Reviews of scale model kits.

Soviet Medium Tank T-34/76 Mod 1943 (Snap-fit)

Published: January 15th, 2011     
Soviet Medium Tank T-34/76 Mod 1943 (Snap-fit)
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/72
Company: Zvezda

This kit is listed as "My First Model Kit" and I wanted to get my grandson into modeling, so I thought this should be a good kit to introduce the hobby to my just turned 6 grandson. Well, things did not go as I had hoped. There are no age recommendations on the box, but most of the other kits on the shelf state 8 years old or older even for the snap tight kits. Now I know why. My grandson's fine motor skills were not developed enough to handle a sprue cutter and his attention span was not long enough even to handle this kit (from start to finish no more than 2 hours). So I ended up finishing the model myself and getting him introduced to the painting and decal portion of the project. Below is listed what was done and how:

Fw190D, JV44 - Sachsenberrg's Platzschutzschwarm

Published: January 12th, 2011     
Reviewed by: David Goudie, IPMS# 6340
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard


This kit boxing is a "Limited Edition Dual Combo" with a Bonus 1/144 scale Me262 kit included. In essence three complete kits in one box with the third being the Me262.

Optional markings

  • Fw 190D-9, W.Nr. 600424, Lt. Heinz Sachsenberg, Munich - Riem airport, Germany, April - May 1945
  • Fw 190D-9, W.Nr. 600?69, Hptm. Waldemar Wubke, Ainring airbase, Austria, May 1945
  • Fw 190D-11, W.Nr.2200??, Lt. Karl-Heinz Hofmann, Munich - Riem airport, Germany, April - May 1945
  • Fw 190D-9, W.Nr. 210240, Oblt. Klaus Faber, Ainring airbase, Austria, May 1945
  • Fw 190D-11, W.Nr.2200??, Red 2, Munich - Riem airport, Bad Aibling, Germany, April - May 1945


German s.10cm Kanone 18

Published: January 9th, 2011     
German s.10cm Kanone 18
Reviewed by: Ken McDevitt, IPMS# 46356
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Description and History

Quoting from Dragon's web site product description:

"The 5.6-ton K18 was of 10.5cm caliber, and was based on the high-speed towing carriage of the s.FH.18. Designed to be a long-range medium artillery piece, it was the standard weapon in medium artillery battalions. The gun had a range of 20,850 yards, and it remained in service throughout the war. A crew of ten operated this howitzer that was first introduced in 1934"

In the Box

This kit has approximately 231 styrene parts - approximately 228 parts on seven gray sprues and three parts on a clear sprue. Also in the kit are 2 etched brass parts, 2 etched nickel parts, 2 brass-tubing parts, 1 decal sheet and one turned aluminum barrel with rifling. There are 8 pages of instructions with 12 steps and painting guides for 3 schemes.

RB-51 'Red Baron' Reno Racer - Part 2

Published: January 9th, 2011     
RB-51 'Red Baron' Reno Racer - Part 2
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/32
Company: Fisher Model and Pattern

At the risk of sounding like a "one string banjo", Darn! These Fisher kits are really the car's meow. I've lost track of how many of these outstanding kits from Paul I've had the pleasure to review, but this one is, as are all the others, an outstanding example of the pinnacle of Resin casting technology. The build is as simple as pie with the one piece wing, and a hollow-cast, nearly one piece fuselage (the belly scoop being the minor second part). With a couple of passes with the sanding sticks the fit is pure "click, click". A minimum of glazing putty was used during the construction and finishing process.

Spitfire Mk. I & Messerschmitt BF-109E-4 'Battle of Britain' (Double kit Issue)

Published: January 8th, 2011     
Spitfire Mk. I & Messerschmitt BF-109E-4 'Battle of Britain' (Double kit Issue)
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa


The Spitfire Mk. I and Messerschmitt Bf-109E-4 need no introduction to modelers of any age, so I'll dispense with the historical background. It is only necessary to comment that these aircraft could have been adversaries, as they were both used during the Battle of Britain in 1940. I would assume that these kits were reissued for limited experience modelers, as most of us have built these kits for years.

Spitfire Mk. I