Reviews of scale model kits.

Fw 190A-8 (Standard Wing) Overtrees

Published: July 20th, 2016     
Fw 190A-8 (Standard Wing) Overtrees
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

When Eduard released its Fw 190A-8 Royal Class Quattro Combo kit earlier this year it also released overtree sets of each of the four versions that were included in the Combo kit. Kit 70111X was the overtree set for the standard Fw 190A-8 with the four wing-mounted Mg 151 cannons two in the wing roots and the second pair outboard. The upper wing halves have the wing bulges for the outer set of cannons in addition to the inboard bulges for the wing root mounted cannons.

B-17E, F, and early G; Part 1 - First Look and Interior

Published: July 19th, 2016     
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner, IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/32
Company: H-K Models Co.

When this huge box arrived, I was excited as it was large (26" x 14" x 6 ") and heavy. It came with no box art, instructions, or decals so I borrowed a set of instructions from HK’s first issue from a friend and also received a PDF file of the new, unfinished instructions. At first glance the kit looked impressive, but it has some of the same problems as the last issue. There were still many injector pin marks on the interior fuselage, and the fuselage parts needed to be washed prior to starting the build because they had a heavy residue on them.

Combustion Engine

Published: July 17th, 2016     
Combustion Engine
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Company: Airfix

The Kit

This is one of the kits in the Airfix Engineer line and is designed to teach, so it’s not really a model of a real combustion engine. Rather, it is a representation, and as such is much simplified. That being said, the kit consists of 92 parts, excluding screws. No glue is required for assembly with everything either being pressure fitted or screwed into place. In addition, no painting is necessary. As a matter of fact, it may not even be possible as all parts that are pressure fitted are of a soft, almost vinyl plastic and getting paint to stay put on them could be problematic. But again, this is a representation, not a model of a real engine and the parts are modeled in several colors to make them stand out.

The kit is motorized and has many moving parts and there is even sound and light. The instructions are in a 22-page booklet, but only ten pages of it are actual assembly instructions. The other pages are dedicated to a parts list and eight pages of information about how an internal combustion engine works.

1983 Hurst Oldsmobile

Published: July 17th, 2016     
1983 Hurst Oldsmobile
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Hurst Performance started working with Oldsmobile in the late sixties and by the time the ‘80’s rolled around they had perfected not only the hi performance “Lightening” shifter but the awesome looking black over silver appearance package featured on the ’83 Hurst Olds.

Pz.Kpfw.V Panther Ausf. G Late

Published: July 15th, 2016     
Pz.Kpfw.V Panther Ausf. G Late
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Scale: 1:35
Company: Italeri

This kit by Italeri is a rebox of their 2012 Pz. Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G kit # 6493 with the addition of upgraded moulds, photo-etch fret and new gluable rubber tracks as stated on their website. Let me preface my review by stating that as modelers we do not always follow the instructions step by step. We tend to skip around completing steps in advance while letting previous steps dry or bond. For this build and review, I did indeed skip steps, but I will describe what I found in each step, pros or cons, so the builder will be enlightened as to what needs addressed during the build. I also will not review any historical data pertaining to the Panther tank as I assume the builder will review historical data prior to the build. The Panther tank I will be constructing represents Panther #122 under the command of Oberleutnant Rasim, which was destroyed and knocked out east of Berlin in late April 1945.