Reviews of scale model kits.

Crossroad Eastern Front, WWII era

Published: February 21st, 2011     
Crossroad Eastern Front, WWII era
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box

If some of this review seems like deja vu all over again, it is, as this is the second time that I have been afforded the opportunity to review a Master Box BMW R75 motorcycle. But there are some great changes with this release. Included in this delivery is a photoetch fret containing parts to build up the wheel spokes, as well as five figures (two Russian and three German). A separate sheet is included for instructions on the wheel assemblies, with directions for assembling the figures shown on the back side of the box; along with a photo of the parts sprue for them.

I am still very impressed by what the folks at Master Box have released, as this remains a solid representation of the R75.


Published: February 18th, 2011     
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/72
Company: Minicraft Model Kits

The B-24D was the first mass produced model of this aircraft which entered service early in 1943. Along with turbocharged engines and increased fuel capacity, there was a total of 10 machine guns. It was one of the heaviest aircraft in the world at over 59,000 lbs, on par with the British Bombers like the Lancaster and Halifax. Because of its ability to carry large loads of bombs and its capability to fly long distances it was chosen for "Operation Tidal Wave", its most famous mission, which was a low level air strike on nine oil fields at Ploesti, Romania on August 1, 1943. It was to be a strategic mission to destroy these oil fields in order to reduce the amount of fuel and oil for the German war machines. This turned out to be one of the most costly missions of men and machines. Over 600 crewmen were killed and 50 B-24's were downed on this mission. This mission was to become known as "Black Sunday".

Confederate Raider

Published: February 11th, 2011     
Confederate Raider
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Scale: Unkown
Company: Moebius Models

Editor's note: Although the scale is unkown, the figure stands Rider: 5" approx, Horse 7-1/2"

Originally produced by Aurora Models in 1958/1959, this kit has been around awhile, although until recently only in the kit collectors realm. Moebius Models has chosen to rerelease this gem of yesterday, with the same box art and instruction sheet guaranteed to bring you back to your childhood days of saving your paper route money to buy one of these babies for about 3 whole dollars. The horse looked very familiar to you when you got it home and opened the box. But that's only because this fella had been released twice before. The first time seating the mounted Gold Knight of Nice, part of the original Aurora Knight set. The second time around, an Apache Warrior was atop this fine steed's back. The third time being the charm, here comes the trusty mount again, this time carrying a Confederate Raider!! Talk about some mileage!!!

Gotha IV

Published: February 11th, 2011     
Gotha IV
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wingnut Wings, Ltd

First comment:  Thanks to Richard at Wingnut wings for sending IPMS USA a review copy of this magnificent kit. Did I say it was "Magnificent"?  You better believe it!

Crammed into a sturdy double-corrugated lower, full-color wraparound upper box is undoubtedly one of the most complex, yet simple-to-build, WWI kits I have ever encountered. Box art is excellent, showing two aircraft flying through flak and dropping bombs... Given the reputation of this still-young company, you don't have to worry. There has been a bit of engineering involved here (duh) to provide excellent fit and, as our British friends say, "Value for Money".

1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner with Retractable Top

Published: February 10th, 2011     
1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner with Retractable Top
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to Revell for providing this kit to IPMS/USA and to them for allowing me to review it.

The Ford Skyliner was an innovative full-size car that came with a retractable hardtop and was built for only three years, 1957, 1958 and 1959. It had a very complex mechanism, which folded a section on the front part of the roof and then retracted it under the rear deck lid. It had three roof drive motors driving four lift jacks, four door lock motors, ten solenoids, four locking mechanisms for the roof, and a total of 610-ft. of wiring. It was the first retractable hardtop to be mass-produced. The standard engine was a 332 cu. in. or an optional 352 cu. in. was available. Transmissions available on the Skyliner were two manual transmissions, a three-speed and a three speed with overdrive as well as the 3-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission.