Reviews of scale model kits.

'48 Ford Police Coupe 2'n1

Published: August 30th, 2016     
'48 Ford Police Coupe 2'n1
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

History Brief

The 1948 Ford was the final year for a new design that began in 1941 with a completely updated, wider and more modern looking car. Shortly after the new car was introduced in 1941 however, Ford had to convert its factories to war production. It wasn't until 1946 that car production resumed. The Coupe came in 3 trim levels, this '48 model being the Super De Luxe version powered by a 239ci Flathead V-8 engine.

Terms for police cars include (police) cruiser, squad car, area car and patrol car. In some places, a police car may also be informally known as a cop car, a black and white, a cherry top, a gumball machine. Depending on the configuration of the emergency lights and livery, a police car may be considered a marked or unmarked unit. Whatever you call them, since the first incarnation the police car has been one of the most valuable pieces of equipment our law enforcement agencies have at their disposal.

Mag Ach 1/2 Middle East War Series (50th Anniversary The Six-Day War)

Published: August 29th, 2016     
Mag Ach 1/2 Middle East War Series (50th Anniversary The Six-Day War)
Reviewed by: Peter Bucher, IPMS# 50232
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

When I opened the box I was amazed at how many parts there were. It reminded me of the days when Dragon would include an entire sprue to provide 1 or 2 parts there are 11 yes 11 parts sprues in this kit. HEre is the breakdown of the entire kits contents.

  • 11-Grey Sprues
  • 2-DS Sprues
  • 1-Set of DS Tracks
  • 1-Small Sprue with two DS Polycaps
  • 2 Clear Parts Sprues
  • 1-Sheet of Photo Etch Parts
  • 1-Metal Tow Cable
  • Decals
  • Instructions


The term Magach is short for Merkevet Giborei Hayil whish is literally Chariot of War Heroes. The Magach 1 is based on the M-48A1 and the MAgach2 is based is the M48A2C. a portion of the Israeli Magach 1 tanks were captured from Jordanian forces during the six day war. I have chosen to model a Jordanian M48A1 in Jordanian national markings

I use several types of cements most notably Tamiya Thin Liquid cement and Testors Model Master liquid cement in the black dispenser bottle with the syringe type applicator. The paints used were Tamiya, Vallejo, Model Master and Mig Abtelieng Oils.

LAV-25 Piranha

Published: August 28th, 2016     
LAV-25 Piranha
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Scale: 1:35
Company: Italeri

This kit by Italeri is a new release for 2016. The LAV-25 was developed in the 1980’s in response to the LAV program which was started during the late 1970’s. After several companies submitted their plans, General Motors of Canada was selected as the manufacturer for the Army and the Marine Corp. Later the Army withdrew their plans due to funding issues. The Marine Corp continued and eventually six variants of the LAV-25 were procured. This kit represents one of those variants: The LAV-25 with the 25mm M242 Bushmaster Automatic cannon. The LAV-25 I will be constructing represents the vehicle named “Croaker” from Charlie Company, 2nd LAI Battalion during Operation Desert Storm as seen in D'Angina, James, and Henry Morshead. LAV-25: The Marine Corps' Light Armored Vehicle. Botley, Oxford: Osprey, 2011. Print. Decals are provided for this version in the kit.

Fw 190A-8/ R2

Published: August 23rd, 2016     
Fw 190A-8/ R2
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

I don’t think the Focke Wulf 190 needs much introduction, so I’ll keep it short. When introduced in 1941, much to the surprise of the RAF, the fighter design was found to have excellent maneuverability, while being rugged and well-armed. The design went thru a number of changes, with the FW-190A-8 version becoming the most produced model. The FW-190A8/R2 was noted for its increased firepower, with 20mm cannons being replaced with 30mm ones, and increased survivability due to additional armor in and around the cockpit.

Eduard’s Weekend Edition kits normally follow the release of their Royal Edition, and Profipack kits and consists of a scaled back version of the loaded Royal Edition and Profipack. The Weekend Editions include plastic sprues, and usually one or two decal options for the finished model, whereas the Royal and Profipack kits include photoetch, brassin, and multiple options for finishing the model. The difference being that the Weekend edition provides the same quality plastic, just at a lower price.

Ford Gasser 2 'n 1

Published: August 23rd, 2016     
Ford Gasser 2 'n 1