belgian, and Japanese forces.  The Japanese version was built under license as the Japanese Type Otsu 1 Reconnaissance Aircraft through 1933.

The Kit

Once again, Wingnut Wings delivers one of the best values for the modeling dollar with its recent release of the Salmson 2-A2 variants.  How much can a model company cram into a box with a $99 price tag?  Simply put, a lot!

The Salmson 2-A2 ‘USAS’ kit features:

Type 214 Class Submarine

Published: April 6th, 2014     
Type 214 Class Submarine
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/350
Company: Wolfpack Design

Thank you to the great folks at Model Rectifier (MRC) for providing this review kit.   I appreciate your hard work bringing new products to the scale modeling community.  Wolfpack Designs continues to bring forth a wealth of innovative aftermarket products and new kits.  I am deeply appreciative of the IPMS Reviewer Corps crew.  Their untiring efforts are often overlooked, but those efforts are critical to the success of the program.

The Type 214 class submarine is a German export version that is popular with many countries.  This kit fills a nice spot in my 1:350 submarine collection, providing a nice contrast with the Typhoon and Ohio examples.  A retired submarine officer told me that this particular class can have a very interesting tactical role in force projection, one worth reading about.

Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter

Published: April 5th, 2014     
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Roden

Our thanks up front to Squadron mail order for providing this kit to IPMS so we can review it!  A note about Squadron’s customer service; had one small issue with a part sprue, and we received the parts ASAP.  Thanks Squadron for your attention and drive to ensure you maintain your customer base!  And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending this one my way

The Turbo-Porter is an interesting aircraft; it is designed for a specialized purpose, operating from unprepared airfields, with short takeoff and landing capabilities.  In this kit, markings are provided for French Air Force operations; one overall white with a cheatline, and one in overall dark gray. I used Tamiya IJN Saesebo arsenal gray for my build as it seems close.

The instructions are well done in several languages.  A parts diagram is provided and proved helpful. Color callouts are provided for all parts, which is great.  Some other manufacturers have been falling down in this area, not Roden!  The final paint diagram is clear and shows concise painting direction. 

M-47 Patton

Published: April 5th, 2014     
M-47 Patton
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1/32
Company: Renwal/Revell

The Vehicle

The American response to the German Tiger tank was the M-26 Pershing. It had good armor and its 90mm gun finally gave the Allies a weapon that could handle the Tiger. However, its engine was too weak and the vehicle suffered in mobility, so after the war a start was made on a replacement, designated the M-42  (not to be confused with the M-42 light tank design). But that vehicle would not be available for years, so the engine problem in the M-36 was addressed by fitting a new engine, which resulted in the M-46. It was better, but not really "new". Work continued on the M-42, which would have a similar hull and engine, but a new turret with a better ballistic shape and heavier armor in the front. 

The dominance of the Soviet armor in the Korean War convinced the U.S. that it was going to need a new tank sooner than expected. There was no time to wait for the new M-42 to be ready, so a plan was made to mate the M-42's new turret with the already existing M-46 hull to produce the M-47. It was a stopgap measure, but would have to do.

German Heavy Generator Sd.Ah.24

Published: April 4th, 2014     
German Heavy Generator Sd.Ah.24
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plusmodel

PlusModel, out of the Czech Republic, has released a 1/48th version of their German Heavy Generator, previously released in 1/35th.  The all-resin kit contains some extra goodies to detail this unique and welcome addition to their product line.

Opening the Box

The first thing apparent when opening the box is the high quality of the resin parts.  The parts are clearly labeled with part numbers and contain very little flash.  What’s more, the connections to the pour stubs and resin blocks are kept to an absolute minimum, simplifying removal and making clean-up a breeze.  Most of the parts can be (carefully) snapped off using just your fingers.  A couple of swipes with a sanding stick and you’re ready to go.

The contents of this box include:

F-4S Phantom II “Vandy 75” Limited Edition

Published: April 4th, 2014     
F-4S Phantom II “Vandy 75” Limited Edition
Reviewed by: William Carrell, IPMS# 48803
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

The Hasegawa F-4 Series Phantom II models have been a standard for the modeling community for a number of years.  They have offered virtually every variant ever produced and flown in all services around the world. This specific release is Celebrating the dawn of carrier landings. On January 18, 1911, the first successful aircraft landing on a ship occurred when pilot Eugene Ely landed his plane onto the USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4). In 1986, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Four (VX-4) celebrated the 75th anniversary of this historic occasion by adding special "Vandy 75" insignia to select F-4S Phantom IIs.

The kit is molded in a light grey, somewhat brittle plastic on 7 sprues, 1 sprue of clear and 1 small fret of photo-etch.  A single sheet of nice looking, high quality decals rounds out the contents.  In typical Hasegawa fashion, all spures and frets are identified in the 8 page instruction sheet with the parts that are not required being highlighted.  This virtually eliminates all confusion for the modeler.

Mirage F1 CT/CR

Published: April 4th, 2014     
Mirage F1 CT/CR
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kitty Hawk

Sincere appreciation goes to Kittyhawk for providing IPMS USA another of their kits for review… although the company is relatively new, the kits so far have been great efforts and I look forward to what is next... 

This kit is a re-release of Kittyhawk’s F-1 kit released a couple of years ago.  I remember reading of “fit issues” noted by a reviewer (from another site)....  I experienced no major fit issues on this build.  The kit did require a bit of filler to be used, where the forward fuselage mated with the aft section, and the intakes.  That is pretty well a given on most jets, so I consider them non-issues. 

Soviet Heavy Infantry Weapons and Equipment

Published: April 4th, 2014     
Soviet Heavy Infantry Weapons and Equipment
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven,, IPMS# 41627
Scale: 1/35th
Company: MiniArt

MiniArt is a Ukraine company that was established in 2001 and released their first kit in 2003. They are well known for their Diorama series, but the have released many armored vehicles, figure sets and accessory sets over the past several years.

This set comes in a end opening cardboard box and it contains six sprues of parts molded in a light gray plastic. The molding is clean with no flash, but there are a few minor mold lines that will need to be removed on some of the parts. The attachment points on the parts to the sprue have been well thought out even though some are on the large side. This should make clean up easy. These pieces have a high degree of detail even though some are relatively small. 

What comes in the kit is as follows:

U.S.S. Long Beach CGN-9 1980

Published: April 4th, 2014     
U.S.S. Long Beach CGN-9 1980
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/700
Company: Cyber-Hobby

This is the third Cyber-Hobby ship model that I have been privileged to build for a review (the others being the USS Chicago and the USS Virginia), and I will say that this was the most challenging of the three.  There were a couple of complications due to my choice of building the full hull version, and there were some challenges obtaining a few of the necessary small parts.  Still, the kit builds up into a very nice representation of the USS Long Beach (CGN-9), and I would recommend it to those wanting to add this fine ship to their collection. 

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