Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Saturn V with Lunar Module

Published: September 5th, 2014     
Saturn V with Lunar Module
Reviewed by: Tom Pope, IPMS# 47261
Scale: 1/200
Company: AMT

Introduction

As I sat down to write this review, it was 45 years ago on Sunday, 20 July 1969, at 10:56:15 EDT, that Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. I watched in complete amazement as the Apollo 11 events unfolded on our old black-and-white TV, from launch preparation to splash down and recovery.

As far as I can tell from some quick Internet research, AMT originally released their 1/200 scale Saturn V Rocket (kit # S945, I think) in late 1969 or in 1970. It has been rereleased a couple times since. This same Saturn V Rocket with Apollo Lunar Module kit launched the most recent reissue in March 2014, courtesy of Round 2 Models under the AMT banner. I would like to thank Round 2 for reissuing and providing this great old, new, kit to IPMS/USA for review.

Sd.Kfz.10 Ausf.A w/5cm PaK 38

Published: September 5th, 2014     
Sd.Kfz.10 Ausf.A w/5cm PaK 38
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

The Sd.Kfz. 10 was a German half-track used as a prime mover for artillery pieces or special applications, mainly in the early years of World War II.

Dragon Models has multiple kits of their “basic” Kfz.10 kit, with some including additional parts to make the extra-armored versions or with added parts for an artillery piece, as in this case.

Upon opening the box you find 15 sprues (one clear), two bags with individual links for the tracks, two photoetch frets, a set of masks for the windshield, and a small decal sheet for the three marking options, all representing Eastern Front vehicles. The instruction booklet follows the typical Dragon style, printed in black, white, and blue, with a total of 15 steps for the half-track and 12 steps for the artillery gun. There are no figures in this boxing, but with the large selection of Wehrmacht figures available, that is not an issue in my opinion.

Iron Man Mark 42 Prehensile Suit

Published: September 5th, 2014     
Iron Man Mark 42 Prehensile Suit
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/24
Company: Dragon Models USA

Dragon Models have gotten license for several movies one of them is the Avengers/Iron Man series. This is in their 1/24 series and is the Iron Man Mk 42 Prehensile Suit. This suit is noticeably more gold colored than the more common suits. The kit is seven pieces for the suit with only the back and front torso needing glued together. A base is included and also has an attachment of the flames that are coming out of the left foot.

P-51K Mustang

Published: September 2nd, 2014     
P-51K Mustang
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/32
Company: Dragon Models

Background

On November 27, 1944 a 21-year-old Captain named Leonard “Kit” Carson was leading a flight of Mustangs on a mission to strafe oil reserve stores at Leipzig. As they approached the area of Magdeburg, Germany a large group of 50-75 Fw190s was spotted. The squadron dropped their long-range tanks and turned to attack the Focke Wulfs head on.  In a series of turning, diving and climbing dogfights Carson managed to down five of them. By wars end, then Major Carson would fly 115 combat missions and score 18 ½ aerial kills with an overall score of 23 with ground kills included. Carson flew four different Mustangs called “Nooky Booky” including P-51K 411622 depicted in this review.  I don’t think anymore of an introduction is needed for this legendary aircraft.

Freightliner With Trailer

Published: September 1st, 2014     
Freightliner With Trailer
Reviewed by: Dave and Camden Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/32
Company: Revell, Inc.

Background

A familiar sight to all who have traveled the highways and byways of the United States is the “semi” tractor-trailer truck hauling goods from coast-to-coast.  One of the leading manufacturers of the “tractor” portion is Freightliner, a subsidiary of Daimler AG established in 1942.

The Kit

Big truck, big box, big model – lots of “wow factor” for the young builder!  Molded in light blue, white, black, and clear, the kit comprises of 102 parts.  A sheet of peel-and-stick decals and instructions are also included.  Copyright data on tractor and trailer parts indicate 1979 and 1980 vintage of the original tooling, respectively.  As expected with tooling over 3 decades in service, there was quite a bit of flash along mold parting lines which required some extra effort to clean up prior to assembly.

Battlestar Galactica (TOS) Cylon Raider – 35th Anniversary Edition

Published: August 30th, 2014     
Battlestar Galactica (TOS) Cylon Raider – 35th Anniversary Edition
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/32
Company: Moebius Models

Background

Airing in 1978 and 1979, with a brief return in 1980, the original Battlestar Galactica (BSG) television series laid the foundation for a follow-on series of books, games, and reimagined series of television shows chronicling humanity’s struggle to survive after the Twelve Colonies of human civilization were all but wiped out by the treacherous cybernetic Cylons in an attempt to rid the universe of human life.  Despite the limited run of the original TV series, BSG has remained a popular franchise among Sci-Fi fans for three-and-a-half decades.

In honor of the 35th anniversary of the original series (TOS), Moebius Models has released a series of kits depicting craft from the 1978 production, with a 1/32 scale replica of the Cylon Raider as the largest of the pieces.

The Kit

Moebius wows the modeler with this giant 1/32 scale kit, patterned after the actual studio model which was also in 1/32 scale.  Although prior incarnations of the Raider bore suitable resemblance to their prototypes, the latest from Moebius tops all in accuracy and in size

Maudslay's Paddle Engine 1827

Published: August 28th, 2014     
Maudslay's Paddle Engine 1827
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: None given
Company: Airfix

The Engine

After Robert Fulton proved the viability of using steam to power a nautical vessel with his steamboat Clermont (also known as the North River) in 1807, steam power began to sweep wind-powered vessels from the seas. Constant improvements to his engine were made and Maudslay's Paddle Engine patented in 1827 was one such improvement. It was a style of engine that used improved valve chests and gear and these so called Penn Oscillating engines were in use for many years. (I hope somebody understood all that as I didn't.) The largest such engines were fitted into the paddle wheeler Great Eastern designed by Isambard Brunel. However, the engines could not be adapted to the higher steam pressures that were being introduced and the paddle engine gave way to the inclined direct-acting engine. 

Star Trek USS Defiant

Published: August 26th, 2014     
Star Trek USS Defiant
Reviewed by: Tom Pope, IPMS# 47261
Scale: 1/420
Company: Round 2 Models

Introduction

When the space station Deep Space 9 got caught up in the conflict with the Dominion over control of a stable wormhole, one of Starfleet’s responses was to provide support in the shape of the USS Defiant.  The Defiant was a new ship design for Starfleet and incorporated new, powerful weapon systems and even a cloaking device.  Once the bugs were worked out of the new design, the defiant proved to be a powerful weapon in the fight against the Dominion.

Almost 20 years ago, AMT first released their model kit of the Defiant during the run of TV’s Deep Space 9 series. In January 2014, Round2 rerelease the Defiant under the AMT name.  Round2’s re-released Defiant kit, like all those kits from the Star Trek series, are delivered in a sturdy box with colorful new artwork.

I would like to thank Round2/AMT for providing this re-release of Deep Space 9’s, USS Defiant to IPMS USA for review.

British 6 Pdr Anti-Tank Gun (Airborne) with 1/4 Ton Truck & Crew

Published: August 26th, 2014     
British 6 Pdr Anti-Tank Gun (Airborne) with 1/4 Ton Truck & Crew
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

Bronco models have repacked its Jeep and airborne anti-tank 6 pdr gun, together with 6 figures into this “full meal” boxing. Actually the vehicle has the necessary part to be the airborne variation used to tow the gun, including all the fittings for the ammo boxes.

When you open the box you find 26 (!) sprues –including one clear-, 3 photo-etch frets, and 3 decal sheets, including one for the soldiers rank. You get all the parts needed to model the airborne variation of the Jeep used to tow the gun, including all the fittings for the ammo boxes. You actually get several extra parts in this boxing and maybe you can model other versions of the Jeep, but I am not sure.

The surface detail is impressive, petite yet well defined. The tires even have the maker letterings in raised detail and would look very good under some dry-brushing.

The instruction booklet is printed in full color, using CAD drawings having 23 steps for the vehicle and 15 steps for the cannon.

U-Boat Type IX C (U-505 late)

Published: August 24th, 2014     
U-Boat Type IX C (U-505 late)
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner, IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/72
Company: Revell, Inc.

The U-505 was a Type IX C late-war boat completed in 1942 and refitted in 1943. A “hard luck” sub from the beginning for the German Navy, the U-505 was damaged in action, had a captain commit suicide, and finally, was captured by the Americans in 1944…she is now a museum piece at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. I went and visited her for this kit build to check details, and found only the bow section to have any rivets left showing. When I inquired as to what happened to the rest, I was told that thanks to the boat’s being out in the Chicago elements for years, they figured they’ve lost up to 70% of the hull thickness. There also were many welded-on patches to hold her together, which looked like big band-aids.

The U-505 kit comes in a large, impressive, remote control kit-size box. The spruces are packed in poly bags, and there’s a second cardboard deck about 2/3 the way up inside the box. Although the parts were bagged they were able to rattle, and I had several broken parts. There were also dents and holes on the inside of the box where parts had slid around in transit and hit hard.

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