Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Yak-28P "Firebar"

Published: October 16th, 2017     
Yak-28P "Firebar"
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bobcat Hobby

If you are fan of Soviet and Russian aircraft, the model gods are listening and continue to produce kits which fill gaps in coverage in 1/48. A-model had released the Yak-28 family of jets in 1/72 and now it looks as if Bobcat Hobby will do the same in 1/48. This is a straight styrene-only kit, with a manageable parts count.

First out of the gate is the Yak-28P "Firebar". Never exported, this was a Soviet interceptor from the 1960s and 1970's that had that classic Soviet propaganda appearance. A stable flight platform, it carried a more powerful radar and complex weapons systems than the single engine interceptors. It was eventually replaced by the Mig-23 family. Since it was only in Soviet service, and has been out of service for 35 years, few reference photos are available. The best source of photos, are walk-arounds of preserved airframes, but many of these aircraft are incomplete and there are no clear cockpits photos, except for a few period shots.

T-15 Armata Object 149

Published: October 16th, 2017     
T-15 Armata Object 149
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1:35
Company: Panda Hobby

The T-15 is a new vehicle designed for the Russian inventory as an infantry support vehicle, possibly as a replacement for the venerable BMP 2. The T-15 is concept based on the T-14 MBT tank hull. Due to the nature of the T-14 being designed to have multiple versions, the T-15 is the same hull that has a different automated turret installed. This turret is designed with infantry support in mind with a 2A42 30 mm auto-cannon, a 7.62 mm coaxial PKT and two sets of Kornet-EM anti-tank missiles. Panda Hobby's new kit is the first attempt at this interesting new vehicle.

The instructions are pretty standard for Panda kits, printed on glossy paper with clear part breakdowns. In a few steps the parts locations can be a little vague but for the most part the instructions are great. They did tend to fall apart with use, the staples tended to pull through the paper easily. The kit parts are very well molded in a heavy dark green plastic and the individual link tracks are molded in a light brown. I didn't really find and molding issues and I had almost no issues with flash or broken parts.

Hubble Space Telescope with Space Shuttle Orbiter and Astronauts Limited Edition

Published: October 15th, 2017     
Hubble Space Telescope with Space Shuttle Orbiter and Astronauts Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/200
Company: Hasegawa

This is a re-issue of an older kit, with this being a Limited edition kit featuring a new display stand, Hubble, Shuttle, and three resin astronauts. It is an excellent kit in the Hasegawa range and is very easy to build as long as you watch the instruction details carefully.

In the box is:

  • 2 x black sprues
  • 2 x white sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 1 clear blue stand
  • 1 grey sprue
  • 1 chrome
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 wire
  • 1 stand thick curved wire
  • 1 instruction booklet

The sprues are extremely well molded with no flash and great detail. The decals allow you to finish the shuttle in three different shuttles.

Construction

Stage 1 Assembly begins with the fuselage and cargo bay. This is very easy, I would suggest adding hatches to the Docking block as it looks wrong without them as they are not included in the kit. There are some ejector pin marks inside the cargo bay which need removing. Also you need to paint the interior of the cockpit black at this stage as this makes the completed kit look better.

Hellcat Mk I Weekend Edition

Published: October 15th, 2017