Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Bell UH-1N/Bell 212

Published: September 24th, 2010     
Bell UH-1N/Bell 212
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Italeri

The Bell "Hueys" have been a workhorse of rotary wing groups in many air forces for decades. The UN-1N/Bell 212 is the twin engine of the 'Huey'-family, sporting an enlarged fuselage.

This kit is a re-issue of the venerable "Twin Huey" from Italeri. The kit comes in two sprues (molded in medium gray plastic) plus a third sprue of clear parts. There is no flash and no ejector pin is located in any visible area. (Good engineering there!) The sprues include 7.62 mm machine guns. Decals look very nice, although the green on the Italian national markings seems to be a little bit out of register.

Not surprisingly, construction begins with the interior. You have the option of installing a "fabric" bench for personnel carrier or to leave the whole cabin open for cargo. The interior detail is reasonable for the scale and perfect if you are planning to build the helicopter with the doors closed. The pilot seats have molded-in seatbelts and both collective and cyclic controls are provided. The instrument panel has raised detail. No decal is provided for the instrument panel, so you'll have to dry-brush the detail.

Pedestrian Bridge

Published: September 23rd, 2010     
Pedestrian Bridge
Reviewed by: Gary Telecsan, IPMS# 34779
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

Having no knowledge of this series of MiniArt kits, I was expecting about 5 pieces of resin to clean up, prep, slap together quickly, paint and weather. Wrong! One finds upon opening the box 464 grey plastic pieces on 48 sprues. However, there are only 3 different sprues, each repeated 16 times. Instructions are line illustrations on two double-sided 8x11 sheets, and are pretty straightforward - more on this later. When the dust has settled, you will not only have a brilliant diorama accessory but also a number of extra parts left over which will be extremely useful for the diorama hound.

Samochod Pancerny wz. 34 Polish Armored Car

Published: September 23rd, 2010     
Samochod Pancerny wz. 34 Polish Armored Car
Reviewed by: John Yager, IPMS# 40097
Scale: 1/35
Company: Mirage Hobby

A Brief History

The wz. 34 armored car was developed as a modification of the wz. 28 half-track armored car with the tracked wheels being replaced with tires. This allowed simpler maintenance and improved the off-road capabilities. Ten squadrons of armored cars (80+ vehicles) were mobilized in September 1939. In these first days of fighting, the cars were used for reconnaissance and support. Polish crews achieved success by using the element of surprise despite German equipment superiority.

Grumman EA-6B "Prowler" Part 1

Published: September 23rd, 2010     
Grumman EA-6B "Prowler" Part 1
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kinetic Model Kits

When this all new release became known to the modeling world, the announcements were accompanied with a plethora of photographs of an unpainted builtup with plenty of close-ups showing the incredible detail contained here. That created a near riot in the modeling community with posts on almost every forum stating that they couldn't wait to receive it. Well, it has arrived and it appears to be well worth the wait!

Junkers JU-52/3mg6e MS Minesweeper

Published: September 22nd, 2010     
Junkers JU-52/3mg6e  MS Minesweeper
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

The Junkers JU-52/3m was to the Luftwaffe  what the Douglas C-47  was to the American military during World War II.  Stemming from Junkers'  World War I all-metal designs, the JU-52 first appeared in 1931 as a large, single engine transport,  the last of which was produced during 1935. Only a few were built, but the trimotor JU-52/3m first flew in 1932, and it was an immediate success, being sold to Bolivia and Colombia as well as other European governments.  Lufthansa began operating the type in 1932.