Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

ERA-3B Skywarrior, Part 3

Published: May 27th, 2016     
ERA-3B Skywarrior, Part 3
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Scale: 1/48
Company: Trumpeter

This is the third and final installment, “Full Build,” of Trumpeter’s Douglas ERA-3B 1/48th scale variant to be released by Trumpeter in 2016. The plane depicts the US Navy, VAQ-33 ‘Firebirds’, ERA-3B, 104/GD BuNo. 146447. The ERA-3B variant was converted from the RA-3B variant as an electronic aggressor aircraft serving with the VAQ-33 and VAQ-34.

This was a full model build straight out of the box with no aftermarket accessories added. The model was based upon the US Navy, VAQ-33 ‘Firebirds’ plane as seen on page 49 in the A-3 Skywarrior in Action Book, Jim Sullivan, Aircraft Number 148, Squadron/Signal Publications. Sullivan’s depiction of the picture states that this plane is sitting on the flight line at NAS Oceana Virginia on 12 May 1977.

In Part 2 of the build we constructed the interior and glued it to the fuselage. In joining the two fuselage halves I ran into some fit issues. With a little sanding of the bulkheads I was able to join the fuselage together. After this was allowed to dry I used Perfect Plastic Putty and glazing/spot putty along with sanding to ensure there were no visible seam lines.

sWS w/2cm Flakvierling 38 Halftrack

Published: May 27th, 2016     
sWS w/2cm Flakvierling 38 Halftrack
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

Following right on the heels of their Schwere Wehrmachtschlepper (sWS) IR-Searchlight halftrack, Bronco Models has now offered the same wide-tracked vehicle sporting a four-barreled 2cm Flakvierling anti-aircraft gun.

Like the one before, this ‘new’ kit is actually a reissue of the high-quality Great Wall (Lion Roar) kit from a few years back. Aside from the box art and the color of the plastic, the main difference between the two kits is that Bronco includes a complete engine assembly. At some point GW introduced these parts as an aftermarket set you had to purchase separately for their sWS kits. Bronco brings everything together into another solid offering, with more to come.

Titanic & LED Set

Published: May 26th, 2016     
Titanic & LED Set
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/700
Company: Academy

Academy is re-releasing its well-known 1/700 Titanic, this time in a MPC (Multi-Color-Parts) format with an LED Light Set. Upon opening the box you will find 6 sprues (white, tan, black, brown, bronze and orange), plus the hull –in two parts, black and red hull- and the main ship structure, molded in white.

Construction of this kit is simple and broken down into 24 steps. You basically assemble the main ship structure, bow and aft deck, plus the hull as main subassemblies. The instructions are good and easy to follow and the fit is really good.

Please note this is not a “snap-tite” kit, you will need glue and many of the parts are actually pretty small so this is not a model for kids. I do believe a young modeler could assemble this kit with some adult supervision.

Now, let me describe the LED light set; the real reason why I wanted to try out this kit: You are provided with 8 white LED, a clear plastic strip (for the LED to attach to), some electric conductive tape, wires, a switch and a battery holder.

SBD-5 Dauntless Limited Edition

Published: May 26th, 2016     
SBD-5 Dauntless Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard continues its “full meal deal kits” this time with Accurate Miniatures 1/48th scale SBD-5. For those who haven’t seen them, Eduard takes a very good kit, adds resin, photoetch and masks and bundles it into one solid kit. Let’s look at the contents. First, the highly detailed Accurate Miniatures SBD-5 kit. The full kit is here with all the parts including optional position canopies, nice engine detail and wonderful engraved detail. There was the barest flash present on a couple parts only. The resin parts for this include the tires which have two optional outer hubs, a tail wheel and parts for the gun. The decals are from Cartograf and have five excellent options. Markings are provided for the following: