Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

German Motorcycle & Sidecar

Published: September 10th, 2014     
German Motorcycle & Sidecar
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

After a massive scratch building job on my 1/35th scale Werner’s Wings MH-47E I needed something simple.  Quick.  Easy.  I needed a Tamiya kit.

Many of you may remember the old Bandai 1/48th scale series of military vehicles.  Until Tamiya revived the scale with modern renditions in this scale Bandai was the only game in town for 1/48th scale armor.  One of the unique vehicles that Bandai put out was the BMW R-75 motorcycle with sidecar.  Finding these was always a pain.  I built one of them a long while ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Could Tamiya do better?  That is a rhetorical question.

Packaged in a sturdy 6 x 9 cardboard box with typical quality box art the modeler is treated to a single sprue of light tan plastic wrapped in plastic along with a small decal sheet.  The instructions are printed on a long scroll of high quality paper in typical high quality fashion.  There is a small decal sheet of license plates and some unit emblems.

Datsun Off-Road Pickup

Published: September 9th, 2014     
Datsun Off-Road Pickup
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

I wanted a small pickup to haul around some of my resin parts and got a real winner with Revell’s Datsun Off-Road Pickup. Very little flash and the parts fit very well together.  The instructions are a 12 page document that provides the part number with a description and a chart showing what part should be painted what color.

Shopping Cart

Published: September 6th, 2014     
Shopping Cart
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

First, I’d like to offer my thanks to Hauler-Brengun and the IPMS Reviewers’ Corps for allowing me to review this unique diorama accessory.  

The modern full-scale shopping cart has a fairly long development history, which is well documented on Wikipedia and other internet sources. The 1/48 scale Brengun shopping cart (or trolley, in many European markets) represents one of the smaller, tactical carts, as opposed to the larger plastic behemoths that swallow impulse purchases without end. My personal experience with this type of cart has often occurred at manufacturing sites. There, I have witnessed impossible amounts of parts and tools being cheerfully wheeled about in similar carts. Certainly, this excellent cart from Brengun could add an eye-catching detail to many potential diorama scenes.

Gemini Space Capsule

Published: September 6th, 2014     
Gemini Space Capsule
Reviewed by: Tom Pope, IPMS# 47261
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

Introduction

On March 23, 1965, Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom and John W. Young blasted off into space onboard the Gemini 3 capsule atop a Titan II Rocket. Gemini 3 was the first manned Gemini flight, and Grissom and Young made three orbits around the earth and returned to the surface after 4 hours and 52 minutes.

Revell originally captured the spirit of the Gemini program historic event in the 1970s with this great 1/24 scale kit. They rereleased the kit in the 1980s as part of their History Makers series of kits. Now they have rereleased the Gemini kit, with the original artwork on the box, in a Limited Production run.

I would like to thank Revell for returning this great old kit back into production.

In the Box

When you open this colorful, sturdy box you will find 93 parts, molded in white, on several sprues, plus a clear sprue with windows and astronaut face shields. There is also a very nicely done 12-page booklet of instructions and an updated decal sheet. Revell’s Gemini capsule kit features two seated astronauts, opening hatches, a fully populated equipment module and display stand.

Universal Carrier Mk.II

Published: September 5th, 2014     
Universal Carrier Mk.II
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: Riich Models

Riich.Models continues expanding its line of British Universal Carriers. This recent addition is the Mk.II series. I expect we will continue to see more versions of this vehicle, which saw widespread service during World War II.

Upon opening the box, you will find 13 sprues (one clear), two photoetch frets, a piece of thread, a piece of chain, brass tubing, and 32 springs (for the road wheels). In total, there are over 400 plastic parts and over 120 photoetch pieces. Add in the thread, chain, and springs and you have a truly multi-media kit in your hands.

The instruction booklet has 38 steps, several of them with subassemblies, so you know you are in for a long haul in the assembly of this kit. The assembly guide is fully graphical, no description or color codes, and the painting instruction are provided on a separate sheet printed in full color. Marking options cover seven different vehicles, all of which have a basic olive drab finish. Only the regimental markings differentiate the Carriers from each other.

Saturn V with Lunar Module

Published: September 5th, 2014     
Saturn V with Lunar Module
Reviewed by: Tom Pope, IPMS# 47261
Scale: 1/200
Company: AMT

Introduction

As I sat down to write this review, it was 45 years ago on Sunday, 20 July 1969, at 10:56:15 EDT, that Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. I watched in complete amazement as the Apollo 11 events unfolded on our old black-and-white TV, from launch preparation to splash down and recovery.

As far as I can tell from some quick Internet research, AMT originally released their 1/200 scale Saturn V Rocket (kit # S945, I think) in late 1969 or in 1970. It has been rereleased a couple times since. This same Saturn V Rocket with Apollo Lunar Module kit launched the most recent reissue in March 2014, courtesy of Round 2 Models under the AMT banner. I would like to thank Round 2 for reissuing and providing this great old, new, kit to IPMS/USA for review.

Sd.Kfz.10 Ausf.A w/5cm PaK 38

Published: September 5th, 2014     
Sd.Kfz.10 Ausf.A w/5cm PaK 38
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

The Sd.Kfz. 10 was a German half-track used as a prime mover for artillery pieces or special applications, mainly in the early years of World War II.

Dragon Models has multiple kits of their “basic” Kfz.10 kit, with some including additional parts to make the extra-armored versions or with added parts for an artillery piece, as in this case.

Upon opening the box you find 15 sprues (one clear), two bags with individual links for the tracks, two photoetch frets, a set of masks for the windshield, and a small decal sheet for the three marking options, all representing Eastern Front vehicles. The instruction booklet follows the typical Dragon style, printed in black, white, and blue, with a total of 15 steps for the half-track and 12 steps for the artillery gun. There are no figures in this boxing, but with the large selection of Wehrmacht figures available, that is not an issue in my opinion.

Iron Man Mark 42 Prehensile Suit

Published: September 5th, 2014     
Iron Man Mark 42 Prehensile Suit
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/24
Company: Dragon Models USA

Dragon Models have gotten license for several movies one of them is the Avengers/Iron Man series. This is in their 1/24 series and is the Iron Man Mk 42 Prehensile Suit. This suit is noticeably more gold colored than the more common suits. The kit is seven pieces for the suit with only the back and front torso needing glued together. A base is included and also has an attachment of the flames that are coming out of the left foot.

P-51K Mustang

Published: September 2nd, 2014     
P-51K Mustang
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/32
Company: Dragon Models

Background

On November 27, 1944 a 21-year-old Captain named Leonard “Kit” Carson was leading a flight of Mustangs on a mission to strafe oil reserve stores at Leipzig. As they approached the area of Magdeburg, Germany a large group of 50-75 Fw190s was spotted. The squadron dropped their long-range tanks and turned to attack the Focke Wulfs head on.  In a series of turning, diving and climbing dogfights Carson managed to down five of them. By wars end, then Major Carson would fly 115 combat missions and score 18 ½ aerial kills with an overall score of 23 with ground kills included. Carson flew four different Mustangs called “Nooky Booky” including P-51K 411622 depicted in this review.  I don’t think anymore of an introduction is needed for this legendary aircraft.

Freightliner With Trailer

Published: September 1st, 2014     
Freightliner With Trailer
Reviewed by: Dave and Camden Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/32
Company: Revell, Inc.

Background

A familiar sight to all who have traveled the highways and byways of the United States is the “semi” tractor-trailer truck hauling goods from coast-to-coast.  One of the leading manufacturers of the “tractor” portion is Freightliner, a subsidiary of Daimler AG established in 1942.

The Kit

Big truck, big box, big model – lots of “wow factor” for the young builder!  Molded in light blue, white, black, and clear, the kit comprises of 102 parts.  A sheet of peel-and-stick decals and instructions are also included.  Copyright data on tractor and trailer parts indicate 1979 and 1980 vintage of the original tooling, respectively.  As expected with tooling over 3 decades in service, there was quite a bit of flash along mold parting lines which required some extra effort to clean up prior to assembly.

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