Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Grunau Baby IIb

Published: July 10th, 2016     
Grunau Baby IIb
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1/48
Company: Fly

History

The Schneider Grunau Baby was a single-seat sailplane first built in Germany in 1931, with some 6,000 examples constructed in some 20 countries. It was relatively easy to build from plans, it flew well, and the aircraft was strong enough to handle mild aerobatics and the occasional hard landing. When the Baby first appeared, it was accepted wisdom that the pilot should feel as much unimpeded airflow as possible, to better sense rising and falling currents of air and temperature changes etc.

Panzerkampfwagen Mk IV, 744(E) (A13) & UE Fuel Tank Trailer

Published: July 10th, 2016     
Panzerkampfwagen Mk IV, 744(E) (A13) & UE Fuel Tank Trailer
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

This kit is a representation of the British Army’s A13 Cruiser Tank that was captured by the Germans and placed in service for the Russian Campaign.

This is a multimedia kit but the use of the Photo-Etch is required, there are no optional plastic parts. Please be aware that some of the plastic parts are very, very small and will take a steady hand to get them off of the sprue without damage. And when they are off the sprue these minuscule parts do their very best to hide or get lost in the carpet or even on the work table.

Step 1 This step builds the chassis and includes the springs for the axels.

Step 2 This step builds the wheels drive sprocket and idler wheels, my particular sample had a short shot on some of the wheels. Bronco was very quick to replace those with a replacement sprue.

Step 3 This adds the front transmission housing along with some photo etched on the front of the tank.

RM Kustom Custom Chopper Set

Published: July 9th, 2016     
RM Kustom Custom Chopper Set
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1:12
Company: Revell, Inc.

I just love these chopper kits that Revell puts out. The kits provide a variety of different parts to help you build a fairly unique machine.

Engine: The engine looks to be the more modern Evo engine and has no extra parts. The cooling fins and cylinder heads are very nicely engraved. There are 2 different sets of exhaust pipes in the box.

Body: The kit provides a couple of different styled gas tanks, seats, fenders, handlebars, controls, and wheels. There’s only one set of tires. I used Pearl Ex Aztec gold mixed with some HOK SG100 intercoat clear on the tank & fenders with a final clearcoat. The chopper is fully wired and plumbed.

Chassis: This particular kit frame is a Softail, meaning there are rear shock absorbers but they’re on the bottom of the frame rather than on the sides where they would be seen. The plan with this type of frame was to have a suspension but not be able to see it. This gives the frame the early motorcycle look when there was no rear suspension.

Fw 190A-8 (early wings) Overtrees

Published: July 9th, 2016     
Fw 190A-8 (early wings) Overtrees
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

When Eduard released its Fw 190A-8 Royal Class Quattro Combo kit earlier this year it also released overtree sets of each of the four versions that were included in the Combo kit. Kit 70112X was the overtrees of the Fw 190A-8 with a different set of wings than those of the standard A-8. The “early version” only has the two wing root mounted Mg 151 cannons whereas the standard A-8 wing has an additional set of MG 151s mounted outboard of the wheel wells.

USN F-14A VF-2 "Bounty Hunters"

Published: July 6th, 2016     
USN F-14A VF-2 "Bounty Hunters"
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy