Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

T-33A

Published: August 17th, 2016     
T-33A
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Great Wall Hobby

This is my first Great Wall Hobby kits and I was very curious to see if they are as good as I have read. Well from the moment I held the box you can see the box is high quality and that was just a taste of what was come. The kit inside the box looked great and very well molded and a super finish.

This is a kit of an early production version of the T-33A Shooting star and comes with markings to build a US, German and Spanish Air force machine

In the box is:

  • 10 x light grey sprues
  • 1 clear Sprue
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 revision instruction sheet (corrections to the instruction sheet)

All the sprues are extremely well molded and great detail; the instruction booklet is a fold out type and has a loose front sheet showing the Sprues

My only disappointment with the kit is that there is no seat belts for the seats, they could have supplied decals. So I suggest if you are going to build this kit either get some aftermarket ones or make them yourself.

German Horse Drawn Large Field Kitchen (w/figures)

Published: August 16th, 2016     
German Horse Drawn Large Field Kitchen (w/figures)
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: Riich Models

Even if the German Army was known for their mechanized divisions, they had an incredible number of horses pulling wagons during WWII. This kit represents a horse drawn field kitchen.

This is indeed a very valuable kit of an often ignored aspect of military: logistics support for a fighting army.

Upon opening the box you find 12 sprues, two photoetch frets, two 4-inch chains, a piece of thread and a small decal set. Actually it is hard to close the box once you have opened. That is a full meal of a field kitchen model! (pun intended).

Riich is reboxing and adding some sprues to their horse drawn wagon. There are a total of 19 steps for the assembly, but many of the steps include sub-steps, so it is over 100 total steps to fully assemble this kit. Instructions are very clear and well laid out.

F/A-18C "VFA-82 Marauders"

Published: August 12th, 2016     
F/A-18C "VFA-82 Marauders"
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy

Academy has re-issued their 1/72nd F/A-18C this time as a “Special Edition with limited availability” featuring a striking decal set –printed by Cartograph- to show the aircraft “300” from VFA-82 “Marauders” known as “Aflac” for obvious reasons.

When opening the box you find 4 grey sprues, one for the main fuselage parts, another for the wings and tail area, plus a duplicate sprue which comprises mainly the underwing stores. There is also a single clear sprue, for the canopy that can be posed either closed or open.

The sprues are molded very cleanly and there is no flash anywhere to be found. The recessed panel lines are sharp and thin. There is also delicate rivet detail in the different access panels.

The instructions are very clear and easy to follow; with a total of 16 steps (some have a few substeps). Color callouts are shown through the overall construction for all subassemblies and minor parts.

Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8/R11 (Overtrees)

Published: August 11th, 2016     
Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8/R11 (Overtrees)
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The fourth kit in Eduard’s FW 190A-8 series is the Fw 190A-8/R11 nightfighter variant. In an effort to fight the RAF’s night bombing campaign, the Luftwaffe searched for ways to increase the number and effectiveness of it nightfighter forces. The long term solution was the development of dedicated nightfighters such as the He 219 Uhu, but as new aircraft development was a slow process even wartime, it was forced to look for short term solutions as well. One solution was the FW 190A-8/R11 where four FuG 218 antennas were installed on the wings of the Fw 190A-8 along with flame dampeners along the fuselage sides and blast deflectors for the guns.

Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8/R2 (Overtrees)

Published: August 11th, 2016     
Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8/R2 (Overtrees)
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The third kit in Eduard’s FW 190A-8 series is the Fw 190A-8/R2 “Sturmbock” variant. As the American daylight bombing raids became larger and more frequent the Luftwaffe searched for ways to increase the effectiveness of their daytime fighters in bringing down the B-24s and B-17s without drastically increasing their vulnerability to American escort fighters. Focke Wulf’s solution was to add additional armor to key areas of the Fw 190 and to up-gun it. The result was the Fw 190A-8/R2 which had extra armor around the engine, the ammunition boxes in the wings and along the sides of the cockpit. In addition the side panels of the windscreen were beefed up with extra panels of glass and large side panels of toughened glass were installed on the outside of the main canopy. The R2 also had the outer 20mm cannons in the wings replaced with 30mm cannons – giving the Sturmbock a hefty punch.