Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Masterpiece Models Mark 49 Hellcat

Published: July 31st, 2018     
Masterpiece Models Mark 49 Hellcat
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Masterpiece Models

Masterpiece Models manufactures and sells resin assembly kits at their Vancouver, Washington fabrication and casting shop. Their kits include Dinosaurs, WWII, Vietnam, Scifi, and aircraft bases. Each kit is cast to order.

Background on the Hellcat

From Masterpiece Models website: The Mark 49 Hellcat Armored Walker was developed after the 3rd World War in 2046 as a forward attack and reconnaissance Vehicle. The need for walkers after the War was due to the amount of rubble strewn thru the landscape, tracked vehicles tended to bog down in the rubble making maintenance and mobility an issue. The first Walkers developed in 2099 were quite ungainly and had limited range and power. Later on in 2112 after advanced fusion drives were developed and fitted to the walkers did they become a more practical weapons system with more power and almost unlimited range.

In 2115 war again broke out over natural resources. The latest in the series of MK walkers is the MK49 Hellcat manufactured by Yutani/Grumman Corporation. The Hellcat is currently deployed in several hot spots all over the world.

M-109A2 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer (DOHER)

Published: July 24th, 2018     
M-109A2 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer (DOHER)
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

AFV Club has released the third version of Israeli's rework of the venerable American M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH). This time around we meet the 'Doher', or 'Galloper' - an augmented boxing of their recent 'Rochev Bet' release. The M109A2 Doher was fielded in 1993, eventually replacing all of the earlier Rochev models in active service by 1997. After the active service units received their share, the IDF began to replace some of the reserve units' vehicles. Today one can find in the reserve units both the Doher & Rochev models.

Project 661 Anchar (NATO reporting name Papa class)

Published: July 22nd, 2018     
Project 661 Anchar (NATO reporting name Papa class)
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/350
Company: Mikro-Mir

A recent addition to the IPMS Review Corps suppliers is Mikro-Mir, whose kits remind me of what I am used to seeing with limited production manufacturers. This is not a negative comment, but more of a heads up that some building experience is required to end up with a nice finished model at the end of construction. The overall assembly of this kit was relatively easy with 23 plastic parts and 11 photoetched parts included. Modelers with some experience will enjoy this kit, which represents a one-off design that was the fastest submarine produced to date.

Junkers Ju87R-2/B-2 Stuka

Published: July 22nd, 2018     
Junkers Ju87R-2/B-2 Stuka
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Airfix

Airfix has released a new-mold Ju-87B-2/R-2. Typical the recent releases of Airfix, you get state-of-the-art surface detail and fit, together with superb engineering that makes the construction of this model a very enjoyable experience.

Like with most airplane models, construction starts with the cockpit. Being a two-seater, there is plenty of detail on it, including a radio, pilot and gunner seat, sidewall detail, extra ammo for the gunner, etc. Take your time and do some detailed painting, it will pay off later. Note that the instrument panel is provided as a decal (which looks very good) and no seatbelts are provided. I scratch-built the seatbelts being depicted in this model.

Also note that there are a few ejection pin marks in the cockpit floor area, near the gunner seat that could be visible. I choose to fill them out. Also, there are a few ejector pins on the fuselage inner sides, but are not visible, as the sidewall detail will cover them.

F-14D Tomcat, Part 2 - Airframe and Weapon Construction

Published: July 16th, 2018     
F-14D Tomcat, Part 2 - Airframe and Weapon Construction
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya

In Part 1, we reviewed the changes that Tamiya did to the kit, built and assembled the cockpit/wheel wells, the wings were attached to the fuselage and the front of the fuselage was assembled. In this part, we'll button up the fuselage and attach the nose, get the intakes installed and prepare the kit for primer/paint.

The top and bottom rear fuselage parts are glued together and fit well. A little putty was required at the two sides probably due to me rushing through. I then built the intakes and trunking. The trunking is two parts and like all jets, it took some sanding to get smooth. I sprayed the interior white Tamiya acrylics as well as the front of the intakes and set aside. Tamiya provides tape masks to get the correct look. You do have to cut them out which with a sharp knife took maybe 3 minutes. I added the bottom mask first and the front goes against the line marked at the front of the intakes. The two sides were added next. A comment here- the intake ramps and masks are "handed", left and right so watch which part goes where. I then sprayed the intakes Light Ghost Gray.