Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Baja Bronco

Published: March 21st, 2018     
 Baja Bronco
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell Inc.

Engine

Beautiful Ford 289 is well detailed and fits together just perfectly. I added ignition wiring, throttle linkage, and fuel line.

Interior

Interior is wonderfully engraved just screaming for some detail painting. Rustoleum texture paint was used to simulate a sprayed on durable coating.

Body

The body went together very well. The open grille is an impressive piece. Didn't have to grind away the back to open it up. Every piece fits very well. I filled the holes for the outrigger spare tire and put it inside. The fender flares were made with strip styrene and Bondo. I needed wider flares to cover the tires. HOK sunrise pearl was used on the body.

Chassis

The frame rails are separate from the chassis pan making for detail painting easier. Front, rear suspension, and exhaust are all separate pieces. Some serious lowering was done to the suspension. Wheels/tires are from the parts box.

Instructions

The instructions are several pages long with suggested paint colors for specific parts and a numbered list to tell you what part is what.

USAF Crew Chief "Cold Weather"

Published: March 19th, 2018     
USAF Crew Chief "Cold Weather"
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/32
Company: Videoaviation

Considered by many to be the backbone of the United States Air Force (USAF), crew chiefs oversee the care and combat readiness of the service's fleet of aircraft. Without the dedication and skill of the crew chiefs and other maintenance specialists, nothing would fly - let alone fight. Regardless of location, season, or time of day, Air Force crew chiefs keep their aircraft combat ready.

This excellent figure from VideoAviation depicts a current-day USAF Crew Chief in Cold Weather Dress. Crisply cast in cream-colored resin, the review sample required little clean up or filling. Detail and features for the uniform are accurate to current-issue USAF clothing and were validated by online photos and comparison to actual "live" samples. Accompanied by a folding aluminum ladder, consolidated tool kit (CTK), and a speed handle, this crew dog is ready to compliment any 1/32 model of a modern USAF aircraft.

SP-2H Neptune "New Patrol Scheme" Limited Edition

Published: March 19th, 2018     
SP-2H Neptune "New Patrol Scheme" Limited Edition
Reviewed by: James Binder, IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

Construction

Opening the box you'll notice that this is the original 1970s' mold Neptune, and the molds are starting to show their age. Many of the parts had some bit of flash to them. Thankfully though they were very easy to clean up. The second thing you'll notice is that the directions have many photos of Neptune's, but they are of the Japanese version of the aircraft. The build though is the same no matter what version you are doing so no need to worry that the photos don't match the exact aircraft.

Bundeswehr Tank Crew

Published: March 18th, 2018     
Bundeswehr Tank Crew
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

MiniArt is a Ukrainian company specializing in 1/35 figures and some vehicle kits. The figures tend to be packaged in groups with unique poses or unusual subjects. Over the years, they have become one of the leaders in injection molded figures, and more recently, they have started issuing sets of modern military figures.

This kit is one of their newer releases and features figures to be posed with modern German AFVs. The kit includes five figures in various poses, and includes a female crew member representing many modern armies that have women serving in combat roles. The four male figures are posed in a standing position that is meant to be posed in the turret hatch of the vehicle. The female figure is posed sitting.

1980 Jeep Honcho "Ice Patrol"

Published: March 17th, 2018     
1980 Jeep Honcho "Ice Patrol"
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell Inc.

This is a review of the Revell '80 Jeep Honcho "Ice Patrol" kit.

Engine

There was little flash on the engine parts but there is also very little detail. You get just a very basic engine with a way oversize fanbelt.

Interior

Only faint engraving can be seen on the door panels making it very difficult to detail paint. The kit does have 2 different decals for the gauge cluster.

Body

The body went together pretty well. The rear portion of the box is a separate piece that I didn't care for, but it fit very well. You get a choice with decals in either blue tone or orange. My choice was the blue to go along with the Tru-Color metallic bright Atlantic Blue paint. The inside of the box was painted with Rustoleum texture paint for a spray in bedliner look.

The kit comes with a toolbox, 2 gas cans and a snowmobile. Once assembled, the sled won't fit in the box of the truck with the tailgate up.