Reviews of scale model kits.

Russian AT-T Artillery Prime Mover

Published: July 3rd, 2017     
Russian AT-T Artillery Prime Mover
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Scale: 1/35
Company: Trumpeter

The Kit

Joining Trumpeter's growing fleet of prime movers, this kit is their latest addition. The AT-T is a tracked vehicle, sharing the same components as a T-54. The kit and markings are for one vehicle. The color call out sheet shows this as a parade vehicle, white rims and markings of the Soviet flag. I chose to make it a grubbier vehicle with the Soviet red star (ironically enough, left over from another Trumpeter kit). Molded in the now customary grey Trumpeter plastic, there are ten sprues in the kit of which three are the tracks and two are the rubber road wheels. It includes one fret of PE, clear parts and one sheet of decals. The parts are nicely molded, but there are some prominent mold lines on some of the smaller parts that must be taken care of.

Avia B.534 Early Series Dual Combo

Published: June 30th, 2017     
Avia B.534 Early Series  Dual Combo
Reviewed by: Brian R . Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard


The Avia B.534 originated with the B.34 fighter prototype and first appeared in 1934. After several engine changes, the type was approved for production for the Czech Air Force with an initial order of 34 aircraft. With detail development over a period of several years, a total of 568 was finally produced. Series I and II, the subjects of this kit, had open cockpits, with the Series II having a total of four machine guns in the fuselage, firing through the propeller arc.

F-8E Crusader "Shin Kazama"

Published: June 29th, 2017     
F-8E Crusader "Shin Kazama"
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:48
Company: Hasegawa

Hasegawa has re-released his 1/48 F-8E Crusader, this time with the markings of "Shin Kazama", the lead character of a Japanese TV show called "Area 88" (You can find out about the TV show online)

Make no mistake, the markings provided in the box might be for Manga-fan characters, but the plastic in the box is the same than in any other of the Hasegawa releases and that is great news!

You get a total of 14 sprues (one clear) plus 3 small sprues of polycaps. Despite the high number of sprues, the total number of parts is about 120 parts, making the build to be reasonable engaging, while not overwhelming.

This kit has been around for 15 or so years and it has been re-boxed many times. Despite that, there is no flash anywhere, it has exquisite surface detail and fine panel lines, with perhaps the exception being the lower fuselage where a few lines seem to be a tad on the faint side of things. Nothing that a bit of re-scribing cannot fix.


Published: June 29th, 2017