Reviews of scale model kits.

Messerschmitt Bf109G-6/14 ‘HARTMANN’ w/Figure

Published: May 31st, 2017     
Messerschmitt Bf109G-6/14 ‘HARTMANN’ w/Figure
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa


The Bf109G-5 and -6 fighters were produced in parallel and were pressurized and non-pressurized versions of the same fighter. The G-6 was most widely produced variant and remained in service till the end of the war. Erich Hartmann was probably the most famous pilot to fly the Bf 109 and is the highest scoring ace in the Luftwaffe.

The kit: Hasegawa has released versions of the G-6 or -14 at least 12 times and nothing has changed with this boxing other than the decals. The parts are crisply molded in grey with recessed detail and little to no flash. The clear parts typical Hasegawa quality and look nice. The resin figure is very nice but has a mold seam line down the middle of his face and back of his head...this will be a pain to clean up.

Marder I 7.5cm Pak.40/1 auf Gw.Lr.s.(f) Sd.Kfz.135

Published: May 31st, 2017     
Marder I 7.5cm Pak.40/1 auf Gw.Lr.s.(f) Sd.Kfz.135
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: Panda Hobby


Panda Hobby, a relatively new manufacturer based in China, has recently released a very interesting addition to the German self-propelled Marder family in 1/35th scale; the Sd.Kfz. 135 Marder I. The diminutive French chassis sports individual-link track, a single-piece barrel, and a nicely-detailed ammunition rack to help kick-start the interior.


The Marder or "Marten" was the name given to a variety of German World War II tank destroyers which used existing, high-use or outdated chassis coupled with proven and lethal anti-tank guns. Due to the weight and space constraints of the smaller chassis, the Marder series were not fully armored and were not considered proper Panzerjager that could exchange fire with enemy tanks. Thin upper armor on the front and sides offered protection against shrapnel and small arms only. Accordingly, these vehicles operated best when used in ambush situations or from prepared defensive positions. All Marder series had open tops, although some were issued with canvas covers to protect the crew from the elements.

SE.5a Wolsely Viper

Published: May 29th, 2017     
SE.5a Wolsely Viper
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

SE.5a Wolsely Viper

This is an excellent newly tooled kit from Edward, who continue to set the standard for the finest in model kits. This kit will appeal to less experienced modelers, who may not want to use the photoetch or install the plane's rigging. More advanced modelers will be able to enjoy the detail provided by the photoetch and rigging. Either way, this builds into a beautiful model.

Davinci Rolling Ball Timer

Published: May 28th, 2017     
Davinci Rolling Ball Timer
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1:1
Company: Academy

The Kit

This is the latest in Academy's "DaVinci Series". They are models based on sketches of some of the inventions of this amazing man. All are molded in a vinyl-like soft plastic that facilitates the press fit of the components as no glue nor paint is required. All are ingeniously engineered to go together easily and to function smoothly.

The subject of this review is a rolling ball timer. It doesn't time the rolling ball, rather the rolling ball serves as a sort of escapement mechanism for the machinery. You may think that this is a bit "Rube Goldberg" just for a timer, but remember there were no readily available clocks at the time and those that were, were not particularly accurate and were insanely expensive as well. There are forty-one parts, four of which are metal axels. The plastic parts are molded in two different colors, one a brown that simulate wood and black to simulate iron. The final effect is nicely convincing.


Published: May 28th, 2017     
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/24
Company: Round 2 Models

This is a re-issue by Round2 of a kit first released a few years ago by AMT.

This is a kit of the BatBoat from the movie Batman Returns, and featured in the movie climax.

 In the box is:

  • 1 chrome sprue
  • 3 x wing parts
  • 1 black sprue
  • 1 upper hull section
  • 1 lower hull section
  • 1 cardboard fold out backdrop (based on scene from the movie)
  • 1 instruction booklet

All of the 18 parts are well molded and great detail, the only issue is the large number of ejector pin marks on the rear and side wing parts. The instruction booklet is easy to follow and well-illustrated.


Stage 1, 2 and 3 is the construction of the Batboat interior and installing it into the lower hull. The interior parts were painted and some shading/weathering added to make it look sharp. This was the only painting needed on this kit.

Stage 4 is the install of the jet nozzle which needed the chrome removed to enable it to be glued.