Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Junkers JU-52/3mg6e MS Minesweeper

Published: September 22nd, 2010     
Junkers JU-52/3mg6e  MS Minesweeper
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

The Junkers JU-52/3m was to the Luftwaffe  what the Douglas C-47  was to the American military during World War II.  Stemming from Junkers'  World War I all-metal designs, the JU-52 first appeared in 1931 as a large, single engine transport,  the last of which was produced during 1935. Only a few were built, but the trimotor JU-52/3m first flew in 1932, and it was an immediate success, being sold to Bolivia and Colombia as well as other European governments.  Lufthansa began operating the type in 1932.

Albatros D.III ProfiPack

Published: September 9th, 2010     
Albatros D.III ProfiPack
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

At the first glance, you only will notice the reboxed plastic along with a photo-etch fret and a masking set. But when removing the plastic from the resealable bag, you'll see all the hard work put into the kit by the Eduard crew. The level of detail is incredible and the offering is just as nice today as it was 10 -11 years ago when first released.

Sheriff Rosco's Police Car

Published: September 8th, 2010     
Sheriff Rosco's Police Car
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

The Kit

The kit is molded in a white styrene and also has a generous sprue of chrome parts, and rubber wheels. There is also quite an arsenal of weapons included, (M-16, Thompson sub-machine gun, M1, shotgun, pistol, and a grenade launcher). I guess Sheriff Rosco always wanted to be on a SWAT team. This kit depicts the Dodge Monaco police car and is a very good representation of that vehicle. It also includes a nice engine that could be detailed if you wanted to. One problem is that the hood of the car has no hinges to open so you will have to just lay it next to the kit to show off the engine compartment.

J-10A Vigorous Dragon

Published: September 8th, 2010     
J-10A Vigorous Dragon
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/48
Company: Trumpeter

This review is a little different for me, only because I have taken over this task from John Yager,  the original reviewer who started the initial work, but was unable to complete the build. However, I was still able to complete enough of this model to bring to you an honest and fair review. When I received the kit, Steps 1 thru 4 were underway, but needed to be cleaned up. Only the cockpit was complete and it was a job well done. The credit for the building should be shared with John Yager due to the hard & good work he put into what he had done.

ABOUT THE AIRCRAFT

(PLAAF) J-10A VIGOROUS DRAGON

Ferrari F60

Published: September 5th, 2010     
Ferrari F60
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/20
Company: Tamiya

Upon opening the box you will find 9 baggies containing 182 parts, one tree of P.E. parts, a couple of small sheets of decals, a 10 page instruction booklet, and a decal placement flyer. Parts are molded in three colors; black, red, and chrome. The chrome parts have an aluminum tint to them, making them much more realistic and appealing to the eye than the typical "chrome" parts found in most car models.