Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Molch Midget Submarine

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Molch Midget Submarine
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

The "Molch" (German for "Salamander" or "Newt") was the first midget submarine developed by the Kriegsmarine, with the intention being a single person manned delivery vehicle for a pair of torpedoes. The first Molch was delivered on 12 June 1944, and AG Weser in Bremen would build nearly four hundred (depending on the reference, the number varies from 363 to 393). The electric propulsion system was designed for coastal operations, providing a range of 40 miles at a submerged speed of 5 knots. The complicated trim and dive controls made combat operations hazardous at best for the submariners, and the boats were later relegated to train submariners for using the follow-on, more advanced mini-subs.

Molch midget submarines were used in the Mediterranean in Operation Dragon along the French Riviera on the night of 25 to 26 September 1944 where 10 of 12 boats were lost without damaging a single Allied vessel. Between January and April 1945, Molch and Biber midget submarines tallied one hundred and two missions at the cost of seventy boats being lost, while sinking only seven small allied vessels and damaging another two.

Panzerspahwagen BA-64[r] w/Crew

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Panzerspahwagen BA-64[r] w/Crew
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

This kit is a re-box of the Vision model 35002 WWII Russian BA-64 Armored Car with new decals to depict a captured armored car in German service. Plus the addition of a MiniArt figure set that calls them the "crew".

Yankee Scout and Tracker

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Yankee Scout and Tracker
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box

Looking over the figures, they had very minimal flash, and no ejection pin marks. What mold lines that were there were easily removed with a sharp blade. There are no decals provided and the painting instructions are for Vallejo only. You will need to refer to what you see in the illustration or any references that you may have access to. There is not even any part numbers on the sprue, just a picture on the back of the box with the numbers listed next to the part.
The figures went together without a lot of shaping and filling. They are all balanced so they can stand without pins or glue. The biggest problem with construction was the assembly of the Yankee scout. The rifle and saber were mostly guess work as to where the items went and how they were to be attached.

BAC Lightning Mk. 1A/ MK.2

Published: October 11th, 2010     
BAC Lightning Mk. 1A/ MK.2
Reviewed by: Ryan Harden, IPMS# 37968
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The BAC Lightning was Britain's first and last supersonic interceptor. This Mach 2 jet was in service for nearly 30 years with its retirement in 1988. The Lightning's clean lines and unique over and under engine arrangement make it a must have for any modern jet collection.

Eduard's new kit of the Lightning is from their Limited Edition series and contains essentially EVERYTHING the modeler needs to build a stunning replica right from the box. All that the would-be 1/48 Lightning builder needs to add is paint, glue, and time.

Striking box art adorns the sturdy and rather tight opening box, an Eduard hallmark. Cracking the lid open reveals (8) sprue trees, (1) large decal sheet, (2) photo etch frets, (1) canopy Mask, and a nice resin seat from their new Brassin line. A multi lingual instruction sheet and a fold out full color painting guide are provided, offering the modeler a choice of (4) paint schemes.

F-16I Sufa Part 1

Published: October 11th, 2010     
F-16I Sufa Part 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Academy

Modelers rejoice! Finally, a 2-seat F-16 in 1/32nd scale! Academy comes to the table with an F-16I Sufa. The Sufa (Storm) is the Israeli Air Forces advanced tactical aircraft based on the Block 52 F-16's. Visual differences between standard F-16's an