Reviews of scale model kits.

1957 Chrysler 300C

Published: September 13th, 2018     
1957 Chrysler 300C
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2


There was little flash on the engine parts with excellent details. You get just a basic Hemi engine.


Deep engraving can be seen on the door panels making it easy to detail paint. Seats and side panels are separate pieces from the floor. I used a Testors flat tan and flat black as called for on the detailed instruction sheet.


The body went together very well with no adjustments necessary. My choice was to go with the Tru-Color artic white paint to maintain the factory stock look.


The frame rails are separate from the chassis pan. Front, rear suspension, and exhaust are all separate pieces. All together, they make for a very pleasing assembly.


The instructions are several pages long with suggested paint color for specific parts and a numbered list to tell you what part is what .

This was a very enjoyable kit to build with very little to non-existent flash on the parts. Thank you to IPMS for allowing me to review this kit.

Ringtrichter Richtungshörer Horchgerät (German WWII Acoustic Monitor Tool)

Published: September 10th, 2018     
Ringtrichter Richtungshörer Horchgerät (German WWII Acoustic Monitor Tool)
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

Background information from Wikipedia:

Ringtrichter Richtungshorer Horchgerat, or literally 'hearing aid for anti-aircraft guns' were developed in the First World War as military reconnaissance devices to locate guns on the battlefields. The successes were modest, however, because artillery fire is only short-term sound events, and there were several gun positions on the battlefields so that the localization was difficult. The directional receiver was much better suited for the localization of aircraft. By means of several devices, the true position of a relatively slow sound source moving in the subsonic range could be determined by cross-bearing. They were still used during the Second World War in order to locate enemy aircraft, even in weather such as fog or darkness. With the increasing speed of aircraft and the invention of radar technology, the Richtungshorer was largely obsolete.

This kit is from Czech Master's Kits (CMK), which is now part of Special Hobby.

MiG-15UTI Soviet Air Force

Published: September 9th, 2018     
MiG-15UTI Soviet Air Force
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Platz


The MiG-15 was one of the first really impressive fighter airplanes developed by the Soviet Union after WW II. Utilizing some British jet engine technology and some captured German swept wing technology, the Design Bureau of Mikoyan and Gurevich (MiG) produced a fighter that surprised the Allies when it was first encountered during the start of the Korean War. In 1949, a year after the fighter entered series production, work began on an advanced combat trainer variant to provide pilots with the skills necessary to fly the higher performance fighters. This resulted in the MiG-15UTI. The NATO code name for the trainer was Midget while the Soviet nickname was Babushka (grandmother).

The MiG-15UTI was also used to train pilots for the MiG-17, MiG-19 and in some cases the MiG-21. Over 2000 were produced. Most were built in the USSR while a number were also produced in Czechoslovakia and some of the Polish built MiG-15s were converted to the trainer version. One reference lists thirty countries that used the MiG-15UTI.

German Tank Destroyer Sd Kfz 173 Jagdpanther Ausf G1

Published: September 7th, 2018     
German Tank Destroyer Sd Kfz 173 Jagdpanther Ausf G1
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

This is kit comprised of about 600 styrene parts of which 508 are the track pieces, 2 frets of photo etched parts, an abundant set of poly caps and a set of braded wire for the tow cables. Not listed, but in the box was a metal barrel. It appears that it would replace part C13.

The instructions include 4 different finishes, so you need to choose which one you want to make and then review the instruction to see which set you need to follow. I chose option 3 and then when thru the instruction crossing out the other options so only option 3 was showing.

The 4 options are as follows:

  1. #212 sPzJgAbt 654 Battle of the Ruhr, March 1945
  2. #01 Headquarters, sPzJgAbt 559 Western France 1944
  3. #314 sPzJgAbt 654, Normandy, France 1944
  4. #? sPzJgAbt 559, Ardennes, 1944

Step 1. Builds the road wheels, drive sprocket and idler wheel. No issues here.

German Fokker E.III Eindekker

Published: September 6th, 2018     
German Fokker E.III  Eindekker
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1:72
Company: Airfix


The instructions in this kit are similar to those of all of Airfix's new issues. They are on full size sheets, with one page of general historical information in 5 languages, one sheet of brief modeling instructions in 12 languages, and 19 detailed assembly drawings on 4 pages. There is also one sheet of excellent rigging instructions with 1/72 scale drawings, since this model needs wire rigging to look realistic. The box art has the color guide and painting references, although there isn't a lot of interior information, especially since not all interior colors are covered. There is no sprue diagram or detailed information on the forward part of the cockpit interior. The photo on p. 20 of the Imrie book should solve this problem.