Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Sikorski JRS-1 The Boat, Limited Edition

Published: April 25th, 2017     
Sikorski JRS-1 The Boat, Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1:72
Company: Eduard

Thank you to the great folks at Eduard for reissuing and upgrading a kit of a unique Sikorsky flying boat for the scale modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us kits to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world.

The Sikorsky JRS-1, or S-43, is similar in appearance to the famous Pan Am Clipper, the S-42. I did not know that several of these planes survived the Pearl Harbor attack, and went in search of the Japanese fleet immediately afterward.

Overall Summary

I enjoyed building this kit. It is a limited edition offering, with some unique challenges for the intermediate to advanced builder. A very nice set of marking options will allow you to complete a replica from nearly anywhere within the operational lifetime of the JRS-1. I am very pleased to have another yellow-wings example for my USN between-the-wars collection. A build log follows the conclusion and recommendation section.

Japanese Carrier Junyo

Published: April 25th, 2017     
Japanese Carrier Junyo
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/350
Company: Hasegawa

The Ship

Originally laid down as the luxury liner Kashiwara Maru in 1939, Junyo (along with her sister Hiyo) was part of an IJN subsidized building program of commercial and auxiliary vessels that could be quickly converted into aircraft carriers if the need arose. She was taken in hand by the Navy and commissioned in 1942 in time to participate in the Aleutians invasion in June, part of the overall Midway operation.

Me 262A-1/2 'Last Ace'

Published: April 22nd, 2017     
Me 262A-1/2 'Last Ace'
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy

The Me 262 continues to be a popular aircraft, both with modelers and with model manufacturers. I admit to being a fan of the aircraft and its sleek lines, so I was excited to see that last fall Academy released a special edition of its Me 262 kit with markings for 7 different aircraft. The kit is marketed as the Me 262A-1/2 and unlike some other kits, it actually does contain the parts necessary to build either of these variants of the jet.

Hanomag RL-20

Published: April 22nd, 2017     
Hanomag RL-20
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plus Model

Background

Hanomag (Hannoversche Maschinenbau AG) was a German producer of steam locomotives, tractors, trucks, and military vehicles in Hanover. During World War II, the car plant made military vehicle engines, a military version of their heavy tractor renamed the SS-100, and halftrack troop carriers. The single most important and iconic military vehicle to be designed and built by Hanomag during World War II was the Sd.Kfz. 251 half-track (commonly called simply "the Hanomag") with a total production numbering just over 15,000.

The Hanomag RL 20 wheeled tractor was manufactured from 1937 to 1942. The 1.9 litre, four-cylinder diesel engine produced 20 HP. At the beginning of WWII many of these tractors were put into service with the German Wehrmacht.

SR-71 Blackbird "Bododian Express" Limited Edition

Published: April 19th, 2017     
SR-71 Blackbird "Bododian Express" Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

This kit is a special edition, re-release of the SR-71A Blackbird. This kit has markings for aircraft 17964, "Bododian Express", a SR-71A from the USAF 9th SRW Det.4 at Mildenhall Air Base England in 1981. This particular aircraft had to make a landing at the emergency recovery base for European flights, Bodo, Norway in 1981. I found the full story of the emergency at the following website - http://www.wvi.com/~sr71webmaster/bodo.html

Kit

The kit comes packaged in a large version of the usual Hasegawa cardboard box and contains 1 bag of black parts, 1 bag of clear parts, and markings sheet for the versions in this kit. The black parts consist of 1 sprue of 38 parts and the upper and lower fuselage/wing halves. The clear sprue has 3 parts. All together there are 43 parts in this kit. All panel lines are raised with the control surfaces being recessed. My kit had a little bit of flash on a few of the parts, but no