Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Douglas Dakota Mk III and Willys Jeep

Published: October 27th, 2016     
Douglas Dakota Mk III and Willys Jeep
Reviewed by: Camden & Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Airfix

Background

"Four things won the Second World War-the bazooka, the Jeep, the atom bomb, and the C-47 Gooney Bird," said General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The Dakota, the C-47’s designation in service with the Royal Air Force, was used in European and Southeast Asia (SEA) theaters of operation by the British throughout WW II. Modified from the civilian DC-3 airliner design, C-47/Dakota transports provided a host of unique benefits which included exceptional speed, payload, reliability, ruggedness, and versatility. Dakotas hauled everything from oxen to airborne troops, often operating from unimproved or improvised airfields near front lines.

From 1942 until the end of the war in 1945, RAF Dakotas in SEA were instrumental in keeping Allied forces in China supplied after Japanese forces cut off land-based supply routes. Dakota crews and their American C-47 counterparts flew the perilous “Hump” of the Himalaya Mountains between supply bases in India and forward operating bases in China, enabling constant and prevailing pressure against Japanese forces.

Avia B.534 III.serie

Published: October 27th, 2016     
Avia B.534 III.serie
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

History

The Avia B.534 was developed in 1934, and although obsolete by the time WWII started, it was used in combat as late as 1944! The 534 went through a few changes along the way, most notably the cockpit and landing gear. A 534 is credited with having been the last biplane to record an aerial victory (A Hungarian Ju 52 on Sept. 2nd, 1944).

The Kit

Inside the box are 4 sprue of grey and 1 of clear plastic, a decal sheet, photo etch fret, a sheet of painting masks and a 16-page instruction booklet. The plastic is is nice with very fine lines, little to no flash and no noticeable sink marks. The pre painted photo etch looks nice and the decals are very nice. One thing Eduard did was scale back on the photo etch fret as it looks like they give you just the parts needed for the III.Serie.

"Shidenkai no Maki" Kawanishi N1K2-J Shidenkai (George)

Published: October 27th, 2016     
"Shidenkai no Maki" Kawanishi N1K2-J Shidenkai (George)
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1:32
Company: Hasegawa

“Hagoromo Maki is going to an all-girls high school, a special one that allows its students to commute by plane! She and her first friend at school, Hasegawa Motiko, have found a plane and fixed it up for themselves to fly! However, it turns out that it was a plane used by a legendary pilot who protected the airspace for their school, and their school’s ace pilot does not approve of them having it. Will Maki be able to fly and protect the air for their school?” (tethydust)

But of course.

To Western sensibilities, Japanese pop culture sometimes offers seemingly bizarre juxtapositions, such as giant warrior robots shaped like teddy bears. Or a girl’s school involved in deadly aerial warfare with other schools using antique aircraft. Go figure.

Yakovlev YAK-1, 1941

Published: October 25th, 2016     
Yakovlev YAK-1, 1941
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengun, based in the Czech Republic, is known for producing a range of photo-etched and resin accessories for airplane models. They also produce a small number of 1/72nd and 1/144th aircraft model sets. One of their latest airplane kits is the Yakovlev Yak-1, Year 1941.

The Yak-1 was a maneuverable, fast and well-armed fighter developed by the Soviet air force in 1940. At the start of the Operation Barbarossa, the Soviets had about 500 Yak-1’s built, but just less than 100 were combat operational. TheYak-1 had a steel frame with wooden wings and composite fuselage, it was easy to maintain and fairly reliable and proved to be an excellent base for further developments. At altitudes, below 4,000 feet, was where the Yak-1 performed the best and was strong competition, and in some cases, more than a match for its German foes.

1980 Dodge Ramcharger

Published: October 23rd, 2016     
1980 Dodge Ramcharger