Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

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.

Kitty (Princess) James

Published: October 28th, 2018     
Kitty (Princess) James
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Box

Master Box Ltd, out of the the Ukraine, has been a leader in 1/35 figures for a while. They expanded into 1/24 female and fantasy figures in 2016, starting with their first series of six female figures representing the World War II era. This current series, Truckers, is ideal for modern Class 8 truck vignettes and dioramas. Kitty (Princess) James is part of six kits in this series.

The kit comes in a standard end opening box. Pulling out the parts, you will first see that the box is probably three times too large, but in return you get a nice painting on the cover by V. Petelin, and instructions on the back with color callouts in Vallejo, Lifecolor, and Mr Color. I will note that the plastic figure sculpted by A. Gagarin is not identical to the cover paining, but it is close. The hair is slightly different and the blouse is cut differently. The figure represents a female passenger sleeping in the back of the truck with her head on a pillow. Packaging of the eleven parts are protected within a re-sealable bag.

FH-1 Phantom "Demonstration Teams and Trainers"

Published: October 22nd, 2018     
FH-1 Phantom "Demonstration Teams and Trainers"
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Special Hobby

If you are a fan of US Naval aviation in 1/72 scale, you will likely want to add one of the Special Hobby kits of the FH-1 Phantom to your collection as this was the first operational jet used by both the Navy and Marine Corps. Built up, the kit is a great representation of the Phantom, but I would recommend that the modeler have some experience building kits, as there were some fit issues to overcome. Overall, I would still highly recommend this unique representation of the Navy's first operational jet.

Shinmeiwa SS-2 'Rescue Seaplane'

Published: October 21st, 2018     
Shinmeiwa SS-2 'Rescue Seaplane'
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa USA

The Shinmeiwa SS-2 Rescue Seaplane is a development of the Shinmeiwa PS-1 anti-submarine aircraft. The aircraft was used in a Search-And-Rescue (SAR) role, acting as an "Emergency Ambulance" for residents of Japan's isolated islands.

Hasegawa's kit of the SS-2 is an older kit that has been updated to represent the SAR version of this aircraft. Overall, the fit of the kit is fair, and there are some problem areas with parts fitting together. The detail on the flight deck is sparse for a kit of this size with a lot of windows to look in. It is a tail sitter, and you will need to add weight into the nose.