Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

C-47 Dakota Cowlings

Published: October 8th, 2010     
C-47 Dakota Cowlings
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Recommended Kit: Trumpeter

I have read many reviews about Trumpeter's C-47 kit and, although they range from good to great, most reviews seem to pick up on the errors where the rudder and the cowlings are concerned. This review will cover Quickboost's corrected cowlings as compared with the kits cowlings.

F-100F Super Sabre

Published: October 5th, 2010     
F-100F Super Sabre
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Trumpeter

Background

In the decade following the end of World War II, aircraft performance and design advanced at a dizzying pace. Proposed in 1951 and first flown in 1953, the North American F-100 Super Sabre followed in the footsteps of legendary P-51 Mustang and F-86 Sabre, and was the first American production fighter capable of flying at sustained supersonic speeds in level flight. Although intended as a clear-weather daytime air superiority fighter, the "Hun" saw its most notable service during the Vietnam War as a fighter-bomber. The quantum leap in performance over previous fighters was accompanied by an unprecedented accident rate, as Air Force pilots with supersonic experience were few and far between outside of the flight test community. In order to curb the high accident rate, North American developed a two-seat trainer variant on its own nickel, and the design rapidly evolved into a two-seat variant of the F-100D, designated F-100F. Although it did little to reduce the accident rate, the F-100F played an instrumental role in the birth of SEAD (suppression of enemy air defenses) mission as the first "Wild Weasel" platform and as a forward air control (FAC) aircraft.

Type 94 6 Wheeled Truck Hard Top

Published: September 30th, 2010     
Type 94 6 Wheeled Truck Hard Top
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Fine Molds

This truck was designed for use by the Japanese military, using mostly parts for civilian vehicles. Production began in 1936 and continued until the end of the war. 

Mitsubishi Zero A6M5c Model 52c

Published: September 27th, 2010     
Mitsubishi Zero A6M5c Model 52c
Reviewed by: Walt Fink, IPMS# 2447
Scale: 1/144
Company: Sweet Aviation Model Div.

Sweet's 1/144 scale Zero is molded in light gray plastic and features beautifully-done recessed panel lines typically seen on much larger kits. (See photo #1) Dare I say "exquisite"? That was my overall impression of the finesse and crispness of all the parts. Two complete kits are included in the box, with seven choices of markings given on the Cartograf decals. This kit was a big step (in a smallish sense) for me. I had never built a Sweet kit before, and don't know much about Japanese subjects other than airliners. 

F-22A Raptor - Part 2

Published: September 26th, 2010     
F-22A Raptor - Part 2
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

Part II - The Build

First, for any of you who may have been waiting for part two of this review to help make a decision on whether to buy the Hasegawa kit, or one offered by another manufacturer, I apologize for the lengthy build period on this one. But, for those who have been waiting, read no further. BUY THIS KIT! If it is sitting on the shelf down at your favorite hobby shop, GO BUY IT NOW! Don't wait to buy it on the internet, go pay the folks at your local hobby shop their more than reasonable mark-up to have this kit sitting there waiting for you, because YES, IT IS THAT GOOD!

Now, to be fair to the other manufacturers, I haven't got first hand visual on the Academy kit, but from what I've seen in publication reviews, there is no real comparison. Even if you get the aftermarket surface detailing kit, unless you do those sorts of things on a professional basis, the result will be far less convincing than the molded in detail on this kit. I thought it to be too heavy in my initial look at the parts, but Hasegawa has gotten this one right.

Did I say THIS IS A NICE KIT!!!!!?????