Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Junkers J.1

Published: May 30th, 2015     
Junkers J.1
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

History

The Junkers J.1 (Company Model J.4) was one of the most advanced airplanes produced during World War I.  When most other plane were of wooden construction with wire braced wings,  the J.1 was all metal, with cantilever wings and tailplane, and featured a .20 inch  armored shell structure which served as the forward fuselage, protecting the engine, fuel tanks, and crew.  The structure was covered mainly by corrugated aluminum, which was to become a Junkers trademark later copied by Henry Ford for his Tri-Motor. Powered by a 200 hp. Benz Bz IV 6 cylinder in-line water cooled engine, the aircraft had an empty weight of 3,885 lbs. and a gross weight of 4,787 lbs.  This resulted in a very heavy and underpowered aircraft, but given the role of the aircraft and the state of the art at the time, it was still an impressive airplane.  Comparing the type with modern lightplanes,  a 65 hp. Luscombe or Piper Cub had a gross weight of about 1200 to 1300 lbs.,  which certainly gave better performance, but this was 1917, and this plane was certainly revolutionary in many ways. This gives the lightplanes  20 lbs. per horsepower, while the J.1 had 23.  Once the crews got used to the unusual flight characteristics of the type, they appreciated the protection given by the armor, and the fact that the control system consisted of pushrods, with no vulnerable control cables except for the tail unit.

Russian Artillery Tractor T-20 (Late)

Published: May 26th, 2015     
Russian Artillery Tractor T-20 (Late)
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: Mirror Models Ltd.

Mirror Models has released a full plastic kit of the Artillery Tractor T-20, which saw service with the Finnish, German and Russian and Romanian Armies (Decals provided for the first 3 armies).

This kit has over 450 plastic parts and it includes some small PE details. The tracks are of the “individual link” style.  I don’t think they will “click” to each other; rather glue should be used in each link.

The kit includes a complete engine, engine bay, firewall and transmission.  There is no “hull”, it is built from individual pieces, and so careful alignment there will be needed. Once the engine and engine bay plus basic hull is completed, assembly moves into the interior, with nicely detailed seats for the artillery gun crew.

The interior includes a driver and machine-gun operator and all the hatches can be assembled in open or closed position. The road wheels/bogies are nicely detailed and they should take a wash and dry-brushing making them look like “the part”.

M1082 LMTVT

Published: May 26th, 2015     
M1082 LMTVT
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: Trumpeter China

Trumpeter has released the M1082 trailer, which is a welcome addition to military vehicles and dioramas alike.

The kit includes over 180 parts on 5 sprues (1 clear), plus a small PE fret and a plastic string, likely to make tie downs for a tarp -which is not provided-. Decals are provided for two finishes: tri-color “european/Nato” and a sand/desert one.

Construction follows the typical breakdown of most vehicles, that is, it starts with the frame. Careful alignment of the parts at this stage will pay off latter. Construction them moves to the trailer bed itself and finally to the wheels (with tires provided in rubber). It also includes a trailer jack foot, which would allow the trailer to be shown on its own.

Surface detail is excellent all around, with rivets that would take a dry-brushing pretty well and all the ejection pins will be hidden after construction. Perhaps the only missing part would be to have added a tarp and a tarp frame (as shown in the cover), but that should be relatively easy to scratchbuild if so desired.

With good engineering and excellent surface detail this kit is highly recommended.

Farm Horse Drawn Wagon

Published: May 26th, 2015     
Farm Horse Drawn Wagon
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

History

Here is a little history about farm horse drawn wagons. Four-wheeled vehicles have many names – one for heavy loads is most commonly called a wagon.

Wagons can be pulled by donkeys, ponies or mules and other smaller animals are occasionally used, such as large dogs, llamas and goats. Heavy wagons, carts and agricultural implements can also be pulled by other large draught animals such as oxen, water buffalo, yaks or even camels and elephants.

Vehicles pulled by a pair (or by a team of several pairs) have a pole which attaches between the wheel pair.

Kit

The kit is produced by HauleraulerHauler, a European company who in partnership with Brengun produce a wide range of kits. They produce construction kits, universal kits, photoetch parts in a variety scales to accentuate other manufactured kits. The box artwork shows a photo of an assembled farm horse drawn wagon.  

F9F-8 & F9F-8P Cougar

Published: May 25th, 2015     
F9F-8 & F9F-8P Cougar
Reviewed by: Chris Gibson, IPMS# 49143
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kitty Hawk

Overview

The F9F-8 Cougar was a carrier based early swept wing jet that was light, fast and had good range and load carrying capacity. It was developed from the F9F Panther which was a straight wing jet. The operational career for the F9F was 1951 to 1974. It was also used as a photo recon and two seat trainer.

The Kit

Kitty Hawks 1/48 scale F9F Cougar is the first 1/48 kit since the Revell kit and a couple resin kits of the 60s and 70s. It seems the Cougar has been like the red headed stepchild of the model world. That has changed now that Kitty Hawk has the F9F-8T trainer and the F9F-8 and -8P Cougars.

Surfite with Figure

Published: May 23rd, 2015     
Surfite with Figure
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

There was no flash on this kit with lots of chrome parts.

Engine

Eighteen pieces make up the little 4 banger engine that is very well detailed with all the parts fitting extremely well.

Interior

The interior is a one piece tub that the steering column gets glued into.  Very basic. 

Body

The body is really small.  I mean tiny, but it’s molded very well.  I painted the body with HOK chrome yellow.

Chassis

The chassis glues together in 4 pieces and then the tiny little chrome parts get glued to it.  Some of those chrome parts are extremely small and that made it difficult for me to put together.

Included in the kit are the tiki hut that is extremely well engraved.  I used several different colors in an attempt to make the palm leaves come alive.  The “Big Daddy” figure was pre-painted by Revell.  The decal sheet has several Rat Fink decals that can be added to the figure.

This really cool kit to work on and Revell needs to be commended for their craftsmanship.  Thank you also to IPMS for allowing me to review this kit.

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Hardtop

Published: May 22nd, 2015     
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Hardtop
Reviewed by: Gordy Miller, IPMS# 49574
Scale: 1:24
Company: Revell-Monogram

This release is part of an extremely popular series of models that goes under the Revell California Wheels collection that's been out for quite a while now. This particular Cadillac is actually the Eldorado Seville, of which only 975 cars were ever produced by the factory.

Stinson Reliant SR-9

Published: May 21st, 2015     
Stinson Reliant SR-9
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1/48
Company: Round 2 Models

History

The Stinson Reliant was a popular single-engine, four to five seat, high-wing monoplane manufactured by the Stinson Aircraft Division of the Aviation Manufacturing Corporation of Wayne, Michigan. The Reliant is a three-place high-wing fixed tail wheel land monoplane powered with a variety of radial engines.1,327 Reliants of all types were made from 1933 to 1941, in different models, from SR-1 to SR-10. The final commercial model, the Stinson Reliant SR-10, was introduced in 1938.

The Flintstone’s Flintmobile

Published: May 20th, 2015     
The Flintstone’s Flintmobile
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Lindberg/Round 2

The Kit

This automotive model review covers the Flintstone’s Flintmobile 1:25 Scale Lindberg Model Kit #HL604 (Photo 1). This is a Skill Level 1 Snap-It kit (Photo 2) for modelers eight years and older. It includes 22 parts molded primarily in tan and grey plastic with a white top. It also has a standup backdrop and easy to follow instructions. When finished it measures: L- 7½”, W- 4”, H- 3-¾”.

This kit’s box art will catch the eye of anyone that has ever seen the 60’s TV series featuring the Flintstones or even the 90’s movie. The hilarious antics of Fred Flintstone’s Stone Age friends and foes only mirrored that of modern day life and was enjoyable by both kids and adults alike. It’s hard not to look at the model and remember the pitter-patter of those huge feet getting the Flintmobile in gear to get “Twinkle Toes” to the bowling alley in time for the big tournament.

SAAB JA 37 Viggen

Published: May 18th, 2015     
SAAB JA 37 Viggen
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1:48
Company: Tarangus

The SAAB JA 37 Viggen was designed during the Cold war to be a rugged short take-off and landing interceptor for the Swedish Air Force. It first flew in early 1967 and production ended in 1990 after 149 airframes were delivered. It has always been a favorite of aircraft enthusiasts and modelers due the distinctive delta wing and canard design. This highly anticipated new kit from the Swedish company Tarangus is the first new kit of this awesome fighter in 1/48 scale since the old ESCI kit from the 80s.

Tarangus is a small Swedish company that specializes in new, beautiful kits of very interesting Swedish subjects. Most of their kits are short run kits but this new Viggen is not. The kit was taken back into development for nearly a year to make mainstream moldings that would be more durable. I am a huge fan of the Viggen so I had high hopes for this kit and it did not disappoint.