Reviews of scale model kits.


Published: July 28th, 2019     
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Hauler has provided another addition to the great Diorama releases. This is two great Umbrellas for use anywhere.

The detail quality is great; The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal and added to the assembly. You have to provide your own wire to make the handle and center post, which I think Hauler could have included.

The Assembly is quick and easy. Please be careful cutting the vacuum formed Umbrellas.

The final part is painting which is free for you to do as you please.

Thanks go to Hauler for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Special Cargo - Handle with Care Sandy and George Skip

Published: July 27th, 2019     
Special Cargo - Handle with Care Sandy and George Skip
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Box Ltd

Master Box Ltd, out of 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. Sandy and George "Skip" is the ninth release in this series with more on their way.

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, Tamiya, and Mr Color. I will note that the plastic figures sculpted by A. Gagarin are not identical to the cover paining, but it is very close. The figures represents a truck driver with his left hand on the steering wheel and his other hand on Sandy's "waist". Packaging of the eighteen parts are protected within a re-sealable bag.

Tornado GR.1/IDS

Published: July 27th, 2019     
Tornado GR.1/IDS
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1:144
Company: Platz

The Panavia Tornado is a family of twin-engine, variable-sweep wing multirole combat aircraft, jointly developed and manufactured by Italy, the United Kingdom, and West Germany.

There are three primary Tornado variants: the Tornado IDS fighter-bomber, the Tornado ECR (electronic combat/reconnaissance) and the Tornado ADV (air defense variant) interceptor aircraft. First flying in 1974, the aircraft was introduced into service in 1979-1980. Due to its multi-role design, it replaced several different fleets of aircraft in the adopting air forces of the three original partner nations. The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) became the only export operator of the Tornado following a somewhat controversial trade deal.

The Tornado saw its first combat operations in the Gulf War in 1991, being flown by the Royal Air Force (RAF), Italian Air Force, and RSAF conducting many low-altitude strike missions. The Tornado continued strike operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, the Iraq War, Libya's civil war, and in Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria.

Tempest Mk V Series 2

Published: July 24th, 2019     
Tempest Mk V Series 2
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released the long awaited Tempest Mk.V series 2 in their Profipack boxing and what a treat that is. The box includes a total of 7 sprues (two clear), plus pre-painted photo-etch cockpit details, detail pre-cut masks and cartograph-printed decals for 6 different airframes. Not only that, but you will end up with some extra parts for your spares box, as there are a few parts for the Mk.V series 1 and you also have some optional parts for different airframes. A comment is that some of the sprues seems to have been molded with a slightly different color of plastic (one is a tad bluer than the other sprues). Regardless the color, all sprues have the same 'feel' when removing parts or sanding parts.

Construction starts -like most airplanes- in the cockpit. A superbly detailed seat, stick and cockpit frame is provided, which with the addition of photoetch and careful painting becomes a small gem. One of my modelling buddies said: "That is a great looking cockpit!". I'm not a master modeler, so if my buddy said that is because Eduard helped me reach the status of having other modelers to admire my work.

Arado Ar 234B-2/S3

Published: July 22nd, 2019     
Arado Ar 234B-2/S3
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: Fly

I've built a number of models from this fledgling company, and must state one basic observation: they provide some fascinating subjects. I probably don't need to go into a lot of historical background regarding the revolutionary Arado Ar234, except to say that it was the world's first jet bomber and a truly amazing aircraft in many ways. I became fascinated with it during my teens when I built the venerable Lindberg kit, enthralled by the design.

Leave it to Fly to come up with not one, but several different configurations of this pivotal aircraft in my favorite scale, with more to come. I checked up on the Fly internet site and was not at all surprised to see that the two earlier releases are now sold out. Get them while you can!