Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

M7 Priest ‘Mid-Production’ Smart Kit

Published: October 18th, 2010     
M7 Priest ‘Mid-Production’ Smart Kit
Reviewed by: Chris Durden, IPMS# 29474
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon has countered Academy's recent M7 release with their own excellent release of a mid-production Priest with a combination of the early suspension and additional armor. Coming in the usually sized Dragon box, this kit only clocks in with 260 parts as there are no individual track links or many left-over parts.

Those of you used to many of Dragon's German subject that fatten the spares box will be disappointed with only about 10 left over parts! An entire sprue utilizes common parts from the previously released 105mm gun. The moldings are crisp and flash free with fine detail. The DS tracks are also well detailed and really pop when painted and weathered. I really won't have much to say about assembly except that it was straightforward with excellent fit of the parts.

I chose to replace the prominent weld beads with styrene rod to replace the weld details that I lost due to some ham handed sanding.

The only issues that I ran into were involving the gun mounts due to instructions that are poor. In step 6,do the following:

'48 Ford Woody

Published: October 18th, 2010     
'48 Ford Woody
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Revell has been kind to auto modelers in re-releasing past Monogram car kits that have been out of production. This time the reissue is of the '48 Ford Woody with Monogram's name on the box top and on the instruction sheet. With 127 parts molded in white plastic, clear plastic and a sprue of chromed parts you can only assembly a stock Woody. You'll use all the parts with none left over, except for a few decals.

Pz. Kpfw. III Ausf. N with Winterketten

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Pz. Kpfw. III Ausf. N with Winterketten
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

History and Performance

The Panzerkampfwagen III was one of the workhorses of the German army during World War II. The development order was issued in 1935 for a full-tracked vehicle in the 15 ton class. The Ausf. A model was manufactured in 1937 and was armed with a 3.7 cm main gun. Ten of these vehicles were produced but were withdrawn from service in 1940 due to insufficient armor and poor suspension. Several other variants were manufactured in subsequent years with armament increased to include 5.0 cm and ultimately 7.5 cm main guns. There was also a model equipped with a flame thrower. The Panzerkampfwagen III saw service on all fronts during the war, but the improvements in armament and armor never quite matching its opponents.

Sd.Kfz. 251 Ausf.C & 3.7cm PaK 35/36

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Sd.Kfz. 251 Ausf.C & 3.7cm PaK 35/36
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dragon Models

Let me begin this review as I did a previous one by stating that if you like 1/72 scale armor, you are going to love this kit, as Dragon has once again set the standard for others to follow. Included in this kit is not only a welded hull 251 Ausf.C half-track, but also a very well molded 3.7cm PaK 35/36 gun. The level of detail in the kit is right on par with their 1/35 scale kits, but will take up much less space on a shelf.

Nieuport Ni-17

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Nieuport Ni-17
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Ok, the boys from Eduard have another offering for this famous French kite. In this newest boxing we find 78 plastic parts; a photoetch fret; an express mask, and a beautiful set of decals.  These cover the six options which include French, RFC and Italian services. I will omit a history lesson and go on to the build.

The construction is straightforward; my only gripe is that part A25 is too long and the instruction sheet seems vague in regards to it. Right or wrong, I just cut off the nub it left and sanded the bottom side flush. Everything else was smooth sailing adding the photoetch bits along the way. I added the decals early on in the build simply for the ease of doing them while the areas were still accessible.

I really enjoy the Eduard kits and consider them to be outstanding in fit and detail. I finished the build completely out of box without adding any embellishments for the review.

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