Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Flakpanzer V "Coelian" w/Panzer Riders

Published: February 10th, 2011     
Flakpanzer V "Coelian" w/Panzer Riders
Reviewed by: Robert Folden, IPMS# 45545
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

So what's better than a 37mm FlaK 43?  How about twin FlaK 43s. And how about mounting them in an enclosed, armored turret and mounting them to an armored chassis?  In 1943, the German military contractor Rheinmetall-Borsig started designing the Flakpanzer 341 to be just that, an armored, mobile twin 37mm air defense platform. Commonly referred to as the Coelian [Flakpanzer V], the vehicle mounted twin FlaK 43's in a powered turret which featured the ability to fire near vertical. The turret found itself mounted to a Panther chassis that had been slightly modified. Although the Coelian never made it past a wooden mockup [on actual Panther chassis], several experts over the years have speculated that the design would not have been effective due to the enclosed turret. Many believe that the turret design did not properly allow for the exhaust gasses from the twin 37mm guns to vent.

Bf-110D/E

Published: February 8th, 2011     
Bf-110D/E
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Dragon Models

Before I get onto reviewing this model, I would like to give a little back ground information about this aircraft.

The Messerschmitt Bf110 served in the Luftwaffe throughout WWII. Even though it wasn't very popular with the German pilots at that time it was developed into a successful night fighter, in spite of its poor handling characteristics. Later on it was realized what a great night fighter it really was and soon became the backbone of the German Luftwaffe night fighter wing of WWII.Some of these units were formed as early as 1940.

In August/September 1943, Bf110 aircraft shot down over 2700 RAF bombers. Also, in just one night, without fighter cover, these aircraft destroyed at least 120 RAF bombers. The Bf110D was a long-range heavy fighter and/or fighter-bomber, while the improved and up-armored Bf110E was designed primarily as a fighter-bomber.

Republic P-43A Lancer

Published: February 7th, 2011     
Republic P-43A Lancer
Reviewed by: Clarence Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

Background

The P-43 Lancer was developed in 1938 by Seversky Aircraft Corp. as a successor to their P-35. The new model was larger overall and featured the Pratt and Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp radial engine with an exhaust driven supercharger. While the airplane possessed good altitude performance, it was apparent that it would not be able to compete with the aircraft then in operation in Europe. Small numbers were produced for the Army Air Corps and some others for export to the Chinese Air Force and the RAAF. In service, the airplane suffered from leakage from the integral wing fuel tanks and combined with the lower fuselage supercharger this caused a number of fires. The airplane was replaced by the larger, more powerful P-47 Thunderbolt.

KFIR C1/C2

Published: February 7th, 2011     
KFIR C1/C2
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 346
Scale: 1/48
Company: Italeri

Whenever Italeri announced they were releasing a 1/48 model of the Israeli C1/C2 Kfir, I really got excited. I thought that my prayers had finally been answered for getting a good 1/48 Kfir kit. But then I started thinking. Italeri has been famous over the last few years of rereleasing the old ESCI and other kits with a beautiful box and a great decal sheet.

Kawasaki T-4, Blue Impulse

Published: February 7th, 2011     
Kawasaki T-4, Blue Impulse
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/100
Company: Platz

THE AIRCRAFT

The Kawasaki T-4 came out in the late 1980s as a replacement for the Lockheed T-33s and Fuji T-1s in the intermediate trainer role. One of the reasons for the T-4 appears to be that it is built in Japan from mostly Japanese sources.

The T-4 is the third aircraft flown by the JASDF's Blue Impulse demonstration team. The first two were the F-86 and a Mitsubishi T-2.

THE KIT

The box contains two sprues of bright white plastic, with a clear sprue which has enough clear parts to do two kits. This makes perfect sense when you remember that Platz 1/144 kits are "twofers", 2 kits in one box. All parts are cleanly molded with no flash. As I did the assembly, I noted that there are no warps, mold flaws or short shots anywhere. The decals are by Cartograf of Italy.