Reviews of scale model kits.

Soviet Submarine Project 628

Published: May 28th, 2018     
Soviet Submarine Project 628
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/350
Company: Mikro-Mir

Project 628 was a design study, circa 1952-1953, to fit a Vladimir Nikolayevich Chelomei (Vladimir Nikolaevich Chelomey) sub-sonic cruise missile to the 1,500-ton diesel-electric Soviet XIV series K-Class sub. The Russian Project 628 proposal is similar to what the US Navy did with a 'Loon' launching from a Gato Class submarine, the USS Cusk SSG-348. The original K-Class design was approved in 1936 as a long range "cruiser submarine" with a heavy torpedo and gun armament. The boats could operate as a "fleet submarine" working with the battle fleet or as long range commerce raiders. The double hull was divided into seven compartments. It was originally planned to carry a small floatplane for scouting but this concept was abandoned when the planned aircraft proved too flimsy. Twelve submarines were built, although seven of them ended up being trapped in Leningrad by the Germans, and were not finally completed until after the end of the war. Of the five that saw operations during the war, only K-21 survived, and now is the only survivor of the entire class, becoming a memorial.


Published: May 28th, 2018     
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Eduard

The Aircraft

The MiG-15UTI is the two seat trainer variant of the MiG-15 fighter from the Korean War. It has been produced by the USSR, Czechoslovakia (S103), Poland(Lim-2), China (JJ-2 / Shenyang FT-2). The MiG-15 UTI has been used by a lot of countries, including the United States, which uses it as a test pilot trainer for foreign students. The Eduard instructions provides 8 sets of markings, 2 Czech, and one each from USSR, Finland, Indonesia, Syria, Iraq and Algeria.

The Kit

The kit contains two complete UTIs. The fuselage top and wing are one piece, with the fuselage bottom separate. This sure makes it easy to get the wing sweep and angle correct. There is a cockpit and a canopy mask, which is marvelous. The vertical tail and horizontal stabilizers are three separate parts.


The first steps are to paint the interior of the cockpit and instrument panels gray black. The seat cushions and seat back cushions are also painted black. There are decals for the instrument panels and for the seat belts.

Japanese Refueling Cart

Published: May 27th, 2018     
Japanese Refueling Cart
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Hauler Brengun

Hauler has provided another addition to the great Diorama releases from Brengun with this Japanese refueling cart for use with Japanese WW2 Air forces. These were used to manually pump fuel for military logistics operations.

The detail quality is great; there is a lot of easily removable flash and no other noticeable imperfections. The parts once removed from the mold base are ready to assembly. The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal and added to the assembly.

The Assembly is quick and easy. Please be care cutting the parts as I did find a few air bubbles in the cart frame which did lead to a couple of breaks that need repairing. The Axle is not numbered on the instructions and this is in fact part number 5.

I was a little disappointed that the rubber hose was not including in the kit.

The final part is painted as shown in the box and looks great as an addition to any diorama.

Thanks go to Hualer for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

OH-6D "Winter Camouflage"

Published: May 27th, 2018     
OH-6D "Winter Camouflage"
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

First flown in 1963, the HUGHES OH-6 is a light observation helicopter capable of carrying four at cruise speeds of up to 135 knots. The type is also known in the civilian world as the Hughes 500 series. A number of countries used the OH-6 including the Japanese Self Defense Force who used aircraft built under license as the OH-6D by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. That version is represented in this kit.

This is a limited-edition kit and comes in the now common Hasegawa top open box with a photo of the real thing on it. Inside you find high quality parts typical of this company with restrained panel lines and very good fit. Six resin parts are included that consist of antennas and a supplemental tail light assembly.

Water Pump Set

Published: May 22nd, 2018     
Water Pump Set
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

I must confess a high level of personal modeling interest in well-made accessory sets like this. As a lover of all things dioramic, I am always on the lookout for fiddly bits that will add that extra level of interest to a scenario in the making. This set is just such an example.

MiniArt continues to provide us with set after set of delightful, well made bits, and this one offers some really useful items. There seems to be a movement these days to not considering your Tiger or Panther tank really complete without a bucket hanging off the rear end, and this kit comes with no less than eight (plus three pails) of the finest buckets I've literally ever seen in this scale. Coming in two styles - three, if you count the pails, they feature such details as weld seams and fine stamped ridges. Also included in the kit is the village pump, which has a posable handle and a separate metal drain, a wash basin and a couple of milk or water pails with lids. Frankly, there isn't a thing in this set that isn't useful.