Reviews of scale model kits.

1970 Dodge Charger R/T

Published: December 29th, 2017     
1970 Dodge Charger R/T
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell Inc.

Revell hits another one out of the park with their gorgeous 1970 Dodge Charger R/T.


Nothing like a Hemi and this kit features that engine with 2 4 barrel carbs. Magnificent engine that fits together properly and virtually no flash.


Door panel and dash engraving was very crisp and easy to detail paint. Side panels are separate pieces which makes for easier painting. The interior is also flocked. There are no options for the interior. You can make only a stock interior. The dash and console have woodgrain decals and separate gauge decals.


Smooth, crisp lines and no flash. Just the way I like it. The front and rear valance panels were a pretty tight fit and they can only go on after the body meets the chassis. The kit includes many decals but I decided to leave them off for a cleaner look. I used Tru-Color light pewter paint topped off with a 2 part urethane clear coat. The light pewter is very close to the platium factory color available for the Charger in 1970.

SE.5a Hispano Suiza

Published: December 28th, 2017     
SE.5a Hispano Suiza
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is a new tooling from Eduard and the detail in the new sprues is great.

In the box is:

  • 2 x light grey sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 1 large decal sheet
  • 1 mask sheet
  • 2 x photoetch detail set
  • 1 instruction booklet

The kit consists of 2 main sprues, the sprues are extremely well molded with no flash and great detail; the decals allow you to finish the aircraft in five different markings to choose from.


First is the construction of the interior which is well detailed. Photo Etch helps a lot to make this a very impressive cockpit. You have to be very careful assembling the interior side frames (parts B51 and B52. As if they are not correctly line up it will lead to issues when installed in the fuselage halves.

Next you add the cockpit assembly to the lower wing. Then the additional cockpit details now get added

F-4E Phantom II

Published: December 28th, 2017     
F-4E Phantom II
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/48
Company: Italeri

5068 McDonnel Douglas F-4 Phantom II aircraft were built during its production run in the United States, with another 127 aircraft being built by Mitsubishi in Japan. This famous aircraft served with the United States Air Force (USAF), Navy, and Marine Corps, and in many allied countries over a thirty-year span. Later on, a group of retired USAF aircraft would go out in blazes of glory as they were used as full-scale aerial targets for missiles.

Italeri's 1/48 scale F-4E is a faithful reproduction of the real thing and can be built into a nice showpiece. The model uses recessed panel lines, with the flight controls being a bit deeper than the panel lines. However, one problem that this model suffers from is the mold being designed to represent multiple variants of F-4s. There are extra parts for an RF-4 nose, and the cockpit suffers from simplicity, with the detail consisting of decals superimposed upon semi-accurate dial faces.

Kawasaki Ki61-1 & Ki100-1 & Metal Figure Limited Edition

Published: December 28th, 2017     
Kawasaki Ki61-1 & Ki100-1 & Metal Figure Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

Hasegawa has re-issued their 1/48 Ki-61 and Ki-100 models as a 'dual combo' and it has included a 1/32 white metal figure of pilot ace Kobayashi. The pilot figure is broken down into body plus legs, with separate arms and head. Being a very bad figure painter, I decided to leave the figure alone. Notice the highly detailed face and the virtually non-existing mold line on it.

Upon opening the box you have two full 1/48 scale model with an estimated 125 parts between both models. There are actually 3 canopies, but only two will be used. You are also provided with a huge decal sheet with two options for the Ki-61 and one option for the Ki-100

Being a dual combo I decided to construct them in parallel and benefitting by painting the same subassemblies (using the same colors) at the same time.

T-28C Trojan

Published: December 28th, 2017     
T-28C Trojan
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Kitty Hawk Model

Kitty Hawk Models continues their 1/32nd scale releases of the variants of the T-28 with a T-28C which is the Navy version of the trainer with shortened propeller blades. Kitty Hawks kit comes in five gray sprues of nicely engraved plastic with a clear sprue having the canopy and lights, a photoetch sheet for the seat belts and grills and a nice set of decals with markings for five airframes:

  • T-28C, US Navy, BuNo 140548 in yellow
  • T-28C, VF-84, US Navy
  • T-28C, VA-122, US Navy
  • T-28C, VT-5 No. 001
  • T-28C, US Navy Target Tug

Great schemes for colorful to working class! IPMS/USA was lucky enough to review the Kitty Hawk 1/32nd T-28B/D and the review is located here: T-28B/D review

I will concentrate on the highlights and differences of this build as all of Mr. Christenson's note are still pretty much applicable to this version also.