Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Ju87G-2 & JS-2

Published: February 18th, 2017     
Ju87G-2 & JS-2
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1:72
Company: Academy

History

Ju 87G-2…The First flight of a Ju 87 occurred in 1936, and although obsolete by 1943, the airframe found a new lease on life with the addition of two 37 mm (1.46 in) Flak 18 guns under the wings. The first flight of the G model occurred on January 31st, 1943. In April of '43 the first production G models were delivered to frontline units and, even though obsolete and outnumbered, proved very successful in their role as tank killers.

JS-2…. Designed as a breakthrough tank with armor that could withstand the fearsome German 88mm gun and an armament that could take on the Tiger and Panther tanks, the JS-2 (named after Joseph Stalin, IS-2 Iosif Stalin in the original Russian) entered service in 1944. Armed with a massive A-19 122mm main gun and up to 120mm of armor in vital areas, the JS-2 was a very formidable weapon that was better in every way than its predecessor, the KV-1.

Messershmitt Bf-109G-10

Published: February 17th, 2017     
Messershmitt Bf-109G-10
Reviewed by: Jason Holt, IPMS# 40139
Scale: 1/32
Company: Hasegawa

History

The Bf-109G-10 aircraft is rather unique by the fact that it was somewhat of a ‘Frankenstein’ aircraft put together with available resources at the time. The airframe consisted of a standard G model and incorporated a DB 605 D-2 engine. The reasoning for this was an attempt to create as little disruption to factory production of the Bf-109K’s.

Other external differences from the standard G model were deeper air cooler intakes, wide blade props, larger rudder, a Morane antenna, larger main wheels, and an extended tailwheel to provide a slightly better forward view.

There was a total of 2600 G-10 built after 1944 and one lone survivor resides in the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

Gulf War Anniversary Box Diorama Set: Part 2 - U.S. Cobra AH-1W

Published: February 15th, 2017     
Gulf War Anniversary Box Diorama Set: Part 2 - U.S. Cobra AH-1W
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

Italeri has put together a set of models to commemorate the anniversary of the Gulf War. The set includes tanks and helicopters from the United States and Iraq. Iraq is represented by the T-62 main battle tank and the Hind-D MI-25 helicopter, while the U.S. is represented by the M-1A1 main battle tank and the Cobra AH-1W helicopter.

Since this is a large box of models, Jim Pearsall asked me if I would like to build the Helos from the set. I was glad to accept because both of these models are on my “Models I want to build list”.

The Cobra AH-1W

The AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter is a close air support attack helicopter used by the United States Marine Corps. It has a 20mm M197 Gatling gun; and can carry Hydra 70 rockets, 5 in Zuni rockets, TOW missiles, AGM-114 Hellfire, and AIM-9 Sidewinders. It was originated from a U.S. Army demonstrator concept helicopter in 1962 based on the Huey UH-1. The Super Cobra was the world's first attack helicopter and the Marines have been flying it since 1986.

Wine Bottles and Wooden Crates

Published: February 15th, 2017     
Wine Bottles and Wooden Crates
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt Limited

MiniArt has released a nice set that would look great in your WWII dioramas in their Build