Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Lockheed P-38J Lightning

Published: November 5th, 2018     
Lockheed P-38J Lightning
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/144
Company: Minicraft Models

Minicraft produces a variety of aircraft kits in 1/48th, 1/72nd, and 1/144th scale, but I always associate them with the wide variety of 1/144th planes they offer.

Over the years, Minicraft has released and re-released this version of the P-38 a number of times. Many times it's just a new boxing, or has a different decal scheme, but every time it's been the same kit. The kit itself was originally the Crown models mold, and like Helen of Troy had a face that launched a thousand ships, it appears that Crown has the mold that launched a thousand boxings of the P-38. The last time I built this kit, it was packaged in a Minicraft/Academy boxing, but the original "new tool" is from 1975. Since that time, this kit has been sold by Crown, AHM, Revell, Minicraft/Academy, and finally Minicraft Model kits. This version is the first to include new parts in the form of a pre-painted canopy.

Bf-109F-2 Weekend Edition

Published: November 4th, 2018     
Bf-109F-2 Weekend Edition
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Eduard Bf-109F/G series of models are really nice kits. It is nice that Eduard provides a variety of cost options should you want to build one on a budget. The Weekend releases are a bargain, especially if you build it out of the box. Each release has two marking options.

Their latest release is the Weekend Edition Bf-109F-2. It comes with decal for two aircraft, one from JG-2 and from JG-54. Both are quite colorful and choosing which to build will be the difficult part. I elected for the JG-2 machine.

The model comes in a sturdy cardboard box with a colorful top opening cover with profiles of the subject aircraft. The box is about half as deep as the ProfiPack boxing. Inside the box are an instruction booklet with the appropriate parts breakdown. You also get two decal sheets one with the markings and the other is a stencil sheet. These are printed by Eduard and are in perfect register as well as being suitably thin.

Dornier D0-335 B-6 Pfeil Night Fighter

Published: November 4th, 2018     
Dornier D0-335 B-6 Pfeil Night Fighter
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Hong Kong Models

HK Models has released a 1/32nd scale D0-335 A and B single seat versions of the Pfeil and continues their 1/32nd scale DO-335 releases with this variant, the B-6 Night Fighter. The B-6 was a two-seat version and included radar for use in night fighting American bombers. This was a proposed variant and never built. HK has taken their initial kit and added a second cockpit and the needed radar antennas along with all the existing detail.

World War Toons German Light Panzer 38 (T)

Published: October 28th, 2018     
World War Toons German Light Panzer 38 (T)
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/EGG
Company: Meng Models

The Panzer 38 was a Czechoslovakian tank designed and built prior to World War 2. After Germany occupied the country, the tank was used successfully against the allies. World War Toonsis a "humorous first-person shooter and tankcombat game set in a whimsical, cartoon-inspiredworld".

Meng has been expanding into the "egg" scale models over the last few years, and they are EGGzactly what the doctor ordered as a break from the complex builds most of us put ourselves through. Need I mention they are perfect for kids to put together?

The two plastic sprues, instruction book, and decals are contained within a clear plastic bag, inside a sturdy end-opening box.

Russian 9K37M1 BUK

Published: October 28th, 2018     
Russian 9K37M1 BUK
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

Background

The Buk missile system, Russian: "beech tree", is a family of self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air missile systems developed by the Soviet Union and its successor, the Russian Federation. The Buk system is designed to counter cruise missiles, smart bombs, fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Buk-M1-2 transporter erector launcher and radar (TELAR) vehicle uses the GM-569 chassis designed and produced by JSC MMZ (Mytishchi). TELAR superstructure is a turret containing the fire control radar at the front and a launcher with four ready-to-fire missiles on top. Each TELAR is operated by a crew of four and is equipped with chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear protection.

Meng Kit

The kit futures movable suspension, workable tracks, movable missile launcher, and vinyl hoses. A track assembly jig is provided. The box says a PE painting mask for road wheels is provided, but it was not in the review kit sample. The many hatches on the vehicle can be posed open, but there is no interior detail provided with the kit. The kit is 263.6 mm long and 98.9 mm wide.