Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

SnapTitle Build & Play 2015 Ford Mustang GT

Published: December 9th, 2014     
SnapTitle Build & Play 2015 Ford Mustang GT
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Revell has released the brand new 2015 Ford Mustang GT in its SnapTite line, coinciding with the fall introduction of the actual car to auto dealers nationwide. The kit is a fast build with 10 pieces, and comes well packed in plastic sleeves with no sprues whatsoever.  All parts are wrapped in plastic, are crisply molded and look to be very accurate.

This was a 15-20 minute build by my nephew, age 11, who also took the attached pictures.  The comments that follow are his own.  Overall, he gave the kit 4 out of 5 stars.  It was a fast build and easy.  The body seemed accurate, and the yellow color was cool.  The instructions were clear and easy to follow. The interior (consisting of fully appointed black interior with steering wheel) was realistic.  It didn't matter that there was no engine, but he thought that an exhaust system and stickers/decals would have added more realism.  The flat bottom was a weakness. 

German 6x4 Towing Truck Kfz.69 with 3.7cm Pak

Published: December 9th, 2014     
German 6x4 Towing Truck Kfz.69 with 3.7cm Pak
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya

Tamiya has issued another kit in their ongoing 1/48th scale military vehicle series, this time a variation on a previous kit, their Krupp Protze 6x4 troop carrier.  The new kit is an artillery towing version of the Protze, along with a brand new tool 3.7 cm Pak 35/36 wheeled anti tank gun.  As with all the models in this 1/48th series, the new kit is designed for a quick build due to its relatively low parts count, and superb fit of the all-plastic components.  Unfortunately there are some ejection pin marks in hard to remove areas, such as the clear windshield, and the backs of the 3.7cm anti tank gun wheels, and the gun’s shield.  Tamiya is falling behind their competitor’s in this area, I am afraid.

USAAF B-29A "Old Battler"

Published: December 8th, 2014     
USAAF B-29A "Old Battler"
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner, IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy

The B-29 is probably best known as the aircraft that dropped the atom bomb, putting an end to WWII in the Pacific.   The reissue of the Academy kit comes in a nice sturdy box, and is molded in a light grey plastic, with light recessed panel lines and good surface detail.  The interior detail is very good for the scale, but unfortunately, you can’t see much of it.  Crew bunks are even included for the aft section but there’s no way to see them. I decided to leave out some of these pieces in the rear section so less weight would need to be added to the nose to ensure my model sat on its nose wheel.

Fit is good, but the lead I added in the nose kept me from getting a tight fit on the forward fuselage. This caused me to shim the canopy then sand and blend the nose glass - I feel this was my error.  The wings have a double spar which goes through the fuselage and makes for a nice wing-to-fuselage joint.

Russian Self-Propelled SU-152 [April 1943 Production]

Published: December 8th, 2014     
Russian Self-Propelled SU-152 [April 1943 Production]
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/48th
Company: Bronco Models

Overview

The SU-152 was a large caliber self propelled assault gun base on the KV heavy tank chassis, designed to provide mobile artillery support for mechanized units to replace the antiquated and slow moving towed artillery that Soviet forces fielded at the start of the Second World War.  The pilot vehicle was designed in just 25 days, and the SU-152 entered production at the Chelyabinsk tank factory in January 1943.  The vehicle proved not only to be an excellent assault gun, but was also capable of destroying the German Tiger 1 and Panther tanks at long range, gaining the SU-152 the nickname among Soviet troops of “Zveroboy” or “Beast Killer”.  Production of the SU-152 ended in December 1943 in favor of the ISU-152, which was based on the IS-2 tank chassis.

IJA Type 95 Light Tank "Ha-Go" Late Production

Published: December 8th, 2014     
IJA Type 95 Light Tank "Ha-Go" Late Production
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Overview

This is the second model in Dragon’s range of 1/35th military vehicles covering the Type 95 Light Tank “Ha-Go”, the first one being an “Early Production” vehicle, released in 2012.  Unlike the battles in Europe or the Middle East in World War Two, tanks in the Pacific Theater were not used in the massive numbers seen in Europe, nor in any major tank vs tank battles.  Tanks were mainly infantry support vehicles, both on the Japanese side as well as the Allied side.  The Type 95 tank saw combat against Chinese and Russia forces in Manchuria on the mainland, as well as taking part in all the Imperial Japanese Army island campaigns in WW2. The tank was fairly light, weighing just 7.4 tonnes and it was designed primarily as an infantry support tank. It was the most produced tank in the Japanese arsenal with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries constructing about 2,300 vehicles. Being relatively small, it only had a crew of three.

ISU-152-2 155mm BL-10 Cannon 2 in 1

Published: December 7th, 2014     
ISU-152-2 155mm BL-10 Cannon 2 in 1
Reviewed by: Bryan Krueger, IPMS# 47881
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

This kit allows you to build one of two versions of a prototype WWII Russian tank destroyer based on the ISU-152 assault gun. The goal was to field an anti-tank gun heavy enough to deal with the heavier German tanks like the Tiger II, JagdTiger and any potentially larger tanks the Russian thought might be in the works with the Germans. The first prototype ISU-152-1 (Object 246) was developed in April 1944 and mounted the BL-8 long barrel gun. Performance did not meet expectations so the gun was reworked. In August 1944 a second prototype ISU-152-2 (Object 247) replaced the BL-8 with the improved and slightly shortened BL-10. The penetrating power and accuracy still did not meet expectations so the gun was again sent back for improvements but the war ended before this was ever completed. The 155mm designation in the kit name is incorrect and should not be used in the description of this vehicle.

Israeli IDF UH-1N "Anafa" Helicopter

Published: December 7th, 2014     
Israeli IDF  UH-1N "Anafa" Helicopter
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon has recently released a 1/35th model of the much used IDF UH-1N “Anafa” Troop transport helicopter.  As a bonus, they have included a set of their Israeli Paratroopers – a figure set which was, I believe, the second set of figures released some decades back by the then-new Dragon Models, right behind their Soviet “Spetznatz” figures.  As these figures have been on the market for almost 30 years, I will pass on reviewing them yet again and instead focus on the helicopter itself.

On opening the box I was startled by the relatively small part count for such a large model as well as the somewhat, shall we say, “robust” nature of the parts.  None of the molding reflects the typical delicacy of Dragon models, and I suspect this is a reboxing of the Panda UH-1N manufactured some years back.  In fact, in general, this model has a sort of “welcome-to-the-70’s ‘feel to it.  It reminds me of the old Revell 1/32nd scale Hueys, only less finely molded.  However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t build a fine model from this kit, and a plus is that no tiny items get sacrificed to the Carpet God! 

Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.B Tiger II

Published: December 6th, 2014     
Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.B Tiger II
Reviewed by: Tracy Palmer, IPMS# 39188
Scale: 1/35th
Company: Eduard

Tiger II is the common name of a German heavy tank of the Second World War. The final official German designation was Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B, often shortened to Tiger B. The ordnance inventory designation was Sd.Kfz. 182. It is also known under the informal name Königstiger (German for "Bengal tiger"), often mistranslated as King Tiger or Royal Tiger by Allied soldiers.

The Tiger II was the successor of the Tiger I, combining the latter's thick armor with the armor sloping used on the Panther medium tank. The tank weighed almost seventy metric tons, was protected by 100 to 180 mm (3.9 to 7.1 in) of armor to the front, and was armed with the long barreled 8.8 cm Kampfwagenkanone 43 L/71 gun. The chassis was also the basis for the Jagdtiger turretless tank destroyer.

Dingo Mk II

Published: December 6th, 2014     
Dingo Mk II
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya

Tamiya has released a brand new model (new tool) of the Dingo Mk.II, which is a great addition to their growing line of 48th scale military miniatures.

Upon opening of the box you find two sprues for the British Armored Vehicle. Tires are molded in plastic (no rubber, which is good), but they are molded together with the wheel hubs. It would have been nice to have them molded independently to make painting easier. The model has a simple interior and two figures.

You can build the model with the top either open or closed. There is no engine provided, however the engine compartment is provided, so I would imagine some aftermarket company will come to the rescue.

While the interior is simple, I would say it is adequate for the scale and once you have the figures inside is likely to be just fine. There are a handful of ejector pin marks in the interior, but I doubt those will be visible, even if the top were to be left open.

German Luftwaffe Pilot WWII

Published: December 3rd, 2014     
German Luftwaffe Pilot WWII
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

Figures are the easiest way to provide scale to your model.  Aerobonus figures are an inexpensive way to add figures to your model.

The latest offering from Aerobonus features a Luftwaffe pilot in flight overall in a relaxed pose waiting for his aircraft.  There are four perfectly cast pieces.  The breakdown is not what you’d expect.  There is the body with one arm cast in place.  There is another arm.  Of course there is a head too.  The unique thing is the separate headset which would be added to the hand.

The instructions are basic drawings with basic colors called out.  This is adequate for the modeler but some may find the basic look and dismiss this figure due to that.  They would be wrong.  The figure is wonderfully sculpted with impressive folds and highlights.  The head looks perfect as well.  The proportions of the whole thing are perfect for 1/48th scale. 

Beautiful sculpting, easy assembly and a nice pose will make this a good first figure for the aircraft modeler and the detail will be a lot of fun for the experienced figure modeler. 

Highly recommended