Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Jeffery Quad Ammunition Truck

Published: December 29th, 2018     
Jeffery Quad Ammunition Truck
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Lukgraph

Kit Manufacturer

This is a high quality resin kit of the Jeffrey Quad 4 wheel drive truck produced by Lukgraph Models from Krakow, Poland. Lukgraph's focus is on British and American aviation in the years between WWI and WWII. Lukgraph also produces the Jeffery-Poplavko armored car, and Nash-Quad Artillery truck in 1/35 scale; and the Nash-Quad Truck, and Nash-Quad Ammunition Truck in 1/48 scale. Lukgraph also makes a number of WWI aircraft kits in both 1/48 and 1/32 scales. The kits are available direct from Lukgraph http://www.lukgraph.pl, Victory Models, or KitLinx in the U.S., and several European suppliers.

The review sample was ordered direct from Lukgraph and included a nice personalized photo of a completed kit. The cost of the kit is $84.83 plus $11.31 shipping (85EU total).

B-52 D/F

Published: December 23rd, 2018     
B-52 D/F
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Minicraft Model Kits

The Aircraft

The B-52 has been in service since 1955. Which means that in about 2 years they should start sending them Social Security checks. Because there are still 58 B-52s in service, the type may still participate in combat again. It's expected the BUFF will still be in service in 2050.

The aircraft in this kit are the types used in the 1960s and 70s in Vietnam, for Operation Rolling Thunder, Operation Arc Light and Operation Linebacker II. 31 B-52s were lost in the war, 17 shot down, one written off due to combat damage, 11 lost to accidents, one burned at the airport and one ran off the end of the runway and ran into a minefield.

The Kit

This kit is a rework of Minicraft's B-52H. Several of the sprues are marked for B-52H. The fuselage is new, there is an entire new set of engines, 4 pods for the D and 4 different pods for the F. There are also 24 "iron bombs and the underwing pylons and multiple bomb racks for these. The wings, landing gear, horizontal stabilizers and engine pylons are all from the H kit.

World War Toons M5 Stuart Light Tank

Published: December 20th, 2018     
World War Toons M5 Stuart Light Tank
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: N/A
Company: Meng Models

For me this kit seems like a match made in heaven. I have always liked the Stuart tank as well as have been looking to trying building one of the toon tanks from Meng. When the opportunity arose to do this review, I jumped on it. I was intrigued after Meng had released several Meng Kids aircraft kits and now, they have released at the time of this review 12 World War Toons tank kits. I also discovered while researching the kit for this review there is apparently video game utilizing the tanks in the series. At the time of this review the game is apparently in beta form.

Riders in the Sky 1945 Limited Edition

Published: December 15th, 2018     
Riders in the Sky 1945 Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released a limited edition version of the B-24 Liberator GR Mk VI and GR MK.VIII in the RAF Coastal Command service. The kit is based on the Hasegawa kit plus two additional Eduard sprues, Decals, etc. 

In the box is:

  • 11 x grey sprues 
  • 2 x clear sprues
  • 4 x poly caps
  • 1 large decal sheet
  • 1 mask sheet
  • 2 x photoetch detail set
  • Riders in the Sky 1945 book
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 box artwork poster

The kit options and decals allow building 13 different aircraft, all the choices are great. I opted for the M version, an RCAF aircraft operated in Canada July 1945. The kit looks awesome in the box and all the additional items make this a great addition to any stash.

Construction

The construction starts with the fuselage interior which went together very well. The only small issue is there are a lot of small ejector pin marks which are easily sanded or filled.

Karabiner 98K

Published: December 15th, 2018     
Karabiner 98K
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 German WWII Karabiner 98k rifles in 1/35 scale. This was the most common rifle used by the Germans in WWII. 

The set contains the following sets:

  • 8 x resin Karabiner 98k's
  • 8 x resin bayonets
  • 1 colored photoetch sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove. The photoetch parts form the straps for the rifles and come in three parts each. There is also a mix of dark and light-colored straps for variation.

The parts assemble very easily and give a very realistic rifle when complete. They are idea for adding to figures, as stowed equipment or for dioramas.

Summary

I would recommend this great set for adding very detailed rifles to any model that needs it.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.