Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

60/54cm Morser Karl w/Munitionspanzer IV Limited Edition

Published: June 25th, 2017     
60/54cm Morser Karl w/Munitionspanzer IV Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:72
Company: Hasegawa USA

The Karl "Gerat" (device) was a huge self-propelled siege mortar. The 60cm shells weighed around 5000 pounds and contained several hundred pounds of explosives. Hasegawa says that the Karl made a "significant impact" wherever it was used. The problems with Karl were that it wasn't very mobile, and it required special ammunition. When a Karl was in use, it had to be in a special firing position, which should be level and support the chassis.

This is Hasegawa's release of their Karl Mortar in 1/72. It includes the "Munitionschlepper" Panzer IV. This kit has been released before, with the Munitionschlepper or with the railway transport add-on. What makes this kit desirable is that you get more options for the basic Karl mortar.

The two big options are:

F-15C Idaho Air National Guard

Published: June 25th, 2017     
F-15C Idaho Air National Guard
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Revell, Inc.

IPMS USA appreciates Revell USA sending us this model, and I also give the nod to our leadership within the reviewer corps for forwarding me the kit to review.

A personal note concerning the actual aircraft: To use an Eagle painted on an Eagle, what a great recruiting tool!!! Eye-catching and unique, interesting markings, and even this older version F-15C is still a viable Air Superiority weapon. When I first saw it I was skeptical, but having built this kit, I found the scheme rather well thought-out and not overbearing. Not just another gray airplane.

The first picture will be the copyright on the interior spine of the Model: 1979. Back then this dates the kit as one of Monogram's front-line kits being released with the modeling community in mind. Excellent (for the time) cockpit detail, deep intakes, and modern armament on board. The molds have worn well, and the details are still sharp after several re-releases.

I also did not use putty on this build; wanted buyers to see what could be done straight out of the box.

CM.170 Magister

Published: June 24th, 2017     
CM.170 Magister
Reviewed by: Tyler Shepard, IPMS# 50425
Scale: 1:48
Company: Avantgarde Model Kits (AMK)

The Kit

When you open the Box you find all the sprues nicely individually bagged in resealing bags. Over to the side there is a cardboard cutout that holds a very nice plastic case containing all of the white metal parts. These parts consist of replacement main wing spar, tail spar, landing gear, guns, ammo belts, and a couple other replacement bits. Also included are nose weights. With the sprues they have included a full clear sprue which is just the same as Sprue A so you can do a Skeleton view of the fuselage. Under all of the sprues you find a small fret of Photo Etch for seat belts, air brakes, and landing gear door latches and a very large decal sheet that gives you the option for 5 different markings options:

Macchi Mc. 205 "Veltro"

Published: June 23rd, 2017     
Macchi Mc. 205 "Veltro"
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Italeri

Italeri has released a boxing of the very good 1/48 Hasegawa Mc. 205, which is enhanced by a super decal sheet for 6 different camouflages. Not only that, but the decal sheet includes "smoke rings"! I believe this is the first time that "smoke rings" are included as part of a regular boxing.

Like most airplanes models construction starts with the cockpit and this is no exception. The plastic parts are capable of delivering a convincing "front office" if care is taken during painting. The instrument panel faces are provided as decals and they certainly enhance the look of the panel as the pictures show. I decided to add a set of Eduard Photo-Etch Italian Seatbelts (Steel) to round up the cockpit. It would have been nice to see at least a decal to reproduce the seatbelt.

When closing the fuselage, I had a bit of trouble with the back part of the cockpit floor. I had to do some trimming of the cockpit floor to be able to close the fuselage without a gap. Don't forget to capture the propeller hub at this time.

T77 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage

Published: June 23rd, 2017     
T77 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Ding-Hao Hobby

Gaining momentum on this side of the pond is a model company out of Taiwan called Ding-Hao Hobby, a sister company to AFV Club, that specializes in subjects not well covered (or not covered at all) in injection molded plastic.  Their kits are short-run, multi-media affairs mostly aimed at advanced modelers.  I first came across Ding-Hao Hobby from a pilot friend of mine who brought me a German Bussing Nag L4500S truck sporting dual MG151 triple machine gun mounts (DH96003).  I have since purchased several more DH kits before deciding to review their U.S. Army T77 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage.

The T77 is based on a modified M-24 Chaffee chassis with a specialized turret studded with no less than six U.S. M2 Browning 50cal machine guns - a frightening prospect for anything that would have the bad luck of straying into its line of fire.