Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

De Havilland Mosquito NFII/FBVI Part 3

Published: November 3rd, 2010     
De Havilland Mosquito NFII/FBVI Part 3
Reviewed by: Paul Bradley, IPMS# 35554
Scale: 1/24
Company: Airfix

My apologies to Airfix for this kit having to take a back seat to life for a little while, but I am in the home stretch now.

With the basic airframe completed, it is now time to start adding some of the minor sub-assemblies. Up front, the machine gun bay was added. The detail in here is fair - like the engine bays, a lot more pipework and wiring would need to be added to be thoroughly convincing, but it looks OK when done out of the box. The machine guns themselves are somewhat lacking in detail, and the addition of Master Models gun barrels really helps - see my separate review elsewhere on this website. Assembly is a little fiddly and care needs to be taken to correctly align all the parts - any deviation from what is needed will result in some awkward moments getting the nose cap fitted - ask me how I know... I was displeased with the way Airfix chose to tackle the belt feeds, as these are cast in rubber and the way they bend is awkward and you'll need to take care to prevent them looking quite unrealistic.

Bf 109E-1

Published: November 2nd, 2010     
Bf 109E-1
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Hello fellow IPMS Brothers and Sisters, Today we have the beautiful new Eduard 1/32 109 in the affordable "Weekend Edition" box...I hear choir music. OK, let's see what we have inside the box, drum roll please. We have 152 khaki colored and clear plastic parts packaged in the typical standard Eduard resealable bags, a single option decal sheet and good ol' black and white instructions. Overwhelmed by the seven large parts sprue, I found inspiration in the decal option Red 1 flown by Knight's Cross recipient, Hptm. Trautloft

The Bf-109 is an interesting subject, with a rich and fascinating history. Several incarnations and variants make it a very popular aircraft and the darling of a lot of fellow modelers. The first prototype flew in late 1936 Bf 109 V4 (D-IOQY, Werk Nr 878) followed by V5, V6 and V7 in early 1937. The latter prototype was pretty much the production version of the Bf 109B.

Su-27 Russian Aerobatic Team "Russian Knights"

Published: November 1st, 2010     
Su-27 Russian Aerobatic Team "Russian Knights"
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: ICM

Background

The Sukhoi Su-27, known to many in the west as the Flanker, is one of the Soviet forth generation fighters. It was designed to equal or surpass western fighters such as the F-14, F-15, F-16 and F-18. The Su-27 is larger and heavier then the similar appearing MiG-27 and provides excellent performance, easy handling and easy maintenance. It is a favorite at air shows due to its size and the stunning maneuvers that it can perform, including the "Cobra".

The Kit

Viper Mk. II

Published: November 1st, 2010     
Viper Mk. II
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/32
Company: Moebius Models

Moebius continues to deliver some very interesting products, and the Viper Mk. II is another in the growing list of Moebius kits. This model is in 1/32 scale and includes several features. The Viper can be displayed with gear down or mounted on a base with gear up. A resin pilot figure is included. The decals are of the traditional waterslide variety. The instructions are rather unique in that they are presented to the builder as a "briefing paper", complete with the Colonial Headquarters Seal at the top of each page. The "briefing paper" approach is fun and it encourages the builder to "get into character" during the assembly process. The instructions contain some excellent color images as well as some accurate and well done line drawings. These images and drawings will help the "crew" to avoid some mistakes that can be made during the assembly process.

A-4F Skyhawk "Lady Jessie"

Published: October 31st, 2010     
A-4F Skyhawk "Lady Jessie"
Reviewed by: Mark A. Dice, IPMS# 31326
Scale: 1/144
Company: Platz

The A-4 Skyhawk is one of the longest serving ground attack aircraft ever designed with its first flight in June of 1954 and many are still in service with several countries today. Designed as a carrier capable ground attack aircraft for the US Navy and US Marine Corps it has served in wars and conflicts for several countries. Over 3000 of these planes were built.