Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Hitachi Double Arm Working Machine ASTACO Neo

Published: December 19th, 2016     
Hitachi Double Arm Working Machine ASTACO Neo
Reviewed by: Matthew Cottrell, IPMS# 48174
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hasegawa

It’s an all too rare treat in modeling to stumble across a kit whose subject matter seems truly unique. Even with the wide variety of aircraft, armor, and automobiles available in kit form, the basic points of construction can remain rather similar. Happily, hidden gems are still unearthed from time-to-time among newly released kits, and Hasegawa’s ASTACO Neo is one of these gems.

F/A-18C US Navy, Swiss Air Force, Finnish Air Force & Topgun

Published: December 18th, 2016     
F/A-18C US Navy, Swiss Air Force, Finnish Air Force & Topgun
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kinetic Model Kits

When Kinetic announced they were doing a F/A-18C series, there was a lot of interest based on the fact that the Hornet has been a long serving fighter with an iconic shape and lots of great markings. When the markings were announced, my interest became a little more personal as one of the markings was for VFA-25 on the USS Carl Vinson. I was lucky enough to be on that very tiger cruise and I have included a series of pictures of this plane. How could I not build it (plus you can never have enough Hornets).

Looking in the box, there are 18 light gray sprues with crisp engraved panel lines and riveting. Six of the sprues are dedicated to weapons (missile, bombs and pods). There are also two clear sprues, a photoetch sheet and the instructions which include separate building and painting instructions. A large decal sheet covering the six markings:

Soviet Pilot with Life Jacket - the Cold War Period

Published: December 17th, 2016     
Soviet Pilot with Life Jacket - the Cold War Period
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

I love figures, and as a fan of aircraft models, I naturally like figures to go with my aircraft. Figures help provide scale and a “human factor” to any build.

Aires is working hard to provide a range of figures for aircraft modelers, and the Soviet Pilot with life jacket is a good example. Looking over the raw figure, it includes a torso with relatively simple outfit, two arms, two different heads with different helmets, and a very nice oxygen mask with attached hose.

My first impression is that the torso, in particular, is very nicely sculpted. I’m also impressed with the helmets, which are strikingly different. I admit I’m not 100% sure of the purpose of the helmet with the holes, so some research is called for, I think. Oddly, I was struck by the faces, which although not bad from a sculpting standpoint do strike me as a bit odd. One is quite thin and morose looking, and when fitted to the torso actually has quite a gap around the collar, as if he hasn’t been eating very well. The other, fuller face, also has a rather odd expression.

Corvette C7.R

Published: December 15th, 2016     
Corvette C7.R
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell

The stunning good looks and performance of the Pratt & Miller Corvette C7.R were only surpassed by the performance of this incredible racing machine. A true race car, this triple threat vehicle only shares it outer skin with the Corvette as nearly everything else is custom made to handle the rigors of long endurance racing propelled by a 491 HP engine.

This review covers the skill level 4 (ages 12 years and older) new tooling release of the 2015 Corvette C7.R 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4304. There are White, clear, clear red, metal axles, soft black tires with waterslide decals. You get a superbly detailed race car body with a racing chassis, safety roll cage and separate, but simplified, motor. This is a specific vehicle special subject kit and a historically accurate rendering of the 2015 C7.R. Final dimensions are approximately; Length: 7”, Width: 3½”, Height: 2”.

Bf-109G-6 (Early)

Published: December 15th, 2016     
Bf-109G-6 (Early)