Reviews of scale model kits.

2016 Corvette Stingray

Published: June 23rd, 2017     
2016 Corvette Stingray
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

The Kit

This review covers the 2016 Corvette Stingray 1:25 Scale Revell Kit #85-4425. It's a Skill Level 4 kit for the intermediate builder requiring glue and paint. There are 57 parts molded in white, clear, chrome and transparent red and metal axles with easy-to-follow instructions and waterslide decals. The kit features a detailed LT-1 V-8 engine, multi-piece chassis, and soft black tires. Overall finished dimensions are approximately: Length: 7", Width: 31/4", Height: 2".

Construction and Detailing

Construction of this kit begins with the motor and although it is fairly detailed it is a simple construction that is easily built. The sad fact is that you can't really see the motor after it is placed into the engine bay just like the real thing! The chassis offers some areas for detail although the construction is very simplified. Painting the separate exhaust, A-arms, and one-piece suspensions gives the flat back chassis pan some color differentiation. Construction goes pretty quickly here.

Moebius Batgirl

Published: June 21st, 2017     
Moebius Batgirl
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/5
Company: Moebius Models

Moebius Models has been a great boon to modeling especially those who like Sci-Fi, Monsters and Super Heroes. A while back they started producing figures based on the 1966 version of Batman. Currently Batman (Adam West), Cat Women (Julie Newmar), The Riddler (Frank Gorshin), Robin (Burt Ward) and The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) have wonderfully detail kits out. To really celebrate these, Moebius has issued their Batgirl kit as a 1/5th scale resin kit. The kit represents the late Yvonne Craig in all here glory with the red wig and green contacts as she was on the 1966 series. The kit is made of resin and housed in a beautiful box with each part in an individual Styrofoam slot so there is no rubbing or issues with broken parts. The finished kit is 16" tall and there are great instructions and painting references. The kit was sculpted by Jeff Yagher and Tony Cipriano, two of the best out there today. A base and nameplate are also included.

Aichi E13A1 Type 0 Jake Model 11 & Catapult Limited Edition

Published: June 18th, 2017     
Aichi E13A1 Type 0 Jake Model 11 & Catapult Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Max Welliver, IPMS# 50498
Scale: 1:72
Company: Hasegawa USA

Hasegawa has recently released a limited edition, re-box kit of the Aichi E13A floatplane, featuring a separately molded catapult and two marking options.

  1. IJN Kashima NFG, Kashi-98
  2. IJN Kashima NFG, Kashi-95

Nicknamed "Jake" by the Allies, the Aichi E13A floatplane made long-range recon a reality for the IJN (Imperial Japanese Navy) during World War II. E13As were typically launched by catapult off of ships, and many were used for kamikaze missions during the latter half of the war. Several E13A1 pilots were from the Kashima Naval Flying Group, which had begun as a flight training group in 1938.

The Build

When I first opened the box, and studied the pieces, I noticed that there were some small, light scratches in the fuselage halves. Also, from what I could see, there was a fair amount of flash along many of the parts. The kit has raised panel lines as well, these points all adding up to the fact that this is the older (1971) kit.

Bf-109G-6 Erla

Published: June 13th, 2017     
Bf-109G-6 Erla
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

The weekend edition of Eduard's Bf-109s are for those that don't want to spend a bunch on their kits. Eduard has started to include markings for two aircraft per weekend edition. This particular release covers the Bf-109G-6 manufactured by Erla. The two aircraft are flown by Hptm. Heinrich Ehrler or Hptm. Gerhard Barkhorn. Erla G-6 are unique in a few ways. The first is that they typically had the extra bulge on the right engine cowling, typical of the G-5 or G-14 variants. Another difference is the 'sawtooth' camouflage pattern on the wings.

The box is smaller than the normal box, but that is because you get less stuff. The Weekend Editions don't have the photo etch and masks that are included in the Profipack. This isn't an issue as they are available separately if you want to buy them. All the other Brassin aftermarket stuff will fit this kit as well. I elected not to do this as I wanted to do Barkhorn's aircraft and show it off. I did elect to purchase the Erla camoflge masks available from Eduard. It would be a good time to check how they work.

Gulf War Anniversary Box Diorama Set: Part 4 - Iraqi MI-25 HIND-D

Published: June 13th, 2017     
Gulf War Anniversary Box Diorama Set: Part 4 - Iraqi MI-25 HIND-D
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

Italeri has put together a set of models to commemorate the anniversary of the Gulf War. The set includes tanks and helicopters from the United States and Iraq. Iraq is represented by the T-62 main battle tank and the Hind-D MI-25 helicopter, while the U.S. is represented by the M-1A1 main battle tank and the Cobra AH-1W helicopter.

Since this is a large box of models, Jim Pearsall asked me if I would like to build the Helos from the set. I was glad to accept because both of these models are on my "Models I want to build list".

The MI-25 HIND-D Helicopter

The MI-25 is an export variation of the Soviet MI-24 and is denoted with a letter suffix of "HIND-D". It is a large helicopter that is used