Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Convair F-102A Delta Dagger Interceptor

Published: August 20th, 2017     
Convair F-102A Delta Dagger Interceptor
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1:48
Company: Revell, Inc

Convair's F-102A originated as a response to a requirement for a Mach 1+ interceptor fighter. Based upon the XF-92 research fighter, the F-102 became the U.S'. first delta-winged fighter. The triangular wing was named after the Greek letter D (delta), which it resembled in shape.

The kit comes molded in light grey plastic with a total of 97 parts with very little flash. The detail on the parts is quite good, with panel lines being represented by raised lines.

On the exhaust parts in Step 1, the afterburner and parts 86 and 87 should be sanded smooth before assembling the fuselage, as this area becomes almost impossible to work after assembly. There are ejector pin marks on the insides of both intake halves just inside of the air intake lips. As these will be seen from outside by looking down both intakes, I recommend sanding them smooth, along with painting the area silver or zinc chromate green.

Se.5a Scout Royal Class: Dual Combo

Published: August 20th, 2017     
Se.5a Scout Royal Class: Dual Combo
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

If you are not familiar with Eduard kits then you might be confused by the differences between the five different types of kits that Eduard produces.  (Content paraphrases content on the Eduard Website)

Overtree kits are very basic in content, with no reduction in the quality of molding or fit. There are no instructions, no decals, and no photoetch or resin. For a rather low price one gets the parts trees and that's it. We are talking a price in the range of $15.00 for some excellent parts sufficient to produce one model of high quality, but you will need to supply the instructions and decals from other sources. Overtree kits are not necessarily "easy" or "easier" to build than other Eduard editions of a particular subject, they simply contain the parts for one model and nothing else.

Mazda RX-7 2 'n 1

Published: August 19th, 2017     
Mazda RX-7 2 'n 1
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

I still remember the commercials for the Mazda Wankel engined cars - like they hum. This was a pretty quick and simple build and was a pleasure to build

Engine

I have no idea about the size of the engine but it's a Wankel rotary engine. The parts fit together like they should with no flash. There is an option for a different carburetor and air filter. I used the stock unit. I didn't detail the engine to keep it an out of the box build.

Interior

Interior is just a basic tub. The gauges were strange because there's 3 gauges well engraved on the dash but the included decals have 2 large gauges and 3 smaller ones that didn't even come close to a match. I just detail painted the engraved pieces. The interior is also flocked.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Published: August 19th, 2017     
Porsche 918 Spyder
Reviewed by: Steve Jahnke, IPMS# 34991
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

Overview

As an exotic model car builder, I went bonkers when this kit became available as an IPMS review candidate. The Porsche 918 kit was initially introduced on the European model market by Revell of Germany, luckily Revell USA soon picked it up and re-boxed it for the United States market, the only difference was the boxing configuration. Your hobby shop may have both the Revell USA or Revell Germany versions, the only difference is boxing and pricing. Specifically, the 918 is an exotic hybrid vehicle; main power is generated by a 4.6 litre gasoline engine and is supplemented by two electric motors on both the front and rear axles. It has astonishing performance; 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds and 0-100 MPH in 4.9 seconds. Initial pricing of this car was a cool $845,000 less an electric federal income tax credit of $3,667 (like you and I need that for our income tax filing).

1982 Pontiac Firebird

Published: August 19th, 2017     
1982 Pontiac Firebird
Reviewed by: Haylee Perdue, IPMS# 50641
Scale: 1/16
Company: Round 2 Models

The 1982 Firebird, with its sibling, the Chevy Camaro, introduced GM's third generation of F Body sports coupes. For 1982, the Firebird was downsized from previous models, and featured new styling with an added emphasis on aerodynamics, and was offered in three trim options, with the V8 powered Trans Am being the top end performance version.

We would like to thank Round 2 for providing us with this reissue of MPC's 1/16 scale Firebird kit. This kit is rated at Skill Level 3, and has 158 parts, all neatly bagged inside of the large, reinforced box. Inside the box are two bags of white plastic parts, another bag holding the white plastic body and chassis, a bag with the chrome plated parts, a bag with the hollow vinyl Goodyear tires, and a final bag containing the clear windshield and back glass, tinted optional T tops, and clear red taillight panel. This model has posable front wheels, and opening doors and hood. It has several optional parts, such as components for a removable T top roof, side exhaust, hoods, and a twin turbo setup for its V8 engine.