Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

IDF Magach 3 - Smart Kit

Published: February 1st, 2017     
IDF Magach 3 - Smart Kit
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Early in the 1960s West Germany and the US agreed to bolster the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tank forces by beginning the process of replacing their aging fleet of tanks with more modern M48A1/A2s. In all around 150 M48A1s and 100 M48A2s seem to have been sold to Israel during this time. It is a little unclear from the resources that I have when the upgrades exactly started to these M48A1/2s but the intent was to upgrade them to the M48A3 specs by replacing the gasoline engine with a more reliable diesel power plant, improved communications equipment, and the lowering of the command turret’s profile. They also began swapping out the original 90mm main cannon with the British 105mm L7 from the Centurion. Some of these upgrades seem to have started before the outbreak of hostilities leading up to the 6 Day War in 1967 but it is unclear from my references to what extent they were completed and how many fully upgraded Magach 3s served during the 6 Day War. But after the end of the 1967 war all M48s, including a few captured from Jordanian units, were upgraded to Magach 3s.

Hellcat Mk. I Weekend Edition

Published: February 1st, 2017     
Hellcat Mk. I Weekend Edition
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

While the Grumman Hellcat’s primary claim to fame is its stellar service with the US Navy in Pacific Ocean, the Hellcat also saw action in the European and Mediterranean theaters with the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy. Under the Lend-Lease program over 200 F6F-3 Hellcats were delivered to the Fleet Air Arm for use from Royal Navy carriers as the Hellcat Mk. I.

X-1 Mach Buster (ProfiPack edition)

Published: January 31st, 2017     
X-1 Mach Buster (ProfiPack edition)
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is a re-box kit and update with new parts of the Eduard release from 1998. It represents the famous Bell Aircraft Corporation’s X-1 X-plane that first took man past the sound barrier on October 14th 1947 piloted by Capt. Charles E “Chuck” Yeager.

In the box is:

  • 2 x light grey sprues
  • 1  clear canopy
  • 1  decal sheet
  • 1  mask sheet
  • 1  photoetch detail set
  • 3 x resin wheels
  • 1 instruction booklet

All the sprues are extremely well molded with very little flash and great detail; the decals allow you to finish the aircraft in 4 different versions.

Construction

First is the construction of the cockpit which is well detailed, and the photoetch helps a lot to make this a very impressive cockpit when complete.

Eggplane F-2 & T-4 ADTW 60th Anniversary Combo

Published: January 29th, 2017     
Eggplane F-2 & T-4 ADTW 60th Anniversary Combo
Reviewed by: Craig Gregory, IPMS# 49320
Scale: Grade A Large
Company: Hasegawa

The Hasegawa Eggplane Series is just plain fun. They assemble quickly, are generally well engineered, and for me provide an immediate platform to practice my budding modeling skills. I “assembled” plastic models as a kid; messy tube-glue seams and hand brushed finishes. I reenter the hobby a few years ago by joining the local IPMS chapter and enrolling in the club’s Adult Building Course. Since, then I have built a few successful projects with the skills learned in the ABC and practice on my Eggplanes.

The F-2 & T-4 “ADTW 60th ANNIVERSARY” box set are my 4th and 5th Eggplanes. The box set is a reissue of previous releases of the F-2 and F-4 with special ADTW 60th Anniversary decals. The 2 kits are packaged separately with individual instruction sheets and a combined decal sheet. I proceed as two individual builds.

KC-767J & E-767 AWACS – J.A.S.D.F.

Published: January 29th, 2017     
KC-767J & E-767 AWACS – J.A.S.D.F.
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1:200
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