Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Fiat 806 Grand Prix, Part 2

Published: April 6th, 2016     
Fiat 806 Grand Prix, Part 2
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:12
Company: Italeri

This is part 2 of the review of Italari’s Fiat 806 Grand Prix kit. Part 1, which covered the in-box review and initial assembly.

This is a difficult kit to assemble with some significant fit issues with many of the parts. An old diecast version of this car was previously issued by Protar, and it looks like Italeri worked directly from the diecast kit. The Italeri plastic parts are identical to the Protar diecast parts, including ejection pins and sink marks. It looks like Italeri used the Protar parts to make their molds. This helps to explain some of the rough spots, lack of crisp decal on the parts, and all the nut & bolt fasteners.

Table Top Navy - Zuikaku and Yamato

Published: April 5th, 2016     
Table Top Navy - Zuikaku and Yamato
Reviewed by: Len Pilhofer, IPMS# 49932
Company: Round 2 Models

Round Two revival of the Lindberg Line of table top ships offers an opportunity along a couple of different fronts. The first of these, and this is mentioned on the box, is the in-expensive way for table-top gamers to get their hands on a couple of ships that they might not be able to get their hands on. The kits are easy to build with minimal parts and while many-a-modeler will probably turn their nose up at such a prospect (as many do with Lindberg) these are perfect for handling and moving around a large map without too much worry of breakage.

Another, more accessible avenue for these kits is for many of our more seasoned modelers to introduce modeling to our youth - whether they be our own family or youth at an organized event - in a cheap and quick manner. I also think it goes without saying that many of our seasoned modelers in IPMS had once tackled a Lindberg kit in their own youth...this modeler certainly did. In a way, these kits bring back some long-lost and very positive memories.

Lost in Space Derelict and Jupiter

Published: April 5th, 2016     
Lost in Space Derelict and Jupiter
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/350
Company: Moebius Models

Before I begin, one quick confession: I never watched this show much when it first came out.  It was in direct competition with the original Star Trek and as a kid, I only go so much time in front of the idiot box. 

That being said, what we have here is one fascinating vehicle.  Featured in the second episode of Lost in Space, it was part of a real attempt at science fiction story telling before the gradual descent into satire.  It’s in 1/350th scale, which makes both it and the Jupiter included in the same scale as the series of large-scale Enterprise kits currently available.  For that matter, you could have the Jupiter docked on an aircraft carrier deck.

Soviet Pilot - The Cold War Period

Published: April 5th, 2016     
Soviet Pilot - The Cold War Period
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires in their AEROBONUS line has started offering resin aircrew figures. This is a great initiative, because there have not been a lot of quality aircrew and ground figures for those of us who want to add one to a plane or scene; a figure can give a model context and a better sense of scale. This product lines includes pilot which are seated (molded to the ejection seat), standing and in the case of this review, climbing into the cockpit. What is nice about a climbing pilot is that you get the sense of animation as well as scale without the pilot obscuring all of the work you may have put into the cockpit.