Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Sd. Kfz. 8 DB 10 (Prototype) "Lufcik"

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Sd. Kfz. 8 DB 10 (Prototype) "Lufcik"
Reviewed by: Greg Perry, IPMS# 45865
Scale: 1/50
Company: GPM

I like halftracks, especially German ones. I especially like the Sd. Kfz. 7, 8 and 9's. I have plastic kits of the 7 and 9. I have none for an 8. A quick search of the internet shows no plastic versions and only one resin model in 1:72 scale. That makes this paper kit the only other choice at this time, and what a choice it is! The kit depicts a prototype version that sunk in a river in Poland. The 1:1 vehicle was recovered from the river in 1999 and restoration was completed in 2005. It is currently on display in Poland. Additional information can be found at www.skansenpilicy.pl where a more detailed history and restoration description are available.

StuG III Ausf.F

Published: October 13th, 2010     
StuG III Ausf.F
Reviewed by: Doug Halke, IPMS# 46429
Scale: 1/35
Company: Cyber-Hobby

History

With the German invasion of Russia in 1941, StuG.III crews experienced a very unnerving surprise when they discovered that their stubby KwK 37 L/24 75mm guns were no match for the numerous and heavily armored Soviet T-34 and KV tanks - except at uncomfortably short ranges.

The solution was to replace the short L/24 gun on the StuG.III Ausf.E platform with the longer barreled KwK 40 L/43 75mm gun. In doing so, the newly designated StuG.III Ausf.F became a truly effective dual-purpose infantry support and tank killing weapon.

First Look

Initially released in the early summer of 2009, this kit is the first in the Cyber-Hobby "Orange Box" series. The concept of this series is pretty simple: Package an older Dragon armor kit with a set of figures and one or two upgraded "add-on" items from their more recent releases and sell it at an affordable price, relative to the prices of new release 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.