Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Sd.Kfz. 251 Ausf.C & 3.7cm PaK 35/36

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Sd.Kfz. 251 Ausf.C & 3.7cm PaK 35/36
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dragon Models

Let me begin this review as I did a previous one by stating that if you like 1/72 scale armor, you are going to love this kit, as Dragon has once again set the standard for others to follow. Included in this kit is not only a welded hull 251 Ausf.C half-track, but also a very well molded 3.7cm PaK 35/36 gun. The level of detail in the kit is right on par with their 1/35 scale kits, but will take up much less space on a shelf.

Nieuport Ni-17

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Nieuport Ni-17
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Ok, the boys from Eduard have another offering for this famous French kite. In this newest boxing we find 78 plastic parts; a photoetch fret; an express mask, and a beautiful set of decals.  These cover the six options which include French, RFC and Italian services. I will omit a history lesson and go on to the build.

The construction is straightforward; my only gripe is that part A25 is too long and the instruction sheet seems vague in regards to it. Right or wrong, I just cut off the nub it left and sanded the bottom side flush. Everything else was smooth sailing adding the photoetch bits along the way. I added the decals early on in the build simply for the ease of doing them while the areas were still accessible.

I really enjoy the Eduard kits and consider them to be outstanding in fit and detail. I finished the build completely out of box without adding any embellishments for the review.

River Embankment Section

Published: October 18th, 2010     
River Embankment Section
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

The MiniArt River Embankment Diorama Section consists of two sets of parts, some pieces being injection molded and some being vacuformed. The parts for the street surface, river embankment retaining wall, and access steps are vacuformed. The sidewalk railings, various street posts and stanchions, "park" benches and manhole covers are all injection molded.  Each of the six part trees included in this kit are identical and each carries a manhole pipe casing and manhole cover, a storm grate frame and cover, parts for two sidewalk railing stanchions, and half of the parts required to build up a "park bench".

Albatros D.III

Published: October 17th, 2010     
Albatros D.III
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

On a first look you find the reboxed plastic along with a photo etch fret and a masking set. You also have 5 decal options that I will get to shortly. Removing the plastic from the resealable bag you'll see all the hard work paid off for the Eduard crew. The level of detail is incredible and the offering is just as nice today as it was 10 -11 years ago when first released.

L4500 Maultier Heavy Half-Track

Published: October 17th, 2010     
L4500 Maultier Heavy Half-Track
Reviewed by: Tom Jett, IPMS# 46082
Scale: 1/35
Company: Zvezda

When this kit arrived in the mail I was pleasantly surprised by the my impressions of the kit. Although I'd never build a Zvezda kit, my understanding about their kits was... well, let's say not so good. Let me say right here at the start that if this kit is any indication of the quality of kits they now produce, I'll gladly put down my money to buy one if the subject interests me. This is a great kit of an unusual German heavy truck. The kit is molded in dark tan styrene. The quality of the molding is very good, with minimal flash and clean up required. There were some minor sinks on the suspension bogies that needed to be filled and sanded, but were not difficult to accomplish. The sturdy box contains 10 sprues, 9 in dark tan and one clear sprue and a small decal sheet. No photo etch is included. The kit does include two very nicely cast crew figures as well.