Reviews of scale model kits.

Westland Sea King HC.4

Published: September 18th, 2016     
Westland Sea King HC.4
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Airfix

The Sea King has been a mainstay helicopter for many navy and army services around the world. The subject of this model is the British Navy HC.4 Commando. The scheme I chose was a bird from 848 Naval Air Squadron, Commando Helicopter Force, Yeovilton in England 2011. The British Sea Kings are in the process of being withdrawn from service, as of March 2016.

This kit is the new mold from Airfix, and the small box is packed full of sprues, decal sheet and instruction book. There are several options that include extended or stowed main rotor blades and tail assembly, open or closed doors, and two markings to choose from. A small electric motor (purchased separately from Airfix) can be installed. Some modification within the cabin is needed, but everything is clearly illustrated. I did consider the motor, but chose to fold everything up for something different. There are some spare parts left over, including a different sand filter.

Flakpanzer T-34(r)

Published: September 8th, 2016     
Flakpanzer T-34(r)
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1:35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon has once again cobbled together parts from several of their kits to produce a scale representation of an unusual vehicle used by the German Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front. This time around it is the Flakpanzer T-34(r), a combination of the Soviet T-34 tank hull, and the four-barreled German 2cm Flakvierling 38. To complete the conversion, the kit includes a selection of extra parts, such as the turret, to produce an accurate replica of this fascinating late-war vehicle. An array of photo-etched parts and Magic track links are also included to enhance the detail.


Published: September 7th, 2016     
Reviewed by: Jason Holt, IPMS# 40139
Scale: 1/48
Company: ICM

Sometime back in 2015 it was announced that ICM was going to produce a new 1/48 Ju-88 series kit. I was rather intrigued as the Ju-88 is one of my favorite aircraft of WWII and that the last time I actually built a Ju-88 was an old Hobbycraft kit back in the late 1980’s. Then sometime in the early 1990’s a new model company DML, later Dragon, came onto the market with a whole series of the Ju-88 family. At the time these were top notch kits but some of the engineering in order to produce a wide variety of variants made things slightly complicated for some, myself included. So with this announcement of a new Ju-88 kit coming out I was excited but at the same time very reluctant as my past experience with ICM not being favorable.

Here in Columbus, Ohio there is a local hobby shop where on Friday nights some of the local IPMS club members gather to talk shop, show off builds, and look at/buy new releases that come in. It was here I saw the ICM Ju-88 for the first time and was blown away at the details and simplicity of construction in the instructions. My past conceptions of ICM from years prior went right out the door.

Nieuport Ni-11 Weekend Edition

Published: September 5th, 2016