Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Sturmpanzer IV Brummbar

Published: October 22nd, 2017     
Sturmpanzer IV Brummbar
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

History

In February 1942, the German Army (Heer) started building forty Sturmpanzer (Assault Tank) on Panzer IV chassis in readiness for the Battle of Kursk. The vehicle carried a 15cm howitzer in a boxed fighting compartment. Another eighty were produced in late 1943. Finally, another 162 were built between May 1944 and March 1945. These were the late production models built on the Panzer IV Ausf. J chassis and this newly tooled kit represents this model.

Hurricane Mk. I Tropical

Published: October 21st, 2017     
Hurricane Mk. I Tropical
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/48
Company: Italeri

The Hawker Hurricane needs little introduction. It was one of the finest fighters of the Second World War. It usually took second place to the more glamorous Spitfire. The "Hurri" served Britain and the Allies faithfully throughout the war and was adapted to many different environments. The subject of this build is a Hurricane Mk I Tropical that flew in North Africa.

The kit comes packed in a sturdy box with a nice picture of a Hurri about to turn in and take a shot at an Italian Marchetti bomber over a desert landscape. The side of the box shows six different aircraft that can be modeled, as well as other useful information like paint colors. There are four individually packaged sprues, a photo etch fret, clear parts, decal sheet, and instruction booklet.

Before detailing how it went together, I'm going to first break this kit into the good and not so good points.

The Good

The parts show very nice detail with fine, recessed panel lines, cowling fasteners and select rivets. The canopy and windscreen are some of the thinnest I've seen in this scale and very delicate. Very little flash was found on the other parts to be removed.

H-19 Rescue Helicopter

Published: October 21st, 2017     
H-19 Rescue Helicopter
Reviewed by: Gregory Hansel, IPMS# 46474
Scale: 1/48
Company: Revell Inc.

Introduction

The other night I was watching a movie from 1953 called The Band Wagon starring Fred Astaire. It dawned on me while I was watching the movie that a person who watched it during its theatrical run may have well gone home after the show to work on this exact same model! The Revell kit was first issued in 1953 and is now 64 years old! The initial kit did not include the flotation gear, that was included in a subsequent issue of the kit. The kit stands up pretty well for its age and gives the builder the option of the flotation gear and regular gear. There is also a stand which was a common feature of kits from the era.

1966 Chevy Suburban

Published: October 18th, 2017     
1966 Chevy Suburban
Reviewed by: Alan Wickham, IPMS# 49022
Scale: 1:25
Company: Revell, Inc.

The '66 Suburban is a modified tooling of Revell's '64-'66 Chevy pickup kits. The kit is nicely detailed, and complete, right down to separate lenses for all lights, interior mirror and dome, decal and "glass" for the instrument panel, and decals for the seat upholstery.

In this release of the kit, it can only be built stock, and no custom parts are included. Which was just fine for me, because I am an avid replica stock builder! I chose correct '66 Chevy truck light green and white for my model, with the correct light gold colored interior, and the correct greyish shade for the engine block.

The box model shows an incorrect (for trucks) orange engine. My kit was built box stock, EXCEPT for the chrome. The bumpers, hub caps, and grille were stripped of the kit chrome, and sprayed white to represent the lower line Suburban. Chrome was an option on these parts, so it may be built with chrome as well. I also flipped the kit supplied tires around and used the side without the white wall insert, as by '66, wide whitewalls were not offered from GM. I then used my white gel pen to paint the correct whitewalls on the kit supplied tires.

Bf 109F-4

Published: October 17th, 2017     
Bf 109F-4
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Entering service in June 1941, the Bf 109F (Friedrich) corrected some of the limitations revealed in the Battle of Britain, namely the ability to carry extra fuel in a drop tank under the centerline. Other distinguishing features included strutless tail planes and a refined nose profile. Personally, I always associated the Friedrich with Hans-Joachim Marseille who scored many of his 158 victories in this version of Messerschmitt's ubiquitous fighter.