Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

88mm FlaK 36 auf Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H

Published: June 28th, 2016     
88mm FlaK 36 auf Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Towards the closing days of WW2 Germany was desperate for any type of functioning fighting vehicles they could get.  This led to the mounting different weapons on any available chassis that they had.  One of the weirder vehicles was created by mounting the infamous 88mm Flak 36 on a Panzer IV chassis.  There is very little information available on this vehicle but it does appear to have at least made it to the prototype phase.  The chassis was not modified with stabilizers, so there is some speculation that the 88mm’s traverse was limited to just a few degrees off front center, similar to the Ferdinand.  Also the Panzer IV was not designed to handle the recoil of the 88mm so the recoil may have shattered the suspension when fired.  

Dragon recently released this oddity in kit form, however, it appears that the kit may actually be just a re-boxing of an older Cyber Hobby white box kit that has become a bit of collector’s item. 

Bachem Ba.349 Natter

Published: June 26th, 2016     
Bachem Ba.349 Natter
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

The Aircraft

The Bachem Ba 349 “Natter” was another of those last-ditch attempts by the Axis powers to stave off defeat. The Japanese had the MXY7 “Okha” which was supposed to stop the US fleets off Japan. The Natter was supposed to shoot down the fleets of bombers which were reducing the cities of the Reich to rubble on a daily basis.

The concept here was an aircraft which needed no airfield, but was launched vertically using rockets to get the aircraft to altitude. There was a pilot, but his job was to aim the rockets contained in the nose at the bombers, and pull the trigger. An autopilot was supposed to guide the Natter from take off to the intercept area. After the rockets were fired, the Natter was supposed to descend to lower altitude, where the “pilot” would jettison the canopy. This would cause the Natter to split into forward and rear sections. The rear section was reusable, and should descend with a parachute. The pilot also had a parachute. The rear end would be recovered, a new front end installed, and it would be ready for another mission.

1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 "Barbarossa" Limited Edition

Published: June 26th, 2016     
1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 "Barbarossa" Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

History Brief

Operation Barbarossa, the famous German invasion of the Soviet Union, was the most titanic clash of arms in all history. The forces arrayed on each side numbered in the millions. The territory captured stretched from the Polish border to the doorstep of Moscow. Everywhere, the Luftwaffe roared overhead. The losses inflicted by the Bf 109 and its compatriots gave Germany total tactical air superiority and very nearly handed Hitler a victory in Russia.

The Product

When first released in 1991 the old girl set the standard and has stood the test of time. It has been re-released many times over the years. The gray plastic is still almost flash free and lightly littered with pesky ejector pin marks. The clear parts are decent but showing their age, a total of 67 pieces included. The kit features recessed panel lines with delicate features. The instructions are the standard B&W fold outs we’ve grown accustomed too. Also included is a very small photoetch fret. This kit features two decal options for 1941.

1967 Nickey Camaro RS-SS 427

Published: June 24th, 2016     
1967 Nickey Camaro RS-SS 427
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

When Ford released the Mustang and started the “Pony Car” era in 1964, GM scrambled to answer the market with the release of the Camaro in 1967. Savvy dealerships (like Nickey Chevrolet) jumped on the performance aspects of the platform by ordering a version which featured the high-powered 427 CID engine. Sporting iconic red line tires, this model kit does a good job of replicating those classic cars.

Construction and Detailing

This review covers the skill level 5 (ages 14 years and older) 1967 Nickey Camaro RS-SS 427 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4377. The reason this is a skill level 5 kit is because of the large number of parts and some tricky decals (like those red lines for the tires). The kit has 128 pieces and is nicely molded in white, and chrome plated parts with clear windows, soft vinyl tires and transparent red taillights. The finished dimensions are: 7-5/16"L x 3"W x 1¾"H.

Bf-109G-6 Late Series

Published: June 23rd, 2016     
Bf-109G-6 Late Series
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Messerschmitt Bf-109 has to be the most iconic aircraft of all time. It evokes primal feelings in the hearts of modelers everywhere. How else can you explain the outcry when Eduard first released their Bf-109G-6? There were scale issues, some shape issues, and accuracy issues. Coming on the heels of Eduard’s Spitfires and MiG-21s, there was high expectations. Those expectations were dashed and all hope was lost. Until Eduard decided to take the high road and retool the entire model. Is this latest incarnation from Eduard everything that we have come to hope for? Let’s find out.

Packaged in sturdy top opening box. First off everything about this model is new with nothing, NOTHING, left from the original kit. The modeler is treated to four sprues of light grey plastic with recessed panel lines and restrained rivets. Some are incorrectly placed such as on the wingtip panels and some very minor ones on the cowl bulges. This is in no way to say that I don’t like them. I love the look of the rivets. It is easy to fill the rivets and sand smooth. Some of the nice things in the plastic is the inclusion of three tails and two upper cowlings.