Reviews of scale model kits.

Russian Voroshilovets Tractor

Published: October 17th, 2010     
Russian Voroshilovets Tractor
Reviewed by: Chuck Bush, IPMS# 42838
Scale: 1/35
Company: Trumpeter

The Voroshilovets tractor was produced at the beginning of WWII and was used by the Russians as their heavy artillery prime mover. It had a crew of 2 and could carry the gun crew on the bench seats in the cargo bed. The Germans captured and used a few of these vehicles.

The kit is molded in yellow plastic, with the tracks in brown. There is also a sprue of excellent clear parts for the cab windows, tarp windows and headlight lenses. Molding is very good with a minimum of ejection pin marks. I had no references at hand, but the model looks to be close to the proper dimensions based on pictures I found on line.

The instructions are clear and nicely illustrated with 15 steps in 12 pages, including a parts map. The decal sheet measures 1 1/2 by 2 inches and includes 2 red triangles for the Russian version and 6 white markings for the German version. There is a separate painting and decaling sheet with full color 5 view drawings for each version.

3 Stooges – Moe, Curly and Larry

Published: October 17th, 2010     
3 Stooges – Moe, Curly and Larry
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Polar Lights

The Stooges

The 3 Stooges started out in Vaudeville in the 1930s as Ted Healy and his Stooges, but moved into movies, first at MGM, then to Columbia. Their short films were wildly popular, and although shorts fell out of favor in general, the Stooges kept the Columbia short film department open long after other studios had given up on them.

There were actually 5 Stooges in the movies. When the act started, Moe (Moe Howard), Shemp (Moe's brother Sam Howard) and Larry (Larry Fine) were the original 3 Stooges. Shemp left the act due to Ted Healy's actions. Shemp was replaced by another Howard brother, Curly (Curly Howard). In 1946 Curly suffered a stroke, and appeared as a cameo in only one movie after that. Shemp returned to the act in 1947, and remained a Stooge until he died of a heart attrack in 1955. Nevertheless, he appeared in 4 more films, using archive footage made before his death. What a trooper! In 1956 the fifth Stooge, Joe Besser, joined the group. Besser's character was not Stooge-like, and the newer films made in 1956-1957 were not as popular.

Heavy Artillery Armored Car, S.SP

Published: October 16th, 2010     
Heavy Artillery Armored Car, S.SP
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Scale: 1/72
Company: UM Models


For the last several years, UM has produced a number of armored train components in 1/72 scale. It appears they are branching out and creating products of German armored train cars. The back of the box includes a short history of the vehicle, "Manufacturing of the heavy 'S.Sp' reconnaissance armored cars started in 1944. These cars were able to operate independently or as a train made up of similar cars. Several types of heavy armored cars existed. Artillery cars were armed with Pz. III (N) tank turret with short KwK L/24 75 mm gun. These cars had 20 mm of armor protection. Their weight (depending on armament) reached 18 tons. Maximum speed - 40 km/hr. Combat effectiveness of heavy armored car was almost equal to BP-42. 'S.Sp' participated in combat operations on Balkans from November 1944."

Star Trek K-7 Space Station

Published: October 15th, 2010     
Star Trek K-7 Space Station
Reviewed by: Robert Folden, IPMS# 45545
Company: AMT

To Trekkers around the world, the K-7 Space Station is most famous for two episodes. First featured in The Trouble with Tribbles [from the Original series], the station was again featured in Trials and Tribble-ations [from Deep Space Nine]. The station is easily recognized by its three arms with saucers at each end. In the 1970's, AMT released several Star Trek kits, including the K-7 Station. Now, Round 2 Models has revived the old AMT kits, reissuing them as standard and special editions. The kit is basically the same as the original issue; with new decals [the special edition features a collector's tin and a miniature Tribble]. The reissue even includes the little USS Enterprise in scale with the station.

Toyota Prius G "Touring"

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Toyota Prius G "Touring"
Reviewed by: Jay Mesawitz, IPMS# 42925
Scale: 1/24
Company: Fujimi

The Toyota Prius has made its way from a government incentive driven experiment to a very successful mainstream product offering. As such it really deserves to be noticed for its place in history. The Prius body styling and the kit subject matter in general, however, may only appeal to the Prius enthusiast.

The Fujimi kit represents the 2009 model year of the 3rd generation Prius and is an all new kit. White, clear and chrome trees are all individually bagged. Also included are soft rubber tires, a small decal sheet and window masks. Part count is just over 80 pieces and the build up is fairly simple. The result is a curbside model with no open elements.

The chassis pan and suspension build up easily and are molded with deep relief allowing for the use of washes and various other weathering effects to be applied to the underside. The suspension has poseable front wheels. Each wheel is installed with a vinyl bushing to allow them to roll; however, I was not able to install them and achieve smooth operation on all four wheels. The bushings look like the Tamiya competition but install in the wheel/rim itself rather than being encased in the wheel/brake hub.