Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Chelomey 16KhA Flying Target

Published: July 10th, 2018     
Chelomey 16KhA Flying Target
Reviewed by: Dave Morrisette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

First look at this kit and you can see a very close resemblance to the V-1 flying bomb. So a quick check of the Internet and Wikipedia found this- "Reports of the German V-1 flying bomb attacks on London prompted Stalin to initiate a program to develop a Soviet equivalent, commencing in June 1944. Vladimir Chelomey, who had been working on pulse jet engines, was assigned to the project in October 1944 and given control of OKB-52. The program was assisted by the partial recovery of a V-1 by Soviet forces at the Blizna test range in Poland. The initial V-1 copy was called 10Kh and later Izdeliye 10 ("Article 10"). Serial production was scheduled to commence in March 1945 with 100 per month, increasing to 450 per month later that year."

The subject of this model in 1/48thscale is model 16KhA which is the duel pulse jet version two Chelomey D-3 engines mounted side by side on V-configured pylons on the aft fuselage and extended tail planes with rectangular fins and rudders at the tail plane tips.

Me-163B "War Prizes" w/ Me-163B Komet Photoetch Detail Set

Published: July 7th, 2018     
Me-163B "War Prizes" w/ Me-163B Komet Photoetch Detail Set
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

Brengun has released the Me-163B 1/144th scale kit before but this new boxing has markings for some "War Prizes" or captured aircraft. The kit parts are molded in gray plastic and comprise only ten parts per airplane. Did I mention that there are two complete models in each box? If not, let me tell you now that there are two complete models in each box.

The box also contains markings for three separate War Prizes: one British, a Russian, and a Me-163B still in German markings that was taken to the United States for evaluation. Fun Fact: The War Prize that was flown to the U.S. was flight tested by Major Gustav Lundquist. Major Lundquist, was later a Brigadier General and commanding officer at the Arnold Engineering Development Center, the U.S. Air Forces flight test facility.

F-14D Tomcat, Part 1 - Kit Review, Cockpit, and Fuselage

Published: July 6th, 2018     
F-14D Tomcat, Part 1 - Kit Review, Cockpit, and Fuselage
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya

When Tamiya released its 1/48 scale F-14A, it was made the new standard in F-14 kits and from the layout, it seemed like the F-14D would be coming and now, it has arrived. First, it's gorgeous as far as plastic, general engraving, etc. and that should not surprise anyone. Most of the parts for the F-14A are still in the box and won't be used. The kit comes with four marking options:

  • VF-02 "Bounty Hunters", CAG Plane, May 2003, USS Constellation
  • VF-213 "Black Lions", CAG plane, March 2006, USS Theodore Roosevelt
  • VF-11 "Red Rippers", CAG Plane, 1995, USS Carl Vinson
  • VF-101 "Grim Reapers", September 2004

Some great markings and plenty of aftermarket decals options also. I went through the instructions and compared them to the F-14A instructions and here's a list of changes/upgrades:

P-39K/N

Published: July 4th, 2018     
P-39K/N
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

History

The Bell P-39 Airacobra was one of the principal American fighter aircraft in service when the United States entered World War II. The P-39 was used by the Soviet Air Force and scored the highest number of individual kills attributed to any U.S. fighter type in the Eastern European theatre. Other major users of the type included the Free French, the Royal Air Force, the United States Army Air Forces and the Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force. Designed by Bell Aircraft, it had an innovative layout, with the engine installed in the center fuselage, behind the pilot, and driving a tractor propeller via a long shaft. It was also the first fighter fitted with a tricycle undercarriage. Although its mid-engine placement was innovative, the P-39 design was handicapped by the absence of an efficient turbo-supercharger, preventing it from performing high-altitude work. As such it was rejected by the RAF for use over Western Europe but adopted by the USSR where most air combat took place at medium and lower altitudes.

McDonnell Douglas FG.1 Phantom

Published: June 29th, 2018     
McDonnell Douglas FG.1 Phantom
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/72
Company: Airfix

History

(From the Airfix site)

With regard to aircraft that have operated from the decks of a British aircraft carrier, there can be little doubt that the McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1 was the most spectacular. Purchased to replace the Sea Vixen in the role of all-weather fleet defense, the Phantom was the largest and heaviest aircraft ever operated from a British carrier and required a special breed of airmen to fly them.