Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

HMS Illustrious

Published: April 14th, 2019     
HMS Illustrious
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/700
Company: Aoshima

History

The Illustrious class was a class of aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy that included some of the most important British warships in World War II. The 1st ship in this class was HM Illustrious. She was laid down on 27th April 1937, launched on 5th April 1939 and commissioned on 25th May 1940. The Illustrious class relied on their anti-aircraft armament and the passive defense provided by an armored flight deck for survival.

In the Illustrious class, armor was carried at the flight deck level and formed an armored box-like hangar that was an integral part of the ship's structure. This armor scheme was designed to withstand 1,000-pound bombs. The flight deck had an armored thickness of 3 inches.

The Kit

Upon opening the box you will find 13 sprues of grey plastic, 2 metal ballast, a decal sheet and an 8-page instruction fold out. The plastic is crisply molded and pretty much free of flash and sink marks. The reason for the high parts count is that there are many parts which are not used for this kit. The decals are printed cleanly, but their accuracy leaves a bit to be desired.

REP 1912 Floats

Published: April 14th, 2019     
REP 1912 Floats
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/72
Company: Omega Models

Omega's REP 1912 Floats is a full resin kit of an aircraft designed by Robert Esnault-Pelterie. This is a difficult kit and should only be attempted by modelers experienced working with resin kits and shaping parts to get a proper fit.

Background (from Wikipedia)

Robert Albert Charles Esnault-Pelterie (R.E.P.) was a French aircraft designer and spaceflight theorist. He is referred to as one of the founders of modern rocketry and astronautics. The Vickers R.E.P. Type Monoplane was based upon his designs and marked the beginning of aircraft production at the later Vickers Limited. In 1912 Esnault-Pelterie introduced the REP Type N and in 1914 the REP Parasol monoplane. He was the inventor of the "joystick" flight control and was the first to equip his aircraft with seatbelts for pilots. The R.E.P. Type K Float Plane was constructed in 1913 of fabric-covered steel frame construction with a triangular cross-section fuselage. The two-seater float plane had an 80 hp Le Rhone engine and was tested for the first Schneider Trophy Race for seaplanes in 1913 in Monte Carlo.

M16 Rifle Vietnam War

Published: April 11th, 2019     
M16 Rifle Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 American Vietnam War Era M16 rifles in 1/35 scale. This was the most common rifle used by the Americans and it comes in two variants (4 of each) plus 4 magazines.

The set contains the following sets:

  • 8 x resin M16 rifles (4 of each of the two variants)
  • 4 x resin magazines
  • 1 colored photoetch sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove. The photo etch parts form the straps for the rifles and comes in three parts each. There is also a mix of dark and light colored straps for variation.

The parts assemble very easily and give a very realistic rifle when complete. They are idea for adding to figures, as stowed equipment or for dioramas.

Summary

This is a great set for adding very detailed rifles to any model that needs it. I would recommend this set to everyone who has this kit.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

AK 47 Assault Rifle

Published: April 11th, 2019     
AK 47 Assault Rifle
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 Russian AK 47 rifles in 1/35 scale. This is the most widely used assault rifles in the world.

The set contains the following sets:

  • 8 x resin karabiner 98k's
  • 4 x resin magazines
  • 1 colored photoetch sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove. The photo etch parts form the straps for the rifles and comes in three parts each. There is also a mix of dark and light colored straps for variation.

The parts assemble very easily and give a very realistic rifle when complete. They are idea for adding to figures, as stowed equipment or for dioramas.

Summary

This is a great set for adding very detailed rifles to any model that needs it. I would recommend this set to everyone who has this kit.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

US Light Tank M3 Stuart Late Production

Published: April 7th, 2019     
US Light Tank M3 Stuart Late Production
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

When I was younger my comics of choice were of the Military persuasion and one of my favorites was The Haunted Tank which initially featured an M3 Stuart blowing away Tigers with it's 37mm. I didn't realize the issue with that but I loved the stories and so started my love of the Stuart. As I got older I turned to more history books and read about the Honey used by the British in the desert and the US in Tunisia. When the new Tamiya kit showed up it just had to be built even though I haven't built a 35th scale tank in, cough, 40ish years.

This is the second version of the Stuart that Tamiya has done and thankfully they have done a completely new tool for this kit which gives some lovely detail. There are 183 parts in green plastic, 4 clear parts, 2 rubber tracks and a string for the tow cable. Those poly caps are included to let the front sprockets turn and the main gun to elevate. There are 3 markings options in the kit. A US tank in Tunisia and 2 Russian tanks. An interesting option is two separate tanker helmets so you can depict either a US or Russian tanker, a nice touch.