Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

The "MUNSTERS" Living Room

Published: October 28th, 2010     
The "MUNSTERS" Living Room
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Company: Polar Lights

In September, 1964, a strange TV show appeared on our sets, The "Munsters". Using classic horror film characters as a base, the macabre humor of these frightening creatures with wise cracking dialogue, outrageous visual gags and fast motion cinematography made this show a hit. The show lasted 2 years (70 episodes) and was cancelled in May, 1966 due to an All New Color Batman taking all the ratings. It still can be seen in syndication and enjoyed by all.

We have Herman (played by Fred Gwynne), Lily (played by Yvonne DeCarlo) as his loving wife, Grandpa (played by Al Lewis) and Eddie (played by Butch Patrick) as their son. Unfortunately Marilyn (the less fortunate member of the family) and Spot the family fire breathing dragon pet is not depicted in this kit.

This is one of the "Glow in the Dark" kits, so you really get enough parts to assemble two kits. I used the glow parts for the figures, some of the furniture and details and the spider webs. This lent to an eerie effect that coincided with the horror theme of the kit.

F-4E Phantom II

Published: October 25th, 2010     
F-4E Phantom II
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Minicraft Model Kits

The Aircraft

If you aren't at least familiar with the F-4 Phantom II, you have either lived in a cave or a monastery for the last 50 years. Or you might be a WW2 fanatic. The Phantom was produced in huge numbers (5195) and sold to many countries (11). The US Air Force, Navy and Marines used the F-4. The last of the Phantoms are now flying with the Turkish Air Force, Japan and South Korea.

This kit is the F-4E, an Air Force version with the internal 20 mm cannon. If you're interested in less well known air forces, the F-4E has been used by Australia, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Israel, South Korea, and Turkey. Germany also had some F-4Es, but they were based at Holloman in New Mexico with the Luftwaffe training group.

Mercedes Benz SLR722 McLaren

Published: October 25th, 2010     
Mercedes Benz SLR722 McLaren
Reviewed by: Chuck Herrmann, IPMS# 33111
Scale: 1/24
Company: Tamiya

Subject:The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was a supercar designed to compete with the world's greatest sports cars, such as Ferrari and Porsche.  The SLR series, which means "Sport, Leicht, Rennsport" (sport, light, racing) was first designed by M-B in the 1950's. This modern version was a joint project between M-B and McLaren Automotive, the championship racing team who used M-B engines in their Formula One Grand Prix race cars.  Like many other recent retro style cars, many design elements were classic vintage Mercedes trademarks, such as the long front hood and the gull-wing doors hinged at the top. The new SLR was launched in 2003.   This 722 Special Edition, of which only 150 were to be built, was launched in 2006. The differences were a more powerful engine, new front splitter, different wheels and unique badging. Only 150 were produced, all silver.

F-8K/F-8A Crusader

Published: October 23rd, 2010     
F-8K/F-8A Crusader
Reviewed by: Walt Fink, IPMS# 2447
Scale: 1/144
Company: Platz

Platz has re-released their F-8C kit as a dual build F-8K/F-8A---molded in light gray plastic with excellent detail and recessed panel lines.   Two complete kits are included in the box, with three choices of markings.  A little reference material comes in handy, as a couple clues on the kit are subtle and the instructions, though complete, are in Japanese except for the part numbers and color callouts.  Some parts in the kit aren't for use on the A and K variants.

Imperial Japanese Army Medium Tank Type 3 'CHI-NU' Long Barreled Version

Published: October 22nd, 2010     
Imperial Japanese Army Medium Tank Type 3 'CHI-NU' Long Barreled Version
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/35
Company: Fine Molds

Fine Molds continues to add to their great line of WWII Japanese Armor - this time with a variant of the Type 3 "CHI-NU" Tank. This up-gunned long barreled version of the Type 3 was a paper-only project. The variant was expected to go into production in 1946, but as we know the war ended before then. It was thought that the gun on the Type 3 would not be sufficient to knock out US Armor at long ranges, so plans were drawn up to fit the Type 3 tank with a long barrel 75mm gun.