Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

MU-2

Published: February 16th, 2015     
MU-2
Reviewed by: John King, IPMS# 46812
Scale: 1/144
Company: Platz

Background

Platz, out of Japan, has been involved in the 1/144th modeling community for a while.  They have produced many of their own kits and have teamed up with another Japanese company called F-Toys.  F-Toys produce various subjects, among them being 1/144th scale aircraft kits.  These kits from F-Toys are typically pre-painted, mostly assembled, and somewhat snap together.  Many 1/144th scale modelers will take these pre-painted F-Toys kits strip them down, add details, repaint, and decal them.  However, now we are seeing Platz take those same F-Toys kits and produce them as traditional model kits.  This Mitsubishi MU-2 is a prime example of that venture; first, it was released under the F-Toys name as a pre-painted kit, and now it’s released as a traditional model kit.

F6F-3 ProfiPack

Published: February 16th, 2015     
F6F-3 ProfiPack
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

History

As there is enough on the history of this aircraft either in print or on the internet I will not go into it here.  Suffice to say that the Hellcat is the most successful carrier based aircraft in history as 12,275 were built, 270 were lost and Hellcat pilots claimed 5156 kills in less than two years of ops.

The Kit

Rod Lees (IPMS# 10821) reviewed this kit when it first came out a few years ago and the only things different in this boxing are 1) Resin wheels are included (Eduard BRASSIN), 2) The color of the plastic is now intermediate blue. Upon opening the box you will find 4 large & one mini sprue of intermediate blue plastic, 1 clear parts sprue, decal sheet, 2 photo etch (P/E) frets, resin wheels, canopy/wheel masks and a 16 page instruction book. The parts are very nice, typical for Eduard, but did have a mold seam line that was easy to clean up. The decals were nicely printed but my sample had a damaged national insignia (luckily not the one I was going to use).

P-51B "Bluenose"

Published: February 15th, 2015     
P-51B "Bluenose"
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Academy

Introduction

June 6, 1944 “D” Day was the day when the allied armies crossed the English Channel en mass and landed on the beaches of Normandy to begin the slow march across Western Europe This battle was the start of the allies invasion which ended in Berlin with Hitler’s surrender. 2014 marked the 70th anniversary of this monumental event. Each day, we lose more of those who participated or lived through this battle. Kits, like this one, help us (and especially the younger builders out there) remember what happened on that day and why it was so important to the course of WWII. The P-51 has been covered by many other sources, as has the “Bluenose” 352nd Fighter Group based in Bodney Norfolk, UK.  

1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator

Published: February 15th, 2015     
1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator
Reviewed by: Gordy Miller, IPMS# 49574
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

The newest offering of the 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator was well worth the effort for the folks at Round 2 to re-release this wonderful kit again. It was a kit that's parts went together very smoothly and without much flash on them.

The real car, when I did my research to build this model came in only four colors. And they were orange, yellow, white, and blue which their actual factory code to get the exact color is listed for you on the instuctions sheet ! The artwork on the box depicts the orange one on the front and sides as well as a yellow one on another flap of the box. Because of that I decided to embark on building it blue.

The body comes with both a spoiler and a hood scoop as well a flat black After painting) colored from air dam to further enhance the look and increase it's performance. I prepped the car in a silver undercoat first before laying the blue over the top of it. The car I received came in orange, although their are going to be ones molded in white as well. I then sprayed it in lighter coats of Testors Icy Blue Metallic paint. The shine on the finished product turned out wonderful.

2013 Dodge Challenger SRT 8

Published: February 15th, 2015     
2013 Dodge Challenger SRT 8
Reviewed by: Steve Jahnke, IPMS# 34991
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Brief History of the Marque

The first generation Challenger bowed its head in 1969 and was a stable mate to the Plymouth Barracuda, the original Chrysler “pony car” to play in that segment as started by Ford’s Mustang. The second generation “Challenger” from 1978 to 1983 was a badge engineered Mitsubishi Galant Lambda. The current generation of Challengers was introduced in early 2008 again to do battle with the fifth generation Mustang and Camaro segments that were exploding in popularity.

Fairlady 240ZG Street-Custom

Published: February 14th, 2015     
Fairlady 240ZG Street-Custom
Reviewed by: Matthew Cottrell, IPMS# 48174
Scale: 1/12
Company: Tamiya

Nissan’s Z-Car

Nissan’s Fairlady Z, more familiarly known as the Datsun 240Z in the United States, debuted in late 1969 (as a 1970 model) to wide acclaim. The US market 240Z was equipped with a 151 hp 2.4-liter straight-six motor fed by twin SU-style carburetors. The Z’s four-wheel independent suspension, manual transmission, and light weight made it a very capable sports car package, while its reliability and ease of ownership ensured it was a sports car that could be counted on to start every time and complete every trip.

Imperial Japanese Navy Submarine I-15/I-46

Published: February 13th, 2015     
Imperial Japanese Navy Submarine I-15/I-46
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/700
Company: Fujimi

If you are looking for something to build quickly, which I find relaxing after a particularly challenging build, you may want to consider this recent release from Fujimi. 

Late last year, Fujimi re-released this combination kit of the I-15 and I-46 submarines, so I jumped on the opportunity to build these two boats once again, but with roughly twenty years of advancement in my modeling skills.  The fits are good overall, making this a fun kit for both beginners and more experienced modelers with an interest in 1/700 scale WWII subjects.

Zombie Hunter - Road to Freedom

Published: February 11th, 2015     
Zombie Hunter - Road to Freedom
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box

Master Box has ventured into the post-apocalyptic world with Zombie Hunter – Road to Freedom. Dick M. was glad to get rid of this kit as it frightened the rest of the kits in his stash. Scared the bejeebers out of my mail lady when she dropped it off and the zombies came hissing and scratching out of the box. The kit is described as part of the Zombieland Series, so there may be more undead where these came from.

The box art scene depicts a fair maiden defending herself from an onslaught of four zombies. One of the undead is a female police officer that has gone outside the law, one guy in coveralls with mouth tentacles, one bedraggled looking guy, and one female medical person crawling along the ground. Our fair heroine is well-armed and carries numerous supplies on her path to freedom from the hungry human corpses. She’s shown riding a motorcycle, which is not included with the kit. Master Box shows several motorcycles that can be used with the zombie kit on the back of the box.

Back To The Future II Time Machine

Published: February 11th, 2015     
Back To The Future II Time Machine
Reviewed by: Tom Pope, IPMS# 47261
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

Introduction

"…roads?  Where we’re going, we don’t need any roads…"

-Emmitt "Doc" Brown

The "Back to the Future” (BTTF) movie franchise began in 1985 with the release of the first movie.  The film series featured the adventures of Marty McFly as he traveled back and forth in time in a Time Machine built by wacky scientist Emmitt “Doc” Brown.  Brown had built that first plutonium-powered Time Machine creation from a vintage DeLorean sports car.  At the end of the first movie, just when you thought the timeline had been restored and all was well, Doc Brown pops out of a worm hole in a newly modified, flying Time Machine, digs through the trash to find vegetable remains and banana peels to fuel the new ‘Mr. Fusion’ power cell and tells Marty that the timeline of the future has been disturbed and that “…something has to be done about your kids!”

Polar Lights has reproduced all the movie versions of Doc Brown’s Time Machine in superbly engineered, 1/25th scale snap-together model kits, including the flying Time Machine from “Back To The Future Part II” (BTTFII), described below.

Space: 1999 Alpha Moonbase

Published: February 8th, 2015     
Space: 1999 Alpha Moonbase
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/2000
Company: Round 2 Models

British sci-fi has always intrigued me and in 1975 Gerry Anderson released a TV series which we youngsters just had to watch, Space: 1999.  We didn’t care about the improbability that the Moon could be blown out of Earth’s orbit and hurtled across the Galaxy finding a new planet each week and somehow not collide with anything.  All we cared about were the cools ships, neat, futuristic sets and the characters and if you were in your mid teens like I was, especially the female characters.

MPC acquired the rights to the show and released several kits including the Alpha Moonbase.  This was really 2 kits in one. Mounted on a 12 x 18 inch vacuformed base you had a smaller version of the moonbase (missing 2 of the Eagle pads) with the travel tubes molded into the base itself.  You also got the Mission Control which was molded in a larger scale and included several figures.  This was mounted to the right of the base.