Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

USS Independence LCS-2 - First Look

Published: October 13th, 2010     
USS Independence LCS-2 - First Look
Reviewed by: Ray Byers, IPMS# 44782
Scale: 1/700
Company: Dragon Models

The Ship

The USS Independence (LCS-2) is the second Littoral Combat Ship commissioned by the U. S. Navy, and the leader of the Independence class. She is an aluminum high speed trimaran capable of speeds in excess of 44 knots (50mph), with a range of over 4300 nautical miles at 18 knots. Commissioned on 16 Jan 2010, she has a length of 418 feet and beam of 104 feet, with a large flight deck and mission bay located beneath the flight deck. Capable of handling many types of aircraft, including the CH-53 and the V-22 Osprey, she can be configured to accomplish many different missions through the use of "mission" modules. Very cool ship!

Panzerkamfwagen MK IV, 744(E) (A13)

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Panzerkamfwagen MK IV, 744(E) (A13)
Reviewed by: Jeff Leiby, IPMS# 30249
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

The Kit

This is the Bronco Models kit of the Panzerkamfwagen MK IV, 744(E) (A13).

This kit represents a Cruiser Mk IV A13 captured from the British Army during the Battle for France in 1940. The Germans used the vehicles as gun tanks to support their flame tanks for the invasion of the Soviet Union. The box contains the following parts.

When Worlds Collide - Space Ark

Published: October 12th, 2010     
When Worlds Collide - Space Ark
Reviewed by: Fred Amos, IPMS# 6672
Scale: 1/350
Company: Pegasus Hobbies

If you are old enough, you may remember a great science fiction movie in 1952 called "When Worlds Collide". The story line was that astronomers have discovered a sun and a planet on a collision course with the planet Earth.

After a great deal of discussion it is decided to build an "Ark", a large rocket, capable of evacuating the best minds of science, engineering, animal husbandry, farming and other "best and brightest" citizens of the planet Earth to a new planet, and there to start a new race in peace and harmony. As would be expected, chaos erupts at the last hour, caused by the unfortunate people who are to be left behind. The Ark is launched just in time to avoid the collision and proceeds to the new Earth, finding it a paradise.

Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Starship Set

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Starship Set
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/2500
Company: Round 2 Models

"1/2500 Scale - the final frontier.  This is the kit review of the Starships "Enterprise."  Their 5-day mission:  Amuse a 4-1/2 year-old little modeling nut, give his dad a chance to check out some new models of some old friends, and to boldly go where few built kits have gone before ...(Wal-Mart, the public library, Lowes, Max & Erma's, McDonalds, ...anywhere little hands can carry them)."

Background

It's hard for some of us to believe it's been nearly a half-century since Star Trek's debut in 1964.  Over the decades, the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701, has arguably become the most recognizable, esteemed, and influential vessel in intergalactic travel -- so influential that even the first NASA Space Shuttle bore her name as the result of a massive write-in campaign from Star Trek fans in the mid-1970's.

Junkers Ju-52/3mg6e MS

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Junkers Ju-52/3mg6e MS
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

Introduction

The Junkers JU-52/3m was to the Luftwaffe what the Douglas C-47 was to the American military during World War II.  Stemming from Junkers' World War I all-metal designs, the JU-52 first appeared in 1931 as a large, single engine transport, the last of which was produced during 1935. Only a few were built, but the trimotor JU-52/3m first flew in 1932, and it was an immediate success, being sold to Bolivia and Colombia as well as other European governments.  Lufthansa began operating the type in 1932. Powered by a variety of engines, including a Diesel, the type quickly became a standard airliner during the middle thirties, and when the clandestine Luftwaffe was created after Hitler's rise to power, the JU-52 was adapted as a bomber, seeing service in Germany and during the Spanish Civil War.  It was World War II, however, that proved the versatility and usefulness of the type, and it was said that it was used for every military role possible except as a fighter.  The airplane was noisy, slow, and had antiquated systems, but it was reliable, and would carry anything that would fit inside it, not to mention towing gliders and other tasks.