Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Bf 109E-1

Published: November 2nd, 2010     
Bf 109E-1
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Hello fellow IPMS Brothers and Sisters, Today we have the beautiful new Eduard 1/32 109 in the affordable "Weekend Edition" box...I hear choir music. OK, let's see what we have inside the box, drum roll please. We have 152 khaki colored and clear plastic parts packaged in the typical standard Eduard resealable bags, a single option decal sheet and good ol' black and white instructions. Overwhelmed by the seven large parts sprue, I found inspiration in the decal option Red 1 flown by Knight's Cross recipient, Hptm. Trautloft

The Bf-109 is an interesting subject, with a rich and fascinating history. Several incarnations and variants make it a very popular aircraft and the darling of a lot of fellow modelers. The first prototype flew in late 1936 Bf 109 V4 (D-IOQY, Werk Nr 878) followed by V5, V6 and V7 in early 1937. The latter prototype was pretty much the production version of the Bf 109B.

Su-27 Russian Aerobatic Team "Russian Knights"

Published: November 1st, 2010     
Su-27 Russian Aerobatic Team "Russian Knights"
Reviewed by: Clarence Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: ICM

Background

The Sukhoi Su-27, known to many in the west as the Flanker, is one of the Soviet forth generation fighters. It was designed to equal or surpass western fighters such as the F-14, F-15, F-16 and F-18. The Su-27 is larger and heavier then the similar appearing MiG-27 and provides excellent performance, easy handling and easy maintenance. It is a favorite at air shows due to its size and the stunning maneuvers that it can perform, including the "Cobra".

The Kit

Viper Mk. II

Published: November 1st, 2010     
Viper Mk. II
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/32
Company: Moebius Models

Moebius continues to deliver some very interesting products, and the Viper Mk. II is another in the growing list of Moebius kits. This model is in 1/32 scale and includes several features. The Viper can be displayed with gear down or mounted on a base with gear up. A resin pilot figure is included. The decals are of the traditional waterslide variety. The instructions are rather unique in that they are presented to the builder as a "briefing paper", complete with the Colonial Headquarters Seal at the top of each page. The "briefing paper" approach is fun and it encourages the builder to "get into character" during the assembly process. The instructions contain some excellent color images as well as some accurate and well done line drawings. These images and drawings will help the "crew" to avoid some mistakes that can be made during the assembly process.

A-4F Skyhawk "Lady Jessie"

Published: October 31st, 2010     
A-4F Skyhawk "Lady Jessie"
Reviewed by: Mark A. Dice, IPMS# 31326
Scale: 1/144
Company: Platz

The A-4 Skyhawk is one of the longest serving ground attack aircraft ever designed with its first flight in June of 1954 and many are still in service with several countries today. Designed as a carrier capable ground attack aircraft for the US Navy and US Marine Corps it has served in wars and conflicts for several countries. Over 3000 of these planes were built.

Messerschmitt Bf-110C Zerstorer

Published: October 30th, 2010     
Messerschmitt Bf-110C Zerstorer
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Minicraft Model Kits

The Aircraft

In the early 1930s there was a general consensus, particularly among the bomber cadre that Giulio Douhet was right, and that the bomber would always get through to the target, no matter what. On the other side of this discussion were the fighter jocks, who KNEW that shooting down bombers would be simple, and that their superior aircraft, skill and airmanship would always overcome whatever stratagems and defenses the bomber barons could devise. The answer to these arguments was a compromise, a fighter with enough range to accompany the bombers and enough firepower to defeat the enemy fighters.

Most major air forces came to this conclusion also. The results were:

  • Germany:  Bf-110
  • Britain:  Beaufighter
  • USA:  P-38
  • Netherlands:  Fokker G1
  • Japan:  Ki-45 (Nick)
  • USSR:  Pe-2

Except for the P-38, these planes had maneuverability issues, usually caused by the fact that the engines couldn't provide the power needed to move a large aircraft around in a dogfight. Even the P-38 couldn't maneuver with the Japanese single-engine fighters.