Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

U.S.A.F. Maintenance Crew - Farm Gate Operation Vietnam War 1965-1973

Published: July 9th, 2014     
U.S.A.F. Maintenance Crew - Farm Gate Operation Vietnam War 1965-1973
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

To start, my thanks to Aires for providing IPMS/USA with this figure to review! One of six in this review series, each shows a passion and dedication Aires have to providing the finest resin products. We appreciate your support, with the usual nod to IPMS/USA leadership for allowing me to review these figures.

Produced under the Aerobonus branch of Aires, this particular figure is a USAF maintainer in Vietnam with equipment appropriate for the 1965–1973 time period. The casting has outstanding detail and fidelity, and it consists of three resin parts (main body, left and right arms). The figure is wearing the “campaign” hat with the edges folded up, a standard issue set of two-piece fatigues, and a holstered .45-caliber pistol and cartridge belt. He is in a standing position, bent over as if picking up, or about to pick up, something like a box. Also included with the figure are painting instructions in color!

Bleriot Monoplane 1910

Published: July 9th, 2014     
Bleriot Monoplane 1910
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Round 2 Models

Background

On July 25, 1909 Louis Bleriot assembled a tiny monoplane of his own design on a farm in Les Baraques, France.  Weighing in at 500 lbs. and powered by a 25 HP Anzani three cylinder motorcycle engine, the airplane was the picture of utility. Still limping from a recent crash (one of many Bleriot had) he climbed into the monoplane after a short warm up flight and set out across the English Channel. 37 ½ minutes later flying at speeds up to 42 mph per hour at an altitude of 260 feet, Bleriot spotted the white cliffs of Dover and threaded his way through a gap in them to crash land on English soil.  His goal in accomplishing this feat was not the prize money that totaled 20,000 dollars, but Bleriot wanted to sell airplanes and did he ever. As a result of the fame gained from the channel crossing, Bleriot would go on to build about 250 model XIs.  The model XI used what are now a convention for aircraft control, the basic stick for roll and pitch and a rudder bar for yaw. Wing warping was employed in lieu of ailerons as Bleriot had figured out how to make that system work. The culmination of these design elements resulted in a very stable easy to fly design. As a result, the Model XI was used through WWI as trainer aircraft. A short winged version was used to teach ground control.

USAF Maintenance Crew Farm Gate Operations Vietnam War 1965-1973

Published: July 8th, 2014     
USAF Maintenance Crew Farm Gate Operations Vietnam War 1965-1973
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

First:  Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS USA this figure to review!  One of six in this review series, each shows a passion and dedication Aires have to providing the finest resin products.  We appreciate your support, with the usual nod to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review these figures.

Produced under the Aerobonus branch of Aires, this particular figure, a Maintainer, like the other figures has outstanding detail and fidelity.  The figure is wearing the “campaign hat” with the edges folded up, and a standard set of two-piece issue fatigues with a holstered .45 caliber pistol and cartridge belt.  He is in a standing position, looking level to his left, with both hands resting on his upper thighs.  Judging by the appearance and sculpture, this guy was a senior NCO in charge.    

Another Aires improvement:  Included with each set are painting instructions in color!

USAF Fighter Pilot Vietnam War 1960-1975

Published: July 8th, 2014     
USAF Fighter Pilot Vietnam War 1960-1975
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

First:  Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS USA this figure to review!  One of six in this review series, each shows a passion and dedication Aires have to providing the finest resin products.  We appreciate your support, with the usual nod to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review these figures.

Produced under the Aerobonus branch of Aires, this particular figure, a USAF fighter pilot in vietnam with equipment appropriate to 1960-1975,  has outstanding detail and fidelity; consisting of four resin parts (main body, left and right arm, and flight helmet).  The pilot is wearing the standard “Overseas hat”, which will require a deft hand for painting the silver piping and rank.  The wearer does NOT have the obligatory “ducktail” in the back, so this guy can’t be a real fighter pilot; he must be a McPeak clone.  (Had to say it…you old AF guys like me know what I am going with that comment).  

Note another improvement…  Included with each set are painting instructions in color!

Soviet Air Force Colonel, Korean War, 1951

Published: July 8th, 2014     
Soviet Air Force Colonel, Korean War, 1951
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

First:  Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS USA this figure to review!  One of six in this review series, each shows a passion and dedication Aires have to providing the finest resin products.  We appreciate your support, with the usual nod to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review these figures.

Included with each set are painting instructions in color!

Produced under the Aerobonus branch of Aires, this particular figure, a Russian Colonel from the Korean War era, 1951,  has outstanding detail and fidelity; consisting of three resin parts (main body, left and right arm).  The figure is wearing standard pants, shirt, and coat for the period.  The head and shirt collar with tie are separate, wearing a standard Wheel cap.  The left arm is casually in the left pants pocket, and the right arm is at rest, holding a soft flight cap of Soviet issue.  The head of the figure appears to be speaking, so its’ a casual conversation verses yelling and screaming at someone, trying to get them to move or do something faster.

Soviet Air Force Colonel, Korean War, 1951

Published: July 7th, 2014     
Soviet Air Force Colonel, Korean War, 1951
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

First:  Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS USA this figure to review!  One of six in this review series, each shows a passion and dedication Aires have to providing the finest resin products.  We appreciate your support, with the usual nod to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review these figures.

Included with each set are painting instructions in color!

Produced under the Aerobonus branch of Aires, this particular figure, a Russian Colonel from the Korean War era, 1951,  has outstanding detail and fidelity; consisting of three resin parts (main body, left and right arm).  The figure is wearing standard pants, shirt, and coat for the period.  The head and shirt collar with tie are separate, wearing a standard Wheel cap.  The left arm is casually in the left pants pocket, and the right arm is at rest, holding a soft flight cap of Soviet issue.  The head of the figure appears to be speaking, so its’ a casual conversation verses yelling and screaming at someone, trying to get them to move or do something faster.

Napoleon’s Red Lancer

Published: July 6th, 2014     
Napoleon’s Red Lancer
Reviewed by: Don Norton, IPMS# 41055
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Box

This is the first of a series of 1/32nd Napoleonic figures from Master Box, who has always given us unusual or creative modeling subjects. Upon opening this box, the modeler will find one sprue of gray plastic with 45 parts. Detail is good, with the kit representing a mounted French Red Lancer as he marches through Holland on his way to Russia, a local girl has provided a drink for him and his mount.

Napoleon formed a unit made of Polish volunteers, which became the 1st Regiment of Lancers of the Imperial Guard. In 1810, following the annexation of the Kingdom of Holland by France, a second Lancer Regiment of the Imperial Guard was formed of Dutch volunteers, the Dutch Lancers, but due to their bright red uniforms they were more commonly called the Red Lancers. Commanded by General Colbert, one of Napoleon’s most capable leaders, the Red Lancers distinguished themselves in battle many times, although they suffered heavily in the invasion of Russia, where many of the original Dutch Lancers died. The Red Lancers served Napoleon to the end and fought at Waterloo.

Garbage Truck

Published: July 5th, 2014     
Garbage Truck
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

This was really a fun kit.  There’s not many parts but you do get 4 surfboards, 3 figures, 2 garbage cans (fuel tanks), and SCUBA tanks.

Engine

Bottom half of the engine is molded to the chassis.

Chassis

Front ans rear ladder bars hold the suspension.  There’s really not much to it.

Interior

Seats, shifter, steering wheel and column, resemblance of a dashboard is all you get. 

Body

It’s a real simple body without much detail.   I decided my version would resemble a pickup truck turned into a landscaping vehicle.  After priming the body with Duplicolor grey sandable primer, I shot a few coats of Dupli-Color dark cherry  followed by a coat of Nason 2 part urethane clear.  Only a little bit of wet sanding and polishing with Novus #2 was necessary before applying a coat of The Treatment Model Car Wax.

Monogram/Revell needs to be thanked for producing the kit and thank you to IPMS for the opportunity to build and review the kit.

2015 Ford Mustang GT SnapTite

Published: July 4th, 2014     
2015 Ford Mustang GT SnapTite
Reviewed by: William and Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

I usually write about various aircraft-related items, but when I saw this Revell 2015 SnapTite Mustang I thought my son could pitch in and help with a review. He is almost nine, is an IPMS Junior member, and has several models under his belt. William primarily builds aircraft—like his dad—but the Mustang is one of his favorite cars. While most of his builds have been glued together and painted, he is still right in the target audience for this SnapTite kit.

From Revell’s Press Release

SnapTite™ Build & Play: We unveiled the 2015 Ford Mustang GT kit at the Detroit and Chicago Auto Shows earlier this year and received tremendous response from thousands of kids who built them. These kits are simple enough that even young children (6+) with no previous experience and supervision can assemble them. Besides having fewer than 14 pieces, these kits are designed for play with their rolling wheels and tough bodies. We enhanced the product with vibrant packaging illustrating what a model kit contains, how the project is accomplished, and the time required. And showing its fun too.

OQF 6 Pdr Anti-Tank Mk.IV on Carriage MK.III (Airborne) w/Crew

Published: July 2nd, 2014     
OQF 6 Pdr Anti-Tank Mk.IV on Carriage MK.III (Airborne) w/Crew
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

Background

A product of 1930’s design, with first production in 1942, the OQF 6-pounder evolved through World War II into the Mk.IV version on the Mk.III carriage.  This version, tailored to fit into Horsa gliders for deployment with airborne troops, would generally be towed by Jeeps into combat. 

The Kit

Crisply molded in light grey and light olive styrene, this Bronco kit promises to provide a few hours of high-quality modeling.  A signature of Bronco’s commitment to recreating the finest of details, the kit is packed with 9 sprues of gun, carriage, and personal gear parts, ranging in size from tiny to small, 4 sprues of figure parts and personal gear, 1 fret of excellent photo etch brass, and 2 sheets of decals (1 for the gun, and one for uniform rank insignia).

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