Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Flightline Universal Box (3)

Published: July 13th, 2014     
 Flightline Universal Box (3)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Company: Aerobonus

Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS USA this set of diorama items for review…  We appreciate your support, and thanks to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review this item.

One area that seems to have been lacking in the modeling world are diorama accessories.  Oh sure, you can get deceased cows, dogs, humans, burned-down buildings… but “where is the aircraft support equipment”?    For sure there are some companies out there who deliver, but… we need more!

Enter Aires Aerobonus…. Continuing their esoteric addressing of what can be done with resin casting and a bit of effort… 

This set is three boxes.  Non-descript, but appropriate for a flightline operation  Handles are molded on the ends; there is one latch assembly.  Round it off with an excellent decal sheet, and you have a winner.   The decals have these boxes delinated for spill response, etc… but are frequently used for other things… The white markings are intended to be “night glow” silver-white, which makes them stand out in the headlights of a vehicle driving toward them. 

USA Air Compressor

Published: July 13th, 2014     
USA Air Compressor
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Mirror Models Ltd.

The kit is a 1/35 model of a USA Kellogg Air Compressor used during and after WWII. The kit makes a nicely detailed little accessory for dioramas or vehicles. This kit is from Mirror Models, Ltd. Of Ireland, who produce plastic model kits and accessories.

The compressor kit contains two full models in the package, and comes on two sprues of taupe or a gray/tan plastic. The plastic seems a little soft. Many of the parts are quite small and have very fine detail, such as the pulleys and drive belt, part K15. Some of the parts have fairly large sprue connections that require care removing them from the sprue and need some extra cleanup. The sprue connectors seem large but the actual connection points are fairly thin.

In the first step, take care cleaning the sprue connection points off the two halves of the tank, K2 and K3, as there are raised tabs for locating some of the other parts. I mistakenly sliced them off when cleaning up the connections. I assumed the end of the tank, part K1, should be seamless with the rest of the tank so I filled in the joints with putty.

U.S.A.F. Maintenance Crew - Farm Gate Operation Vietnam War 1965-1973

Published: July 9th, 2014     
U.S.A.F. Maintenance Crew - Farm Gate Operation Vietnam War 1965-1973
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

To start, my thanks to Aires for providing IPMS/USA with this figure to review! One of six in this review series, each shows a passion and dedication Aires have to providing the finest resin products. We appreciate your support, with the usual nod to IPMS/USA leadership for allowing me to review these figures.

Produced under the Aerobonus branch of Aires, this particular figure is a USAF maintainer in Vietnam with equipment appropriate for the 1965–1973 time period. The casting has outstanding detail and fidelity, and it consists of three resin parts (main body, left and right arms). The figure is wearing the “campaign” hat with the edges folded up, a standard issue set of two-piece fatigues, and a holstered .45-caliber pistol and cartridge belt. He is in a standing position, bent over as if picking up, or about to pick up, something like a box. Also included with the figure are painting instructions in color!

Bleriot Monoplane 1910

Published: July 9th, 2014     
Bleriot Monoplane 1910
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Round 2 Models

Background

On July 25, 1909 Louis Bleriot assembled a tiny monoplane of his own design on a farm in Les Baraques, France.  Weighing in at 500 lbs. and powered by a 25 HP Anzani three cylinder motorcycle engine, the airplane was the picture of utility. Still limping from a recent crash (one of many Bleriot had) he climbed into the monoplane after a short warm up flight and set out across the English Channel. 37 ½ minutes later flying at speeds up to 42 mph per hour at an altitude of 260 feet, Bleriot spotted the white cliffs of Dover and threaded his way through a gap in them to crash land on English soil.  His goal in accomplishing this feat was not the prize money that totaled 20,000 dollars, but Bleriot wanted to sell airplanes and did he ever. As a result of the fame gained from the channel crossing, Bleriot would go on to build about 250 model XIs.  The model XI used what are now a convention for aircraft control, the basic stick for roll and pitch and a rudder bar for yaw. Wing warping was employed in lieu of ailerons as Bleriot had figured out how to make that system work. The culmination of these design elements resulted in a very stable easy to fly design. As a result, the Model XI was used through WWI as trainer aircraft. A short winged version was used to teach ground control.

USAF Maintenance Crew Farm Gate Operations Vietnam War 1965-1973

Published: July 8th, 2014     
USAF Maintenance Crew Farm Gate Operations Vietnam War 1965-1973
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

First:  Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS USA this figure to review!  One of six in this review series, each shows a passion and dedication Aires have to providing the finest resin products.  We appreciate your support, with the usual nod to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review these figures.

Produced under the Aerobonus branch of Aires, this particular figure, a Maintainer, like the other figures has outstanding detail and fidelity.  The figure is wearing the “campaign hat” with the edges folded up, and a standard set of two-piece issue fatigues with a holstered .45 caliber pistol and cartridge belt.  He is in a standing position, looking level to his left, with both hands resting on his upper thighs.  Judging by the appearance and sculpture, this guy was a senior NCO in charge.    

Another Aires improvement:  Included with each set are painting instructions in color!

USAF Fighter Pilot Vietnam War 1960-1975

Published: July 8th, 2014     
USAF Fighter Pilot Vietnam War 1960-1975
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

First:  Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS USA this figure to review!  One of six in this review series, each shows a passion and dedication Aires have to providing the finest resin products.  We appreciate your support, with the usual nod to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review these figures.

Produced under the Aerobonus branch of Aires, this particular figure, a USAF fighter pilot in vietnam with equipment appropriate to 1960-1975,  has outstanding detail and fidelity; consisting of four resin parts (main body, left and right arm, and flight helmet).  The pilot is wearing the standard “Overseas hat”, which will require a deft hand for painting the silver piping and rank.  The wearer does NOT have the obligatory “ducktail” in the back, so this guy can’t be a real fighter pilot; he must be a McPeak clone.  (Had to say it…you old AF guys like me know what I am going with that comment).  

Note another improvement…  Included with each set are painting instructions in color!

Soviet Air Force Colonel, Korean War, 1951

Published: July 8th, 2014     
Soviet Air Force Colonel, Korean War, 1951
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

First:  Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS USA this figure to review!  One of six in this review series, each shows a passion and dedication Aires have to providing the finest resin products.  We appreciate your support, with the usual nod to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review these figures.

Included with each set are painting instructions in color!

Produced under the Aerobonus branch of Aires, this particular figure, a Russian Colonel from the Korean War era, 1951,  has outstanding detail and fidelity; consisting of three resin parts (main body, left and right arm).  The figure is wearing standard pants, shirt, and coat for the period.  The head and shirt collar with tie are separate, wearing a standard Wheel cap.  The left arm is casually in the left pants pocket, and the right arm is at rest, holding a soft flight cap of Soviet issue.  The head of the figure appears to be speaking, so its’ a casual conversation verses yelling and screaming at someone, trying to get them to move or do something faster.

Soviet Air Force Colonel, Korean War, 1951

Published: July 7th, 2014     
Soviet Air Force Colonel, Korean War, 1951
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

First:  Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS USA this figure to review!  One of six in this review series, each shows a passion and dedication Aires have to providing the finest resin products.  We appreciate your support, with the usual nod to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review these figures.

Included with each set are painting instructions in color!

Produced under the Aerobonus branch of Aires, this particular figure, a Russian Colonel from the Korean War era, 1951,  has outstanding detail and fidelity; consisting of three resin parts (main body, left and right arm).  The figure is wearing standard pants, shirt, and coat for the period.  The head and shirt collar with tie are separate, wearing a standard Wheel cap.  The left arm is casually in the left pants pocket, and the right arm is at rest, holding a soft flight cap of Soviet issue.  The head of the figure appears to be speaking, so its’ a casual conversation verses yelling and screaming at someone, trying to get them to move or do something faster.

Napoleon’s Red Lancer

Published: July 6th, 2014     
Napoleon’s Red Lancer
Reviewed by: Don Norton, IPMS# 41055
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Box

This is the first of a series of 1/32nd Napoleonic figures from Master Box, who has always given us unusual or creative modeling subjects. Upon opening this box, the modeler will find one sprue of gray plastic with 45 parts. Detail is good, with the kit representing a mounted French Red Lancer as he marches through Holland on his way to Russia, a local girl has provided a drink for him and his mount.

Napoleon formed a unit made of Polish volunteers, which became the 1st Regiment of Lancers of the Imperial Guard. In 1810, following the annexation of the Kingdom of Holland by France, a second Lancer Regiment of the Imperial Guard was formed of Dutch volunteers, the Dutch Lancers, but due to their bright red uniforms they were more commonly called the Red Lancers. Commanded by General Colbert, one of Napoleon’s most capable leaders, the Red Lancers distinguished themselves in battle many times, although they suffered heavily in the invasion of Russia, where many of the original Dutch Lancers died. The Red Lancers served Napoleon to the end and fought at Waterloo.

Garbage Truck

Published: July 5th, 2014     
Garbage Truck
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

This was really a fun kit.  There’s not many parts but you do get 4 surfboards, 3 figures, 2 garbage cans (fuel tanks), and SCUBA tanks.

Engine

Bottom half of the engine is molded to the chassis.

Chassis

Front ans rear ladder bars hold the suspension.  There’s really not much to it.

Interior

Seats, shifter, steering wheel and column, resemblance of a dashboard is all you get. 

Body

It’s a real simple body without much detail.   I decided my version would resemble a pickup truck turned into a landscaping vehicle.  After priming the body with Duplicolor grey sandable primer, I shot a few coats of Dupli-Color dark cherry  followed by a coat of Nason 2 part urethane clear.  Only a little bit of wet sanding and polishing with Novus #2 was necessary before applying a coat of The Treatment Model Car Wax.

Monogram/Revell needs to be thanked for producing the kit and thank you to IPMS for the opportunity to build and review the kit.

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