Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Supermarine S-6 and S-6a/B

Published: December 22nd, 2010     
Supermarine S-6 and S-6a/B
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

The line of Supermarine racers, designed to attack and eventually acquire the Schneider Trophy for Seaplanes, actually began with the S.4, a mid-wing cantilever monoplane with amazing aerodynamic form for its time, 1925. This floatplane racer was sent to the United States for the eighth Schneider Cup races at Baltimore, where it suffered a number of mishaps before it finally was wrecked when the pilot lost control, fortunately with no injuries. The race was won by Lt. Jimmy Doolittle, with the backup Gloster III placing second.

Westland Lysander Mk.II

Published: December 22nd, 2010     
Westland Lysander Mk.II
Reviewed by: John Ratzenberger, IPMS# 40196
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

Allow me to start by thanking Pavla Models for their most generous contribution of numerous models for review by IPMS/USA.

Background

The "Lizzie" is one of my favorite aircraft for some quirky reason, and one on a very short list of those I wish I had the opportunity to fly myself. There were three versions - unsurprisingly the Mk.I, II, and III. There were a 189 Mk.I, 517 Mk.II, and 964 Mk.III, including license built. The Mk.I and Mk.III pretty much look alike - the Mk.II is recognizable by the smooth, slightly tapered engine cowl. As the Mk.I were quickly shunted off to the Middle East, the Mk.II is most prevalent in the early war years in Europe.

There are numerous Lysander kits in 1/72, a few in 1/48, and even one in 1/32. Many have some issue or another, particularly with markings, about which version they really are. I have also found a huge number of errors in reference books - the captions and color profiles tag the aircraft an incorrect Mark, even though there is a correct table of serial numbers, just a few pages away. I have learned to check everything twice.

Thermonuclear Rodeo

Published: December 20th, 2010     
Thermonuclear Rodeo
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 90mm
Company: Government Issue

As a devotee of SciFi and the related genres, I was always a fan of Stanley Kubrick's 1964 movie Dr. Strangelove. It had a great cast with George C. Scott, James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers and many more including the subject of this diorama, Slim Pickens as Major "King" Kong who most notably rides a nuclear bomb out of the bottom of a B-52 to detonate in Russia. I could go one more but you really need to watch is to appreciate the subtle and extensive humor thrown around.

Stu.Pz. IV Brummbar Early Production with Zimmerit

Published: December 19th, 2010     
Stu.Pz. IV Brummbar Early Production with Zimmerit
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 41392
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

The layout of the part sprues is as follows:

Sprue  A x 2 - (Black) Road wheels, drive sprockets, and idlers

Sprue A x 2 - (Blue) Bogies

Sprue B - Drive sprocket mounts, under hull items

Sprue C - Tool box

Sprue D - (Black) Gun mounts

Sprue D - (Blue) Rear plate and idler adjustment apparatus. Many of these parts are not used

Sprue E - (Black) Fenders, roof, rear deck hatches

Sprue E - (Blue) Schurzen brackets and muffler guard

Sprue F - (Black) Odds and ends. Most parts will not be used

Sprue F - (Blue) Schurzen brackets

Sprue G - (Black) Rear plates, front deck and hatches

Sprue G - (Blue)  

IRAQ EVENTS KITS

Published: December 17th, 2010     
IRAQ EVENTS KITS
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box

Master Box Ltd. is a company that makes many different injected molded kits with an emphasis on making their products for dioramas. Their kits have a huge range of themes and accessories for dioramas, including figures of people and various animals, carts, WWII tanks & motorcycles to mention a few. Each kit tells a story of its own and together can bring your diorama to a better level of realism. I know they have been around from at least 2006 but however long it might be, their products seem to be excellent.