Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Atlas ICBM

Published: November 13th, 2016     
Atlas ICBM
Reviewed by: James Binder, IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1/72
Company: Horizon Models

Horizon Models of Australia has released their third kit, the Atlas ICBM in 1/72 scale. This comes after kits of the Mercury Space Capsule and Mercury-Atlas rocket both in 1/72. If you have built either of those then you know you how good Horizons kits are and if not the following review will show you.

The kit is made up of 3 sprues of gray plastic. Two of sprue A and one B. The biggest difference from this kit to the mercury atlas kit is that it is missing the mercury capsule sprue. Horizon gives you three options for payload though, option A is the first SAC launch, option b is the “New Nickle” launch from 1961 and option C is the Mk4 RV test flight from 1960. My choice was to build option C as it launched from the Cape and the other two were from Vandenberg.

The directions come in a fold out format. Steps 1-7 are build instructions and steps 8-9 are decaling. This kit has a very extensive decal sheet that is full of stencils, codes, and specific markings and shows how much research went into the design and construction of this kit.

Dominic's 1970 Dodge Charger

Published: November 12th, 2016     
Dominic's 1970 Dodge Charger
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Finally, a proportionally accurate ’70 Dodge Charger is available for MOPAR enthusiast in 1:25th scale. This model does the immensely popular Fast & Furious muscle car justice and it’s sure to be a standout on your display shelf.

This review covers the skill level 5 (ages 14 years and older) Dominic's Fast & Furious 1970 Dodge Charger 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4319. Correct grill features and a one-piece rear fascia combined with a well designed kit for buildability are the hallmark of this Charger kit. The kit has 122 parts molded in white, chrome, clear and transparent red along with vinyl tires and metal axle pins. This is a detailed kit with a nicely appointed hemi motor. The detailed chassis has options for stock and drag ride heights for those that want to convert the car to stock. The interior is basic, and while not exactly representing the movie version, it represents Dominic’s car pretty well. Finished dimensions are: Length: 8¼”, Width: 3”, Height: 2¼”

USAF Crew Chief with Toolbox, Tools, and Notebook

Published: November 12th, 2016     
USAF Crew Chief with Toolbox, Tools, and Notebook
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/32
Company: Videoaviation.com

If you are building a 1/32 diorama of a modern USAF aircraft, this Crew Chief and a roll around tool box would be a great addition. This kit also includes two drills, two slim notebooks, and a PC notebook. If you place this kit next to a 1/32 aircraft, it will make a diorama or a display “come alive”.

Inside the package, you get a Crew Chief figure, toolbox, two drills, two manuals, and a PC Notebook. There are a total of 15 parts that make up this kit, all of which are well molded and have a great amount of detail.

The fit of the parts is excellent, with only a small amount of mold seams, all of which are easily filed and sanded smooth. One big note about assembling this kit – build the toolbox first, and doing that will make it easier to pose the figure in a good position. I guessed the height of the toolbox and assembled the figure first, and when I built the toolbox, I discovered that the figure’s arms were not posed the way I wanted them to be.

Spitfire Mk IXc Late, Part 2

Published: November 8th, 2016     
Spitfire Mk IXc Late, Part 2
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Like many aviation enthusiasts and modelers, I have always admired the beauty of Supermarine’s Spitfire design. I am admittedly no expert on the type, but when Eduard announced their 1/72 version of an already well received 1/48 family of this aircraft, I jumped at the chance to do a review build. I also asked for a couple of the supplemental accessories Eduard has issued for the kit. The aircraft’s history is well known and extensively documented, so let’s get on with impressions of this 1/72 scale plastic version.

This kit issue (#70-121) is a completely new mould tooling. This kit is significantly more detailed than nearly every other 1/72 Spitfire kit out there, and the resulting high parts count will take me some time to build. So, I’ll give you my initial impressions in case you’re considering a purchase sooner, rather than later.

T-34/76 Panzerkampfwagen 747(r)

Published: November 8th, 2016