Reviews of scale model kits.

Kenworth K-100

Published: April 16th, 2017     
Kenworth K-100
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1:25
Company: Revell, Inc.

This review covers the re-release of the Kenworth K-100 by Revel in 1:25 scale. There are 284 parts molded in White, Chrome, and Clear, with Vinyl tires, and waterslide decals. Fit and finish on this kit is very good for its age. Incidentally, this is the truck style used for Optimus Prime in the original cartoon version of Transformers. The good news: this is a well designed kit. The bad news: I don't see a current release date so they may be hard to find.

Construction and Detailing

This 2017 re-release #85-2513 has seen several box arts and versions (including the aerodyne's) over the years. It needs glue and paint, so it would be recommended for advanced modelers due to the high piece count. On the other hand, it doesn't have the usual poor cab fit issue. In fact, it assembles very well. The build is done in modules and is fairly simple with the full frame being assembled, then the motor and interior.

MiG-21MF 'Soviet Air Force and Export'

Published: April 13th, 2017     
MiG-21MF 'Soviet Air Force and Export'
Reviewed by: James Corley, IPMS# 12311
Scale: 1/48
Company: Academy

The MiG-21 was the first Soviet production aircraft designed to operate above Mach 2. The MiG-21 featured a modified deltawing platform with the addition of traditional elevators. The first MiG-21 to enter production was MiG-21F Fishbed C and was shortly followed with the MiG-21F-13 Fishbed E. The MiG-21F-13 was the first example to be examined by the West, following the defection of an Iraqi pilot to Israel in 1966. This individual plane proved vital to the Israeli victory in 1967 and subsequent American aerial superiority in Vietnam.

This kit includes the MiG-21SM/MF Fishbed J with an intercept radar in the nose shock cone, an internal GSh-23 23mm gun, and four underwing pylons. The J model was powered by the R-13-300 engine. The MiG-21MF has seen combat in the Middle East, Persian Gulf and other parts of the world. The successes were based upon the skills of the pilot and his adversary. Often superior pilots in inferior aircraft could bring down their adversary, and the MiG-21MF was no exception in either side of this conflict pairing.

Me-163 Komet

Published: April 12th, 2017     
Me-163 Komet
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

The Aircraft

The Me-163 was the first (and only) rocket powered fighter used in combat. It was also the first aircraft to ever fly at 700 mph, in 1944. As an interceptor, the 163 was less than outstanding, with only about a dozen Allied aircraft shot down, for a loss of 9 Komets.

The rocket engine used "C-Stoff", hydrazine hydrate and methanol and "T-Stoff", hydrogen peroxide. These were interesting to me because they are "hypergolic". This means that they need no ignition source. Just mix the two chemicals in the combustion chamber and they burn. This proved very interesting when there was a hard landing and fuel lines leaked. There were also incidents when a fueled Komet would blow up just sitting on the tarmac waiting for the pilot to arrive.

The Kit

This is a double kit, containing two of everything in one plastic zip lock bag. The decal sheet has enough markings for three aircraft. Only one set of instructions, but that's enough.

Owens Deluxe Cruiser

Published: April 12th, 2017     
Owens Deluxe Cruiser
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1:25
Company: Lindberg/Round 2

Round 2 reissued the vintage Owens Deluxe Cruiser kit. When building you need to bear in mind that this kit and molds are over 50 years old, and it shows. The flash is so bad on some sprues that it's difficult to locate the actual part(s). Nothing fits together tightly without some serious massaging to the parts to be joined.

The instruction sheet is a very basic affair that had me thinking quite a few times as to part placement.

The Owens Deluxe Cruiser is the first boat I've built since way, way back when I built the Robert E. Lee paddle wheeler when I was a kid, so this is totally out of my realm. Now I have to build a trailer and then a vehicle to haul to and from the water.

Patience is the key to the build. Test fit, refit and sand as needed and you can have a nice looking kit but expect it to take extra work due to the age of the kits molds.

Thank you to Round2 for reissuing this kit and thank you to IPMS for allowing me to review the kit.