Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

RQ-4B Global Hawk

Published: January 24th, 2011     
RQ-4B Global Hawk
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Skunk Models Workshop

Northrop Grumman's RQ-4B Global Hawk was conceived in the early 1990's as part of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's initiative to develop and field advanced concept technology demonstrator (ACTD) unmanned aerospace vehicles (UAVs). By the late 1990's ACTD versions of the Global Hawk were demonstrating the viability of the concept of High Altitude Endurance (HAE) UAVs in some reconnaissance roles similar to those held by the legendary but venerable U-2. As the United States found itself fully engaged in the War on Terror in 2001, the need for additional HAE reccee assets became acute, and the ACTD design was rapidly advanced into the operational RQ-4A embodiment. As the merits of the RQ-4 crystallized in combat operations, a larger and more capable RQ-4B version was developed to assume even more of the roles traditionally shouldered by the U-2.

IJN "Tone", Heavy Cruiser with "Jake" Seaplanes

Published: January 24th, 2011     
IJN "Tone", Heavy Cruiser with "Jake" Seaplanes
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/350
Company: Tamiya

Thanks once again to Stevens International for providing IPMS with yet another review kit. Without your support (and our purchasing the items) companies like Tamiya could not continue to provide us with new, interesting kits to build!

Il-2m3 Sturmovik, Weekend Edition

Published: January 20th, 2011     
Il-2m3 Sturmovik, Weekend Edition
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik was a ground-attack aircraft produced by the Soviet Union in the Second World War. Soviet sources give the number produced as over 36,000. It is regarded as the most formidable aircraft of WWII and best ground attack aircraft of all.

The aircraft's engine, cockpit, radiators, and fuel tanks were protected by a steel "tub "designed to be an integral part of the load-bearing frame. This design made it ideal for its low-level ground attack and anti-tank roles.

The Il-2m3 (Type 3) version was introduced in 1943 in the battle of Stalingrad. It was so successful that the Soviets produced this version more than all the others. It was armed with two 23-mm Vya cannons and two 7.62-mm ShKAS machine guns in the wings. The rear gunner operated a 12.7-mm UBT machine gun. It could carry various combinations of rockets and bombs.

It is the Il-2m3 version that Eduard has recently released and is the subject of this review. As presented, the model is equipped with four RS-132 rockets under the outer wing panels.

15-cm Sturm-Infanteriegeschutz 33 Ausf. Pz. III

Published: January 20th, 2011     
15-cm Sturm-Infanteriegeschutz 33 Ausf. Pz. III
Reviewed by: Don Barry, IPMS# 46771
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Editor's note: This kit is from Dragon's Cyber-Hobby line

Ju88a-4 Bomber + Luftwaffe Ground Crew

Published: January 15th, 2011     
Ju88a-4 Bomber + Luftwaffe Ground Crew
Reviewed by: Fred Wilms, IPMS# 42113
Scale: 1/48
Company: Dragon Models

Editor's note: This kit is from Dragon's Cyberhobby line.

HISTORY:The JU88 can be considered Germany's equivalent to the British Mosquito. Production of the JU88 family totaled about 1,500 aircraft. The bomber first flew in December 1936. The aircraft had several engine variations, from water-cooled to air-cooled radials. Its top air speed was 292 mph, operational ceiling of 26,900 feet, with a crew of four.

KIT:The kit is made up of injection molded gray plastic parts. The parts were well detailed and in excellent condition.