Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Mitsubishi Ki-67 Heavy Bomber Hiryu "14th FR"

Published: November 27th, 2016     
Mitsubishi Ki-67 Heavy Bomber Hiryu "14th FR"
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1:72
Company: Hasegawa

The Ki-67 was a very robust aircraft, able to withstand heavy battle damage and employed good defensive armament. Its high maneuverability allowed it to carry out dive bombing attacks and escape from a low level. Japanese troops nicknamed it the "Flying Dragon," while the Allies gave it the code-name "Peggy." This limited edition kit features resin upper panel and drop tank parts, side panel parts and three marking options to represent the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force's 14th Flight Regiment in August 1945.

There is no surprise that I am a fan of Japanese equipment when it comes to my modeling tastes. I couldn’t resist taking on this Hasegawa offering of the Peggy. Basically this is a stock Peggy kit with the addition of an additional resin part that is used to create a fairing over the stock dorsal turret. Additionally, the two clear side blister positions are replaced with two flat faired polystyrene parts and lastly, two resin additions to the kit are the 500 litre underwing mounted fuel tanks that enabled this Ki-67 variant to carry out long distance bombing raids.

OKB Chelomey 16KhA Priboy Soviet Air Launched Missile

Published: November 24th, 2016     
OKB Chelomey 16KhA Priboy Soviet Air Launched Missile
Reviewed by: Allan Murrel, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

Brengun has provided another great uncommon model a 1947 production Soviet Pulse Jet missile based on the German V-1.

The kit contains

  • 1 sprues molded in hard, light tan styrene
  • 1 instruction booklet.

Construction

This build starts the twin pulse jet engines which do require a little bit of attention with filler when complete. Construction moves on to the missile body and again a little bit of iller is required. Wing and tail assembly was straight forward and I utilized a jig were aligned correctly as the attachment locations are very shallow. The final stage of the missile assembly is to attach of the pulse jet engines to the body and expect no surprises with this step. The missile cart assembly went together very easily. The kit includes details of two color schemes and I chose to finish the kit in the the Black version as I love Black!

This kit is a very unusual subject and I love that and the kit looks great when completed!

Thanks go to Brengun for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review the kit for them.

Soviet Woman Pilot WWII with Parachute

Published: November 24th, 2016     
Soviet Woman Pilot WWII with Parachute
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

Aires Hobby Models provides a variety of high quality resin products to upgrade, or correct, a variety of models in the most popular scales. They also have a line of crew and pilot figures in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale. These figures are relatively inexpensive, and make a nice addition to an aircraft diorama, or to add a better since of scale to a finished model.

Aerobonus’ latest offering is of a Soviet woman pilot wearing flight gear and a parachute. Women played an important role in the Soviet army during World War II, making up about 3% of the total Soviet military personnel. In addition to serving in medical and auxiliary roles, a great number of women flew as pilots, and fought as snipers, machine gunners, and in the armored forces. I don’t know of any other offerings of Soviet woman pilot figures, so this is a welcome addition recognizing an important group of individuals.

WWII Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot with Lifejacket

Published: November 22nd, 2016     
WWII Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot with Lifejacket
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires Hobby Models provides a variety of high quality resin products to upgrade, or correct, a variety of models in the most popular scales. They also have a line of crew and pilot figures in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale. These figures are relatively inexpensive, and make a nice addition to an aircraft diorama, or to add a better since of scale to a finished model.

Aerobonus continues their series of pilot figures. This release is a 1/72nd version of their Luftwaffe pilot wearing a life jacket. They’ve released this figure in 1/32nd and 1/48th, so we knew a 1/72nd version wasn’t far behind. The figure is posed standing wearing his flight gear, including headgear and life jacket. The packaging also provides a map and booklet that can be cut out and added to the model’s right hand, further enhancing the pose.

McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II, Part 1

Published: November 22nd, 2016     
McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II, Part 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Zoukei-Mura

Zoukei-Mura first showed this kit at the 2015 IPMS Nationals and again this year in Columbia. Well, the kit has finally arrived and its beautiful. Many might have been a little skeptical with the other kits but it’s a Phantom and one of the most iconic planes made so a new kit is always welcome. In this part, we’ll look at what’s in the box and then get some parts built and painted starting with the cockpit.

In the box, the molding is excellent with engraved panel lines and rivet detail. The upper fuselage is split in the middle and has a separate insert to cover the spine (indicating more versions are coming too!). The bottom is one piece and has the same excellent engraving. The one thing that really grabbed my attention is the depth of the sprues. Most of us are used to flat sprues which limit the depth of the part being molded and creates extra parts. Parts like exhausts are usually made of multiple parts. Not Zoukei-Mura! The exhausts are a single piece. The slats are one single piece instead of the usual two pieces. The horizontal stabs are molded at an angle to give the tab the correct angle to the fuselage. Wow!

Other notable things in the box: