Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Messerschmitt Me-262

Published: March 18th, 2015     
Messerschmitt Me-262
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/144
Company: Fujimi

Fujimi has issued a Me-262 A-1A in 1/144 scale. I have built all the other scales from 1/72 to 1/32 and when this came up for review, I couldn’t resist. He kit comes with two gray sprues holding 21 parts and a small clear sprue with two canopies. A nice decal sheet with markings for one plane, a Me-262 A-1a Yellow 5 from 9/KG(J) 6 in April 1945. The instructions are on the back of the box along with a paint scheme and color references. The colors are wrong in a couple cases as the plane should be RLM76 on the bottom and RLM 81/82 on top with lots of mottling down the sides.

Bathroom Accessories

Published: March 18th, 2015     
Bathroom Accessories
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler Brengun

Hauler-Brengun continues on its path to help modelers everywhere add realism and interest to their dioramas with this latest set, a complete bathroom in 1/35 scale. The set is perfectly cast in gray resin with 26 total pieces.

F-16CJ Block 50 Fighting Falcon

Published: March 17th, 2015     
F-16CJ Block 50 Fighting Falcon
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Scale: 1/72
Company: Tamiya

The Aircraft

This is the second release of the 1/72 scale F-16CJ [Block 50] Fighting Falcon now with parts depicting underside equipment used on the aircraft!  The versatile F-16 Fighting Falcon's adaptability to both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions makes it one of the cornerstones of the U.S. Air Force today.  With over 4,500 F-16’s completed since it’s introduction in 1976, there have been numerous models of this aircraft in most model scales to date.  Block 50 evolutions of the aircraft were deployed from 1991, F-16CJ fighters being fitted with radar countermeasures.  The aircraft's capabilities have also been extended to include night fighter functionality.

Lamborghini Veneno

Published: March 14th, 2015     
Lamborghini Veneno
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/24
Company: Fujimi

Introduction

2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini automotive company. An anniversary as significant as this could not pass without Lamborghini celebrating it with what else but a new version of the magnificent cars they have produced for 50 years. The Veneno (named after a famous fighting bull as all Lambos are) is that car. Based on the Aventador LP700-4, this car has a redesigned body and increased horsepower from its L535 6.5 liter V-12 engine. This engine makes 740 hp and can propel this car to 220 mph. The body is constructed largely of carbon fiber with aluminum sub-frames in the front and back. Suspension is provided by pushrods with horizontal springs like a formula car that is essentially what the Veneno is. Only three production models were built, each in the colors of the Italian flag: White, Red and Green.  Of the three constructed, two were granted to buyers in the US. I say granted because Lamborghini hand picked the people that would get one of these cars at a selling price of 4 million dollars each.  The color scheme shown on the box art was the forth demo car. That car was revealed at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.

Space Shuttle Orbiter & Boeing 747 Egg Plane

Published: March 11th, 2015     
Space Shuttle Orbiter & Boeing 747 Egg Plane
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Company: Hasegawa

From the kit's Hasegawa web page:

Returning to roost

Moving the space shuttle is one jumbo task, fortunately, the eggheads of Boeing hatched the B747-one of the largest commercial aircraft ever to spread its wings. The bigger birds made dozens of flights yoked together with the shuttles. Had the shuttles scrambled on their own, they would have risked frying their engines or cracking flight surfaces. After the space shuttle program was put on the shelf, the 747s ovoided their due date by serving the shuttles to their final roosting places. Limited edition kit features a shuttle carrier and shuttle with decals for Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour.

Kit

This kit is a modified re-release of 2 previous kits with the inclusion of 1 sprue of white parts to make the NASA version of the 747, the streamlined fairing for the back of the space shuttle, the closed mission bay doors and the brackets to tie the space shuttle to the 747.

The kit comes packaged in a sturdy cardboard box with 2 bags of sprue, 1 bag for each aircraft, a single sheet of decals and an instruction manual.

Douglas C-47 Skytrain

Published: March 9th, 2015     
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Airfix

In 2014, Airfix tooled a new 1/72 scale Douglas C-47 Skytrain (or Dakota as it is know in the UK) that virtually eclipses Airfx original C-47 kit that was introduced in 1960 and released in various forms eleven times since then. The new kit is superior in all respects (with maybe two exceptions, which will be explained further on) and clearly demonstrates the strides Airfix has made in improving the detail and accuracy of their recent offerings.

Iron Man 3 - Iron Patriot

Published: March 8th, 2015     
Iron Man 3 - Iron Patriot
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/9
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon continues its Marvel figures with the Iron Patriot from Iron Man 3. Let me say right up front that this is one of the finest molded figure kits I have ever seen. Dragon uses the same slide mold technology they use on their armor on their figures. For example, the lower legs are one tubular piece. The kit is 80 flash free excellent gray parts with 2 clear parts, three vinyl parts, a metal piece and a large base. The plastic is excellent and sand beautifully which is important because he is metallic.

Construction starts with subassemblies; two arms, the main body, two legs and the head. Some parts are trapped between others so test fit things. The main body is built around a central core and the fit is superb.  By test fitting pieces, you will find that some seams don’t need sanding as they are covered later. Some sanding was required on the side panels but no filler. The same with the head- it is built around a central vinyl core and has clear eyes so lighting would be a snap. No filler was used on the head either.

Tupolev G-5 Mod. XIII Torpedo Boat

Published: March 3rd, 2015     
Tupolev G-5 Mod.  XIII Torpedo Boat
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

Background

The G-5 was a Soviet motor torpedo boat built before and during World War II. Approximately 300 were built, of which 73 were lost during the war. Four were exported to the Spanish Republican Navy during the Spanish Civil War. Three were captured by the Finns during the ‘Winter War’, with two being used operationally against their former owners. Others were transferred to North Korea after the war.

Tupolev’s first twin engined motor boat was the GANT-3 Pervenets (first born) which was completed in March 1927. Utilizing two 600 hp aviation engines, the duraluminum speed boat achieved a maximum speed of 50 knots. The GANT-3 led to a production version later in 1927 called the ANT-4. Fifty-nine were manufactured between 1927 and 1931, officially entering service on April 8, 1931. The Tupolev G-5 (ANT-5) class was an improved and enlarged version of the ANT-4. The G-5 carried two 21” torpedoes instead of one with 329 being built between 1933 and 1943. The G-5 in initial tests in the Black Sea achieved a speed of 63.5 knots (73.1 mph), albeit unarmed.

The Big Fellow - Michael Collins

Published: February 26th, 2015     
The Big Fellow - Michael Collins
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/24
Company: Shamrock Miniatures

Shamrock Miniatures out of Ireland is led by Daniel Batta and offers excellent figures in lines ranging from historical to fantasy. The subject of this review is Michael Collins -"The Big Fellow".

Michael Collins was an Irish revolutionary leader, Minister for Finance, Director of Information, and (TD) for Cork South in the First Dáil of 1919, Adjutant General, Director of Intelligence, and Director of Organization and Arms Procurement for the IRA, President of the Irish Republican Brotherhood from November 1920 until his death, and member of the Irish delegation during the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations. He was nick named "The Big Fellow". The most authoritative record of the name comes from his family, stating that he was so called by them while still a child. It had been a term of endearment for their youngest brother, who was always keen to take on tasks beyond his years. It was certainly already established by his teens, long before he emerged as a political or military leader.

U.S Blood Bank Marmite

Published: February 20th, 2015     
U.S Blood Bank Marmite
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plusmodel

The M1941 Marmite was a 7 gallon insulated container used to transport bottles of blood packed in ice. Plus Model gives us an unusual diorama accessory of 8 marmites with a photo-etched sheet and a decal sheet. The marmites and photo-etched sheet come wrapped in a bubble wrap envelope inside a very colorful box.

The marmites are nicely case in resin with a plug on the bottom that needs to be cut off. I did have two that had one of the side carrying handles broken off. These resin parts are very finely crafted with no bubble marks or defects.

One of the photo-etched brackets was bent, but I was able to straighten it out. There are only enough photo-etched parts to complete four marmites. There are eight top brackets per sheet, but only four of the side latches sets since you need two per marmite. I think they need to include two PE sheets in each box. They are very fiddly to cut off and clean up. I bent a couple brackets doing this, so another PE sheet would come in handy.