Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

The Gift of the Move - Operation Milkman

Published: April 20th, 2011     
The Gift of the Move - Operation Milkman
Reviewed by: Tom Jett, IPMS# 46082
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box

Operation Milk Man is another fine "vignette-in-a-box" from the folks at Master Box, and distributed by Dragon Models. This clever vignette depicts four German soldiers taking a brief respite from the rigors of combat to enjoy a few spoils of war ...fresh milk!

The four figure set shows two soldiers milking the cow (one doing the pulling and one to hold the cup), a third figure is supervising the milking operations while leaning up to the cow. The last figure is gulping down a cup of the fresh milk from his canteen cup undoubtedly wishing he had a big hunk of Apple Strudel to go with it!

All four figures are cast in dark yellow styrene. They are nicely and naturally posed, and generally speaking the detail is good for plastic figures. The weakest a part on all the figures are the heads, with one being particularly "block-headed", and the others a little on the "fat" side. These are all easily replaced by a good quality set of resin heads from your favorite producer, Alpine, Hornet, Verlinden etc.

VK.45.02(P)H

Published: April 17th, 2011     
VK.45.02(P)H
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

History and Performance

The references I used for this review include Panzer Tracts No 20-1, Paper Panzers, and Germany's Tiger Tanks VK 45.02 to Tiger II.

The production contract to build these vehicles had been awarded in February 1942. The subject vehicle for this review never made it to full production. Several turrets and hulls were completed, but because of significant problems with the Porsche designed and built engines and suspension the contracts for the production series were terminated in November 1942. The fifty turrets manufactured for this vehicle eventually were used on the first 50 Tiger II tanks, and were known as the "Porsche"turrets...

P-40N "Natural Metal"

Published: April 14th, 2011     
P-40N "Natural Metal"
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

Editor's note: The kit's title is "Natural Metal"; however the author opted to use a different scheme for reasons explained in his text.

History

The P-40 history is covered in plenty of detail. The P-40N was the last and most produced version of this iconic fighter. In 1943 the 49th Fighter Group was stationed in the Southwest Pacific. They had been flying the P-40E, but they were getting very war weary. Enter the P-40N. The N model was assigned to the flight leads. One of those was Lt. Sammy Pierce. At that time he had three kills from flying the P-40Es. In keeping with his practice of naming his aircraft after a feature film, the P-40N was emblazoned with "Kay The Strawberry Blonde". The crew chief side had "The Hialeah Wolf" on the right side.

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M4 (105mm) Sherman Howitzer Tank and Workable Track Set

Published: April 13th, 2011     
M4 (105mm) Sherman Howitzer Tank and Workable Track Set
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Editor's note: This review contains an embedded review of: Bronco Models 1/35th scale Sherman T51 Workable Track Set Kit: AB3542 MSRP: $19.95.

Dragon Models Ltd. has blessed the Allied WW2 armor modeler with yet another version of the Sherman tank. This time around the modeler is presented with the 105mm howitzer version of the M4. This vehicle consisted of a 105mm gun, mounted in the so called "high bustle" turret, atop a "large hatch" (47 degree) M4 hull. The kit consists of 11 sprues of injection molded parts, slightly more than 450 parts, together with a fret of photo etched brass parts, a pair of DS 100 rubber tracks, and a short length of metal cable, and decals for three vehicles. Perhaps 100 parts are "surplus to needs", and care needs to be taken when figuring out which parts go with which variant.

Kurtis Midget Racer Edelbrock Equipped V-8/60 with Trailer

Published: April 13th, 2011     
Kurtis Midget Racer Edelbrock Equipped V-8/60 with Trailer
Reviewed by: Jim Stratton, IPMS# 20703
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Frank Kurtis founded the Kurtis Kraft Company in the late 1930's. They designed and built race cars and in a twenty year period they built over 1,100 midget racers. 500 were built ready to race and another 600 were sold as kits. The midget racers came with different engines, most notably the Offenhauser and the Edelbrock V860. The Kurtis midget racers won several events all over the country for decades. Some are even still running today in vintage race events. Revell has released a brand new 1/25th scale model of the Kurtis Kraft Midget Racer. This model represents the midget racer as seen during the '50's and onward into the '60's. This kit is all new tooling and Revell makes great use of slide mold technology to give us a beautiful rendition of this small racer. Revell has released 2 versions of the midget racer: One with the Offenhauser engine that has a choice of carbs or fuel injectors and the other with the Edelbrock V-8/60 engine. Each kit will have a unique nose and bumper with a choice of markings for which ever version you are building. The kit also comes with a small fret of photoetch for the instrument panel, steering wheel spokes, and hood straps.

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