Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Gold Bars

Published: March 3rd, 2019     
Gold Bars
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Hauler produces photo-etched and resin upgrade sets for armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), airplanes, cars, railway vehicles, and dioramas. They also produce a few resin kits. Their products are in most of the common scale sizes, 1/72, 1/48, and 1/35, but they also produce a number of other items in common railroad hobbyist scales.

This set of resin gold bars is an example of some of the unusual items they offer. The set includes a stack of 12 bars and another four individual bars. All of the parts are attached to their sprue stubs, and you'll need to take care when cutting them off. The stack of bars presented the most trouble for me to get off the stub while keeping the tops of the bars intact. I was able to sand down any imperfections and they came out pretty well. The stack and individual bars represent the "Good Delivery" bars that are very familiar to most of us from television shows and movies. Not sure too many people have actually seen or held one in real life.

34/85 Zavod 183 Mod. 44

Published: March 3rd, 2019     
34/85 Zavod 183 Mod. 44
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Scale: 1/35
Company: Italeri

Introduction

You can't enter a discussion of World War II tanks that made an impact on the course of the war without the T-34 coming up somewhere along the line. While it was a surprise to the Soviets to see their "allies" attacking, the grit and determination of Soviet industry did not leave the attacks unanswered. While it may not be as aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, the design of the sloped frontal armor, rough weld lines, and wide tracks to accommodate Mother Russia's terrible winters made it more than able to be up to the task of staving off German armor. Starting out with the 76mm cannon to fight off the Panzer III's and IV's of the time, the advances in design allowed for a new turret to house the much more powerful 85mm long barrel gun- which was more than a match for the dreaded Tigers and Panthers.

M551 Sheridan U.S. Airborne Tank (Vietnam War)

Published: February 18th, 2019     
M551 Sheridan U.S. Airborne Tank (Vietnam War)
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

Tamiya has produced a new tooled M551 Sheridan which is a welcome offering of this small but interesting US armor subject.

The kit was supplied for review with the two aftermarket items Tamiya released for detail this kit. Detail up parts series 12687 PE with metal Barrel as well as the 12685 U.S MCI Cartons (Vietnam War).

In the box is:

  • 5 x light green sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 1 small decal sheet
  • 1 plastic mesh
  • Several polycaps
  • Metal wire
  • A small length of hose
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 color guide booklet (in color)
  • 1 history booklet

Detail up parts are available separately:

  • 12687 - Photoetch / Metal Barrel - $18.50 MSRP
  • 12687 - MCI ration cartons - $4.40 MSRP

The kit consists of 5 main sprues, the sprues are extremely well molded with great detail; the decals allow you to finish the tank in two different versions with 2 markings to choose from.

British Army Husky TSV

Published: February 17th, 2019     
British Army Husky TSV
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

Background

From Meng's Website - High altitude, large temperature difference, dry weather, broken stones and snow, Afghanistan has the harshest natural environment for ground weapons and soldiers. In response, the shrewd British has chosen a special light-weight vehicle for their famous and professional army. The vehicle was derived from the heavy pickup trucks of the U.S. company Navistar. It can be transported by the C-130. It has better cross-country capability than normal wheeled vehicles and can be easily modified. The British Army named this vehicle after the working dog Husky in the Polar regions.

M1296 Stryker Dragoon IFV

Published: February 16th, 2019     
M1296 Stryker Dragoon IFV
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Scale: 1/35
Company: Panda Hobby

Introduction

The Stryker has been in service with the US military nigh on fifteen years and up until now, it was at best simply able to provide defense against enemy infantry with its .50 caliber machine gun. In its newest iteration, the M1296 Stryker Dragoon IFV, it has been upgunned to a 30mm version of the 25mm Bushmaster gun used in the Bradley vehicles. While no match for heavy armor, it is capable of keeping enemy APCs occupied so the main battle tanks can duel unhindered.

Panda Hobby's recent release of this newly revised version of the Stryker proves to be a decent mix of beautiful fit with some over-engineered assemblies to make one feel challenged during the build. Match that with an occasional error in the instructions and you'll feel the need for care and patience, but you will be rewarded with a very nice build in the end with your perseverance.