Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

US Navy Portable Fire Extinguishers

Published: April 8th, 2016     
US Navy Portable Fire Extinguishers
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

Sometimes when you are building a diorama there is that one thing that will set yours apart from the rest. This is one of those items.

Aerobonus has provided unique pieces for the aircraft diorama buffs in the past and these little gems are just what the doctor ordered.

On airfields, regardless of eras, there are always fire extinguishers. They are in the background but always around the engine, just in case of engine fire. Aerobonus provides you with four fire extinguishers cast in blemish free grey resin. The resin encompasses the cylinder, the horn and extinguisher handle. You will have to supply the wire to make the hose. That alone would be quite nice but that’s not all, Aerobonus also provides you with decals to make your individual fire extinguishers. While the item description says US Navy, I’ve seen these fire extinguisher used by the USAAF and foreign airfields.

These would look good on any diorama. Treat yourself to something a little different. These fire extinguishers are simple and effective additions.

Highly recommended

2013 Camaro ZL1

Published: April 8th, 2016     
2013 Camaro ZL1
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

The Revell website sums up this vehicle nicely, “The 2013 Camaro ZL1 is the most technologically advanced Camaro ever made. In 1969, the original ZL1 was a custom-built COPO ordered car with an all-aluminum 427 c.i.d. engine. It was a bold move for its time. Stepping ahead more than 40 years, the 2013 ZL1 is even more robust, with a 6.2 liter supercharged V-8 pumping out 580 horsepower.”

Mercury Atlas

Published: April 8th, 2016     
Mercury Atlas
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/72
Company: Horizon Models

Following on the heels of the release of the Mercury Capsule model, Horizon Models is breaking ground with the release of a 1/72nd scale model of the Mercury-Atlas. This release includes parts to construct one Mercury capsule with the addition of the parts needed to build the Atlas launch vehicle. In the way of a preview of things to come, Horizon has also announced the release of an Atlas ICBM version in the near future. It will use the same basic parts as the launch vehicle in the Mercury-Atlas kit.

Something of historical note, Horizon Models shared that while (or “whilst”) if you speak “Aussie”, the previously released Mercury Capsule kit, 2003, was designed in Australia, it was tooled in China. However, we are informed that the Convair Atlas rocket itself, was designed, tooled and molded in Australia. It is thought that it may the first “full production” model kit tooled in Australia, with the exception of some limited run models. That truly represents “Thunder from Down-Under”!

Pz. Beob.Wg.II Ausf.C

Published: April 8th, 2016     
Pz. Beob.Wg.II Ausf.C
Reviewed by: Len Pilhofer, IPMS# 49932
Scale: 1:35
Company: Dragon Models

History

The Panzer II was widely used in early campaigns of WWII such as the invasion of Poland, the Low Countries, and France. The main armament of most Panzer II variants was the 2cm Kw.K30 L/55 cannon, and a coaxial MG34, although the main gun was ineffective in the anti-tank role. One interesting conversion of the Panzer II was its use as an artillery observation vehicle (Beobachtungswagen). The armament was retained, and its most obvious external recognition feature was the fitting of a frame antenna on the rear deck. These Pz.Beob.Wg vehicles were successfully used in the target acquisition and artillery fire observation roles, primarily with self-propelled gun units. (sourced from the DragonUSA website).

Free French Fighter Pilot WWII Normandie-Niemen (1942-1945)

Published: April 7th, 2016     
Free French Fighter Pilot WWII Normandie-Niemen (1942-1945)
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Aerobonus

Normandie-Niemen were Free French fighters who flew for the Russians following the fall of France. Their exploits while flying Yak-3s is the stuff of legends. Until now, if you wanted to have one of these pilots in your diorama, you had to settle on a Russian pilot in Russian flight gear. Not anymore.

Molded in light grey resin, this pilot figure contains four parts: the body; arm; and two heads, one with a dress hat and one with a flying helmet on. The pose is completely natural with the pilot standing upright with a parachute draped over his shoulder. You can put either head on him. I’m going to put the dress cap on mine, since it is uniquely French. Both faces are well sculpted and very high quality.

Assembly is easy, just remove the parts from the block and assemble. The figure will look really nice next to an Eduard, Zvezda, or Accurate Miniatures Yak-3.

These figures from Aerobonus are impressive and inexpensive. They make great starter figures and also a nice addition to an aircraft display or diorama.

Another great job by Aerobonus.

Highly recommended