Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

SH-3H Sub-Hunter

Published: January 14th, 2015     
SH-3H Sub-Hunter
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/72
Company: Cyber-Hobby

History Brief

The Sikorsky Sea King became operational with the United States Navy in June 1961. When introduced, the Sea King was a considerable advancement over previous helicopters. It was used primarily for anti-submarine warfare: detecting and tracking Soviet submarines. During the Cold War, the Soviet Navy built a submarine fleet that at one point included more than 200 operational submarines. Luckily for the Soviets the highly capable Sea King never had to kill one of their subs.

It was the world's first all-weather amphibious helicopter and one of the first anti-submarine warfare (ASW) rotor craft to use twin turbo shaft engines. The SH-3H was an upgrade of the SH-3G. It included SH-3G features with improvements for ASW, anti-ship missile detection and other airframe improvements. 163 SH-3Gs were upgraded to SH-3H configuration. These Sea Kings typically had a four-man crew; a pilot and copilot in the cockpit and two aircrew in the cabin operating and monitoring the aircraft's detection equipment.

U.S.A.F. Fighter Pilot, Pressure Suit, 1960-1975

Published: January 14th, 2015     
U.S.A.F. Fighter Pilot, Pressure Suit, 1960-1975
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

A perfect addition to your diorama or display base is this Aires Aerobonus figure.  This figure is designed to be ascending a ladder to a 1960-1975 USAF Fighter.  Aires Aerobonus provides you with a resin figure with separate arms on one pour stub with side bars to protect the figure.  Of note is the re-sealable packaging that Quickboost uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. The supplied instructions provide color drawings for painting. 

Aires Aerobonus has molded the figure in light grey resin with no bubbles that I could find. There are no mold seams to sand off and the resin plug is easily removed from the bottom with a razor saw or Dremel.  Clean up was quite easy and the arms attached with superglue.  I added a just a bit of putty to refined the transition on the shoulders to the arms.  The sculpting is great with the proportions of the figure perfect.  The pressure suit is well executed with appropriate wrinkles and folds.

Jagdpanzer IV/70(V)Lang

Published: January 14th, 2015     
Jagdpanzer IV/70(V)Lang
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:35
Company: Tamiya

Review

I want to start this review with a disclaimer: I am not an “armor guy”. I built mainly airplanes and the occasional soft skin. But armor has been calling me recently and the release of an all new-tooling Tamiya Jagdpanzer was too tempting as to not trying it.

This kit has a total of 252 pieces. It comes with plastic tracks, includes the torso of two figures and it has a small decal sheet with markings for 3 different tank hunters (one Eastern Front, two Western Front examples).

Construction begins with the lower hull and the running gear. The bogies have a nice surface detail that would take a wash really nicely. I was a bit surprised as to the total number of wheels involved in the construction, but again, I’m an “airplane guy”, so anything beyond 3 wheels sounds like “too many”. You are provided with return rollers, sprockets and two kinds of running wheels, as the real thing had the front two running wheels made completely in steel to handle the extra weight of the gun. Just be aware of that when you are painting the wheels. Instructions are very clear so it should not be difficult.

Hyundai Azera

Published: January 14th, 2015     
Hyundai Azera
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/24
Company: Academy

Background

Manufactured in Korea and marketed as a “premium sport sedan,” Hyundai’s Azera shares the marketplace with Toyota’s Avalon, Ford’s Taurus, and Lexus’ LS 350.

The Kit

Engineered to be built without paint or glue, Academy’s Azera seems targeted for the casual builder, beginning modeler, and the full-size Azera owner.  Although targeted for less-experienced modelers, Academy has provided ample detail for the more serious or advanced modeler as well. 

Sd.Kfz.10/4 fur 2cm FlaK 30, 1940 Production w/Ammo Trailer

Published: January 11th, 2015     
Sd.Kfz.10/4 fur 2cm FlaK 30, 1940 Production w/Ammo Trailer
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon has expanded their family of Sd.Kfz.10/4 utility halftracks to include a new version towing a standard ammunition trailer. This fully detailed kit sports an engine and gearbox, with an open passenger compartment and pose-able hood panels to expose these beauties. Upgraded road wheels and Magic Tracks have resulted in a spectacular halftrack/trailer combination. The kit comes with an array of new parts, like the loading ramps which can be either assembled for dismounting the gun in the rear or attached to the front of the vehicle.

British Airborne 75mm Pack Howitzer and 1/4 Ton Truck with Trailer

Published: January 8th, 2015     
British Airborne 75mm Pack Howitzer and 1/4 Ton Truck with Trailer
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

Over time, I find myself becoming fonder and fonder of Bronco Models and their products. They consistently seem to offer fascinating subjects done with a real flair, and this set is no exception. It consists of a 75mm Pack Howitzer along with a jeep, trailer, four riding paratroopers, and a wealth of personal equipment. The box is packed with good, firm plastic which takes fine detail well, and it also includes three sheets of photo-etch and two decal sheets: one for the equipment and one for the soldiers. As this is a variant of the regular jeep offered by Bronco, you wind up with a host of useful extras, including wheels/tires, windshields, and steering wheels. The instructions are actually a 27-page full-color manual, and they are extremely well laid out and informative. In addition, for the most part, parts are logically laid out on the sprues. This helps in piecing together this complicated set and saves an immense amount of time searching for some elusive bit.

W.W.II British Airborne Weapon & Equipment Set

Published: January 6th, 2015     
W.W.II British Airborne Weapon & Equipment Set
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

This is a very comprehensive accessory set for British WWII Airborne vehicles or dioramas. The parts are well molded, and have very good detail. There are many very small parts that will require care to assemble, but will result in nice accessories.

The kit includes a Welbike that can be assembled unfolded or folded for transport, a Welbike container that can be either open or closed, a collapsible trolley cart, BSA military bicycle that can be assembled either unfolded or folded, No. 18 Wireless Radio, various weapons, pigeon container, PIAT, several PIAT ammo containers, wicker pannier, airborne helmets, airborne rucksack, and type B airborne container.

The weapons include Sten MK IVs, PIAT gun and ammo, Webley revolvers, Lee Enfield rifles, and Bren guns.

The kid comes on 25 gray plastic sprues, with duplicates of several of the sprues for multiple pieces. The kit also includes a small fret of photoetch details with very fine detail for the bike spokes, and a small sheet of decals.

M3A3 Bradley w/BUSK III

Published: January 5th, 2015     
M3A3 Bradley w/BUSK III
Reviewed by: Chris Graeter, IPMS# 39558
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

History

In 1980 the US Army formally took delivery of the new M2 Bradley IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) and M3 Bradley CFV (Cavalry Fighting Vehicle). The M3 CFV had a wielded aluminum hull. It was powered by a 500hp Cummins VTA-903 diesel engine with an HMDT-500 automatic transmission at that time. Its two-man turret had positions for the commander and gunner. The turret consisted of a 25mm M242 Bushmaster chain gun, a 7.62mm M240C coaxial machine gun and a two-tube TOW anti-tank missile launcher. Firing ports and periscopes on each side of the hull, and the two firing ports on the rear ramp were eliminated on the M3 CFV.

C-17A Globemaster III

Published: January 4th, 2015     
C-17A Globemaster III
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Scale: 1/144
Company: Revell, Inc.

History

The C-17 was funded for development in 1984 and the first one was delivered in 1991 to the USAF for testing. The C-17 was originally designed to replace the C-130 and augment the C-5 and C-141. As we all know the C-130 and the C-5 are still going and the C-141 has been removed from service and has been sent to the boneyard for scrapping. The initial order was for 120 units and that was bumped up in 2002 following the attacks of September 11th to 180. Although the USAF is the main user there are many other countries that utilize the C-17.

The Kit

The kit is molded in light gray plastic. Several of the parts had a grainy texture to them and several of the sprue attachment points were thick and difficult to remove. The construction is fairly straight forward.

Jonny Quest: The Dragonfly

Published: January 4th, 2015     
Jonny Quest: The Dragonfly
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: Undetermined
Company: Moebius Models

History Brief

The Adventures of Jonny Quest was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for Screen Gems. An animated television series, it ran on ABC in prime time on Friday nights for one season from 1964 to 1965.  A true original for the 1960s, it was created and designed by comic-book artist Doug Wildey and was inspired by American radio serials, American action-adventure comics and American science fiction genre. Ground breaking for it’s time it featured unmatched realistic art, interesting characters, and a better story line than any previous cartoon seen on television.

The Quest Labs Supersonic Suborbital Aircraft known as The Dragonfly is the iconic Jonny Quest aircraft featured in the episode introductions. It was also featured in some of the best episodes.

The Product

The Quest Labs Supersonic Suborbital Dragonfly is a 12 inch long desk top model with a base reminiscent of the old Aurora kits and comes well packed