Reviews of scale model kits.

Leopard C2 Mexas with Dozer Blade

Published: April 5th, 2019     
Leopard C2 Mexas with Dozer Blade
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:35
Company: Meng Models

MENG revised its very good 2013 Leopard kit with new parts to build a Canadian C2 Mexas with the option to fit a dozer blade.

I jumped at the opportunity to review this kit for three reasons, firstly it's a Canadian main battle tank, it's by MENG and last by far from least is that a fellow Canadian military specialist Anthony Sewards assisted on the kits research. He also highly recommends this kit for its accuracy which is real praise!

In the box is:

  • 12 x light tan sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 1 lower hull in light tan
  • 1 turret in light tan
  • 1 upper hull in light tan
  • 1 small decal sheet
  • 1 tow cable
  • Polycap's - big and small
  • 2 rubber band type tracks
  • 2 photoetch sheets (small)
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 color guide booklet (in color)

The kit consists of a lot of sprues which some parts not required for this version, the sprues are extremely well molded with great detail; the decals allow you to finish the tank in four different markings two with the Dozer blade.

Lancaster Mk.1B - Part 1 of 3

Published: March 31st, 2019     
Lancaster Mk.1B - Part 1 of 3
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/32
Company: H-K Models Co.

[This review is the first installment of a three-part series on building and finishing this impressive kit.]

Since 2012, newcomer Hong Kong Models (HKM) has been rolling out some of the most exciting big-scale aircraft kits to hit the market. Ever since the prolific company first released the B-25J Mitchell, modelers have been anxiously waiting for the next big-kit announcement, perhaps none with more anticipation than the 1/32nd scale Lancaster Mk.IB.

As the RAF's premier heavy bomber, the Lancaster was to eventually form the backbone of Bomber Command in World War II. Loaded with an increasing variety of bombs and special ordinance, the 'Lanc' lorded over the night-time Allied bombing campaigns in Europe, disrupting or completely paralyzing German manufacturing and industrial infrastructure.

US Staff Car

Published: March 27th, 2019     
US Staff Car
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

The Vehicle

In December of 1941 the US Government put all manufacturing on a wartime footing. Many of the factories which had been producing civilian cars went over to producing Jeeps, pickups, cargo trucks, ammo carriers, tanks, guns, and other wartime necessities. There were still a few assembly lines which continued to produce a few cars, and most of these were sold to the Army or Navy for use as "staff cars". Because it wouldn't do for someone as important as an Admiral or General to ride around in a canvas topped jeep. It might seem that it was tough on civilians to not be able to get a new car, but with gas rationing they couldn't drive much of anywhere anyway.

The Kit

You get two resin staff cars in the kit. There is a photoetch fret, an instruction sheet, and a small decal sheet with license plates and white stars for two cars.


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.

Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka K1 KAI Model 43 "Two Seats"

Published: March 27th, 2019     
Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka K1 KAI Model 43 "Two Seats"
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

If you are looking for a rather unique kit to add to your late-WWII collection of 1/72 scale Axis aircraft, Brengun has come through with a trainer variant of the Ohka rocket plane. The relatively small parts count makes this a quick build, but some experience with small photoetched parts will be beneficial. Modelers with some experience with small parts and working with plastic to improve the fit of parts will enjoy this build.

Built by Dai-Ichi Kaigun Koku Gijitsusho, 45 of the K1 version of the Ohka (Cherry Blossom) were built to train the future Kamikaze pilots of the rocket-powered plane. A forward tank was loaded with water to simulate the warhead weight on the combat aircraft, which was then dumped before landing. Requiring a speed of 130 mph to land the trainer, it was a difficult plane to land for the inexperienced pilots.


Published: March 25th, 2019     
Reviewed by: Brian Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Messerschmitt developed the Bf-109T, based on the Bf-109E series, for operations from the aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin", when it was being developed and built in the late thirties. Although the ship was launched in 1938, the carrier, which was to have had a capacity of 40 aircraft, was never completed. A second carrier, the Peter Strasser, was started but never launched. It was scrapped in 1940. The Graf Zeppelin was retained, and work resumed briefly in 1942, but eventually, it was stopped in 1943. Specialized folding wing JU-87B's and Bf-109T's were developed for these ships.

The Bf-109T-0 prototype was followed by ten pre-production Bf-109T-1's, converted from E-3's. These had extended, manually folding wings and carrier tailhooks, catapult spools, and tailwheel locking devices. A unit, JG 186, was formed for their evaluation, but the project was shelved. Sixty Bf-109T-1's had been ordered from Fieseler, and after on-again-off-again development, Fieseler was eventually instructed to complete all of the T-1's as land-based aircraft without the carrier equipment, under the designation Bf-109T-2.