Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Messerschmitt Bf-110C-6

Published: May 29th, 2014     
Messerschmitt Bf-110C-6
Reviewed by: Brian Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

History

The Messerschmitt Bf-110 series was originally designed as a long range escort fighter, and so much has been written about the type that I need not be repetitious.  Preceded into production by the Bf-110B, which first appeared in 1938, the Bf-110C was the first major production model, followed by the “D”, “E”, “F”, and “G” variants.   It was not particularly successful at the beginning of the war, as it was used against more nimble single seat fighters.  Later in the war, it was used as a night fighter, where it was very successful and even outlived the aircraft intended to replace it. 

BAE Warrior

Published: May 29th, 2014     
BAE Warrior
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Scale: 1/48
Company: Airfix

Airfix continues its 1/48 line of military vehicles from Operation Herrick in Afghanistan. This new release is the warrior infantry fighting vehicle fitted with slat armor and jamming devices for IEDs. Like the American Bradley and the Russian BMP, the Warrior first entered service in 1984 and has been updated as time as gone on. Armed with a 30 mm cannon and a 7.62 mm machine gun, it carries seven fully armed infantry men. It has seen action in the last years of the Cold War, both Gulf wars, Afghanistan and peace keeping in Kosovo. The model presented here includes slat armor and electronic countermeasures to IEDs.

Vostok Orbital Launch Vehicle

Published: May 29th, 2014     
Vostok Orbital Launch Vehicle
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/100
Company: Round 2 Models

Last released in 1970 by MPC, Round2 has re-issued this classic kit. You may remember that the original MPC kit had parts for the flying version. I remember the cardboard tube for the central rocket cylinder used to hold a small rocket motor, thinking that the plastic parts would not survive more than just one launch. I never put that to the test and I still have that original 1970 MPC kit sitting in my display case.

The Round2 release does not have those parts for a flying model, although the launch rail brackets are still present. There are some other items still in the box from its “flying” days but they can be ignored.

During this project I did not fill seams and I did not conduct any research to achieve an accurate paint scheme. I sanded down the more obvious “steps” during assembly, and chose a very basic White/Gray paint scheme, painting some Vostok components to make them pop out a bit in the images accompanying this review.

U.S. 2-1/2 Ton 6x6 Airfield Fuel Truck

Published: May 28th, 2014     
U.S. 2-1/2 Ton 6x6 Airfield Fuel Truck
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya

Airplane modelers have been waiting for a 1/48 US Army Airfield truck for quite some time (I know I have). There were resin conversions available, but for all I know this is the first one in injected plastic and a Tamiya model nonetheless!

Upon opening the box you get to see six sprues molded in dark green, a small clear sprue, a bag with plastic hose and wire, and a small decal sheet. Instructions are typical Tamiya, which is clear and simple to follow with color calls along the way.

From looking at the parts, this kit is a modification or sub-version of a different kit as you get plenty of spare parts. The box says “2 figures” included, but actually there are 3, as a driver figure is included too. It might not have the proper uniform though. This model is a curbside but that is not an issue for “airplane guys” wanting a small vehicle next to the airplanes in the display case or shelf at home.

Science Room Desk and Chairs

Published: May 27th, 2014     
Science Room Desk and Chairs
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/12
Company: Hasegawa

Another in a series of Hasegawa kits replicating office and school furniture, this Science Room Desk and Chairs kit requires a little more time and effort to construction than the previously reviewed Conference Table and Chairs (62002) or School Desk and Chair (62001) kits. The science table and four chairs that are found in the kit took about 30 minutes to build.

The table surface is black, while the table, itself, is white. The stools are a tan color. Hasegawa advertises that this kit does not require glue, and I found that to be true, for the most part. I did fudge a bit and reinforced the “snap” fit of the table parts with a little glue. I also glued the water handles onto the faucet fitting.

Assembly is easy enough for a novice or young person to handle by themselves, so if Junior is looking for a diorama setting for a science experiment, this is it!

Thanks to Hobbico and Hasegawa for providing this review sample to IPMS/USA. 

Mirage III BE/BD/DS/D2Z Kit and Detail Set for IIIS/RS/DS Versions

Published: May 27th, 2014     
Mirage III BE/BD/DS/D2Z Kit and Detail Set for IIIS/RS/DS Versions
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/72
Company: PJ Production

Introduction

The Mirage III’s history has been well covered in numerous other places, so I won’t dwell on it. Suffice it to say, it was introduced into service in 1961 and proved its worth in the hands of the Israeli Air Force in the 1967 Six-Day War and the 1973 Yom Kipper War. It’s been used by 20 of the world’s air forces, and it is, quite frankly, one of the most elegant fighters ever designed.

Ju-87G Dual Combo

Published: May 27th, 2014     
Ju-87G Dual Combo
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Eduard

This is another of the marvelous Eduard 1/144 kits.  Previously I’ve done the Spitfire IX, both c and e wings, the MiG-21s (all three) and the Ju-52 military.  All have been nicely crafted, with good fit and interesting markings.  This one is no exception.

The Aircraft

By early 1943 the Luftwaffe no longer held air superiority over the Soviet Union, at least not sufficient superiority to prevent Russian fighters from interfering with dive-bomber operations.  The Stuka Geschwaders lost eight of their Knight’s Cross Holders during the battles around Kursk.  The Stukas were generally replaced by FW-190s and Bf-109s in the ground attack role.

The RLM (German Air Ministry) was also worried about the vast numbers of enemy tanks on the Eastern Front, and wanted an effective way to stop armored offensives.  The Henschel Hs-129 was a potent anti-tank weapon, but its twin-engine design and large fuel tanks reduced its’ ability to survive ground fire.

The answer was an up-armored Stuka with anti-tank guns.

School Desk and Chairs

Published: May 25th, 2014     
School Desk and Chairs
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/12
Company: Hasegawa

One in a series of kits featuring “office furniture” and “school furniture”, this kit is rather easy to assemble, goes together very well, and provides a bit of fun. The kit provides pieces for three school desks and chairs. There is nothing difficult about this kit and I found myself chuckling out loud, as I did building Hase’s 62002 Office Furniture Tables and Chairs. Total build time was about 7 minutes.

Hasegawa advertises that this kit does not require glue, and I found that to be true. I took the time remove the nubs after removing the parts from the sprues, but that was more out of habit than necessity.

One gets parts sufficient for three chairs and three desks. The fit is excellent and assembly is very quick and easy. The table surfaces are “brown” as are the seats and chair backs. The tubing for the chairs and tables is gray.

For those who have dioramas in 1/12th in mind, or for those who do “doll houses” in 1/12th, this item is right up your alley.

Thanks to Hobbico and Hasegawa for providing this review sample to IPMS/USA. More “office furniture” reviews will be forthcoming shortly.

R.A.F. TSR.2

Published: May 24th, 2014     
R.A.F. TSR.2
Reviewed by: John King, IPMS# 46812
Scale: 1/144
Company: Great Wall Hobby

The Kit

Great Wall Hobby (GWH) has released a TSR.2 in 1/144 scale. This kit is actually an exact repackaging of the Pit Road TSR.2, which is evident from the “Pit Road” name molded on the sprues. The kit itself is very nice and it features engraved panel lines, optional position canopies, options to build it in-flight or on the ground, optional position speed breaks, and a plethora of weapons. Every sprue is packaged in its own bag. Decals are included for three anti-flash white RAF TSR.2s: XR219, XR220, and XR222 (XR219 was the only TSR.2 to fly). The decals are in good register with minimal carrier film.

The kit is molded in white plastic that is hard, but easy to work with. GWH did a good job of planning the tooling on this kit as the sprue attachment points are on the “inside” of the part, thereby leaving very little marring to the actual surface of the model. Although the TSR.2 had tinted main canopies, the rest of the windows were clear. Helpfully, GWH chose to mold the clear parts with no tint, thus allowing modelers to replicate this look as they see fit.

Capsule Toy Machine

Published: May 23rd, 2014     
Capsule Toy Machine
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/12
Company: Hasegawa

Hasegawa offers this 1/12th Toy Machine to its expanding collection of 1/12th furniture for offices and schools.

The kit provides parts for two Toy Machines that can be used as “stand alone” devices, mounted one on top of the other, or mounted side-by-side. There are some “toy capsules” that are included. A small plastic bag contains some yellow, red, blue and green spheres, and there are a dozen blue/clear spheres that must be snapped together.

As advertised, the Toy Machines do not require painting, and with the exception of one part they snap together with precision. The only issue I found was that Part A3, the turntable within the machine, did not fit as well as the other parts. A few swipes with a sanding stick took care of the problem.

A number of “signs” are provided on a piece of high gloss paper, and after cutting the favored sign from the sheet, it slips nicely into the machine.

Fast, fun, and amazingly attractive when completed, this product will add “zip” to any diorama scene in which it is used.

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