Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Mig-21 Mascot

Published: April 8th, 2015     
Mig-21 Mascot
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 90mm
Company: Aerobonus

Aires, as part of their Aerobonus line, has started issuing 90mm figures of mascots for popular planes or units. These have included the stinging bee for the Skyraider of VA-176 and the tomcat from VFA-31 for the F-14. They continue this with a mascot for the Mig-21 which is a caricature of a Mig-21 pilot in a full flight suit. I could find no further information about what unit it might represent or what specific pilot is featured.

The Kit

The parts break down is simple - the body and the head. Take your time separating the casting blocks - they are beefy. Once separated, there are some seams on the inner legs that need sanded and you’re ready for some paint.  I primed the kit with Alclad gray primer and set it aside to dry.

M3A3 Bradley CFV, Standard Edition

Published: April 8th, 2015     
M3A3 Bradley CFV, Standard Edition
Reviewed by: Chris Graeter, IPMS# 39558
Scale: 1/35
Company: Orochi Models

History

The M3 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle (CFV) is an American tracked armored reconnaissance vehicle manufactured by BAE Systems Land and Armaments (formerly United Defense) based on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Family. The M3 CFV is used by heavy armored cavalry units in the U.S. Army.

The M3 Bradley CFV is very similar to the M2 Bradley IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) and is fielded with the same powerful two-man 25mm Bushmaster Cannon turret with the coaxial 7.62mm machine gun. It only varies from the M2 in a few subtle ways and by role. The M3 is classified as an armored reconnaissance and scout vehicle and does away with the firing ports found in the M2 series. The M3 also carries more TOW missiles as well as more ammunition for its 25mm and 7.62mm guns.

King TIger Tank (Henschel Turret) Sd.Kfz.182

Published: April 7th, 2015     
King TIger Tank (Henschel Turret) Sd.Kfz.182
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Scale: 1/72
Company: Cyber-Hobby

This kit is a re-boxing of an earlier kit, with a photo etch fret, vinyl tracks, and decals. According to the website: "Cyber-Hobby is well known for its fantastic Orange Box tank and figure set combos in 1/35 scale. These special sets provide updated Dragon kits that have not been available for some time and at competitive prices."

Detail is excellent for this scale, and goes together without any glitches. You get decals for 3 tanks dated 1944-1945 located in Andler, the Eastern Front, and Germany. 2 tanks are three tone camo, one is two tone. The kit went together without a glitch, there's only 8 total steps:

Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.M with Schurzen

Published: April 5th, 2015     
Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.M with Schurzen
Reviewed by: Joe LoMusio, IPMS# 45445
Scale: 1:72
Company: Dragon Models

The Panzer III Ausf.M was an improvement of the previous J through L versions, with extra superstructure front and mantlet of 20 mm of armor. It also was equipped with fording exhaust which allowed deeper river crossings. The gun was the standard long barrel 50 mm (1.97 in) KwK 39 L60. It also had six 90 mm NbK smoke dischargers, three mounted on each side of the turret. The Ausf.M could also be equipped with protective steel plates, called Schurzen, designed to protect the turret area from enemy anti-tank weapons. Further armor protection were large steel plate skirts suspended from either side of the chassis. A total of 1000 were ordered, but only 250 were completed.  The Panzer III Ausf.M took part in the greatest tank battle of all time, the Battle of Kursk in July 1943. It is the Kursk Panzers that are depicted in this Dragon’s 1/72 Armor Pro series.

M1A2 SEP V2 Abrams

Published: April 4th, 2015     
M1A2 SEP V2 Abrams
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

History

The M1 Abrams tank is one of the world’s best know, easily recognized and most lethal main battle tanks, and has seen combat throughout both the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars.  One of the latest versions is the M1A2 SEP V2.   ‘SEP V2’ stands for System Enhanced Program and ‘V2’ denotes Version 2.

There are numerous URLs & sites dedicated to both the SEP V2, a great deal of public information and photographs available to assist the scale modeler in construction and finishing of this tank.

Kit

This is a great kit, providing not only the basis for the updated versions of the Abrams, of which over 5100 examples have been built since the M1’s were first produced in 1978.

Not to be outdone by either their earlier issues of the M1 kits nor those of their competitors, Dragon has raised the bar even further with this M1A2 SEP V2.  What’s different in this kit? 

My abbreviated list includes these new goodies:

Chinese Navy Type 056 Class Corvette

Published: April 3rd, 2015     
Chinese Navy Type 056 Class Corvette
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1/350
Company: Bronco Models

History

The 056 Class patrol ship replaces the older 037 Class and was first suggested in the 1980’s but did not emerge until 2012. The ship is a thoroughly modern design with a modular hull featuring stealth properties. It weighs 1,400 tons fully loaded and has a length of 89 meters and a beam of 11.6 meters. Power is provided by 2 marine diesel engines giving a maximum speed of 28 knots and a range of 6500 kilometers. A mixed armament is carried consisting of a 76mm gun, 4 x YJ-83 anti-ship missiles, 10 x HQ-10 SAM missiles and 6 torpedo tubes. The rear deck has a helipad to operate small to medium size helicopters. A total of 20 ships have been ordered for the PLAN, and the type has been offered for export with a different hull and armament options.

Kit

The kit is produced by Bronco Models, a well-known company who is known for producing quality model kits. The box art work in outstanding and shows the Type 056 Class Corvette sailing through Hong Kong harbor with the modern city in the background. The kit can be built for either hull 596 (Huizhou) or 597 (Qinzhou).

Batmobile

Published: April 3rd, 2015     
Batmobile
Reviewed by: Graice & Jim Deck, IPMS# 47248
Scale: 1/25
Company: Polar Lights

Wow! If packaging was what it was all about this would be the premier. Not only are all 6 sides emblazoned with super cool pictures, even the inside leaves of the bottom are covered in Crash, Boink, Biffs, and Pows!

Inside the box you'll find 3 black sprues, 2 clear sprues, a sprue of chrome plated parts, decals, instructions, and a pamphlet. The total parts count is 112 pieces for the vehicle and 6 parts for the dynamic duo. All are flash free and well molded. The tri-fold instruction sheet consists of a color guide, 9 assembly drawings, a decal guide, and a separate step at the end for the figures.

Mignet HM14 Pou du Ciel (Flying Flea)

Published: April 2nd, 2015     
Mignet HM14 Pou du Ciel (Flying Flea)
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

Brengun is a fairly new company in Brno, Czechoslovakia. They make resin and photoetch kits in various scales. They have some VERY interesting kits and PE detail sets. I recently reviewed their 1/72 shopping cart. It’s got to be part of a street diorama, as soon as I find a 1/72 young lady to go with it.

The Aircraft

In the late 1920s - early 1930s France was very much taken with aviation. If it flew, a lot of people were fans. Henri Mignet decided that he wanted to design and build an airplane that everyone could fly and almost anyone could afford to own. The concept was a “Model T of the Air”. Because the ubiquitous Ford Model T was called “Pou de la Route”, which translated to “Louse of the Road”, his aircraft became the Pou du Ciel, or “Louse of the Air”. The common English translation became “Flying Flea”.

1940 Ford Fire Chief Car

Published: April 2nd, 2015     
1940 Ford Fire Chief Car
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

The Kit

This automotive model review covers the 1940 Ford Fire Chief Car 1:25 scale MPC kit #815/12. The copyright date on the inside of the body is 2014 although kit has been released before. This is a Skill Level 1 “Snap-It” kit for modelers eight years and older.  It includes parts molded in red, tan, and black with chrome, clear and transparent red parts and waterslide decals.

Phantom P-51D Mustang

Published: March 31st, 2015