Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

RF-5E Tigereye

Published: June 9th, 2019     
RF-5E Tigereye
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11190
Scale: 1/32
Company: Kitty Hawk

There's something about this relatively small, compact and sleek fighter that can grip the imagination. I've been enamored with it, that when Hasegawa released their 1/32nd scale version many moons ago, I made no less than five over a single week, just to show it in some of its endless liveries.

With the release of this version of this famous aircraft, Kittyhawk has not only provided us with a variant never before available in this scale but upped the game considerably over the venerable Hasegawa kit in terms of detail.

Shiden-Kai N1K2-J "George" Late Type

Published: June 2nd, 2019     
Shiden-Kai N1K2-J "George" Late Type
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/144
Company: Platz

The Shiden Kai was developed, in 1944, to counter US bomber aircraft that were attacking the mainland of Japan. With the combination of a refined airframe and a 2,000-horsepower engine the Shiden Kai was a masterpiece of a fighter with balanced performance. While it might be said that it was too little too late, production of the Shiden Kai was limited due to it being introduced in late1945.

This updated boxing of Platz's 1/144th scale airplane kit includes new decals, packaging, and illustrations, while retaining the nicely molded detail and easy-of-assembly of the original.

This updated release features:

  • Two complete 1/144th scale plastic models of the late type Shiden-Kai with the smaller vertical tail
  • Decals are provided for the canopy frame to reduce the difficulty of painting
  • Molded with delicate, engraved panel lines
  • Easy-to-understand painting description in full color

Marking options include:

Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (Nick) Part 1

Published: June 2nd, 2019     
Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (Nick) Part 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: Zoukei-Mura

Zoukei-Mura's latest release in 1/32 scale is the wonderful Ki-45 Toryu (Nick). This twin engine 2-seat, heavy fighter was used by the Japanese Army in WWII. Let's not wait another minute and jump into the box and see what's what.

Mirage III C

Published: May 29th, 2019     
Mirage III C
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Dassault Mirage needs little introduction. It is a fighter aircraft that became iconic during the 6 Day War and other conflicts. Twelve nations flew the Mirage, including France, Israel, Australia and South Africa. Compared to other jet and propeller fighters, the Mirage is quite small and compact, but packs a mean punch!

This kit is a ProfiPACK re-release of Eduard's previous Mirage editions. After the super tight box lid was finally prized off, one finds multiple dark grey plastic sprues contained in two bags along with a separately bagged clear parts sprue. The instruction book, decal sheet and photo etch fret were located at the bottom of the box. Everything appeared in good condition, although the main canopy had separated from its sprue attachment. I found some flash on quite a few parts, and mold misalignment between each side of the one piece tail, as well as numerous other parts. I have an earlier edition, Kit number 8102, of the Mirage and most of these mold misalignment problems are evident on that one as well.

F6F-3 Hellcat

Published: May 29th, 2019     
F6F-3 Hellcat
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat was a US carrier based fighter that served with distinction throughout the Pacific War.

This kit has been issued several times with different markings. It is packaged like other Eduard kits in a strong top opening box with the parts contained in a plastic bag with the photoetch, decals, and instruction manual protected in the bottom of the box. Resin wheels are a nice addition.

Curiously there were two fuselage sprues, although there is no reference to one of them. The part numbers were different as was the sprue number. I put it aside and continued on.

Construction starts with the cockpit. It appears a bit simplistic at first, but with the supplied photo etch, decals, and painting, the cockpit came out looking quite good. I used Eduard's Look instrument panel and steel seat belts, which saved time.

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