Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Junkers Ju87B-1 Stuka

Published: August 10th, 2016     
Junkers Ju87B-1 Stuka
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Airfix

The word Stuka raised much terror at the beginning of WWII, not the least because they had a siren in the landing gear that added a scream to their very accurate dive bombing. However, when they faced determined air defense during the Battle of Britain their days were numbered. They did manage to serve on other fronts throughout the war but were never quite the terror weapon again.

As with a lot of early German warplanes, the Stuka was tested with the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. While the early A models were mostly associated with this conflict there were several of the B-1 models as depicted in Airfix’s new kit that also saw action.

M-60 Patton

Published: August 10th, 2016     
M-60 Patton
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1:35
Company: Dragon Models

History Brief

In March 1959, the M-60 was officially standardized as the 105 mm Gun full tracked combat vehicle. Then in December 1960 the M60 Patton was introduced as the Army's main battle tank and became the primary tank during the Cold War. Bearing a strong resemblance to the M48 Patton and continuing in the namesake, the M60 series was a product-improved descendant of the M48 in the Patton tank series. Powered by a 750hp Continental, the V12 air-cooled twin-turbo charged engine gave the M60s had better range and fuel consumption than the M48s. The M60 underwent many updates over its service life. It was widely used by the U.S. and its Cold War allies and remains in service throughout the world today. More than 15,000 examples were eventually manufactured.

Mig 21MF Overtrees

Published: August 1st, 2016     
Mig 21MF Overtrees
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Eduard re-released the very nice Mig-21MF kit in an awesome dual combo box of the MF in Czech and Czechoslovak service (39 marking options!) and with it they also released the overtrees of the kit and the Photo Etch (P/E) set (for an additional $14.95 - price above is only for the kit). If you have the Dual kit or even the older Profipack kit the overtrees are a nice and inexpensive way to add another kit. You get all of the plastic that comes with the kit but no instructions (No problem as Eduard has them on their web site) or decals (Again no problem as the Profipack and dual kit have many extras). As far as the interior goes, no problem, you can still get Eduard P/E for the early or late variants.

The plastic is grey in color, molded well with little to no flash and no noticeable sink marks. The clear parts are also very nice and extremely clear. The P/E set for this boxing deals mainly with the cockpit but there are a few other items also (For the landing gear, antennas, air boom, static dischargers, etc, etc.)

PBK-500U 500Kg Unified Gliding Cluster Bomb

Published: July 31st, 2016     
PBK-500U 500Kg Unified Gliding Cluster Bomb
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Advanced Modeling

The PBK-500U glide cluster bomb dispenser (the Russian acronym translates to glide bomb cassette, 500-kg) is a single-use weapon that houses either a single warhead or multiple elements. Unlike the previous generation, the PBK-500U can deploy at longer distances to enable standoff attack capability for tactical aircraft acting against targets with pinpoint anti-aircraft defenses.

KAB-1500Kr 1500 kg TV-guided Bombs

Published: July 31st, 2016     
KAB-1500Kr 1500 kg TV-guided Bombs
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Advanced Modeling

The KAB-1500Kr series are Electro-Optical guided bombs. The seeker employs a gimbaled daylight television imaging sensor under a wide angle glass dome. This has enhanced sensors for guiding the bomb and can come in several different explosive materials inside. It is a large weapon for taking out difficult hardened items. Advanced Modeling has produced a 1/72nd scale version of this weapon and it is a beauty!