Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

MiG-21PFM - Vietnam

Published: December 13th, 2018     
MiG-21PFM - Vietnam
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The MiG-21 attributed itself during the Vietnam War quite well against the US Air Force and US Navy. The small fast airframe accompanied with the limitations imposed by the US command allowed the Vietnamese Air Force to reach something close to parity.

Eduard has released the MiG-21PFM previously but this boxing is specifically targeted to the Vietnamese use of the airframe.

The boxtop features a beautiful rendering of the real thing on a red background with Ho Chi Min in the background. The parts are contained in a sturdy cardboard box with seven sprues of light grey plastic. A sprue of clear is provided. Two photo etch parts are included. One is pre-painted and one is in brass. Masks are provided for canopies and wheels. There are two sheets of decals. One is the stencils and the other has all the markings for FIVE aircraft. Markings are fairly uniform in Vietnamese service. So you could mix and match to make others with the provided red numbers. The decals are thin and printed by Eduard.

Jogging Some Miles. Tyra

Published: December 13th, 2018     
Jogging Some Miles. Tyra
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Box

Master Box Ltd, out of the Ukraine, has been a leader in 1/35 figures for a while. They expanded into 1/24 female and fantasy figures in 2016, starting with their first series of six female figures representing the World War II era. This current series, Dangerous Curves, is ideal for modern automotive or truck vignettes and dioramas. Tyra is the latest edition following eight previous kits. I'm sure there will be more on their way.

The kit comes in a standard end-opening box. Pulling out the parts, you will first see that the box is probably three times too large, but in return, you get a nice painting on the cover by V. Petelin, and instructions on the back with color callouts in Vallejo, Lifecolor, Tamiya, and Mastercolor. I will note that the plastic figure sculpted by A. Gagarin is not identical to the cover paining, but it is very close. The figure represents a female jogger in a nice action pose. Packaging of the eight parts are protected within a re-sealable bag.

SBD-5 "Battle of Philippines Sea"

Published: December 12th, 2018     
SBD-5 "Battle of Philippines Sea"
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Academy

Academy as re-boxed the very good Accurate Miniatures SBD-5 and it has added value to it by providing a mask set and a small photo-etch fret.

Upon opening the box you find 7 plastic sprues -one of them clear-, plus a PE fret for minor details like seatbelts and a really nice mask set to take care of that greenhouse canopy. Please note that the mask set is customized to the open and closed canopy options, meaning you get a full spare set of masks for another SBD in your collection (and who does not have a few of them?). You are provided with markings for 3 Dauntless, one of them a Marine Corps one, with mission tally markings.

Despite the years, the molds hold really well with no flash anywhere to be found and the panel lines remain sharp and well defined.

Construction, as usual starts with the cockpit and you get a full meal there. It is probably one of the most detailed cockpits I've seen out of the box.. Full sidewall detail, fantastic radio/radar set, plus a highly detailed rear gunner position.

Tiger Shark Show Rod

Published: December 12th, 2018     
Tiger Shark Show Rod
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

Background

From KustomRama:

The Car Craft Dream Rod was designed by the staff of Car Craft Magazine in 1961 and built in 1963. The car was completely custom made and got its power from a 289 Ford engine. In 1966 the Dream Rod was sold to the International Show Car Association, which commissioned a substantial revision to the car's styling, called the Tiger Shark. New alterations on the car included a hood scoop, the side roof scoops were closed, the trunk lid was eliminated, the rear was stretched 6 inches, the rear window, grille opening, and front fenders were also modified, and the roof clad in vinyl. The fenders followed the nose's shape and enclosed the Dream Rod's wheel wells. The redesign specified a new interior, including high-backed buckets, clad in a combination of wood-grained vinyl and orange and brown brocade. In place of the antiquated wires and skinny whitewalls were Cragar GT "mags" and plump Firestones. The new car was named Tiger Shark.

Beechcraft T-34A Mentor

Published: December 8th, 2018     
Beechcraft T-34A Mentor
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Minicraft Model Kits

Aircraft and History

The Beechcraft T-34A Mentor is a single engine, two place (tandem cockpit) military trainer developed in 1948. The design is based on the highly successful Model 35 Beechcraft V-tail Bonanza but uses a conventional tail and narrower fuselage seating two in a tandem arrangement. The T-34A first entered service with the US Air Force in 1953 and replaced the North American AT-6 Texan as the initial primary trainer. Two years later the Navy ordered the T-34B for the same role at the Air Force. The T-34A remained in service with the USAF for just a few years until it was replaced by the T-37 "tweet". T-34's that were not sent to flying clubs or foreign military sales were transferred to the USAF auxiliary Civil Air Patrol until they were retired in 2003.