Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

OQF 6 Pdr Anti-Tank Mk.IV on Carriage MK.III (Airborne) w/Crew

Published: July 2nd, 2014     
OQF 6 Pdr Anti-Tank Mk.IV on Carriage MK.III (Airborne) w/Crew
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

Background

A product of 1930’s design, with first production in 1942, the OQF 6-pounder evolved through World War II into the Mk.IV version on the Mk.III carriage.  This version, tailored to fit into Horsa gliders for deployment with airborne troops, would generally be towed by Jeeps into combat. 

The Kit

Crisply molded in light grey and light olive styrene, this Bronco kit promises to provide a few hours of high-quality modeling.  A signature of Bronco’s commitment to recreating the finest of details, the kit is packed with 9 sprues of gun, carriage, and personal gear parts, ranging in size from tiny to small, 4 sprues of figure parts and personal gear, 1 fret of excellent photo etch brass, and 2 sheets of decals (1 for the gun, and one for uniform rank insignia).

British Airborne Troops Riding in ¼ Ton Truck & Trailer

Published: July 1st, 2014     
British Airborne Troops Riding in ¼ Ton Truck & Trailer
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

Background

Lightweight, compact, agile, versatile, and reliable, the ¼-ton truck, or Jeep as it is commonly known, was a natural vehicle of choice for British and American airborne forces dropping behind enemy lines in small assault gliders. Often towing small trailers, Jeeps were ideal for transporting squads of airborne troops and their gear quickly and quietly in challenging operational scenarios.

The Kit

Crisply molded in light grey and light olive styrene, this Bronco kit promises to provide many hours of high-quality modeling. A signature of Bronco’s commitment to recreating the finest of details, the kit is packed with 12 sprues of Jeep and personal gear parts, ranging in size from tiny to medium, 10 sprues of figure parts and personal gear, two frets of excellent photoetched brass, and two sheets of decals (one for the Jeep, and one for uniform rank insignia).

The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen

Published: June 28th, 2014     
The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/16
Company: MiniArt

First off, thanks to MRC for providing us this review item… we in IPMS USA appreciate and value your support!

This review was a bit different for me; I tend toward aviation and naval subjects, and this particular series keeps cranking out interesting figures.  I have a DR-1 that could use some company, so here we are…  Comprised of 30 parts in gray plastic, with a red circular display stand, I dove in and had everything together in quick order. 

My preferred method of figure construction is to assemble everything that can be painted or needs filling ahead of time.  This kit is broken down into right and left leg halves, upper torso halves, and lower mid-rise coat tails.  The arms are single-piece items, as is the head and boots. 

The left arm is displayed with the hand in the coat pocket; as such, the natural seam line is at the coat and wrist break.  The right arm incorporates the hand holding a studded walking stick.  The Cap is split horizontally, with the “bloused” top being separate.  The front eye shade (Bill) is part of the lower band section. 

U.S.S. San Antonio LPD-17

Published: June 25th, 2014     
U.S.S. San Antonio LPD-17
Reviewed by: Jim Porche', IPMS# 20296
Scale: 1/700
Company: Cyber-Hobby

Parts count:

  • 7 - Total plastic trees including
  • 1 - 3 piece stand in light grey plastic
  • 1 - Upper Hull in light grey plastic
  • 1 - Waterline Hull in light grey plastic
  • 2 - 24 piece MV-22s in light grey plastic
  • 2 - 119 pieces for Ship details in light grey plastic
  • 1 - Photo etched tree with 7 pieces
  • 1 - 2 ½” x 4” decal sheet covering 1 version and 4 MV-22s
  • 1 - 7 Step instruction book

Upon opening the kit I found the plastic to be delicately molded in an easy to paint light grey styrene with fair detail for a model its scale and size.  The parts count is rather high because many of the details are molded as fine separate niceties.  Very small (less than an 1/8th inch) parts such as the masks, life rafts, antenna, and supports are molded in this fine plastic and make use of magnifying devices necessary.

U.S. Navy UCAS X-47B

Published: June 24th, 2014     
U.S. Navy UCAS X-47B
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Freedom Model Kits

Thank you to Freedom Model Kits for providing a review copy of an excellent new release of a very unusual aircraft.  Thank you to the many Reviewer Corps people who make the IPMS review system work.  It is a continuing honor and privilege to be part of the team.

This first release from a new company is a welcome addition to UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) subjects in the scale model world.  Freedom Model Kits (FMK) maintains an excellent Facebook presence (see the vendor link above), hosting much good information including corrections, and they set a very high standard with their first offering.  I thoroughly enjoyed building this kit for review.  The part fit is excellent, construction is very straightforward, and a very nice model may be produced directly out of the box.  The model compares well to public domain published literature and internet sources.

Foose ‘65 Impala

Published: June 23rd, 2014     
Foose ‘65 Impala
Reviewed by: Ken Hart, IPMS# 49227
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Revell’s ‘65 Chevy Impala hardtop kit first hit the market in the late 1990s as a factory-stock-only offering. It was later released a lowrider, and its tooling was later used as the basis for a ‘65 convertible kit (which was recently reissued as part of Revell’s “California Wheels” series) and a ‘66 hardtop. It’s a good kit and always has been and it does an excellent job of capturing the character of the 1:1 vehicle.

This newest issue of the ‘65 hardtop is the latest addition to Revell’s Chip Foose Series, a kit line based on cars designed by the popular automotive artist and designer and built on the popular cable TV series “Overhaulin’.” All of the kits in the Foose Series have been created by adding new decals, box art and smatterings of newly tooled parts to existing kits, and this one is no exception.

Harley Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo - Part 1

Published: June 19th, 2014     
Harley Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo - Part 1
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/6
Company: Tamiya

Review Part 1 – Background and Kit Contents

Background

The Harley Davidson Fat Boy is the latest in Tamiya’s series of 1/6 scale motorcycle kits. This is a large, multimedia kit with plastic, metal, rubber, diecast, and photoetch parts.

From Tamiya’s website:

The Harley Davidson FLFSTB Fat Boy Lo belongs to the Softail series. It uses a 1548cc Twin Cam 96B V-Twin engine, and power is transferred via a drive belt. The Fat Boy Lo's classic form features numerous parts, which lend the bike a heavy feel, and it runs extremely low to the ground. Its fusion of classic looks and state-of-the art design has won the heart of the public around the globe. Tamiya's model replica comes in 1/6 scale! Every detail has been faithfully captured due to extensive research from Tamiya's designers and the cooperation of Harley Davidson.

Kit features:

MK I "Female" British Tank, Special Modification for the Gaza Strip

Published: June 19th, 2014     
MK I "Female" British Tank, Special Modification for the Gaza Strip
Reviewed by: Al LaFleche, IPMS# 30337
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Box

Packaging

Master Box’s 1/72 Mk I “Female” British tank with Gaza Modifications comes in a heavy card stock box that opens at either end. Inside is a resalable plastic bag holding the four plastic sprues, one flexible rubbery sprue (tracks), and a small plastic envelope for the decal sheet. The plastic sprues have about 60 parts, but about a quarter of them are reserved for a different variant of the tank.

The front of the box shows an example of the prototype in a Middle Eastern setting. The back has a four-view illustration that also doubles as a painting guide. Two colors are called out, Vallejo 988 Khaki for the main section of the tank and a mixture of gunmetal and black for the tracks.

European Tram

Published: June 18th, 2014     
European Tram
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

Part 2: Painting the Interior

This build has not completely stalled, despite the long hiatus since the last update.

I have been working on the painting of the interior and undercarriage and I have done some research as to what colors to use. The passenger cabin was left in natural wood color (mahogany maybe) with some varnish to protect the wood. The driver position was most likely painted wood, in different versions of tan and sand color, but perhaps it was natural wood color in some examples.

As the model features a full interior (which is very exposed due to the large windows), you will have to remove and prepare all the parts, ensuring proper dry fitting of them before you can paint and glue them.

Given that there are handrails in the inside of the windows, I decided that I will do as much painting as I can without the windows and handrails. I plan to add the windows and handrails as late as I can in the whole building process. In order to do that, I plan to have the overall roof to be a subassembly that will “sit” on top of the Tram body.

2013 Mustang Boss 302

Published: June 17th, 2014     
2013 Mustang Boss 302
Reviewed by: Ken Hart, IPMS# 49227
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

PROS: All-new tooling, exciting subject matter, great engine.

CONS: Too-high ride height, inaccurate wheels.

Revell's 2013 Mustang Boss 302 kit is produced from an all-new tool - only the tires, which originated in the company's 2010 Mustang GT kit, are carried over. However, Revell clearly used the same masters it used for its other late-model Mustang glue kits to produce the tooling for this one, and, as such, this kit retains the same strengths and weaknesses as every other Revell Mustang model all the way back to the 2006 GT.

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