Reviews of scale model kits.

1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 "Barbarossa" Limited Edition

Published: June 26th, 2016     
1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 "Barbarossa" Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

History Brief

Operation Barbarossa, the famous German invasion of the Soviet Union, was the most titanic clash of arms in all history. The forces arrayed on each side numbered in the millions. The territory captured stretched from the Polish border to the doorstep of Moscow. Everywhere, the Luftwaffe roared overhead. The losses inflicted by the Bf 109 and its compatriots gave Germany total tactical air superiority and very nearly handed Hitler a victory in Russia.

The Product

When first released in 1991 the old girl set the standard and has stood the test of time. It has been re-released many times over the years. The gray plastic is still almost flash free and lightly littered with pesky ejector pin marks. The clear parts are decent but showing their age, a total of 67 pieces included. The kit features recessed panel lines with delicate features. The instructions are the standard B&W fold outs we’ve grown accustomed too. Also included is a very small photoetch fret. This kit features two decal options for 1941.

1967 Nickey Camaro RS-SS 427

Published: June 24th, 2016     
1967 Nickey Camaro RS-SS 427
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

When Ford released the Mustang and started the “Pony Car” era in 1964, GM scrambled to answer the market with the release of the Camaro in 1967. Savvy dealerships (like Nickey Chevrolet) jumped on the performance aspects of the platform by ordering a version which featured the high-powered 427 CID engine. Sporting iconic red line tires, this model kit does a good job of replicating those classic cars.

Construction and Detailing

This review covers the skill level 5 (ages 14 years and older) 1967 Nickey Camaro RS-SS 427 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4377. The reason this is a skill level 5 kit is because of the large number of parts and some tricky decals (like those red lines for the tires). The kit has 128 pieces and is nicely molded in white, and chrome plated parts with clear windows, soft vinyl tires and transparent red taillights. The finished dimensions are: 7-5/16"L x 3"W x 1¾"H.

Bf-109G-6 Late Series

Published: June 23rd, 2016     
Bf-109G-6 Late Series
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Messerschmitt Bf-109 has to be the most iconic aircraft of all time. It evokes primal feelings in the hearts of modelers everywhere. How else can you explain the outcry when Eduard first released their Bf-109G-6? There were scale issues, some shape issues, and accuracy issues. Coming on the heels of Eduard’s Spitfires and MiG-21s, there was high expectations. Those expectations were dashed and all hope was lost. Until Eduard decided to take the high road and retool the entire model. Is this latest incarnation from Eduard everything that we have come to hope for? Let’s find out.

Packaged in sturdy top opening box. First off everything about this model is new with nothing, NOTHING, left from the original kit. The modeler is treated to four sprues of light grey plastic with recessed panel lines and restrained rivets. Some are incorrectly placed such as on the wingtip panels and some very minor ones on the cowl bulges. This is in no way to say that I don’t like them. I love the look of the rivets. It is easy to fill the rivets and sand smooth. Some of the nice things in the plastic is the inclusion of three tails and two upper cowlings.

U.S. Armoured Bulldozer

Published: June 19th, 2016     
U.S. Armoured Bulldozer
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

This is an extremely detailed, highly accurate, and well-engineered kit. It will take a lot of patience and only very experienced modelers should undertake this little beauty due to the large number of minute, sometimes microscopic parts. With 759 parts in a model that’s less than 6” long, the kit packs a lot of tiny parts in a dense model of the Cat D7. The fit of the parts is phenomenal. The many pipes and levers, layers of body parts, and even the articulated treads all came together nicely.

The kit is part of MiniArt's WW2 Military Miniature series. Previous versions of the kit include:

  • US Tractor D7 w/Towing Winch D7N (35174)
  • US Army Bulldozer (35195)
  • US Army Tractor w/Angled Dozer Blade (35184)

Kit comes in a 15 x 9.5 x 3" box with thin corrugated bottom. The box lists 759 plastic parts, photoetch parts, 2 clear plastic parts, small decal sheet, and instruction booklet. Features include workable tracks, and a fully detailed engine compartment and chassis.