Reviews of scale model kits.

M60A2 Patton Early Type

Published: June 27th, 2018     
M60A2 Patton Early Type
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Scale: 1:35
Company: Hobby Fan


Without giving a lengthy history of the M60 Patton the following is a short summary of the M60A2. The M60A2 nicknamed the "Starship" grew out of the development of the M60A1 with a CVWS (Combat Vehicle Weapons System) turret firing a 152mm conventional round. Planning began in the late 1950s. These were initially named the M60A1E2 then later standardized to the designation M60A2. Production was ended in 1975 with a total production run of 526 vehicles.

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USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642)

Published: June 25th, 2018     
USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642)
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/700
Company: Mikro Mir

The Ben Franklin class was composed of twelve submarines, SSBN-640 to SSBN-645 and SSBN-654-659. The class was an evolutionary development from the earlier Lafayette-class of fleet ballistic missile submarines. This class can easily be identified by the fairwater planes' location halfway up the sail; the Lafayettes and James Madisons had the fairwater planes in the upper front portion of the sail. In 1993, Kamehameha was converted to a Dry Deck Shelter/swimmer delivery platform, reclassified as an attack submarine, and given hull number SSN-642; her ballistic missile capability was removed and thereafter she carried only torpedoes as armament. Following conversion, she was transferred to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for the remainder of her operational career. She holds the record for the longest service life of any nuclear submarine--nearly 37 years. Kamehameha's sail with fairwater planes, the upper half of her rudder, her bust of King Kamehameha I, a koa plate, bow and spear, and the wardroom monkeypod wood table are stored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The USS Kamehameha was the last to be de-commissioned (04/02/02) and recycled (2003).

MD3 Ground Power Unit

Published: June 25th, 2018     
MD3 Ground Power Unit
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: Video Aviation


The MD-3 Ground Power unit is a portable generator designed to provide either DC or AC power to aircraft while on the ground. It is powered by a 180 hp Continental engine to drive its generators. Its initial design was for the B-47 aircraft but it can also be used for other cold war era planes such as F-84, F-86 through to F-4 Phantoms from 1960 to 1970, and this is by no means an exhaustive list.


German Rocket V-2 /A4

Published: June 25th, 2018     
German Rocket V-2 /A4
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

The Missile

The V-2 was the first operational ballistic missile. It didn't use an aiming system as such but was launched in the exact direction of the target. The engine was cut off when the missile was at the correct speed and altitude to allow it to coast to the target. The 2150-pound warhead could do a large amount of damage, and, unlike the V-1 there was no way to intercept a V-2. A V-2 was also the first vehicle to go into outer space, reaching an altitude of 100 km. (62 miles).

The V-2 was a "vengeance" weapon, to answer the Allied bombing of German cities. The main targets were London, Antwerp and Liege. Over 3000 V-2s were launched against these cities.

The Kit

This kit is mostly resin, with some PE details for the launch stand.


The Rocket

Building the rocket is fairly finicky but not difficult. The rocket body is removed from the pour block, the fins are cut off the sprue, and the fins are attached to the rocket.

USMC F-4J "VMFA-232 Red Devils"

Published: June 19th, 2018     
USMC F-4J "VMFA-232 Red Devils"
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy

The F-4 Phantom needs no introduction, and has been a modeling staple for decades. The F-4J version used by the USN (and USMC) featured upgraded AWG-10 radar, J79-GE-10 engines, slatted tail surfaces and drooped ailerons. It saw combat in Vietnam and continued to remain in the USN/USMC line up for years. Like the F-4B, the F-4J saw combat over Vietnam and would continue in service for quite a few years. After later upgrades the F-4J was then re-designated as the F-4S.