Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

German Motorcyclist 2#

Published: October 15th, 2014     
German Motorcyclist 2#
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: The Bodi

This is another finely sculpted resin figure from The Bodi. The figure is sculpted to be leaning against a motorcycle and has a recess on his butt for the motorcycle seat. The figures body is molded in a full-length leather greatcoat that is pulled back and buttoned around the legs. There is also a recess across the back for the rifle slung across the shoulder. A gas mask canister is strapped under the right arm, but there is no other equipment. The figure does have goggles around the collar.

The body has a pronounced mold seam running up the side of the legs and up the sides of each arm. There is also a seam in the figures jacket running up the arm so make sure to remove the mold seam, not the jacket seam. There is flash between the two legs that will need to be removed. The figures hands are not gloved and have good detail. Straps and the figure’s belt are crisply detailed.

European Tram - Part 3

Published: October 14th, 2014     
European Tram - Part 3
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

 

Part 3

After scratching my head for quite some time I’ve finally came up with a plan to paint and assemble the main parts of the passenger cabin and move forward on the whole plan to complete this model.

First paint and assemble the passenger benches (described in Part 2). Then dry fit and glue the cabin sides to the boarding area sides. That would create two main lateral sides. Mask and paint the sides to your desired color.

Then paint the cabin bulkheads/division from the boarding area, but don’t bother with the clear parts yet.

Once you are done painting all those parts, then glue the passenger benches to the bottom part (from part 1) and use the pre-assembled sides and bulkheads to form the passenger cabin. Once all of this is glued and set you should have a square and true passenger cabin, which would be the foundation of the final assembly.  With the cabin completed, you can add the remaining pieces to finish the passage cabin, all of them from the opening where the top would be.

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.

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