Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

SSN-585 "Skipjack" Submarine

Published: April 3rd, 2018     
SSN-585 "Skipjack" Submarine
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: 1/350
Company: Mikro Mir

History

The Skipjack was a class of United States Navy nuclear submarines. This class was named after its lead ship, the USS Skipjack. The Skipjack's design was based on the USS Albacore design. This new design was maximized for underwater speed by shaping the hull like a blimp. The bow panes were moved to the massive sail to cut down on the flow-induced noise near the bow sonar array.

The Kit

Opening the box: When I opened the box, the model was packaged with three sprues one for the hull halves, one for the parts to go on the model and a sprue containing the stand the model will be displayed on. Also included was a clear plastic envelope containing the photo etch propeller and the decal sheet.

Instructions: The instructions are on a one-piece two-sided paper. There are two hull painting variants pictured on one side of the paper and a 5-step construction guide on the other. Also pictured on the instruction sheet is a layout of the sprue's with parts attached and photo-etch parts.

Sprues: The parts attached to the sprue are colored grey and there are two per kit.

Beechcraft Bonanza F-33

Published: April 3rd, 2018     
Beechcraft Bonanza F-33
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/48
Company: Minicraft

The Beechcraft Bonanza was developed and first flown in 1947 in the "V" tail configuration. In the mid 50's the design was changed to include a conventional empennage, consisting of vertical tail and horizontal tailplane. This model was called F-33.

This 1/48 scale Bonanza has been around a long time through several different model manufactures, in the "V" tail set up. I remember building it years ago. I think I donated it to my high school that had an aeronautics program.

M109A3/M185A3 Shop Van

Published: April 2nd, 2018     
M109A3/M185A3 Shop Van
Reviewed by: David Dodge, IPMS# 49795
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

Intro

AFV Club released this kit in the fall of last year. This is a variant of their M35x series of 2.5-ton trucks of which the M49A2c 1200 Gallon Fuel truck and the venerable M35A2/3 "Deuce and a half" truck were released.

Norton Commando PR 750cc Motorcycle

Published: March 31st, 2018     
Norton Commando PR 750cc Motorcycle
Reviewed by: Greg Hansel, IPMS# 46474
Scale: 1/9
Company: Italeri

Introduction: I was very excited to have the opportunity to review this kit. I love the older motorcycles and this kit did not disappoint. According to www.Scalemates.com, the kit is a new tool. But I believe it is a reboxing of the old Protar kit from the 70s line the Norton Manx kit. The kit is definitely a product of the 70s era. The term "agricultural" came to mind as I was examining the sprues. Not to say it's a bad kit at all...far from it, but it was tooled back in the day and it is not shake and bake. The kit comes on seven sprues and has two substantial rubber tires that hold their shape well. There are a large number of screws in various sizes as well. An interesting feature of the kit is the hoses. They are pre-formed in soft pliable rubber. No measuring, no cutting to length. There are a few minor sink marks on some of the body panels, but they are able to be sanded out with no filler. On to the build!!

Ferrari SF70H

Published: March 31st, 2018     
Ferrari SF70H
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/20
Company: Tamiya

From the Tamiya America website:

The SF70H, the 63rd single-seater designed and built by Scuderia Ferrari, was born out of major regulation changes, with wider tires and cars, plus larger diffusers, meaning that the cars have more aerodynamic down force and greater mechanical grip. Fittingly for the hybrid machine named to commemorate Scuderia Ferrari's 70 years of racing, the SF70H showcases the team's innovation throughout its design. A lengthened nose and arrow-shaped front wing are a consequence of the regulations, as are the fin on the engine cover, and aero appendages ahead of the air intakes on the side pods.

Behind the driver the roll-hoop, which incorporates the engine air intake, was completely redesigned. Sebastian Vettel started 2017 in style with victories in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and in Bahrain. He and Kimi Raikkonen also recorded 1-2 finishes in Monaco and Hungary. While ultimately pipped to the season's Championship titles, the SF70H was the focus of attention for millions of racing fans across the globe including Ferrari's loyal Tifosi.