Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

German Staff Cars / Cabrio(let)

Published: March 24th, 2019     
German Staff Cars / Cabrio(let)
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun/Hauler

Longtime readers of IPMS/USA reviews will know that I tend to prefer the tiny stuff. So it shouldn't come as too big a surprise that when Brengun released some accessory items for those of us that build in a diminutive scale (1:144) that I put in my bid for this kit review. 'Kit Review' may be too strong a phrase as these small German Staff Cars 3D printed, in resin, and come as one piece. The only assembly of the actual car is to remove it from the casting block. It should be noted that these cars represent an Opel Admiral Cabriolet, circa 1938.

The kit aspect kicks in when you consider that Brengun provides a fret of photo-etch for details and a small set of decals. The decal sheet has license markings for two automobiles with the photo-etch fret holding detail bits for the license plates (two styles), command/rank pendant carriers (usually mounted on the front fenders), some pioneer tools, and a steering wheel. Brengun has considerately 3D printed the steering column. The assemble instructions suggest that you need to add that item yourself. (?) Interior detail of these cars is more than adequate for this scale. In fact, it is quite nice!

German Tank Destroyer Marder III M "Normandy Front"

Published: March 22nd, 2019     
German Tank Destroyer Marder III M "Normandy Front"
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1:35
Company: Tamiya

This kit represents the final Marder series of tank destroyer, the model M, that was used in Normandy during the D-Day operations. This version of the Marder was the most produced by the Germans during World War II. Tamiya has taken their kit # 35255 Marder III M from 2002 and added some new parts and figures. Gone are the one-piece rubber band style tracks being replaced with two sprues of link and length tracks. These new tracks make up two sprues that also include new drive sprockets and a dozen 7.5cm rounds to fit into the side ammo bins. A new sprue with four new figures, helmets and headsets is included. The new instruction sheet is in booklet style, not the older Tamiya trifold style. This is nice and helps in referring to different assembly steps - just flips the pages, not the whole sheet. There are 12 pages consisting of 22 steps in the instructions. Along with this is a separate color page showing one Normandy Marder on both sides. This is used for a painting guide and where to place the five decals. Another four-page history booklet is enclosed. The only photo etched part is the perforated muffler cover that comes with a length of brass wire to secure it.

Mitsubishi Colt Galant GTO-MR

Published: March 22nd, 2019     
Mitsubishi Colt Galant GTO-MR
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1:24
Company: Hasegawa

This is a review of the Hasegawa Mitsubishi Colt Galant GTO-MR.

Engine

No engine. It's curbside kit.

Interior

Interior is wonderfully engraved and the supplied upholstery decals fit well. Didn't even have to paint some of the parts.

Body

Body was crisp and clean with no flash. I had hoped to just polish the plastic but there were swirls in the roof so it had to be primed and painted. I used Tru-Color sun orange which is pretty darn close to factory color.

Chassis

The suspension parts are separate from the chassis pan as is the exhaust system. Some of the parts are pretty small and care must be taken when working with them.

Instructions

The instructions are several pages long with suggested paint color for specific parts.

This was a very enjoyable kit to work on. Thank you to IPMS for allowing me to review this kit.

Avia S-99/C-10

Published: March 18th, 2019     
Avia S-99/C-10
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

At the end of the war, Czechoslovakia needed airplanes and they were already building Bf-109s in the Diana works so it was logical to continue to build them for their own country. These were built with DB-605 engines. They would continue to build them until a fire at the engine storage facility and factory. Then they decided to switch to the Jumo engine and created the Avia S-199. What makes a Diana G-10 is a unique aerodynamic fairing, as well as, the shorter landing gear and the bigger balloon tires with the associated large bulge on the wings.

The Eduard Limited Edition boxing of the Avia S-99/C-10 is actually a Bf-109G-10 by another name. This boxing comes in a sturdy cardboard box with a colorful S-99 on the box top. Inside is what really matters though, and it does not disappoint.

There are five sprues of light grey plastic. Two are the standard sprues for Eduard Bf-109F/G kits. The other three are brand new. The first one is Sprue W which is a new fuselage sprue with new fuselage sides, prop, supercharger intake wheels, and tail surfaces. The other sprues are Sprue X and Y, the upper and lower wings for the bigger tires.

Bf-109G-10 Mtt Regensburg

Published: March 18th, 2019     
Bf-109G-10 Mtt Regensburg
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard continues its way through the development of the Bf-109. Their latest offering is the Bf-109G-10 produced at the Regensburg manufacturing facility, of which 130 were built. This particular variant comes with the small bulges on the wings but large asymmetrical gun cowlings with a long tail wheel.

The kit comes in a sturdy cardboard box with some wonderful box art. There are five sprues in light grey plastic. The two 'standard' sprues are included and one sprue for the fuselage and two wing sprues. The new sprue for the fuselage contains the new parts, including the propeller, tails, the supercharger intake, and oil cooler. There is a clear sprue for the clear parts. This release has two frets of photo etch. The first is the 'standard' pre-painted fret with seatbelts and instrument panel. The other one is the night fighter exhaust shrouds. A set of masks is included as well. The instruction booklet is printed in color and features five aircraft. The decals are in perfect register. They appear to be printed by Eduard so they are thin and in perfect register.