Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

A-4F Skyhawk "Lady Jessie"

Published: October 31st, 2010     
A-4F Skyhawk "Lady Jessie"
Reviewed by: Mark A. Dice, IPMS# 31326
Scale: 1/144
Company: Platz

The A-4 Skyhawk is one of the longest serving ground attack aircraft ever designed with its first flight in June of 1954 and many are still in service with several countries today. Designed as a carrier capable ground attack aircraft for the US Navy and US Marine Corps it has served in wars and conflicts for several countries. Over 3000 of these planes were built.

Messerschmitt Bf-110C Zerstorer

Published: October 30th, 2010     
Messerschmitt Bf-110C Zerstorer
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Minicraft Model Kits

The Aircraft

In the early 1930s there was a general consensus, particularly among the bomber cadre that Giulio Douhet was right, and that the bomber would always get through to the target, no matter what. On the other side of this discussion were the fighter jocks, who KNEW that shooting down bombers would be simple, and that their superior aircraft, skill and airmanship would always overcome whatever stratagems and defenses the bomber barons could devise. The answer to these arguments was a compromise, a fighter with enough range to accompany the bombers and enough firepower to defeat the enemy fighters.

Most major air forces came to this conclusion also. The results were:

  • Germany:  Bf-110
  • Britain:  Beaufighter
  • USA:  P-38
  • Netherlands:  Fokker G1
  • Japan:  Ki-45 (Nick)
  • USSR:  Pe-2

Except for the P-38, these planes had maneuverability issues, usually caused by the fact that the engines couldn't provide the power needed to move a large aircraft around in a dogfight. Even the P-38 couldn't maneuver with the Japanese single-engine fighters.

The "MUNSTERS" Living Room

Published: October 28th, 2010     
The "MUNSTERS" Living Room
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Company: Polar Lights

In September, 1964, a strange TV show appeared on our sets, The "Munsters". Using classic horror film characters as a base, the macabre humor of these frightening creatures with wise cracking dialogue, outrageous visual gags and fast motion cinematography made this show a hit. The show lasted 2 years (70 episodes) and was cancelled in May, 1966 due to an All New Color Batman taking all the ratings. It still can be seen in syndication and enjoyed by all.

We have Herman (played by Fred Gwynne), Lily (played by Yvonne DeCarlo) as his loving wife, Grandpa (played by Al Lewis) and Eddie (played by Butch Patrick) as their son. Unfortunately Marilyn (the less fortunate member of the family) and Spot the family fire breathing dragon pet is not depicted in this kit.

This is one of the "Glow in the Dark" kits, so you really get enough parts to assemble two kits. I used the glow parts for the figures, some of the furniture and details and the spider webs. This lent to an eerie effect that coincided with the horror theme of the kit.

F-4E Phantom II

Published: October 25th, 2010     
F-4E Phantom II
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Minicraft Model Kits

The Aircraft

If you aren't at least familiar with the F-4 Phantom II, you have either lived in a cave or a monastery for the last 50 years. Or you might be a WW2 fanatic. The Phantom was produced in huge numbers (5195) and sold to many countries (11). The US Air Force, Navy and Marines used the F-4. The last of the Phantoms are now flying with the Turkish Air Force, Japan and South Korea.

This kit is the F-4E, an Air Force version with the internal 20 mm cannon. If you're interested in less well known air forces, the F-4E has been used by Australia, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Israel, South Korea, and Turkey. Germany also had some F-4Es, but they were based at Holloman in New Mexico with the Luftwaffe training group.

Mercedes Benz SLR722 McLaren

Published: October 25th, 2010     
Mercedes Benz SLR722 McLaren
Reviewed by: Chuck Herrmann, IPMS# 33111
Scale: 1/24
Company: Tamiya

Subject:The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was a supercar designed to compete with the world's greatest sports cars, such as Ferrari and Porsche.  The SLR series, which means "Sport, Leicht, Rennsport" (sport, light, racing) was first designed by M-B in the 1950's. This modern version was a joint project between M-B and McLaren Automotive, the championship racing team who used M-B engines in their Formula One Grand Prix race cars.  Like many other recent retro style cars, many design elements were classic vintage Mercedes trademarks, such as the long front hood and the gull-wing doors hinged at the top. The new SLR was launched in 2003.   This 722 Special Edition, of which only 150 were to be built, was launched in 2006. The differences were a more powerful engine, new front splitter, different wheels and unique badging. Only 150 were produced, all silver.

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