Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Panzer IV Ausf. H Mid Production w/Zimmerit

Published: June 11th, 2018     
Panzer IV Ausf. H Mid Production w/Zimmerit
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/35
Company: Academy

The Panzer IV series of medium tanks was the only German tank to see continuous production throughout the Second World War. As battlefield conditions changed for the Germans during the war, so too did the Panzer IV: thicker armor, more powerful main guns, the introduction of spaced "schurzen" turret and hull armor plates. The modeler has been fairly well served over the years when it comes to Panzer IV kits in all the main scales. In 1/35th scale, Tamiya, Italeri, Dragon, Gunze Sangyo, Zvezda and Academy themselves have all done various versions of the Panzer IV in their catalogs. Academy, in fact, did a couple of Panzer IV Ausf H's way back in 1984. The kit under review in this article has NOTHING in common with the 1984 releases. Not only is it from 100% brand new tooling compared to the 1984 versions, but it comes with zimmerit in the form of waterslide decals!

British Tank Churchill Mk.VII - Crocodile

Published: June 7th, 2018     
British Tank Churchill Mk.VII - Crocodile
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1:48
Company: Tamiya USA

Background

The British Churchill tank was one of the most important tank designs introduced by the British after the start of the Second World War. Following the collapse of the French armies at the hands of the invading Germans utilizing Blitzkrieg tactics, British forces lost most of their front line military equipment in France in May 1940. The British reevaluated their previous views on the purposes and uses of tanks following these losses, and came up with more modern designs, the Churchill tank being a prime example. It was heavily armored, and with the introduction in 1943 of the Mk.VII, better armed, sporting as it did a 75mm main gun capable of firing both high explosive and armor piercing rounds. In preparation for the D-Day Invasion in June 1944, various "specialized" tanks were dreamed up, including a flame throwing version of the Churchill, named the Crocodile. This new Tamiya kit provides parts for modeling either a standalone gun armed Mk.VII tank, or the specialized flame throwing Crocodile with trailer.

F-55 Feuerlilie with Launching Ramp

Published: June 7th, 2018     
F-55 Feuerlilie with Launching Ramp
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1:72
Company: Hauler Brengun

This complete resin and photo-etch kit from Hauler represents the F-55 Feuerlilie (Fire Lily). As mentioned above, the kit also includes the modified 88mm anti-aircraft gun launch platform. If your thinking that this release looks kinda familiar then you'd be right. This kit has previously been available under the Extra TECH banner.

The AA missile is comprised of seven light gray resin bits which are easily removed from the pour stubs. The missile body has some lovely engraved panel lines as well as the detail of the thrust nozzles on the aft end of the F-55.

The guidance wings, which exhibit their own engraved detail, are all of two pieces to which are added two winglets per wing. After assembling the F-55 missile all that's left to do is decide what color to paint it. This was a prototype weapon, so just about any shade of gray would be accurate, as would natural metal. Let your imagination run wild.

Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hien - (Tony)

Published: June 6th, 2018     
Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hien - (Tony)
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: 1/72
Company: Tamiya

History

The Hien was notable not just as the sole Japanese fighter in the Pacific War with a liquid-cooled engine, it also fought numerous battles against incoming B-29's in defense of the Japanese home islands. In December 1940 Kawasaki Aerospace Company produced a prototype 1,175hp engine, Ha-40, a licensed version of the Daimler-Benz DB 601 engine. This liquid-cooled engine was more powerful and had less aerodynamic impact than comparably-sized air-cooled engines. Engine production could not keep up with airframe production so eventually a radial engine was fitted to the airframe and the aircraft designated the Ki-100.

In the Box

Instructions

The instruction booklet is divided into five pages of clearly marked parts and their construction sequence. Illustrations for the parts and their construction sequence were very clear and crisp. The instructions contained 12 separate steps to complete the model. Included with the instructions is a drawing for paint and decal applications for two paint schemes of the aircraft.

British Holland Class Submarine

Published: June 4th, 2018     
British Holland Class Submarine
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/144
Company: Mikro-Mir

Mikro Mir has releases a series of submarine models from the first submarines through the Cold War. Most of these are in 1/350 and are subjects not seen on plastic or at all. When the IPMS review list came out I wanted to try one, but it was overwhelming and a hard choice of which subject to pick. Fascinated with warships of the turn of the 20th Century I opted for the first British submarine - the American designed Holland Class developed by Mr. John Holland and his company Electric Boat. For such a small submarine, Mikro Mir chose 1/144 scale, which turned out to be a good size.