Reviews of scale model kits.

German Tank Destroyer Sd Kfz 173 Jagdpanther Ausf G1

Published: September 7th, 2018     
German Tank Destroyer Sd Kfz 173 Jagdpanther Ausf G1
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

This is kit comprised of about 600 styrene parts of which 508 are the track pieces, 2 frets of photo etched parts, an abundant set of poly caps and a set of braded wire for the tow cables. Not listed, but in the box was a metal barrel. It appears that it would replace part C13.

The instructions include 4 different finishes, so you need to choose which one you want to make and then review the instruction to see which set you need to follow. I chose option 3 and then when thru the instruction crossing out the other options so only option 3 was showing.

The 4 options are as follows:

  1. #212 sPzJgAbt 654 Battle of the Ruhr, March 1945
  2. #01 Headquarters, sPzJgAbt 559 Western France 1944
  3. #314 sPzJgAbt 654, Normandy, France 1944
  4. #? sPzJgAbt 559, Ardennes, 1944

Step 1. Builds the road wheels, drive sprocket and idler wheel. No issues here.

German Fokker E.III Eindekker

Published: September 6th, 2018     
German Fokker E.III  Eindekker
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1:72
Company: Airfix


The instructions in this kit are similar to those of all of Airfix's new issues. They are on full size sheets, with one page of general historical information in 5 languages, one sheet of brief modeling instructions in 12 languages, and 19 detailed assembly drawings on 4 pages. There is also one sheet of excellent rigging instructions with 1/72 scale drawings, since this model needs wire rigging to look realistic. The box art has the color guide and painting references, although there isn't a lot of interior information, especially since not all interior colors are covered. There is no sprue diagram or detailed information on the forward part of the cockpit interior. The photo on p. 20 of the Imrie book should solve this problem.

US Army M163 Vulcan

Published: September 4th, 2018     
US Army M163 Vulcan
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1:35
Company: Academy

The M113 is a long serving fully tracked APC that was first fielded in Vietnam by the US Army in 1962. It has long been replaced by the M2 and M3 Bradley in front line roles but this versatile chassis still has a number of units in service in support roles. One of the most interesting uses of this chassis is the M163 Vulcan Air Defense System or VADS. This marries the M113 to the M168 rotary cannon, which is a variant of the 20MM M61. This new injection molded kit from Academy is one among previously released versions of the M113 chassis. It is an oldie yet goodie chassis with some new sprues that to add the parts for the M163 variant.

P-40N with CMK Add-On Parts

Published: September 2nd, 2018     
P-40N with CMK Add-On Parts
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Scale: 1/72
Company: Special Hobby

The Aircraft

The P-40N was in several respects the final and some would say the definitive P-40 Warhawk or the Kittyhawk Mk. IV. The most distinguishing feature was the extended canopy, which provided the pilot with a much better view from within the canopy. While it can't be seen from the exterior, this model of the P-40N was powered by the Allison V-1710-87 engine.

The Kit

This kit was a pleasure to build and estimated to take only 20 hours to complete, appears to match the published dimensions in all respects, and provides an attractive addition to the Warhawk or Kittyhawk family of kits (not counting the CMK after-market items noted below).

The Build

The basic kit has a pretty low level of difficulty and would be pretty straight-forward. In spite of my early premonition about the Special Hobby kits, there are small locating pins and holes found in this kit. The very basic steps are as follows:

German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Interior Set

Published: September 1st, 2018     
German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Interior Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

The Interior kit is includes a lot of steps and refers to what parts/build steps from the main tank kit you need to do to build the whole tank correctly which is a great help and very easy to follow. There are also several parts that will not be used as they are from the other version of the King Tiger with the Henschel turret. Also a very good idea is the amount of painting instruction details given at each of the build stages.

Step 1 through 6 - builds parts of the lower hull and suspension real no issues. I would suggest that the part numbers M2 and M6 (stage 3 and 4) at Stage 1 before the cross supports are installed to easy installation. I also found it would be easy to install P50 incorrectly. The part M8 was also a tight fit. The parts Q10 and Q1 need to carefully be installed.

Step 7 through 11 Install details into the main hull /crew compartment. In stage 7 you fit the bottom escape hatch and I would suggest you do this at Stage 3 instead as it is very hard with the suspension fully installed. At stage 9 I found it very hard to install the subassembly B, so I removed the location pins to make this easier.