Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Bf-110D-3

Published: October 17th, 2010     
Bf-110D-3
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Cyber-Hobby

The Bf 110 was envisioned by Hermann Goering as a heavily armed fighter-destroyer escort for the Luftwaffe's bombers. With its four machine gun and two cannon armament it was a deadly opponent as long one could position the aircraft to take advantage of it. Problem was, as so many other countries found out, the idea of a heavy twin engine fighter competing against smaller single engine fighters of equal or greater horsepower just didn't pan out. Physics simply did not allow it. Early successes against inferior aircraft were soon reversed when the Bf 110s met their match in the Battle of Britain. In spite of being what many could argue was an obsolete design, the Bf 110 soldered on in various versions until the end of the war. It proved especially effective in the night fighter role which capitalized on its multi crew seating and ability to carry a lot of firepower. The Bf 110 D-3 in this kit was designed for long range escort/patrol. The wings were plumbed to take drop tank connections and the tail was lengthened to accommodate a life raft in the event of trouble while patrolling over water.

MiniArt Street Accessories Set

Published: October 17th, 2010     
MiniArt Street Accessories Set
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

MiniArt Models, your favorite Ukrainian diorama manufacturer, has come out with an accessory kit for their street dioramas, cleverly called Street Accessories, #35530. 44 injected plastic parts are provided on four sprues that will build into two benches, four manhole covers, four grates, a 5 inch section of metal fencing and support poles. In addition, there are four short pieces that look like chess pawns but may be hitching posts or barriers of some sort. The instructions are on the bottom of the box and the only color choice provided is on the box top, but truly you'll use your imagination to paint and finish these parts to your liking anyway. One nice thing, these parts are not really dated by their design, so could be present from the turn of the 20th century till the mid-50 at least.

Russian Voroshilovets Tractor

Published: October 17th, 2010     
Russian Voroshilovets Tractor
Reviewed by: Chuck Bush, IPMS# 42838
Scale: 1/35
Company: Trumpeter

The Voroshilovets tractor was produced at the beginning of WWII and was used by the Russians as their heavy artillery prime mover. It had a crew of 2 and could carry the gun crew on the bench seats in the cargo bed. The Germans captured and used a few of these vehicles.

The kit is molded in yellow plastic, with the tracks in brown. There is also a sprue of excellent clear parts for the cab windows, tarp windows and headlight lenses. Molding is very good with a minimum of ejection pin marks. I had no references at hand, but the model looks to be close to the proper dimensions based on pictures I found on line.

The instructions are clear and nicely illustrated with 15 steps in 12 pages, including a parts map. The decal sheet measures 1 1/2 by 2 inches and includes 2 red triangles for the Russian version and 6 white markings for the German version. There is a separate painting and decaling sheet with full color 5 view drawings for each version.

3 Stooges – Moe, Curly and Larry

Published: October 17th, 2010     
3 Stooges – Moe, Curly and Larry
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Polar Lights

The Stooges

The 3 Stooges started out in Vaudeville in the 1930s as Ted Healy and his Stooges, but moved into movies, first at MGM, then to Columbia. Their short films were wildly popular, and although shorts fell out of favor in general, the Stooges kept the Columbia short film department open long after other studios had given up on them.

There were actually 5 Stooges in the movies. When the act started, Moe (Moe Howard), Shemp (Moe's brother Sam Howard) and Larry (Larry Fine) were the original 3 Stooges. Shemp left the act due to Ted Healy's actions. Shemp was replaced by another Howard brother, Curly (Curly Howard). In 1946 Curly suffered a stroke, and appeared as a cameo in only one movie after that. Shemp returned to the act in 1947, and remained a Stooge until he died of a heart attrack in 1955. Nevertheless, he appeared in 4 more films, using archive footage made before his death. What a trooper! In 1956 the fifth Stooge, Joe Besser, joined the group. Besser's character was not Stooge-like, and the newer films made in 1956-1957 were not as popular.

Heavy Artillery Armored Car, S.SP

Published: October 16th, 2010     
Heavy Artillery Armored Car, S.SP
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Scale: 1/72
Company: UM Models

History

For the last several years, UM has produced a number of armored train components in 1/72 scale. It appears they are branching out and creating products of German armored train cars. The back of the box includes a short history of the vehicle, "Manufacturing of the heavy 'S.Sp' reconnaissance armored cars started in 1944. These cars were able to operate independently or as a train made up of similar cars. Several types of heavy armored cars existed. Artillery cars were armed with Pz. III (N) tank turret with short KwK L/24 75 mm gun. These cars had 20 mm of armor protection. Their weight (depending on armament) reached 18 tons. Maximum speed - 40 km/hr. Combat effectiveness of heavy armored car was almost equal to BP-42. 'S.Sp' participated in combat operations on Balkans from November 1944."