Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Aircraft Hangar Display Base with Background

Published: August 20th, 2018     
Aircraft Hangar Display Base with Background
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:48
Company: Coastal Kits UK

Coastalkits from the UK has produced a line of model display bases in various designs, shapes and scales from grass airfields to modern hardscapes. This particular design is a rectangular replica of typical concrete hangar floor and photo backdrop of a hangar wall and bi-parting door. The dimensions are 420mm X 297mm X 420mm (about 12 X 16-1/2 inches) and is suitable for small to medium sized 1/48 scale aircraft.

The resolution of the printing is excellent, and provides a realistic setting as an added presentation touch for your latest masterpiece at contests, or in your display case at home. The artboard core of the base and background makes for a lightweight addition to your contest take-along accessories that will make your model stand out from those that are simply placed on top of the standard entry paperwork. There are no instructions, as the use is obvious, but some recommendations to obtaining a 90 degree stance of the backdrop would be appreciated. An easy enough solution is to use bent coat hanger wire and duct tape to fix the backdrop in place.

F-14D Tomcat, Part 3 - The Finale

Published: August 17th, 2018     
F-14D Tomcat, Part 3 - The Finale
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya

I originally meant to split this into two parts but once I got started, I couldn't stop. So, let's finish off this magnificent kit. Last we left off, the airframe parts are together and ready for paint.

GeeBee R2 Racer

Published: August 14th, 2018     
GeeBee R2 Racer
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: 1/48
Company: Dora Wings

Dora Wings is a relatively new company with a number of low-pressure injection mold releases. I contacted them and we were fortunate to receive two new kits - a P-63E King Cobra (reviewed elsewhere on this site) and the iconic Gee Bee R2 racer. There's plenty of history to be found regarding this little bumblebee of an airplane - maximum sized engine stuffed into the smallest possible airframe - so let's get right to the build.

Kit contents include a very nicely detailed P&W Wasp radial, a very complete cockpit section (most of which becomes invisible under the tiny canopy) and a sheet of crisp p/e detail. A single sheet, 4 sided color instruction sheet includes a painting guide, and a sheet of masking media is included to allow you to recreate the scalloped paint scheme.

XP-1937 Coastal Reconnaissance, Attack and Battery Scout - C.R.A.B.S.

Published: August 11th, 2018     
XP-1937 Coastal Reconnaissance, Attack and Battery Scout - C.R.A.B.S.
Reviewed by: Dave Morrisette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/35
Company: Masterpiece Models

From Masterpiece Models Web Site, the back story is:

XP-1937 Coastal Reconnaissance - In 2115 World War IV broke out over the last natural resources. The Earth was divided into three major Confederations: The United Alliance of the Americas, the Euro/Siberian Alliance, and the Middle Asian/African Consortium.

2121 marked a turning point in the War when shoreline installations across the globe, both military and civilian, fell under an onslaught of terrifying proportions. From out of the sea came machines so unearthly in their aspect that even the brightest scientists could only guess that they must be extraterrestrial in origin. They were wrong. The XP-1937 Naval CRABS were the front runners of a New Faction that would bring the Confederations to their knees.

XP-1937 Coastal Reconnaissance, Attack and Battery, Scout Specifications

AGM-154C Block II "JSOW"

Published: August 11th, 2018     
AGM-154C Block II "JSOW"
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Eduard

The AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) is manufactured by Raytheon Company and gives a precision strike, launch and leave capability. The JSOW has a stand-off range of around 12 miles when launched at low altitude and around 70 miles when launched at altitude. The weapon weighs around 1,000 lbs. and has different payloads depending on which variant it is. The AGM-154A carries 145 BLU-97 sub-munitions and is used to attack fixed and moveable soft targets such as parked aircraft, trucks, APCs and surface to air missile sites. The AGM-154C is equipped with a 500 lb. blast/fragmentation/penetrator warhead and is used to attack fixed point targets such as buildings and hardened tactical targets. The JSOW uses a global position/inertial navigation system for guidance and the C model has a terminal IR seeker. The Block II AGM-154C also has an enhanced electronics package to prevent spoofing of GPS signals. Over 400 JSOWs have been used in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq since it entered service in 1999. (US Navy Fact File)