Reviews of scale model kits.

Astaco Neo Crusher/Cutter

Published: October 31st, 2017     
Astaco Neo Crusher/Cutter
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:35
Company: Hasegawa USA

This is a re-issue of a kit first issued in 2015. It is an excellent kit in the Hasegawa range and is very easy to build as long as you watch the instruction details carefully.

In the box is:

  • 2 x black rubber sprues
  • 2 x orange sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 2 x light grey sprues
  • 3 x dark grey sprue
  • 1 length of hose
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 4 x poly caps
  • 1 mesh sheet
  • 2 x springs
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 collector card

The sprues are extremely well molded with no flash and great detail. The parts are all molded in the correct colors so if the build is done well there is no need to do much painting.


Stage 1 Assembly begins with the female driver, I left the arms off as these need to be positioned correctly once in the cabin seat.

Scammell Pioneer SV2S Heavy Breakdown Tractor

Published: October 30th, 2017     
Scammell Pioneer SV2S Heavy Breakdown Tractor
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:35
Company: IBG Models

IBG is the first of several manufacturers to issue new versions of the iconic British WWII truck, the Scammell Pioneer. Their first release is the Pioneer SV2S Heavy Breakdown Tractor. IBG has also announced two additional versions of the Scammell, the Pioneer R100 Artillery Tractor and the Pioneer Tank Transporter with TRMU30 Trailer.

Background on the Scammell Pioneer from IBG's website:

P-40N Warhawk

Published: October 28th, 2017     
P-40N Warhawk
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This release from Eduard is part of a limited edition series of kits that, in addition to all the fine extras we've come to expect from Eduard, also includes a fantastic 3D metal printed plate of the same box art graphic. In the case of this fine P-40N release, the plastic is very familiar to many of us. The plastic in this kit comes directly from the Hasegawa Corporation. Additional features of the kit include the following items:

  • Resin main wheels
  • Resin tail wheel
  • Resin Exhaust stacks
  • Pre-coloured cockpit photoetch sheet
  • Additional photoetch sheet
  • Cartograph decals for five aircraft
  • Paint masks

There really isn't much to say about the overall build of this fine model. A build of the Hasegawa P-40N plastic can be found here: P-40N Review. Personally, I found the fit and finish to be outstanding with only a couple of tiny build issues.

Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Ford Fusion

Published: October 23rd, 2017     
Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Ford Fusion
Reviewed by: Haylee Perdue, IPMS# 50641
Scale: 1:24
Company: Revell, Inc.

Kevin Harvick became a household name in 2001, when he was selected to replace the late Dale Earnhardt after the legend's fatal accident in the Daytona 500. He currently has 35 Monster Cup and 46 Xfinity Series victories, and has been piloting cars for Stewart-Haas Racing since 2014. This model kit, provided for review by Revell, is of Kevin's current "Freaky Fast" 2017 Ford Fusion stock car.

This kit is Skill Level 5, and is molded in white plastic with black vinyl tires and clear parts, which have pre-painted black frames. The kit includes water slide decals, which are excellent and very forgiving to use.

Inside the box, you will find two bags of white plastic parts, a bag which contains the body shell, chassis, tires, and metal axle pins, and a forth bag with the clear parts. The instructions and decal sheet round out the contents.

Construction of the car begins with building the engine/transmission, and it's 18 parts assemble into a well-detailed throttle-body-injected modern NASCAR powertrain. I really like the look of the engine, and detail painting makes it look fantastic.

World of Tanks KV-1/2

Published: October 23rd, 2017