Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

German Wounded Soldier

Published: October 12th, 2014     
German Wounded Soldier
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: The Bodi

The Bodi’s Wounded German Soldier is a beautifully sculpted figure with a very natural pose and extremely sharp detail. The figure is modeled holding his wounded left arm and stands about 5 ft. 8 in. tall. The box art shows the soldier under the watchful eyes of a U.S. Jeep driver and passenger, also The Bodi figures. The Bodi is a Hungarian company that produces resin figures sculpted by Krisztián Bódi in 1/35 and 1/48 scale.

The kit comes in three pieces - body, head, and left hand. The figure is molded in a medium gray resin with some minor flash at the end of the sleeve and on the back of the figure’s neck. Flash between the two legs will need to be trimmed away. Mold seams are visible on the outside of the leg. The mold seams are not apparent on the upper body, or somehow cleverly concealed in the seams of the figures tonic.

Nakajima A6M2-N Type 2 Fighter Seaplane (RUFE) '902 Flying Group'

Published: October 12th, 2014     
Nakajima A6M2-N Type 2 Fighter Seaplane (RUFE) '902 Flying Group'
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

History Brief

The A6M2-N floatplane was developed from the Mitsubishi A6M Zero Type 0, for the purposes of supporting amphibious operations and defending remote bases. It was based on the A6M-2 Model 11 fuselage, with a modified tail and added floats. This aircraft was the brainchild of Shinobu Mitsutake, Nakajima Aircraft Company's Chief Engineer, and Atsushi Tajima, one of the company's designers. A total of 327 were built, including the original prototype.

The Product

My sample came in a standard size box featuring attractive box art. The contents were well packaged and included; 9 grey plastic sprue, 1 in clear, 1 instruction sheet and 1 decal sheet. This kit has been around for a few years now and has been re-released with differing decal options.

Willys Jeep MB "Train"

Published: October 12th, 2014     
Willys Jeep MB "Train"
Reviewed by: John Shimek, IPMS# 4899
Scale: 1/72
Company: AMC Models

The Willys Jeep is probably the most recognized vehicle during World War II with production equaling 660,703 from 1940 through 1945. This model by AMC models represents a unique variation in its use during the war. It was used to travel on the railroad system with the addition of modified wheels in Europe by some U.S. Army transportation battalions, and in the India Burma theater by British Commonwealth troops.

This model by AMC models is a full resin kit with the addition of a PE windshield screen, grab handles, and clear acetate for the glass. The model comes packaged in a sturdy box with all 31 parts contained in Ziploc bags. There is one decal sheet included of an allied star for mounting on the front hood. Included in the kit is a resin display base of railroad tracks. I

The instruction sheet is one small sheet of double-sided print comprising 5 steps to build the model and suggested painting of the vehicle.

When assembling this model the builder should take precautions for proper respiratory PPE and glasses to prevent any resin dust entering the lungs or the eyes. I would recommend a very fine razor saw for removing the parts for assembly.

Panzer III (5cm) Ausf. G Early Production

Published: October 10th, 2014     
Panzer III (5cm) Ausf. G Early Production
Reviewed by: Tim Funnell, IPMS# 48350
Scale: 1/35th
Company: Dragon Models

Quick summary, this is not Dragon’s first Panzer III kit released but it might be one of their finest. Upon opening the box, you will find the following items, all 650 parts (about 70 of which are not used):

  • 24 sprues of gray plastic
  • 2 bags of Magic Tracks
  • 1 decals sheet with 5 sets of markings for gray panzer schemes
  • 1 clear sprue of periscopes

There are a few variations to decide upon for he build. After looking over the instructions a few times, I decided to start building a vehicle from 2nd Panzer Division, Russia 1941. The kit has different cupolas to choose from and the 2nd Panzer Division had late model cupolas which I prefer over the early cupolas used by the 16th Panzer Division.

The build is straightforward and as easy as it gets for a Dragon kit. This is not a shake-and-bake kit with its large number of parts, small parts and separate track links. It will require some modeling skills. I will list the steps that require attention and correcting.

Diorama: Here is Snickers, help yourself please

Published: October 9th, 2014     
Diorama: Here is Snickers, help yourself please
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/35th
Company: Master Box

Thanks very much to Masterbox (MB) and Dragon USA for providing IPMS USA this review kit and to the IPMS Review corps leadership for sending this item my direction!

OK, I’m not a figure guru.  I tend to just build aircraft, but every once in a while, I get the urge to try my hand.  Some day I may improve, sez I…

This set is intended as a small vignette to show two allied Armor operators passing out Snickers ® candy bars to local kids, under the ever watchful eye of their mother.  Hence the name of the kit… Depending on your experience if you have deployed overseas, this is either fanciful (Most of the time we were told to avoid any dealings with Middle Eastern families) or reality, depending on where you were sent. 

With that in mind, I take this build at face value; kids are kids worldwide, and the opportunity for free candy is never turned down… read on.

Tom Daniel's "Cherry Bomb"

Published: October 8th, 2014     
Tom Daniel's "Cherry Bomb"
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell-Monogram

Fans of 60's and 70's custom show cars will recall that prolific period when it seemed that every week a new car – prototype and/or model – rolled out on display.  Many of these vehicles were designed  to augment a popular TV show (The Munsters Coach and Dragula, the Monkeemobile, Batmobile, etc); others hit the show circuit, and still others landed on the shelves of our friendly hobby shop where hordes of kids (like me) spent our allowances.  Tom Daniel's Cherry Bomb falls into that category.  I'd never built it the first time around so I jumped on the opportunity to do so this time.

The kit actually contains three vehicles – the gas turbine-powered car, a surfboard-derived trailer, and a  chopper style motorcycle whose gas tank replicates the explosive device in question, which launched many a boys' room toilet seat when lit and flushed. (Or so I hear).

My intention was to build the kit OOB but I found a few areas where I felt compelled to meddle to overcome an issue or add my stamp to the project.  These will be pointed out in the review.

NASA Space Shuttle "Discovery" w/747-100 SCA

Published: October 8th, 2014     
NASA Space Shuttle "Discovery" w/747-100 SCA
Reviewed by: Matthew Cottrell, IPMS# 48174
Scale: 1/144
Company: Dragon Models

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) fleet consisted of two modified Boeing 747s. The iconic N905NA, a retired American Airlines 747-100, conducted the Approach and Landing Tests with the Space Shuttle Enterprise in the late 70s, still sporting its natural metal finish with an American Airlines red, white, and blue cheatline. N905NA had a long second career with NASA, finishing its service in fall of 2012 after ferrying Discovery, Enterprise, and Endeavor to their final display locations, and ultimately arriving in Houston, TX, to start a third career as a museum display, eternally ferrying the Space Shuttle replica Independence.

Foose '69 Camaro Z/28

Published: October 8th, 2014     
Foose '69 Camaro Z/28
Reviewed by: Chris Gibson, IPMS# 49143
Scale: 1/12
Company: Revell, Inc.

Overview

The ’69 Camaro was the second design change in the first generation series of Camaros; the ’67 and ’68 were basically the same except for cosmetic differences. The Z/28 was the top-of-the-line version with a vast amount of options, including the dual 4-barrel 302 with the Cross-Ram intake. Chevrolet designed and built the Camaro to compete against the very popular Mustang and did very well selling over 872,000 of the first generation models. The Z/28 Camaro also raced against the Mustang in the Trans Am race circuit.

MiG-15bis

Published: October 7th, 2014     
MiG-15bis
Reviewed by: Brian Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

History

The MiG-15 was one of the early Soviet fighters which, using German technology and originally a British engine, achieved equality in the Cold War race for a modern jet fighter.  Most modelers and historians are familiar with the history of the type, so I’ll spare the specifics and keep the historical section short.  The prototype was powered by a Rolls Royce Nene engine, and early production models were powered by imported British engines. Competing with the similar Lavochkin 174 prototype, the MiG-15 won out, and entered production in 1948.  Numerous variants were produced between 1948 and the mid-fifties, when the type was replaced by the similar MiG-17.  The MiG-15 was produced in numerous variants, including fighter, fighter-bomber, two seat all weather interceptor, reconnaissance, target tug, and dual control trainer.  Nearly 18,000 are believed to have been built in the USSR, China, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. NATO code names for the type were Fagot and Midget.

1978 Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car

Published: October 5th, 2014     
1978 Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car
Reviewed by: Joseph Staudt, IPMS# 39453
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

In 1978, the Corvette was celebrating its 25th anniversary. In recognition of that milestone, it was name the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 race that year. Chevrolet released the car in a striking 2-tone silver and black paint scheme that had every motorhead drooling. I was a teen at the time, and I built MPC’s annual Corvette kit. It didn’t come with any of the striping or pace car decals, but I painted in that color combination anyway: it was that cool.

Revell has recently re-released its kit of that vehicle, and it was my good fortune to get hold of a copy of it to review. With all the proper decals for a true pace car, I could finally build the model the way I wanted to do it all those years ago.

The kit comes in Revell’s standard box, with the various types of parts bagged separately. Most of pieces are molded in white plastic. The engraved details are excellent, but the tooling is starting to allow some flash to come through. The clear parts are crystal clear with very little distortion. The tires look good but the sidewalls are blank; some after-market white lettering would be a good addition to your build.

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