Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

F6F-5 Hellcat Weekend Edition

Published: March 5th, 2014     
F6F-5 Hellcat Weekend Edition
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Everybody probably knows that Eduard has a series of Hellcats available in 1/72. Everyone probably also knows that one of their competitors has released a similar series. The question arises as to which kit is better. In my opinion, the answer is a qualified neither. Both kits have strengths and weaknesses. I’ll be discussing those of the Eduard kit.

Beechcraft Bonanza F33

Published: March 5th, 2014     
Beechcraft Bonanza F33
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/48
Company: Minicraft Model Kits

The Beechcraft Bonanza V-tail is one of the sleekest general aviation designs out there, and it’s still flying today.  I wish I would have had the chance to log some hours in one before I gave up flying.  The Bonanza was introduced in 1947 and is still produced today, although the V-tail design was retired in 1982.

Space:1999 Eagle 1 Transporter

Published: March 5th, 2014     
Space:1999 Eagle 1 Transporter
Reviewed by: Tom Pope, IPMS# 47261
Scale: 1/72
Company: Round 2 Models

Introduction

By 1999, a human colony had been built on the Moon (you remember, right?).  Moonbase Alpha safeguarded all the nuclear waste shipped from Earth, and carried out research.  Then, on September 13, 1999, disaster struck when the nuclear waste exploded in a chain reaction, and the Moon was blasted out of Earth's orbit, into deep space.  Thus began the adventures of Space:1999Space:1999 was a British produced science fiction television series that aired from late 1975 to early 1977, and for us science fiction fans, there was nothing else like it on TV at the time.  The workhorse of Moonbase Alpha was the Eagle spacecraft.  Eagle spacecraft were cleverly designed, modular utility ships (like the Huey helicopters of the day), and were used for work tasks and in various configurations to transport personnel and cargo around the Moon and the planets the Moonbase Alpha crew came across in their travels. 

J7W1 Shinden - Final Construction and Painting - Part 2

Published: March 5th, 2014     
J7W1 Shinden - Final Construction and Painting - Part 2
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Zoukei-Mura

When we left off at the end of part 1, the gun bays, cockpits and main airframe were done, and we needed to cover the engines and prepare the airframe for painting.  Moving on to this round of the build, the sides and tops covering the engines are added. This is easier on the 1/48 kit as there are fewer parts, only 7 versus the 11 found on the 1/32 scale kit. In either case, hiding the engine below the covers is difficult, if only because it is so well done. The back is added along with the air scoops, top cover and a little putty, at which point we are done with the aft of the plane.

Mitsubishi F-1

Published: March 4th, 2014     
Mitsubishi F-1
Reviewed by: Walt Fink, IPMS# 2447
Scale: 1/72
Company: Platz

Retired from active service in 2006, The F-1 was the JASDF’s first Japanese-designed and -manufactured supersonic fighter, and was essentially the same airframe as the two-seat Mitsubishi T-2 trainer, but had a solid “hood” in place of the second canopy, along with assorted weapons capabilities and internal differences.  The similarity in appearance to the SEPECAT Jaguar has some merit, though Mitsubishi’s official position states that the only items it has in common with the Jag are its engines.

Platz continues its line of JASDF and JMSDF subjects with this new release.  I’ve never built a Platz kit which hasn’t been excellent with beautiful engraved detail and great fit, and this one’s recessed panel lines and thorough detailing throughout was no exception. 

The instructions are complete but are a little busy, particularly where optional configurations are possible, so the builder needs to study them before making holes or gluing parts in place.  External stores consist of four external fuel tanks, two air-to-surface missiles, a practice bomb dispenser with bomblets, and two Sidewinders.

U.S. Scooter Sidecar

Published: March 4th, 2014     
U.S. Scooter Sidecar
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plusmodel

This is another in the Cushman Scooter series of models recently released by Plus Model.

Cushman made 4,734 airborne scooters for the military beginning in 1944. The rugged, simple Model 53 could travel through water, climb a 25 percent grade and had a range of approximately 100 miles. Some scooters had a hitch to pull a utility cart. This version of the Cushman airborne scooter was configured to carry a sidecar with either an additional seat or a utility bin.

Kit Contents

The kit has 21 light gray resin parts, one clear headlamp, one piece of wire, four photoetch pieces, and one detail sheet. The instructions include three color schemes – U.S. Navy (gray), U.S. Army (olive drab) and Airfield Service (deep yellow).

The resin is fairly soft and all of the parts have casting blocks and flash that must be removed. The parts do have good detail for their small size.

Fokker E.1 Early

Published: March 3rd, 2014     
Fokker E.1 Early
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wingnut Wings, Ltd

History Brief

The dreaded Fokker E.1 was the first fighter aircraft to enter service with the German Luftwaffe in World War I. When it arrived at the front in mid-1915, it set in motion a time known as the "Fokker Scourge," in which the E.1 and its lineal Eindecker siblings achieved air superiority over the Western Front.

The Product

My sample arrived in a higher-end box, commonly associated with quality model kits. The box top features a beautiful color print with the famous Wingnut Wings name found in the upper, right-hand corner. Inside the box, I found the parts well protected in the typical poly bags. The parts themselves were flawless and flash-free, featuring delicate detailing. Also included is a photo-etch fret; an unbelievable color instruction booklet printed on glossy paper, featuring vintage photographs and five full-color plates; and finally, the beautiful decal sheet printed by Cartograf.

Messerschmitt Bf-110G-4 Weekend Kit

Published: March 3rd, 2014     
Messerschmitt Bf-110G-4 Weekend Kit
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Eduard Weekend kits are designed for a fairly quick and easy build, but as I proceeded through this project it took me much longer than a single weekend.  The build was more like four weeks, working an hour or so each day.  When it was time to write this review, I checked the catalog at Eduard, and it says that the kit doesn’t include masks or PE.  But the mask and PE were in the box when I opened it!!  Dave Morrissette was patient with my query.  I got the PE and mask in the box, but they are for separate reviews.  So look for the reviews elsewhere on the IPMS/USA reviews page.

Israel Heavy Armoured Personnel Carrier ACHZARIT Early

Published: March 3rd, 2014     
Israel Heavy Armoured Personnel Carrier ACHZARIT Early
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

Achzarit – (“Cruel” in Hebrew with female inflection) is the name given to one of the IDF’s newer Armored Personnel Carriers.  The other is Namer and based on the Merkava Chassis.  The Achzarit is based on the Russian T-54/55 chassis that the IDF captured so many of in the previous wars with her neighboring Nations.  No matter what name the IDF gave it, it could not describe near perfection.  The Israelis are the ONLY Nation that has ever put crew protection and survivability forefront in the design of armored vehicles.  The Achzarit is referred to as a heavy APC and rightfully so.  It weighs in at 44 tons and is designed to transport the troops into combat and also survive confrontations in urban scenarios.  It carries a dismount squad of nine and three vehicle crew members.  It mounts three 7.62 FN Mags and another FN Mag mounted in a Rafael OWS for the vehicle commander.  The only not perfect issue with the Achzarit is that the crew has to dismount through a rear opening clamshell door.  This allows an observant enemy to know that the Infantry is coming.  The initial vehicle was fielded in 1988 and since

Tommy Grove Mustang Funny Car

Published: March 2nd, 2014     
Tommy Grove Mustang Funny Car
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/25
Company: Polar Lights

Introduction

Tommy Grove drove this 1969 Mustang based funny car through two seasons. The car depicted in this kit was one of the first funny cars to break the 200mph barrier. Running a 1500hp blown 427ci single overhead cam (SOHC) Ford, this car was hard to beat in its time.

The Kit

Harkening back to the days when artwork sold models, this box is graced with a cool burnout photo. Inside you get about 80 parts in white, chrome and clear plastic. The tires are rubber, with the rear tires done with backside inserts and preprinted “Racemaster” lettering. A single sheet of instructions and a nice decal sheet complete the package. There are extra parts that allow you to choose the style of wheels (front and rear), front end and the type of engine intake you want. The photos on the box confirm that there were several part variations on this car during its short career.

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