Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

British Light Utility Car

Published: August 30th, 2009     
British Light Utility Car
Reviewed by: Chuck Bush, IPMS# 42838
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya

This British "Car, Light Utility" was based on a passenger car chassis. They were produced by several manufactures and used throughout WWII from Dunkirk to North Africa. Nicknamed "Tilly", they were powered by a 10 hp engine, lacked 4-wheel drive, and poorly suited for off road assignments. They were used in rear areas and on British airbases in a variety of roles.

Ferrari 312T2 "1976 Monaco GP Winner"

Published: May 31st, 2009     
Ferrari 312T2 "1976 Monaco GP Winner"
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/20
Company: Hasegawa

I would like to thank Dragon Models USA for submitting this item to IPMS for review and IPMS for allowing me to review it.

BACKGROUND

The Ferrari 312T was designed by Mauro Forghieri for the 1975 Gran Prix season. Over the next six years the 312T series won 27 races, four constructors' and three drivers' championships The car was powered by a flat-12 cylinder engine which produced approximately 510bhp. The "T" in "312T" stood for transverse. This was the mounting configuration of the gearbox which improved the car's handling characteristics over its predecessors.

Tyrrell P-34

Published: May 23rd, 2009     
Tyrrell P-34
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy, IPMS# 12511
Scale: 1/20
Company: Tamiya

Back in 1976 Ken Tyrrell ran a Formula One Race team. He employed an innovative car designer named Derek Gardner. Up to this point in Formula One or Grand Prix as it is called, many designers tried some pretty radical designs in the hopes of gaining an advantage over the other competitors. Mr. Gardner came up with one of the wildest designs and it worked. This was the Tyrrell Project 34 six wheeled car. He felt that by reducing the drag on the front end the car would have an advantage in front line speed. By doing this he put four small (10") wheels on the front thereby reducing the drag and still keeping the grip. This car ran for 30 races between 1976 and 1979 and achieved a win in the process at the Swedish Gran Prix.

Because the governing bodies in this form of racing felt that the six wheels gave the Tyrrell P-34 and advantage it was banned at the end of 1977. Tamiya have produced a very fine model of this exotic car in 1/20 scale. As per their standard, there are many parts and loads of detail.

Star Wars Corporate Alliance Droid

Published: April 14th, 2009     
Star Wars Corporate Alliance Droid
Reviewed by: James Woody, IPMS# 33899
Company: AMT

All right, a new Star Wars kit.  AMT has finally released the Corporate Alliance Droid from the Revenge of the Sith(c).  This kit features 37 parts molded in light gray plastic and instructions.  There are no decals or painting instructions provided with this kit, even though the instructions call out 11 different colors of paint.

The molding is fairly sharp with some ejector pin marks and mold separation lines.  One part has the Lucasfilm copyright marking right were it will be seen, rather than on the inside of a part.  The tracks are molded in one piece with separation lines down the middle and mold stubs all over the inside that will require some careful cutting to remove.

Overall this is a welcome kit from the Star Wars universe and with a little research on painting should make up into a very nice model.

(c) 2005 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved.

Millennium Falcon

Published: February 6th, 2009     
Millennium Falcon
Reviewed by: James Woody, IPMS# 33899
Scale: 1/72
Company: Fine