Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Sauber Mercedes C9

Published: January 10th, 2018     
Sauber Mercedes C9
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1:24
Company: Hasegawa

The Sauber Mercedes C9 made quite a splash in 1989, winning the World Sports Car Prototype Championship with both the #61 and #62 racers. In this curbside kit you have the option of building either vehicle with the decals provided.

Although this is a simple model it is rated a skill level three kit for modelers aged 14 and over by the manufacturer due to the large decals involved in finishing. It has 79 pieces molded in gray, clear and black styrene. The decals are very nice with a great register and minimal carrier film. There are no drivetrain parts and the underside is a plain floorpan with a few molded in details. When finished the dimensions are approximately: Length: 8", Width: 3", Height: 2."

Construction

The best way to describe the kit is to say; "wait for it!" By that I mean even though you don't fell like your putting as much together as traditional car kits with drivetrain parts, it turns out to be quite a great looking shelf display when you're finished.

1992 Mazda Miata

Published: January 10th, 2018     
1992 Mazda Miata
Reviewed by: Gregory Hansel, IPMS# 46474
Scale: 1:25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Introduction

I remember when the Mazda Miata was introduced. I actually went to the dealership to check them out and I was a big fan of them. The Miata blended the style of a 60's British sports car with the reliability of a modern Japanese import. The kit was first introduced in 1993, molded in red, and this is the first reissue of it, so it had not been available for nearly 25 years!

Bf-109G-4 Profipack

Published: January 7th, 2018     
Bf-109G-4 Profipack
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Bf-109G-4 was very similar to the G-2. Bigger tires along with the corresponding wing bulges and a bigger tail wheel were the only external differences. The service length of the G-4 was short as it was quickly replaced by the G-6 for its increased armament. The G-4 was quickly used by the photo recon units of the Luftwaffe and is often associated with them. There were a couple of variants of the G-4 in the photo recon role. I wanted to have a Bf-109G-4/R3 which could have had the photo recon window under the fuselage, oil deflectors aft of the engine and two 300 liter drop tanks mounted to the wings.

The boxtop has some of the best artwork I've seen on a model box. This is just an inkling of the goodness inside the box. Inside the sturdy cardboard box are four sprues of light grey plastic. My example had no flash. Two of the sprues are the common sprues for the Eduard Bf-109F/G series of kits. The other two are unique. The one sprue has the wings which are the same as those on the G-5/6 with the proper bulges on the upper wings. The other sprue is the fuselage sprue from the G-2.

MK44H-0 Whiteknight

Published: January 7th, 2018     
MK44H-0 Whiteknight
Reviewed by: Craig Gregory, IPMS# 49320
Scale: 1/20
Company: Hasegawa USA

This Whitenight is from a Japanese manga where the "MK44 is a Heavy Armored Fighting Suit which humans using for the defense from an attack of the mad computers." Hasegawa manufactures the MK44H-0 and several other suits from the Maschinen Krieger ZbV 3000 manga. I have only been modeling for a few years and I normally model modern jets, sci-fi spacecraft or real space. However; since I'm not a Star Wars vs. Star Trek, Picard over Kirk kind of guy, I decided to try something new.

Hasegawa's MK44H-0 Whitenight Prototype is a 1/20 scale armored suit composed of over 180 pieces. The pieces are modeled on 12 sprues; mostly of blue-grey plastic. A vinyl tree of bushings allows the smooth articulation of the suit in various positions and stances. There is a ton of detail in this model, especially in the cockpit area. The cockpit area of the model is a slip and slide, push/slide contraption that allows the front of the model to be separate and the interior exposed. (Fit problems forced me to model the suit with the cockpit area sealed; details below.)

1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt 2 'n 1

Published: January 6th, 2018     
1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt 2 'n 1
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Revell has re-released the ever popular 1964 Ford Fairlane, originally issued in 1990. It is a 2 'n 1 kit so you can build the street version or the classic Super Stock Thunderbolt drag version with a 427 c. i. engine, featuring Dick Brannan's (head of Ford's Drag Racing division) Romy Hammes car. Only 100 for the race version were built. The kit features three wheel style choices, two hood style choices, 4-speed or automatic transmission, and stock and drag tires (8 total). I built the race car version, of course.