Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Focke-Wulf FW 190D-9

Published: September 12th, 2014     
Focke-Wulf FW 190D-9
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hobby Boss

Hobbyboss continues their FW190/Ta152 series with this FW190D-9. The kit consists of 118 beautifully engraved plastic parts, a sheet of 6 photoetch pieces and 5 clear parts. markings are included for:

  • II/JG6, Black 12 BuNo 500570 from May 8, 1945
  • 7/JG 301, BuNo 400208, April 1945

There is an excellent set of decals with full stencils. The only thing I noticed right up front was the lack of seatbelts which I remedied with a Reheat set.

OT-130 Flame Thrower Tank

Published: September 12th, 2014     
OT-130 Flame Thrower Tank
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hobby Boss

During World War 2 the Russians created a large number of flamethrower-equipped vehicles, useful for burning Germans out of strongpoints.  Some of them replaced a turret or hull machine gun position with the weapon.  Others, such as the OT-130, replaced the main gun itself and made this a dedicated flame thrower tank.

Like the original vehicle itself, Hobby Boss’ OT-130 tank is a modification of the tried-and-true T-26, which by this time in the war had outlived its usefulness as a main battle tank.  The 45mm main gun was removed and replaced with a flamethrower unit and its appropriate internal tankage.  The kit itself features over 900 parts including two sheets of photoetch and seeming hundreds of tiny pins used to assemble the workable tracks.  There is no interior provided, although all of the crew hatches do open.  No figures are provided with the kit, although it comes with a clear lens for the headlight.

Bussing-NAG 2 cm KwK 38

Published: September 12th, 2014     
Bussing-NAG 2 cm KwK 38
Reviewed by: John Shimek, IPMS# 4899
Scale: 1/72
Company: AMC Models

The Bussing-NAG 2 cm KwK 38, a four-wheeled German armored car, is one of two prototypes of this nature built. Historical reference for these vehicles is very hard to come by. However, it is known that they were in fact built but never put into production. It is also accepted that they were in fact field-tested, but it is debated as to which unit actually tested them. Some sources saying it was the 12th SS Panzer division, but again, there is no definitive proof of this as the data does not exist to confirm this information.

This resin model kit comes packaged in a sturdy box with all the parts contained in Ziploc bags. Unfortunately, one of the bags arrived opened, and all the parts strewn inside the box. The kit is totally resin and comes with a 20 mm metal barrel which is a very nice touch. There are a total of 51 pieces of resin that compose this kit. There is one decals sheet included of three German Balkenkreuzen. The instruction sheet is one small sheet of double-sided print outlining the four steps to building the model and the suggested painting of the completed vehicle.

Jungle Jim Rail Dragster

Published: September 12th, 2014     
Jungle Jim Rail Dragster
Reviewed by: Mike Hanson, IPMS# 41117
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

The Revell 1/25 scale “Jungle Jim” Rail Dragster is a re-release of a series of dragsters produced in the mid-1970s. This particular kit represents a car driven by “Jungle” Jim Liberman. If forum comments are correct, this is not a representation of any specific car or race, but rather a generic representation of one of his cars. If you want to build something specific, a bit of research will likely be necessary.

The kit comes in Revell’s typical 9” x 7” model box, where you’ll find four sprues of white plastic, one chrome sprue, one black sprue with the rear tires, and a vinyl-type sprue for the front tires.

The largest sprue contains the dragster’s body, seat, and wings. There are some heavy ejection pin marks, but fortunately they are on sides that are not visible. I didn’t notice any sinking on the visible sides, so the parts shouldn’t require much cleanup.

MV-22 Egg Osprey

Published: September 10th, 2014     
MV-22 Egg Osprey
Reviewed by: Joe Porche’, IPMS# 20296
Scale: Grade A Large
Company: Hasegawa

Wow what a fun little kit to build of a modern USMC war machine.  The most interesting thing about the model is this kit can be built as a snap/or press tite build.  No glue is actually necessary to construct this model.

Tenax 7 was used to cement all the parts and reacted well to the medium density Hasegawa plastic.  Bondo 907 was used for the few seams that needed filling and again worked well with the Hasegawa plastic. I used Testors Clear Parts cement to attach the canopy and AV Plastic Putty for final seam fills and touch ups. The Model was painted overall using both Model Master Enamels and Tamiya Acrylics.

Every part was well and fully molded with no sink marks or pin marks visible. The only clean up on the parts was at the sprue attachment points.

Instructions are very well laid out in 8 steps which can easily be broken down.  Painting instructions are for Mr. Color paints but also give the FS equivalents.  On the reverse side is a clear drawing of what the camo scheme should look like and accurate decal placements.

Roland Leong’s Hawaiian Charger Funny Car

Published: September 10th, 2014     
Roland Leong’s Hawaiian Charger Funny Car
Reviewed by: Mike Hanson, IPMS# 41117
Scale: 1/16
Company: Revell, Inc.

The Revell 1/16 scale Hawaiian Charger Funny Car is a re-release of a kit first available in 1988.  The kit is a representation of Roland Leong’s 1973 Dodge Charger “Hawaiian” Funny Car.  These cars were essentially a rail or tube chassis with a modified fiberglass body representing the car – by this point in racing history a Funny Car had little in common with the stock car it represented other than a vague similarity and a name.  In fact, the origin of the name ‘Funny Car’ comes from the elongated wheelbase and stretched bodywork – far from looking stock, they looked ‘funny’ and the name stuck.

This is a large, 1/16 scale kit, so it comes in an associated larger model box – this one measuring 11 ½ x 17 inches.  It needs to be big, because the stretched Dodge Charger body is pretty long, just shy of 12 inches when completed.

Most of the sprues are in white plastic.  The body is mostly one-piece, with caps for each end, so it should go together easily.  The clear parts are separately bagged, and the windshield is detailed with rivets as seen in the photo on the box cover. 

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.

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