Reviews of scale model kits.

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubbletop"

Published: October 15th, 2018     
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubbletop"
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Scale: 1/24
Company: Kinetic Model Kits

Christmas came early this year for me when I received the email that this beastie was available for review. I am incredibly thankful to Kinetic Models for providing this kit for review and to the review corps higher-ups for trusting someone brand new to the group for having faith in me to not only build this thing, but in a timely manner to boot. It is a re-kitting of the Vintage Fighter Series kit released in 2008. I won't say the ride was completely smooth...but it was a fun ride regardless.

Northrop Delta Mk. II/III

Published: October 15th, 2018     
Northrop Delta Mk. II/III
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1:72
Company: Special Hobby

The Kit

The kit consists of five light grey styrene sprues and one clear unit. Many parts, especially on Sprue D, are listed as not to be used. Some bombs and racks are also provided on Sprue G, but there is no reference in the instructions as to which variants carried them. More good fodder for the spares box.

The parts are well molded with very little flash, although the window openings required a little bit of trimming. Concerning the window arrangement, there is apparently another version of this kit with a straight row of rectangular windows, but this one had four square and four round windows, plus some oddly shaped windows by the cockpit, and, of course, the pilot's windshield. There is adequate interior detail, including a complete cockpit, some rear cargo compartment detail, including radios, a seat, and several cameras. There is even a machine gun mounted in a ventral position. I can't imagine why this was installed, but I included it in my model

SH-3 A/D Sea King

Published: October 13th, 2018     
SH-3 A/D Sea King
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: 1/144
Company: AFV Club

AFV Club is a Taiwan-based venture, founded by a hobby shop owner in the late 1980's. With a growing catalogue of kits in various scales and genres (armor, aircraft, ships, figures and accessories), AFV have made a name for themselves as a niche supplier of subjects. This little gem is no exception.

The Sea King, entering service in 1961, was Sikorsky's first truly amphibious helo and one of the first to use twin turboshaft engines. Originally intended as an ASW bird, the type has had a long and illustrious history doing SAR, transport, medevac and AEW duty. The USMC has operated Sea Kings under HMX-1 as presidential transports that serve as "Marine One" when the President is onboard. As recently as 2009, some 600 Sea Kings remained in service with multiple military and private operators.

AFV's offering (which consists of two complete kits in this case) is meticulously engineered, with petite engraved detail and multiple configurations and display options (for example, rotor and tail folded and stowed for carrier duty). The two kits and the colorful decal sheet permit you to build any two of these four options:

Eduard FW-190A-5 OVERTREE

Published: October 12th, 2018     
Eduard FW-190A-5 OVERTREE
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

So you want to model the Eduard FW-190A-5 but you don't want to spend a lot of money to do it or maybe you don't like to work with photo etch. Maybe you have a huge selection of decals and you just need a canvas to use them on. Whatever the reason, maybe Eduard's Overtrees are the answer for you.

I've said it before I love the way Eduard markets their kits. For those that want the whole hog and then some there are the Royal Class kits. Then comes the great value, the Profipack Editions. This is followed up with the less extravagant Weekend Edition, which is just the kit and decals for two airplanes. Then there is the bargain basement, the Overtree Editions. Traditionally these are very inexpensive but just provide you with the plastic parts, no photo etch, no masks, no decals and no instructions. The Profipack instructions can be downloaded online though. You can purchase the masks and the photo-etch separately, which is still relatively cheaper than the Profipack. You can get just what you want. Don't want photo etch, don't buy it. You want the masks, then buy just that. It is a win-win for the modeler and Eduard.

King Tiger (Porsche Turret)

Published: October 10th, 2018     
King Tiger (Porsche Turret)
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

My, but when it rains it really pours, doesn't it? After years of comparatively limited (and sometimes pretty iffy) kits of the impressive King Tiger, we now have numerous companies falling all over themselves to provide THE definitive version of this classic monster. Meng, a relative newcomer to the modeling community, has chimed in with their own contribution - one which offers a lovely Porche-turreted vehicle in classic 1/35th scale, but also a separate kit of the full interior as well as a decal set for the zimmerit.

As a limited edition, this offering not only includes a metal barrel, photoetch parts, and various other non-styrene bits but a military map from the Battle of Caen, drawn in 1944. The latter might make a nice poster for your modeling area wall if you're into that sort of thing.