Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

P-51 Mustang w/Rocket Tubes

Published: June 7th, 2017     
P-51 Mustang w/Rocket Tubes
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Company: Hasegawa

The North American Company's P-51 is well - known for the massive aerial dogfights with the Luftwaffe during World War II. A lesser-known use of the P-51 was a strafing aircraft, shooting up targets of opportunity. This model depicts one of the many armament loads that P-51s used for strafing.

The kit comes with 125 pieces, with most molded from polystyrene. There are three parts molded in metal, and another 10 parts molded in a resin. Decals are included for two aircraft, one based in India, and the second based on Iwo Jima.

Overall, the fit of the basic P-51 kit parts is good. There are some deviations from the kit instructions that I would highly recommend, and the first is in Step 3. Hold off gluing part C34 (the headrest) until the exterior is finished and all antennas and other external details are installed, to include decals. Mine broke off while I was putting the decals on, and it had been getting in the way prior to my accidentally breaking it off.

Kawanishi H8K2 Type 2 Flying Boat Model 12

Published: June 4th, 2017     
Kawanishi H8K2 Type 2 Flying Boat Model 12
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

This H8K Emily was certainly an eye opener for me as it to date is the largest model kit I've built and in 1/72 scale that is simply amazing. In scale, the wingspan of the Emily is 0.53 meters (20.75 inches). To give you an idea of its true size, the Emily is just a couple of meters smaller in wingspan than a C-130 Hercules. The first boxing of the H8K by Hasegawa in 1/72 dates back to 1967 and was in need of an update. Fast forward to 2017 and thanks to the good folks from Hasegawa we have a simply amazing new tool replacement to their earlier release. As a nice little bonus, Hasegawa includes a poster of a cutaway view of the fuselage with this boxing of the kit. This may only be a limited run bonus, so check the box top for the bonus item markings.

Boulton Paul Defiant F1

Published: June 1st, 2017     
Boulton Paul Defiant F1
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/48
Company: Trumpeter

The Defiant is an interesting aircraft and until recently, a largely overlooked subject compared to the popular "mainstream" aircraft from WWII. It has been offered by various model companies like Classic Airframes and Airfix in 1/48 and 172 scale.

This British aircraft was originally intended as a day fighter, with the rear turret harking back to WWI designs that were quite successful in their day. During the early days of the Battle of Britain, the Defiant proved to be vulnerable to head on attacks after BF 109 pilots figured our it had no forward firing, wing mounted guns. The turret had limits to its travel and could not aim the guns low enough while firing forward. The aircraft was also hampered by the significant weight added by the four gun, powered turret, resulting in a less maneuverable platform. It was soon relegated to night fighting duties, where it excelled against the Luftwaffe attempts to bomb Britain at night.

Tales from the Apocalypse - The Biker

Published: June 1st, 2017     
Tales from the Apocalypse - The Biker
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/16
Company: GeccoDirect

The Biker is the last figure in Gecco's second series and follows the three figures in series one in their Tales From the Apocalypse that I believe are sculpted by Shojiro Kasai. This second series creates Scene 2: Day 1, 1:27 pm at the Diner' and goes with two other figures, a cook who was attempting to save his daughter, Cindy from the infected but who gets bitten and his daughter, Cindy, the diner's waitress and the sister of the heroine in the first series. The Biker's Tale From the Apocalypse:

"The Biker was driving on the freeway when the outbreak started and the dead began walking the streets.

Losing control of his bike, he veered into the opposite lane of traffic and crashed into a car, shattering his skull and neck upon impact. His body went reeling across the pavement, rolling end over end, a large truck ran over his legs severing them below the knees as a final goodbye!"

Befehls Panther Ausf. G

Published: June 1st, 2017     
Befehls Panther Ausf. G
Reviewed by: David Dodge, IPMS# 49795
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon has recently released the Befehls (Command) version of the Panther Aufs. G. This kit is a fairly extensively equipped with many parts trees, clear, photoetch, and wire cables. Though externally identifiable at distance as a Panther, there are subtle details closeup that identify this as a special version of the venerable combat variant. Germany has a history of command versions of many of their combat vehicles, primarily equipped with extra radios and operators for long range and multi-command and control networks. This kit brings into the fold another variant of one of those vehicles.