Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Sopwith Pup RFC - Part 1

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Sopwith Pup RFC -  Part 1
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wingnut Wings, Ltd

Part I

Wingnut Wings has released two 1/32 scale Sopwith Pup kits, one containing parts and multiple markings for the Royal Navy version and one containing parts and markings for the Royal Flying Corps version.  The subject of this review is the RFC version. 

If you build plastic model airplanes and have not heard of this kit manufacturer before, you must have been spending a year or so under a rock somewhere.  Wingnut Wings is a New Zealand-based company with a passion for World War I subjects in general and aircraft in particular.  This new company made a big splash in the hobby last year when they released their first four World War I kits and created an even bigger wave this year when they released four more.  Everything is 1/32 scale and produced at a level that leaves most other kits in the dust.   The almost overwhelming response to the release of the first kits was a wide-eyed Wow andthe latest kits deserve the same response.

Gloster G.40 Pioneer by Pavla Models

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Gloster G.40 Pioneer by Pavla Models
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 Gloster G.40 Pioneer was the first British jet -- it is also known as the Gloster Whittle or the Gloster E.28/39.  There were two aircraft built but the second crashed so this one, W4041/G, did all the testing from its first flight on 15 May 1941 until it was put on display in the London Science Museum in 1946.

I asked for this not because I am particularly interested in the aircraft but because I had just done the FROG version for the Classic British Kits SIG display at Scale Model World (Telford) in 2009.  That kit is so bad that I felt I should have a better representation on my shelf.  For those of you not familiar with the FROG kit, the wings and fuselage are two different scales and the two figures -- one sitting, one standing -- are also.

FW-190A & F Wing Root Gun Covers Closed

Published: October 8th, 2010     
FW-190A & F Wing Root Gun Covers Closed
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Loon Models

Eduard's FW-190s are some of my favorite models. One 'nitpicky' thing is that you have to cut open the wing root gun covers so that the kit parts will fit in a closed position.  Sometimes this results in a less than perfect fit, depending on how well you cut them.  Well you don't have to do it anymore. Loon Models provides the two covers with the trailing edges suitably thinned so you no longer have to cut into the wings. This will make that whole process so much simpler and ensure a perfect fit.

Molded in light yellow resin that is blemish free these are easy additions to the kit.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Loon Models for the review copy.  Tell them IPMS/USA sent you. Note: Loon Models is the "house-brand" for Roll Models, Inc.

C-47 Dakota Cowlings

Published: October 8th, 2010     
C-47 Dakota Cowlings
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Recommended Kit: Trumpeter

I have read many reviews about Trumpeter's C-47 kit and, although they range from good to great, most reviews seem to pick up on the errors where the rudder and the cowlings are concerned. This review will cover Quickboost's corrected cowlings as compared with the kits cowlings.

F-100F Super Sabre

Published: October 5th, 2010     
F-100F Super Sabre
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Trumpeter

Background

In the decade following the end of World War II, aircraft performance and design advanced at a dizzying pace. Proposed in 1951 and first flown in 1953, the North American F-100 Super Sabre followed in the footsteps of legendary P-51 Mustang and F-86 Sabre, and was the first American production fighter capable of flying at sustained supersonic speeds in level flight. Although intended as a clear-weather daytime air superiority fighter, the "Hun" saw its most notable service during the Vietnam War as a fighter-bomber. The quantum leap in performance over previous fighters was accompanied by an unprecedented accident rate, as Air Force pilots with supersonic experience were few and far between outside of the flight test community. In order to curb the high accident rate, North American developed a two-seat trainer variant on its own nickel, and the design rapidly evolved into a two-seat variant of the F-100D, designated F-100F. Although it did little to reduce the accident rate, the F-100F played an instrumental role in the birth of SEAD (suppression of enemy air defenses) mission as the first "Wild Weasel" platform and as a forward air control (FAC) aircraft.