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Reviews of scale model kits.

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.

Sunderland Mk. III

Published: August 24th, 2014     
Sunderland Mk. III
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

History Brief

The Short Sunderland, one of the most famous seaplanes of World War II. It came into service toward the end of 1938, equipping the Royal Air Force squadrons of Coastal Command. The Mark III turned out to be the definitive Sunderland variant, with 461 built. Most were built by Shorts at Rochester and Belfast, a further 35 at a new (but temporary)[N 3] Shorts plant at White Cross Bay, Windermere;[22][23] while 170 were built by Blackburn Aircraft. The Sunderland Mark III proved to be one of the RAF Coastal Command's major weapons against the U-boats, along with the Consolidated PBY Catalina.

Bristol Blenheim Mk I

Published: August 23rd, 2014     
Bristol Blenheim Mk I
Reviewed by: Ned Ricks, IPMS# 36013
Scale: 1/72
Company: Airfix

When the Airfix Bristol Blenheim Mk I showed up on the kits available for review, I quickly put my name in the hat for it. I had seen the results of a 1/48 scale kit and was eager to try my hand and add to my RAF Battle of Britain collection.

A few paragraphs of history: The Bristol Blenheim was a British light bomber aircraft designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company that was used extensively in the early days of the Second World War.

It was adapted as an interim long-range and night fighter, pending the availability of the Beaufighter. It was one of the first British aircraft to have all-metal stressed-skin construction, to utilize retractable landing gear, flaps, a powered gun turret and variable pitch propellers. A Canadian-built variant named the Bolingbroke was used as an anti-submarine and training aircraft.

British Forces Quad Bikes and Crew

Published: August 22nd, 2014     
British Forces Quad Bikes and Crew
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Scale: 1/48
Company: Airfix

Airifx continued their string of new releases related to British forces in Afghanistan with the Quad Bikes and crew. Basically, these are all-terrain vehicles adapted for military use. There are two complete vehicles and their accompanying trailers with four crew members. These are new kits, so the molding is superb. Given the diminutive size of these vehicles, however, the parts are rather fragile so please remove them from the sprues with care. The kits are molded in that familiar Airfix blue-grey plastic. There’s one sprue for the figures, two sprues each for the vehicles and trailers for a total of thirty seven parts. There is a modest decal sheet and colored instructions with 3-D drawings for instructions. As is typical with Airfix kits, the spues are packed together loosely in a plastic bag which means some loose, and this case, broken parts.

Dornier Do 335 B-2 "Pfeil" (Arrow) - Part 3

Published: August 22nd, 2014     
Dornier Do 335 B-2 "Pfeil" (Arrow) - Part 3
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: HK Models

Yet again:  Sincere thanks to Neil at HK models for providing IPMS USA this pre-release kit for review; your contributions are of great value and we look forward to more releases from your company…

… Part 3; final details!

In The next step was to install the clear parts.  These were truly “crystal clear”… no dip required in the floor wax.  The windscreen was the later type with a sharp bow in the front center; it fit perfectly into place with a bit of Tenax.  Next:  The main canopy.  This particular version has the “bug-eye” bubbles on the upper center section, which housed the rear-view mirrors.  The kit did not provide these, which are possibly on the PE fret.  I had no problem getting these to fit into place either; once again I used liquid cement and it worked well. As there is no seat belt and I was trying to finish, I closed everything up and it all fit fine. If you want it open, there are two integral tabs on the Starboard (right), which held the canopy open with no problem.

Chinese Navy Type 052D Missile Destroyer Changsha

Published: August 21st, 2014     
Chinese Navy Type 052D Missile Destroyer Changsha
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/350
Company: Bronco Models

The Type 052D is a Chinese designed and built missile destroyer. It features an active electronically scanned array radar system and it is refer by the Chinese media as the “Chinese Aegis”. There are two ships in the class completed and several more under construction. This kit represents the second ship of the class, “Changsha”.

Upon opening the box you find 13 sprues, 2 photo-etch frets (one of them for the nameplate), one clear sprue for the helicopter and a small decal sheet. The superstructure is packed on its individual box –inside the main box-. Despite the precautions my sample got slightly warped during transit (see photo).

This is a nice sized kit, with the hull being almost 18.5 inches long. There is no option for waterline hull, however there is an flat internal piece –that provides strength to the hull assembly- and some modeler might feel courageous enough to convert the full hull into a waterline model.

The instruction booklet includes multicolor line drawing instructions (CAD-style) in 16 steps. The first 3 steps relates to the boats/rafts, helicopters and bow details, including the main deck gun.

CMP F15A Van Lorry

Published: August 20th, 2014     
CMP F15A Van Lorry
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Mirror Models Ltd.

The 1/35 scale CMP F15A Van Lorry by Mirror Models is a challenging build due to lack of clarity in part locations, but experienced modelers can build it into a nicely detailed model.

The kit comes nicely packed in a cardboard box, and each of the gray plastic sprues are individually bagged. On first glance there are many very small parts, and the detail of the molding is good. The parts have very large gateways, or sprue connections, for attaching the part to the sprue. The instructions noted that some of the gates are larger to avoid ejector pin marks, and suggests using a razor saw or scalpel instead of a sprue cutter to remove the parts. The sprue connections are wide but thin, and I didn’t break any of the parts removing when removing them from the sprue.

The kit comes on light gray plastic sprues, along with one bag of clear plastic parts, one bag containing the decals, wire, and small photoetch fret, and one bag containing the four rubber tires. The photoetch sprue is quite thin and is covered with plastic on both sides for protection. The clear plastic parts are relatively thin but still quite thick for this scale.

W.W.II US Truck Crew Set

Published: August 19th, 2014     
W.W.II US Truck Crew Set
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

Let me first start off by saying this is not my normal scale for figures.  I have been building 1/72nd and wargame scale figures for a short time and even some larger Super Hero kits but these are the first guys in 1/35th scale I have completed since a poorly painted 25 lber crew I did some 30 years ago, so please be gentle on any comments about the paint jobs.  Thank-you.

OK, what comes in the box?  Well, when I read WWII US Truck Crew I am thinking some guys for a Duece and a half but the artwork on the cover shows them sitting in a Jeep (oops, can I say that) and that would be the ideal vehicle for this set.

The first thing that struck me was the really relaxed poses.  These guys look like they could be in a vehicle at rest or moving sedately down a nice dirt road, behind the lines.

Two of the figures really stand out for me, the guy in the front seat with his legs crossed on the hood and a cigar in his mouth and the guy behind him holding a Thompson and a puppy.  The other guy in the back is grasping the collapsed tilt and the driver has some action with his coat billowing out a little.

U-boat IXC Set 2

Published: August 18th, 2014     
U-boat IXC Set 2
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner, IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Set 2 of Eduard's PE for the new Revell U-505 in 1/72 scale consists of detail for the deck plus the armament. I’m not particularly “into” photo etch, but when asked I accepted, since I had the opportunity to build the sub. This set consists of one sheet of brass.

I started with the deck plates, as I thought they would be the easiest components. Although the instructions show that Eduard wants the builder to remove various kit parts which they mark in red, there was no removal needed for these parts. I found, however, that removing the kit details (rivets) in the areas where the plates fit worked much better because that way they lie flat. They fit great and adhered nicely with super glue. (I used Bob Smith Industries thin CA for attaching them).

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