Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Polikarpov I-16 Type 17

Published: November 9th, 2010     
Polikarpov I-16 Type 17
Reviewed by: Tracy Palmer, IPMS# 39188
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Greeting to all the plasticholics out there in model building land! Today we have a review of the Polikarpov I-16 type 17. This was an Edward Profipack kit with 96 parts (some of those are extras), a fret of photo-etch - pre-painted on some parts, and decals for 5 A/C.

He-162A-2 Salamander

Published: November 9th, 2010     
He-162A-2 Salamander
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/48
Company: Cyber-Hobby

The Reich Air Ministry (RLM) issued requirements for a single-seat fighter powered by a single BMW 003 jet engine on September 10, 1944. From the many German aircraft manufacturers interested, Heinkel's proposal was selected. Heinkel designed and built The He-162 very quickly. The final design was chosen on September 25th and the He162 flew for the first time on December 6th, less than 90 days later.

It was made primarily of wood due to the short supply of metals. In early test parts came unglued in flight with one such event resulting in the death of the test pilot. As a result, parts were strengthened and some redesign was needed. The glue for the wood parts was found to be defective in many cases. The aircraft was the fastest jet aircraft in the air hitting 550 mph at sea level and speeds reaching 562 mph at 19,000 feet.

The He162 was built at three locations; Salzburg, the Hinterbruhl, and the Mittelwerk. By the time of Germany's surrender on May 8, 1945, 120 He 162's had been delivered; a further 200 had been completed and were awaiting deployment.

German Krupp 12.8 cm K 44 L/55 High Velocity Anti-Tank Gun

Published: November 4th, 2010     
German Krupp 12.8 cm K 44 L/55 High Velocity Anti-Tank Gun
Reviewed by: Don Barry, IPMS# 46771
Scale: 1/35
Company: Great Wall Hobby

Brief History      

The 12.8 cm PaK (Panzerabwehrkanone) 44 was the largest caliber German anti-tank gun fielded by her armies during World War II. It was designed as a final response to the escalating armor/anti-armor spiral which continued right through the end of the war, and afterward. Experiences with Russian 122-mm guns and the heavy armor of the KV and IS tanks had shown that even the vaunted 88-mm gun had its limitations.

The choice of 128-mm was made due to existing tooling being available for this caliber as naval and anti- aircraft weapons.

Contracts for design and prototypes were awarded to both Krupp and Rheinmetall-Borsig, with testing commencing in late 1944. The Krupp design was chosen for series production, and although performance was impressive, a towed weapon weighing nearly 11-tons was simply not practical. Various carriages, both foreign and domestic were tried, with varying degrees of success.

German s.Sp. Artilleriewagen with Waffen Tank Crew (1944-1945)

Published: November 4th, 2010     
German s.Sp. Artilleriewagen with Waffen Tank Crew (1944-1945)
Reviewed by: Jim Stratton, IPMS# 20703
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Introduction

Cyber-Hobby.com has released another kit in their armored train series. This is a re-release of the heavy railcar which mounted a Panzer III Ausf. N. turret with the 7.5cm KwK L/24 gun. These heavy armored rail cars were introduced in 1944 and saw extensive service in Russia and Yugoslavia. After the war Czechoslovakia used them until the mid 1950's. These rail cars were self propelled and could run independently; however, they were designed to be operated in trains of 20 cars or more. In actuality, due to fuel shortages, they often ran alone or in small numbers. The armored rail cars were built for the Deutsche Reichbahn by Steyer starting in May 1944 and were operational from November 1944 to April 1945. They weighed around 18 tons and had 20mm armor plate. They were powered by an air cooled 76 hp Steyer motor which was sorely underpowered and resulted in terrible gas mileage.  

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Published: November 4th, 2010     
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Reviewed by: Jim Stratton, IPMS# 20703
Scale: 1/12
Company: Moebius Models

Introduction

This newest release from Moebius Models the 1/12th scale Creature from the Black Lagoon is a continuation of their popular Universal Studios "Monsters of the Movies" series of famous movie monsters. This kit is smaller than the previous releases of Frankenstein and the Mummy, which were 1/8th scale. This kit is also a Snap-Together kit with only 14 parts. The entire kit only took 15 minutes to clean up and "Snap-Together" the parts. In the past I have never been fond of Snap-Together kits. Usually they are designed for the younger modeler and ease of construction is the underlying factor in these kits.