Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Fieseler Fi 156C Storch 'Gran Sasso'

Published: January 28th, 2011     
Fieseler Fi 156C Storch 'Gran Sasso'
Reviewed by: Fred Wilms, IPMS# 2113
Scale: 1/32
Company: Hasegawa

History: The Fieseler Fi 156 is a fabric and steel tube constructed 3 place liaison aircraft. It is noted for its short takeoff and landing characteristics used by all the German forces. It's primarily used by German upper echelon personnel including Hitler himself. It also played a major role in a daring rescue of the imprisoned Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.First produced in 1939 the type remained in production throughout WWII. The total production was around 1549 aircraft. During the winter months, it was fitted with skis. It was also produced after the war by France and Czechoslovakia.

It had a crew of 2/3; empty weight 930 kg; maximum speed 175 km/h;  minimum speed 51 km/h and a range 385 km. Power was provided by an Argus AS-10C inverted V8, (air-cooled) with 240-hp; takeoff distance 26 meters (no wind).

F-22A Raptor

Published: January 24th, 2011     
F-22A Raptor
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1/72
Company: Fujimi

Editor: With appologies to all, Mr. Pignataro's photos of the finished kit were omitted in the initital release of this review.

Background: Several kit manufacturers have released the F-22 in this scale and now Fujimi has jumped into the fray. As far as I know, this release is there first 1/72 aircraft in many, many years. If you are familiar with any previous Fujimi kits, you know they are high quality and well detailed. The Raptor continues that tradition.

SU-85, Soviet Tank Destroyer

Published: January 24th, 2011     
SU-85, Soviet Tank Destroyer
Reviewed by: Mike O'Brien, IPMS# 47662
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

The Model

The SU-85 is a Russian tank destroyer that has a massive 85-mm gun, and was capable of taking out nearly every foe it came across. The tank did not have a moving turret so it made it easy for the Russians to build. It was powered with a V-2 12-cylinder diesel engine that could reach speeds of 34-mph on rough roads. There were roughly 2,050 destroyers built from 1943 until late 1944. It was mainly used in the battle of Kursk, as well as being heavily used from December 1943 to counter-attack German Panthers and Tiger Tanks.

The Kit:

The kit contained 4 bags, one with the main body of the tank, one that contained 4 sprues marked A.B, C, and D, a bag with the tracks, and hardware required. The fourth bag contained 6 Russian soldiers to assemble. The kit also came with Tamiya weathering master for Russian Tanks.

Imperial Japanese Naval Heavy Cruiser Tone

Published: January 24th, 2011     
Imperial Japanese Naval Heavy Cruiser Tone
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/700
Company: Fujimi

Introduction

Hello IPMS members. Today I have the all-new tooling IJN heavy cruiser Tone as she appeared during the Battle of Leyte Gulf 1944. Fujimi has been burning the midnight oil and has released several newly tooled and retooled 1/700 scale WW2 Japanese ships for 2011

History Brief

After doing a little online research I discovered that there were two Japanese cruisers bearing the name Tone. The first (1907) a "protected cruiser" participated in the World War 1 Siege of Tsingtao, a German controlled port in China. The vessel was stricken in 1931and sunk as an aircraft target in1933.

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.

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