Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

P5M-2G Marlin "Coast Guard"

Published: January 6th, 2018     
P5M-2G Marlin "Coast Guard"
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

I am very appreciative of Hasegawa USA and Hobbico for provided a review example of a limited edition, reissued kit of one of the last flying boats used by the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard. I also wish to extend a very deep appreciation to the IPMS/USA Reviewer Corps for choosing me to review the P5M-2G variant of the Martin Marlin.

Overall Summary

I recommend this kit for a collection of flying boat and amphibious aircraft. I completed an earlier version of this kit in 1985, and was surprised to see the very same instruction format as back then, with eight pages of black-and-white instructions, predominantly in Japanese. A short black-and-white instruction insert with new and replacement part descriptions, decal placement, and a painting color guide supplement these vintage instructions. A decal sheet allows one of two United States Coast Guard versions is included. Assembly was straight forward, with no major problems. The resulting model looks proper in comparison to photographs and references.

Sukhoi Su-22 M3/M4 Fitter F

Published: January 5th, 2018     
Sukhoi Su-22 M3/M4 Fitter F
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kitty Hawk Model

History

Developed from the delta wing Su-7 the Su-17/22 NATO code name "Fitter", the design incorporated a swing wing to reduce landing speeds. Interestingly the swing-wing was limited to the outboard portion of the wing allowing the landing gear and fixed weapon pylons to remain unchanged. Kitty Hawk has given us the Su-22 M3/4 in this boxing. The Su-22 is the export version of the SU-17 and you get no less than seven marking options for German (pre and post-cold war), IRAQ, Czech, Polish, Syria and Vietnamese aircraft. Perhaps the most memorable moment involving this aircraft is the encounter two Libyan Fitters had with US F-14s on August 19, 1981, in during which the Tomcats prevailed. Although it's not the most elegant of designs its always been my favorite cold war era Russian jet.

SH-2G Super Seasprite

Published: December 31st, 2017     
SH-2G Super Seasprite
Reviewed by: Tyler Shepard, IPMS# 50425
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kitty Hawk

History

In the early 1980's the US Navy was looking to replace their old ship based helicopter fleet with something new as their current the helicopter at the time the SH-2F Seasprite was showing its age as it was approaching being close to 30 years old. They first looked into getting the new MH-60 but it was too large for some of the Navy's ships. So with there being no newer options the Navy decided to just upgrade their existing fleet. The first prototype flew in 1985 which was a SH-2F fitted with two new engines. The Navy started receiving them in 1991 and finally retired them in 2001.

The Super Seasprite is also used by 5 other countries. Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Peru, and Poland.

Davinci Leverage Crane

Published: December 30th, 2017     
Davinci Leverage Crane
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Company: Academy Plastic Model Co.

The Kit

This is the latest in Academy's "DaVinci Series". They are models based on sketches of some of the inventions of this amazing man. All are molded in a vinyl-like soft plastic that facilitates the press fit of the components as no glue nor paint is required. All are ingeniously engineered to go together easily and to function smoothly.

Coffins (4pcs)

Published: December 29th, 2017     
Coffins (4pcs)
Reviewed by: Dave Morrisette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Hauler always makes great sets with a lot of thought put into the subjects. From AFV sets to diorama details, it is fun just waiting for a new release. With this release, they have produced four coffins with lids in two different styles. Thinking about it, I don't remember seeing these from anyone before and with all the war subject's modelers build and the dioramas, this set is a natural add on and will help tell a sad but not uncommon story.

The set consists of four coffins; two are rectangular and two are, well, coffin shaped. Each coffin has a separate lid also. The coffins have casting blocks on the bottom which will need to be sanded smooth and the lids have casting blocks on one side. The parts are cast in a tan colored resin and are free of bubbles and pin holes. This set is 1/35 scale (other scales are available) and has a nice wood grain cast into the parts.