Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Metal Bridge

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Metal Bridge
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

 

MiniArt definitely knows how to be creative with their sprues.  This kit is nothing more than eight of their F sprues used to make a metal bridge with handrails.  Sprue F is the sprue that was used in their "metal Stair".  This sprue is used to create the platform part of the stair kit.

U-boat IXC Turn-II U-176

Published: October 12th, 2010     
U-boat IXC Turn-II U-176
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/350
Company: Mirage Hobby

German U-boat U-176 was ordered on 23 December 1939, and had her keel laid on 6 February 1941.  She was launched on 12 September 1491, and was commissioned on 15 December in 1941 at Deschimag AG Wesser in Bremen.  The boat was lost with all fifty-three hands on 15 May 1943, while on patrol near Havana, sunk by the Cuban patrol boat CS-13 after being spotted by an American OS2U Kingfisher on watch in the area.  During the boat's career, she served under a single commanding officer, Reiner Dierksen, performed training cruises with the fourth flotilla from 15 December 1941 until 31 July 1942, and was the front boat of the tenth flotilla on a cruise beginning 1 August 1942 until her loss.  There were eleven ships sunk by U-176 during her career, consisting of 53,307 gross rated tons.

Finnish Self Propelled Gun 122 SpH 74

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Finnish Self Propelled Gun 122 SpH 74
Reviewed by: Ryan Harden, IPMS# 37968
Scale: 1/35
Company: Skif Model

First Look

The 122 SpH 74 is a tracked, medium sized self-propelled gun in service with the modern Finnish army. A Soviet design, the SpH 74 is the Finnish designation for essentially the 2S1 Gvozdika that has been around since the early 70's.

Skif's new release is a reissue of their earlier 2S1 with the inclusion of new parts to allow the modeler to build the version currently in operation by Finland. As far as I can tell the new parts are mainly in photo etch, with the original plastic parts unchanged. In fact more than a few parts will go unused as they are 2S1 specific and not present in photos of the 74 I've been able to dig up.

Allowing the modeler to see into the future, the box top features a nicely built model of the contents inside. Great box art may sell more kits, but it is nice to see a manufacturer using the built up model for all to see. Certainly it will sway some, who are unfamiliar with this Ukrainian model company, to purchase the kit.

Soviet 76.2mm M1936 (F22) Divisional Gun

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Soviet 76.2mm M1936 (F22) Divisional Gun
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

Sprues

  • G - This sprue contains parts for the gun, shield, and gun cradle
  • H x 2 - This has the wheel and hand wheels
  • J - This has the ammo box and 3 shells
  • N - This has the trails and associated bits
  • P - Photo Etched parts

This kit is a representation of a Soviet "Divisional Gun" that was to fill the role of both a field gun and an anti-aircraft gun. This gun was designed in the early 1930s and started production in 1936. It stayed in production until 1939 when the Model 1939 gun went into production. May of these guns were captured and used by the German, Finnish, and Rumanian Armies.

Before starting the model, you need to decide how you want to display the gun, either in travel mode or firing mode. The instructions don't do a very good job of showing you what the differences are during the build to make the two different versions. I will try to point these out as I go along.

IAR-80C

Published: October 12th, 2010     
IAR-80C