Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Tornado F3 111 Squadron Anniversary Set

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Tornado F3 111 Squadron Anniversary Set
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Dragon Models

This kit provides aircraft and markings for two Tornado F.3s, in markings for 111 Squadron's 90th anniversary, 1917 - 2007.

THE AIRCRAFT

The Tornado F.3 is called the ADV by the other operators of the type: Italy and the Royal Saudi AF. It has 80% parts commonality with the attack/recce versions of the Tornado. For the RAF the mission is long endurance combat air patrol.

111 Squadron has flown Bristol Scouts, F.2Bs, S.E.5s, Nieuport 17s, 23s and 24s, Snipes, Siskins, Bulldogs Gauntlets, Hurricanes, Spitfires 1, 2, 5, and 9, Meteors, Hunters, Lightings, Phantoms, and Tornados. They are scheduled to transition to the Eurofighter Typhoon in 2010.

Jagdpanther Early Production w/Zimmerit

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Jagdpanther Early Production w/Zimmerit
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

History and Performance

The Jagdpanther was based on the Panther chassis, using the engine and drive train, and mounted the 8.8 cm Pak 43/3 (L/71). The end result was probably the best tank killer the Germans fielded during World War II. 392 of these vehicles were produced from January 1944 until March 1945. The Jagdpanther had a weight of 46 tons, could reach a road speed of 45 km/hr. The main armament had 57 rounds on board with 3,000 round for the bow mounted machinegun. A crew of five manned the vehicle. The majority of the Jagdpanthers served on the Eastern front, with the greatest number on the West Front serving in the Ardennes Offensive.

BA-64B Soviet Armored Car with Crew

Published: October 13th, 2010     
BA-64B Soviet Armored Car with Crew
Reviewed by: Don Barry, IPMS# 46771
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

Based on the chassis of the ubiquitous GAZ Soviet "jeep", the BA-64 served in various incarnations throughout most of World War II.  Used primarily for scouting and liaison work, the two-man vehicle was robust and durable, if lacking somewhat in creature comforts.  It soldiered on after the war, being supplied to various Warsaw Pact countries during the early stages of the Cold War.

This kit consists of 118 parts on 4 sprues of medium grey styrene, two for the actual vehicle, and two for the five figures.  This breaks down to 49 parts for figures, and 69 for the armored car.  Markings are provided for 4 vehicles from different formations in the 1943-45 time frames.  Paint numbers are called out for the Vallejo, Testors, Tamiya, Humbrol, Revell and Mr. Color lines. The color names are given in English and Cyrillic.  The single page, folded instruction sheet is in color, on glossy paper, with parts called out by sprue letter and part number.  Intermediate painting directions are given when appropriate during construction.

Vickers-Armstrong "6 ton" Light Tank

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Vickers-Armstrong "6 ton" Light Tank
Reviewed by: John Yager, IPMS# 40097
Scale: 1/35
Company: Mirage Hobby

A Brief History

When first produced, the Vickers-Armstrong "6 ton" light tank could not find acceptance with the British Army because the 2 small turrets on the tank were fitted with machine guns only. The tank was later modified into the "B" version that had a 47mm gun and the turret was moved to the right side due to traffic in England being left-sided.

The Model

Upon opening the kit box, there are 12 sprue trees in a bag, some vinyl treads and a small decal sheet. The smaller parts trees are lettered with numbered parts. The largest tree is not lettered but the parts are numbered. There is no parts layout diagram. Marking options are for a Mk. F and B version in Bulgarian Army colors, 1938, in what looks like Panzer gray or a Mk. F version for a British Army training unit, 1939, in a dark earth color. There appears to be no decals for the British version but turret decals are provided for the Bulgarian version.

German StuG III C/D w/ L-48 KwK 40 7.5

Published: October 13th, 2010     
German StuG III C/D w/ L-48 KwK 40 7.5
Reviewed by: Don Barry, IPMS# 46771
Scale: 1/35
Company: Cyber-Hobby

Before World War II started, Germany had already begun to investigate the feasibility of putting infantry support guns under armor and giving them cross-country mobility, providing heavy fire support to infantry units during the advance.  This led to the line of vehicles collectively known as Sturmgeschutz.  Built on converted Panzer III chassis, they were produced in ever increasing numbers right up to the end of the war. Continuous up-grades were made as their roles evolved.  Originally envisioned to provide on-call, organic fire support to infantry units during the assault, they became premier tank killers of the German armored forces by the end of hostilities.