Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Focke Achgelis Fa 330

Published: March 21st, 2015     
Focke Achgelis Fa 330
Reviewed by: James Binder, IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1/32
Company: Fly Models

The Focke-Achgelis Fa330 was was a type of rotary-wing kite, known as a gyroglider or rotor kite. They were towed behind German U-boats during World War II to allow a lookout to see farther. Despite its advantages, the use of the FA 330 only resulted in a single sinking when U-177 used one to spot, intercept, and sink the Greek steamer Efthalia Mari on 6 August 1943.

The Allies came into possession of an FA 330 in May 1944 when they captured the submarine U-852 intact. After the war, the British government did successful experiments towing FA 330s behind ships and jeeps, but the development of the helicopter quickly occupied the attention of the military.

Fly models recently came out with two new kits in 1/32 scale, the Arado 234 Blitz jet bomber, and the Fa330 gyroglider. I am a big fan of odd and interesting German World War II aircraft and did not have one of their rotary wing craft in my collection. I couldn’t pass up the chance to give this kit a shot.

British Army 6 Pounder Anti-Tank Gun (w/crew)

Published: March 19th, 2015     
British Army 6 Pounder Anti-Tank Gun (w/crew)
Reviewed by: Joe LoMusio, IPMS# 45454
Scale: 1:35
Company: Riich Models

The primary anti-tank gun for British forces during the middle of World War II was the 57 mm Ordnance Quick-Firing 6-pounder, or just 6 pounder. First used in North Africa in the Spring of 1942, it replaced the 2 pounder in the anti-tank role. The United States Army also adopted the 6 pounder as our primary anti-tank gun under the designation 57 mm Gun M1. The 6-pounders were issued to the Royal Artillery anti-tank regiments of infantry and armored divisions in the western theaters, consisting of four batteries with 12 pieces each.

The anti-tank ammunition was a basic Armor-Piercing (AP) shot, but by January 1943 an Armor-Piercing, Capped (APC) shot and an Armor-Piercing, Capped, Ballistic Capped (APCBC) shot was supplied. Then by 1944, the Armor-Piercing, Composite Rigid (APCR) shot, and the Armor-Piercing, Discarding Sabot (APDS) shot were supplied.  There was a considerable difference in effectiveness, as the APC shot could penetrate up to 92mm of armor, but the APDS could penetrate armor up to 142mm thick. Furthermore, a high explosive shell was produced so that the gun could be used against un-armored targets as well.

Messerschmitt Me-262

Published: March 18th, 2015     
Messerschmitt Me-262
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/144
Company: Fujimi

Fujimi has issued a Me-262 A-1A in 1/144 scale. I have built all the other scales from 1/72 to 1/32 and when this came up for review, I couldn’t resist. He kit comes with two gray sprues holding 21 parts and a small clear sprue with two canopies. A nice decal sheet with markings for one plane, a Me-262 A-1a Yellow 5 from 9/KG(J) 6 in April 1945. The instructions are on the back of the box along with a paint scheme and color references. The colors are wrong in a couple cases as the plane should be RLM76 on the bottom and RLM 81/82 on top with lots of mottling down the sides.

Bathroom Accessories

Published: March 18th, 2015     
Bathroom Accessories
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler Brengun

Hauler-Brengun continues on its path to help modelers everywhere add realism and interest to their dioramas with this latest set, a complete bathroom in 1/35 scale. The set is perfectly cast in gray resin with 26 total pieces.

F-16CJ Block 50 Fighting Falcon

Published: March 17th, 2015     
F-16CJ Block 50 Fighting Falcon
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Scale: 1/72
Company: Tamiya

The Aircraft

This is the second release of the 1/72 scale F-16CJ [Block 50] Fighting Falcon now with parts depicting underside equipment used on the aircraft!  The versatile F-16 Fighting Falcon's adaptability to both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions makes it one of the cornerstones of the U.S. Air Force today.  With over 4,500 F-16’s completed since it’s introduction in 1976, there have been numerous models of this aircraft in most model scales to date.  Block 50 evolutions of the aircraft were deployed from 1991, F-16CJ fighters being fitted with radar countermeasures.  The aircraft's capabilities have also been extended to include night fighter functionality.

Lamborghini Veneno

Published: March 14th, 2015     
Lamborghini Veneno
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/24
Company: Fujimi

Introduction

2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini automotive company. An anniversary as significant as this could not pass without Lamborghini celebrating it with what else but a new version of the magnificent cars they have produced for 50 years. The Veneno (named after a famous fighting bull as all Lambos are) is that car. Based on the Aventador LP700-4, this car has a redesigned body and increased horsepower from its L535 6.5 liter V-12 engine. This engine makes 740 hp and can propel this car to 220 mph. The body is constructed largely of carbon fiber with aluminum sub-frames in the front and back. Suspension is provided by pushrods with horizontal springs like a formula car that is essentially what the Veneno is. Only three production models were built, each in the colors of the Italian flag: White, Red and Green.  Of the three constructed, two were granted to buyers in the US. I say granted because Lamborghini hand picked the people that would get one of these cars at a selling price of 4 million dollars each.  The color scheme shown on the box art was the forth demo car. That car was revealed at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.

Space Shuttle Orbiter & Boeing 747 Egg Plane

Published: March 11th, 2015     
Space Shuttle Orbiter & Boeing 747 Egg Plane
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Company: Hasegawa

From the kit's Hasegawa web page:

Returning to roost

Moving the space shuttle is one jumbo task, fortunately, the eggheads of Boeing hatched the B747-one of the largest commercial aircraft ever to spread its wings. The bigger birds made dozens of flights yoked together with the shuttles. Had the shuttles scrambled on their own, they would have risked frying their engines or cracking flight surfaces. After the space shuttle program was put on the shelf, the 747s ovoided their due date by serving the shuttles to their final roosting places. Limited edition kit features a shuttle carrier and shuttle with decals for Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour.

Kit

This kit is a modified re-release of 2 previous kits with the inclusion of 1 sprue of white parts to make the NASA version of the 747, the streamlined fairing for the back of the space shuttle, the closed mission bay doors and the brackets to tie the space shuttle to the 747.

The kit comes packaged in a sturdy cardboard box with 2 bags of sprue, 1 bag for each aircraft, a single sheet of decals and an instruction manual.

Douglas C-47 Skytrain

Published: March 9th, 2015     
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Airfix

In 2014, Airfix tooled a new 1/72 scale Douglas C-47 Skytrain (or Dakota as it is know in the UK) that virtually eclipses Airfx original C-47 kit that was introduced in 1960 and released in various forms eleven times since then. The new kit is superior in all respects (with maybe two exceptions, which will be explained further on) and clearly demonstrates the strides Airfix has made in improving the detail and accuracy of their recent offerings.

Iron Man 3 - Iron Patriot

Published: March 8th, 2015     
Iron Man 3 - Iron Patriot
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/9
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon continues its Marvel figures with the Iron Patriot from Iron Man 3. Let me say right up front that this is one of the finest molded figure kits I have ever seen. Dragon uses the same slide mold technology they use on their armor on their figures. For example, the lower legs are one tubular piece. The kit is 80 flash free excellent gray parts with 2 clear parts, three vinyl parts, a metal piece and a large base. The plastic is excellent and sand beautifully which is important because he is metallic.

Construction starts with subassemblies; two arms, the main body, two legs and the head. Some parts are trapped between others so test fit things. The main body is built around a central core and the fit is superb.  By test fitting pieces, you will find that some seams don’t need sanding as they are covered later. Some sanding was required on the side panels but no filler. The same with the head- it is built around a central vinyl core and has clear eyes so lighting would be a snap. No filler was used on the head either.

Tupolev G-5 Mod. XIII Torpedo Boat

Published: March 3rd, 2015