Reviews of scale model kits.

BV P178 Jet Bomber with BT700 Guided Missile Torpedo

Published: September 27th, 2015     
BV P178 Jet Bomber with BT700 Guided Missile Torpedo
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:72
Company: Bronco Models

Bronco Models has a full line of Luft ’46 aircraft and the Blohm and Voss P178 has been boxed in several different versions, mainly changing on the weapon being delivered. The BV P178 was an asymmetrical aircraft, with a single engine offset relative to the fuselage (something that Blohm and Voss was an expert at) and this particular machine had a Jumo 004 jet engine. I was not able to find any images of this particular aircraft, but I did find a few black and white images of the weapon BT700.

The model comes in a very sturdy box, with 5 sprues (1 clear) for the aircraft and 1 sprue for the weapon. The total part count is low, about 50 parts total. Parts are finely molded, with panel lines being crisp and well defined. There was no flash in my sample. You also get two decal sheets (including stencils) providing you with German, Finnish, Romanian, Hungarian and Italian markings.

1913 Ford Model T Roadster

Published: September 26th, 2015     
1913 Ford Model T Roadster
Reviewed by: John Kaylor, IPMS# 48733
Scale: 1:24
Company: ICM

ICM has produced a little gem – an extremely authentic, well-engineered, gem of a model.

First of all to introduce myself a bit. I have been palling around with my wife and her parents around for the past twenty-eight years, and her family has owned a Ford Model T since my wife was a young child. Between our two families, we own three Model Ts, one of which a 1914 Touring, not unlike this 1913 Roadster. My father-in-law, Jim, restored a T in the early 1970s, and Jim and I restored my wife’s 1926 T in the 1990s. I bring all of this up to illustrate that we’ve spent enough time under these old rigs to know where not to step after one has been parked for a while.


The Model T was the first mass-produced automobile. In 1913 over 170,000 Model Ts were produced; an average of one Model T rolled off the assembly line every 185 seconds. For production to maintain levels that high, everything had to be done at breakneck speed, including painting.

The Model T assembly line was like a railroad track, and each T chassis rode on a sort of tram. One thing was done at each station along the track.

Me 262A-1a/U1

Published: September 25th, 2015     
Me 262A-1a/U1
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: HobbyBoss

HobbyBoss has released a hypothetical production variant of the Me-262: the A-1/U1 version. Is this a Luft’ 46 model? Some might say yes, but the truth is that both the enhanced nose weaponry (MG 151 and Mk 103) and the X-4 missiles were all manufactured before the end of WWII. I would say this is a Luftwaffe ’45 “2nd-Half”.

The kit comes in 12 grey sprues, 2 clear sprues for the canopy and a metal nose wheel well to prevent having a ‘tail sitter’. The sprues are cleanly molded, free of flash and with well-defined recessed panel lines.

The model has a full interior consisting of a nose gun bay, fully detailed cockpit and main landing gear bay plus a nicely detailed back fuselage (with a radio set and a compass set). However the detail in the back fuselage is pretty much impossible to see once the model is finished. There is only one service panel and it is not large enough as to allow viewing of all that detail.


Published: September 23rd, 2015     
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Kitty Hawk

We sincerely appreciate the manufacturer Kittyhawk for providing this kit to IPMS/USA for review! (and the usual thanks also to IPMS USA Reviewer corps leadership for sending the kit my way).

Kittyhawk, as a relative newcomer to the plastic model aircraft arena, is breaking new ground with each new release.  First, they are delivering kits we old timers never thought we’d see. A look at their website shows a commitment to stepping up to the plate.  Right now the 1/32 kits are causing extreme excitement, and rightfully so.  Read on.

We customers are provided with a box espousing six marking options (one United States Air Force Gray, Two United States Marine, one Thai, and one Philippine Air Force.  All are colorful options, and cover the bases for markings.  By the way, the wing mounted zuni pods are NOT included in this kit; they are from a 1/32 crusader, more later.

Kit parts:  Highly detailed plastic main airframe, weapons, and clear, along with a photoetch fret for details including seat harness, roll control spoilers, and cockpit details.

US Army LeTourneau CarryAll LS Scraper

Published: September 21st, 2015     
US Army LeTourneau CarryAll LS Scraper
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: L.Z. Models

L.Z. Models has added another great vehicle to their line of wartime construction equipment with a resin kit of the US Army LeTourneau CarryAll LS Scraper. The CarryAll is a smaller LS variant of the famous Le Torneau scraper, and was used widely by US and other armies during and long after WWII. The Scraper was usually seen towed by a CAT D7 and later a D8 tractor, and is a perfect companion to L.Z. Models’ tractor and bulldozer kits.

The L.Z. Models kit is a challenging build due to the intricate cabling system, but was enjoyable to work through the assembly. Resin and photoetch experience is required for this kit.

Opening the box reveals a plethora of resin parts, some very big, and some very small. The detail is fairly good. Most of the parts are attached to casting blocks and contain some flash typical of resin kits. I did not notice any air bubbles in the resin parts during assembly of the kit. The kit also contains two photoetch frets and a length of cotton string.

Bf 110C Destroyer Weekend Edition

Published: September 19th, 2015     
Bf 110C Destroyer Weekend Edition
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Messerschmitt Bf 110, often (erroneously) called Me 110,[2] was a twin-engine heavy fighter (Zerstörer—German for "Destroyer") and fighter-bomber (Jagdbomber or Jabo) developed in Nazi Germany in the 1930s and used by the Luftwaffe and others during World War II. Hermann Göring was a proponent of the Bf 110. It was armed with two MG FF 20 mm cannons, four 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 17 machine guns, and one 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 15 machine gun or twin-barrel MG 81Z for defense. Development work on an improved type to replace the Bf 110, the Messerschmitt Me 210 began before the war started, but its teething troubles from its aerodynamics resulted in the Bf 110 soldiering on until the end of the war in various roles, alongside its replacements, the Me 210 and the significantly improved Me 410 Hornisse.

Sukhoi Su-9 (Fishpot)

Published: September 18th, 2015     
Sukhoi Su-9 (Fishpot)
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Trumpeter China

The Su-9 was a Soviet interceptor from the later 1950s until the late 1970s.  It superseded by the Su-15 Flagon and Mig-25 Foxbat. Often mistaken for a Mig-21 because of the delta wing, it was in fact a much larger aircraft with greater range. It was the second Sukhoi fighter with the Su-9 numerical designation, the first being a prototype early twin engine early jet fighter similar to the Me-262 which never saw service. The Su-9 shared an airframe and engine with the Su-7 Fitter, the aircraft being developed somewhat in parallel. It only saw service with the Soviet Air Force (VVS) and was never exported.

Bf109E-4B Warbirds Series

Published: September 18th, 2015     
Bf109E-4B Warbirds Series
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:32
Company: Dragon Models

This is the first aircraft kit I have built made by Dragon and I must say I was most impressed once I cracked open the box. In the box is:

  • 8 sprues molded in light grey
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 2 small sheets of Photo etch parts
  • Two rubber wheel bay housings
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet

The sprues are well molded with no visible flash, well positioned ejector pin marks. The detail is very fine and crisp. The panels are all great and even vary in depth at the right places on the parts.

SAAB J32B Lansen

Published: September 16th, 2015     
SAAB J32B Lansen
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tarangus

The Kit

The SAAB J 32B Lansen was the fighter variant of the initial A 32 Lansen. The Lansen ‘Sport’ featured a more powerful engine with afterburner and upgraded armament, including four 30 mm ADEN guns vs. the four 20 mm Bofors guns on the A 32A Lansen. Two features quickly identify the A 32A from the J 32B: The J 32B sported an afterburner exhaust and open gun ports. The A32A featured electrically operated doors covering its 20 mm guns. The larger 30 mm guns in the J 32B provide a distinct profile bulge in the lower nose area along the nose gear, but it is a feature that is not always as easily seen. As opposed to the A 32A production run of 287 aircraft, the J 32B totaled only 120 aircraft which served from 1958 through 1973. The J 32B airframe was modified into six J 32D target tugs and fourteen J 32E ECM aircraft that both served into 1997.

Nissan Skyline GTR

Published: September 15th, 2015     
Nissan Skyline GTR
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/24
Company: Tamiya

I’ve heard and read about the quality of Tamiya models and now I’ve built one with only a couple of disappointments.


The six cylinder engine is has twin turbo chargers. There’s a pair chrome plated and a pair just plain white plastic. The plain one doesn’t even show up on the instruction sheet. All the parts fit extremely well and are well engraved.


The chassis features nice detail and crisp engraving. Exhaust is a separate piece – again, one chrome plated and the other plain white plastic. Front and rear suspensions are multiple piece units that get glued in separately. The gas tank is even a separate unit.


The interior was a major disappointment. While the dash and seats are wonderfully engraved, there is virtually nothing engraved on the side panels. No door handles. No window cranks. No power window buttons. Nothing!