Reviews of scale model kits.

Cessna T-41 Mescalero

Published: September 30th, 2018     
Cessna T-41 Mescalero
Reviewed by: Allan Murrel, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/72
Company: Omega Models

This is Omega Models all resin T-41 which is the US armed forces version of the popular Cessna 172, The kit can be used to build both a US Army or US Air Force aircraft.

In the box is:

  • 6 x strips of molded resin parts
  • 1 film sheet
  • 2 x vacuum formed clear parts
  • 2 x small decal sheets
  • 1 wire
  • 1 instruction sheet

The kit consists of 44 resin parts some are not required as they are from the standard Cessna 172 kit. The resin parts are extremely well molded with a little flash but great detail; the decal sheets were not too impressive and you may want to get alternative decals. Also, the vacuum formed windscreen and rear window are not too good.


The instructions are very simple and you just need to try to follow fitting the parts numerically.

F-4J Phantom II United States Marine Corp

Published: September 28th, 2018     
F-4J Phantom II United States Marine Corp
Reviewed by: Joe Porche, IPMS# 20296
Scale: 1/48
Company: Zoukei-Mura

Parts Breakdown

  • 14 Parts 1 Crystal Clear Sprue
  • 367 Parts 11 Light Grey Polystyrene Sprue
  • 1 Decal 8 1/4" x 11 5/8" Decal Sheet
  • 1 32 page Instruction booklet
  • 1 Full size and color decal Layout page.

To further enhance my building experience I purchased three things from the Zoukei-Mura website.

Space 1999 Hawk Mk IX

Published: September 24th, 2018     
Space 1999 Hawk Mk IX
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Round 2

This is an all-new tooled version of the Hawk and is far superior to the original Airfix version.

This is a kit of the Hawk MIX from Space 1999, this spacecraft appeared in the episode "Wargames", the kits allows you to build two versions one used in the show and a pre-production version which is the one I opted for.

In the box is:

  • 4 x light grey sprues
  • 1 base mounting wire
  • 1 round dome base
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet (Note decal installation instructions are on the box sides)

All the sprues are extremely well molded and great detail; the instruction booklet is easy to follow and well-illustrated. The decal sheet is very large with lots of detail.


Stage 1, 2 and 3 is the construction of the two side mounted engine pods which had no issues and assembled very well.

Stage 4 and 5 is the assembly of part of the rear main engine and the two side mounted rocket launchers and once again the build was super easy.

Stage 6 and 7 is the assembly of the main hull of the spaceship. Once again a great fit and easy assembly.

German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret)

Published: September 16th, 2018     
German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret)
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

This is a new version of the King Tiger following up on the release of the Henschel version last year.  My first impression was wow what a very well detailed kit. I did review this kit with the addition of the Interior set SPS-062 and Zimmerit Set SPS-060 so the picture will include parts not included in this kit. You can see my reviews of these on this site also. The set is very impressive with the amount of parts and detail included. The parts that would be cast metal on the real tank are well detailed and defined.

The kit contains

  • 10 sprues molded in tan styrene
  • 1 lower hull
  • 1 Photo Etch sheet
  • 1 Clear Sprue
  • 1 Metal gun barrel
  • 1 sprue of rubber ploy caps
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 Painting booklet in color
  • A limited edition Map


Step 1 through 5 - builds parts of the lower hull and suspension real no issues, except for a few injection pin marks that needed filling.

Step 6 through 9 - Builds and installs the rear armored wall. This was a very easy with no issues at all.

OKB Grigorov Soviet Heavy Tank SMK

Published: September 13th, 2018     
OKB Grigorov Soviet Heavy Tank SMK
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: OKB Grigorov

OKB Grigorov is a small model company based in Bulgaria that you may not be too familiar with. The company focuses primarily on AFVs, tanks, and naval ships in 1/72, 1/350 and 1/700 scales, and they have an extensive list of products available. They produce full resin kits with photo-etch enhancements, as well as resin, photo-etch, and white metal conversion pieces for other models. More recently, they began producing some plastic AFV kits.