Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

German Staff Car

Published: July 14th, 2017     
German Staff Car
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:144
Company: Brengun

The Vehicle

Every armed force in World War II used civilian automobiles as transportation for "important" people. There were American Dodges, Buicks, and Fords. The British used Bentleys and Austin. The Germans used Opels and Horches. Brengun doesn't specify which model of automobile this kit represents, but it's obviously a "luxury" car, with a hard top and 4 doors. It's definitely nicer than Hans-Joachim Marseille's Kubelwagen.

The Kit

You get two resin staff cars in the kit.

There is a PE fret an instruction sheet, and a small decal sheet with license plates for two cars.

Assembly

There really isn't any assembly to this kit. I removed the pour block from the connectors at the bottom of the car, and then cut these connectors off of the bottom of the car.

Crusader

Published: July 13th, 2017     
Crusader
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Extreme appreciation to Eduard for their having once again provided a sample copy of a long-awaited product, the F-8E Crusader, and the usual wave of thanks to the IPMS USA leadership for ensuring I received it!

Behind the box art with a Marine F-8E with a sword and shield in the background, sits Hasegawa's fast-selling 1/48 kit, with a perfect Cartograph decal sheet of six different markings, along with a resin ejection seat, and wheel set and masks to replace the kit items. Also included are the now-standard color and plain brass PE, a canopy mask set, and an excellent instruction sheet.

F/A-18F Super Hornet

Published: July 12th, 2017     
F/A-18F Super Hornet
Reviewed by: Joe Porche’, IPMS# 20296
Scale: 1/48
Company: Revell, Inc.

Coming in under budget, on schedule and underway the McDonnell Douglas F/A -18 E/F have replaced 4 separate aircraft for the US Navy. The Super Hornet has more powerful engines and can carry war weapons further then the previous Legacy Hornets. Congress was quick to approve the new Hornet which is an advanced derivative of the existing Hornet.

Revell has recently re-released both versions of the new modern Super Hornet. The version I chose to model is a specially decorated version of the Super Hornet from VX-23 "Salty Dogs" (Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23) NAS Pax River, Maryland. Sporting very bright blue diamond stripe with red and white checks down the spine and bright blue vertical stabilizers, this is remarkably attractive aircraft. The second airframe on the decal sheet is A CAG bird from VFA-32 the Fighting Swordsman's from Navel Air Station Oceania, Virginia Beach Virginia.

AFV Valentine Mk.III w/Rotatrailer

Published: July 12th, 2017     
AFV Valentine Mk.III w/Rotatrailer
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

Introduction

I won't go into the history of the Valentine Tank because each modeler, I'm sure, does his own research before beginning the build. But, what I found interesting was the different opinions as to how the Valentine got its name. One reference implies that the name came from the middle name of Sir John Carden, the designer of the A9 and A10 which were prototypes of the Valentine. Another reference article states that the name came from an acronym of the designer. (Vickers Armstrong Limited Engineers Newcastle-upon-Tyne). Even other references imply that the name came from the date it was introduced to the Army of which was Valentine's Day, February 14th, 1938. Whatever the reason for the name, the Valentine and its variations continued to be used. As to accuracy of the model, it does appear to be very accurate when compared to some scale line drawings.

Japanese Military Field Kitchen Equipment

Published: July 11th, 2017     
Japanese Military Field Kitchen Equipment
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plus Model

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