Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

M752 Tactical Ballistic Missile Launcher

Published: August 23rd, 2017     
M752 Tactical Ballistic Missile Launcher
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

From Dragon Models USA website:

This M752 is understandably 100% newly tooled. Furthermore, it's the only 1/35th scale full plastic kit of this US-manufactured tracked missile launcher currently available on the market.

The missile can be elevated up or down to represent firing or transport modes, respectively. The missile mount and associated elevation mechanism are sophisticated and strong enough to support an accurately detailed Lance missile.

This new kit captures the somber days of the Cold War, and so this Lance self-propelled missile launcher would make a fine addition to any modern warfare kit collection. The Lance system was used by the US Army, Belgium, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, and UK, meaning that this new kit offers enterprising modelers a lot of versatility.

USN F/A-18E VFA-143 Pukin Dogs

Published: August 22nd, 2017     
USN F/A-18E VFA-143 Pukin Dogs
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy

While many other kits of the F/A-18E have been released in 1/72, Academy's recent release is a continuation of its recent focus on enticing new people to the hobby. It is not a snap-tight kit with all the negative connotations that often has, nor is it a "normal" model kit. Like several of its other releases last year and this year, this kit is for the most part a push-fit kit, however, it showcases some of the best model engineering I have seen as many joints where the parts fit together are exquisite and most of them vanish once assembled.

Crane Ruger H-3D

Published: August 22nd, 2017     
Crane Ruger H-3D
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Plus Model

This is another great unusual subject from Plus Models which is a super addition to a diorama of any sort.

This resin kit of the Ruger H-3D Crane (Engine hoist) used in all types of maintenance shops Military or civil. The kit is very easy to build as long as you watch the instruction details carefully.

In the box is:

  • 31 resin parts
  • 1 small photoetch sheet
  • 1 metal chain
  • 1 brass wire
  • 1 instruction sheet

All the parts are all very well detailed with only a few bubble mark defects.

Construction

The build is a little difficult and fiddley at times. I found an issue in the build with a few air bubbles that needed filling. Also a few of the part numbers were missed from the instructions, and a couple were mixed up, but this is easy to work out from the parts. The other thing I did was drill out the holes as some of the pins were too tight. Also, I drilled holes for the wire attachment points to make this better for assembly.

Summary

This is excellent kit and was a lot of fun to build. The fit of the parts is very good

T-28 Trojan

Published: August 21st, 2017     
T-28 Trojan
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1:32
Company: Kitty Hawk Model

Even though Kitty Hawk Model released its big and beautiful T-28B-D Trojan back in 2016, I was thrilled to see it come up on the review list recently. No doubt the company is preparing for the release of the new 'C' version (with a tail hook), due out any time now. Either way, the big 1/32nd scale T-28 is sure to please.

And pleasing it is - the smart, clean lines of the venerable trainer are beautifully captured in this multi-media kit. Among the options offered are two types of propeller blades, three types of wheels, and a huge variety of underwing stores should you decide to arm your Trojan. In addition, the engine bay can be exposed on one or both sides with cowl flaps that are detailed inside and out.

The thin, three-piece canopy is crystal clear and there are two large weights provided that are inserted just behind the engine firewall to (help) stand this big boy up on its tricycle landing gear.