Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Gulf War Anniversary Box Diorama Set: Part 3 - US M1A1 Abrams

Published: February 15th, 2017     
Gulf War Anniversary Box Diorama Set: Part 3 - US M1A1 Abrams
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

This is a diorama set which observes the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War. The kit comes with 4 - 1/72 models; The US AH-1 Cobra, the US M-1A1 Abrams, the Iraqi Mi-25 and an Iraqi T-62.

Because there are 4 models in the set, and we have time limits, the helicopters are built by Mike Hinderliter, and the armor by Jim Pearsall. The review will appear in 4 parts, as each of the 4 kits is finished.

Nakajima B5N2 'Kate'

Published: February 15th, 2017     
Nakajima B5N2 'Kate'
Reviewed by: Jim Coatney, IPMS# 46815
Scale: 1/72
Company: Airfix

The Nakajima B5N2 'Kate' was the most numerous Japanese torpedo bomber of the Second World War, and while primarily operated from carriers, it also saw service as a land based bomber. A single engine monoplane, it was defended by just one rearward firing machine gun, operated by the radio operator, and its relatively low speed left it vulnerable to enemy fighters. Kates performed well at Pearl Harbor and went on to have success during the early battles of the war.

B-26 F/G Marauder

Published: February 15th, 2017     
B-26 F/G Marauder
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

I have a confession to make. I love the B-26…no idea why, I just like the way it looks and the markings and so this review is a little bit of a love affair with a specific plane. So, when Hasegawa’s B-26 F/G came up for review, I jumped at the chance.

Reviewing the kit in the box shows 12 sprues with two of those being clear. The clear parts not only include the canopies and windows but also the horizontal tails which is due to the small windows for the rear gunner which are next to the tail and small. In this way, the tiny windows are easier to mask and fit better. Also included is a set of poly caps for the props and a large set of decals covering three markings:

  • B-26F, Redlight Rosie of the 587th BS in natural metal
  • B-26G, Lak-a-Nookie of the 459th BS in olive drab over natural metal
  • B-26G, Round Too! Of the 584th BS in natural metal.

Great nose art and markings to choose from are a great way to start a build and I love the OD/natural metal scheme so it was Lak-a-Nookie for me.

US Army Helicopter Pilot-Vietnam War 1960-1975

Published: February 12th, 2017     
US Army Helicopter Pilot-Vietnam War 1960-1975
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aerobonus

Aerobonus has been releasing new figures at a remarkable rate. They continue to offer figures to go with your aircraft model. They are now starting to offer more helicopter related figures. There latest is available in 1/48th and 1/32nd scale, a US Army Helicopter Pilot from the Vietnam War between 1960-1975.

Packaged in a re-sealing packet with a card stock backing inside. There is a painting guide included on the instructions. The outside shows the helmeted figure and inside is the Stetson or boonie cap one. This figure is molded perfectly in light grey resin. The figure comes on a single pour block. The figure represents the early style single piece flight suit. It was less than popular in the heat and humidity of Vietnam. As a former Army pilot I can tell you that a single piece flight suit may be nice to have during a post-crash fire but for everyday wear, it was not fun. Imagine trying to get it off with the runs. Not fun. Anyhow, back to the review.

Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole

Published: February 12th, 2017     
Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/24
Company: Italeri

After ten years of Countach production, the 1985 four valve per cylinder “Quattrovalvole“ V-12 coupled with a new fuel injection system was a significant upgrade. If that wasn’t enough for auto enthusiast they only made 610 of them which sold out immediately.

This review covers the skill level 5 (ages 14 years and older) 2016 release of the Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole 1:24 Scale Italeri Model Kit #3683. This kit is molded in white, grey, black, chrome, and clear with vinyl tires. Decals are made for the detailed interior and the chassis is made in multiple parts for enhanced finishing. The motor is highly detailed and can be viewed through the open engine cover. The body is also a multi-part unit crisply molded and proportionally correct. Finished dimensions are Length 7-¼”, Width 3”, Height 2”.

Construction and Detailing

The body is molded in color (white) but there are some knit lines that are visible so primer and paint are recommended for an even color finish.