Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

A-36 Apache USAF

Published: February 16th, 2018     
A-36 Apache USAF
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengun, based in the Czech Republic, is known for producing a range of photo-etched and resin accessories for airplane models. They also produce a small number of 1/72nd and 1/144th aircraft model sets. One of their latest airplane kits is the North American A-36 Apache.

The A-36 Apache was a dive bomber version of the P-51 Mustang. It was based on the fuselage of the P-51A, but with completely redesigned wings strengthened to support the added stress of dive bombing. Also, to aid in dive-bombing, rectangular slats were added to the upper and lower parts of the wings. Approximately 500 bombers served in units in the Mediterranean Theater and the China Burma Theater.

The kit comes in a side opening box, with full color cover art of an A-36 in action on the front and painting and decal instructions for six different aircraft on the back. The painting instructions provide a four-sided view for each aircraft option. The parts are molded on 3 sprues of brown plastic, with a small sheet of photo-etch, one clear sprue, and a resin air intake. A small set of decals and a short instruction manual round out the kit.

Mitsubishi A6M7 Zero Fighter Type 62 "302nd Flying Group"

Published: February 14th, 2018     
Mitsubishi A6M7 Zero Fighter Type 62 "302nd Flying Group"
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/32
Company: Hasegawa

The Mitsubishi 'Zero' fighter was Japan's premiere fighter at the beginning of World War II. By the time the A6M7 Type 62 appeared, the airplane had been outclassed by American fighters and in the waning months of the war, they were used in Kamikaze attacks primarily against U.S. Navy ships.

Hasegawa has done an excellent job of reproducing this aircraft. There are plenty of details provided, and nice touches such as the tape over the rivets on the fabric flight controls are there. The kit comes with a total of 147 pieces molded in a light grey and clear plastic. The fit of the parts is excellent, and I needed just a minimum of filler putty on several joints.

Nakajima C6N1-S Night Fighter Saiun (Myrt) Limited Edition

Published: February 14th, 2018     
Nakajima C6N1-S Night Fighter Saiun (Myrt) Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Allan Murrel, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

Hasegawa has released this aircraft with components to make two Prototypes of the original developed reconnaissance aircraft modified for night fighter duty. One version with twin 20mm cannons and one with a single 30mm Cannon. There was only one of each built in June 1945 and both were used. There was no record of these being successful in service.

In the box is:

  • 6 x light grey sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 poly caps
  • Bag of metal parts (20mm Cannons)
  • 1 instruction booklet

While you get lots of sprues, you also get plenty of unused parts.

All the sprues are extremely well molded with very little flash and great detail; the decals allow you to finish the aircraft as the two variants different versions.

Construction

First is the construction of the cockpit which is well detailed although the addition of Seat belts either molded in or as parts would have been a great addition. The instructions call for a paint mix to achieve the interior color, I did not use this but instead used Tamiya XF71 which is very close to the color.

AH-64D Longbow Apache

Published: February 11th, 2018     
AH-64D Longbow Apache
Reviewed by: Ken Prager, IPMS# 48811
Scale: 1/48
Company: Italeri

The Boeing AH-64-D Longbow is a twin-turbo shaft attack helicopter with a nose mounted target acquisition and night vision systems which makes it incredibly destructive. Longbow-equipped Apaches can locate up to 256 targets simultaneously within 50 km; the fire control radar is able to crush the enemy beyond sight range.

Upon opening the box, I found there to be 4 sprue's - 3 grey and 1 clear. Also included were the instructions for five different markings and stencils plus a decal sheet. The first thing I always do is to remove the clear sprue and pour future over them. This will stop a lot of problems later. Inspecting the rest of the grey sprue's I found no sink holes on the outside of the parts, but there were a few on the inside that were not going to be seen at final display.

USS Oriskany

Published: February 11th, 2018     
USS Oriskany
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/530
Company: Revell Inc.

History

The Oriskany (CV34 ) was an Essex class carrier, laid down on May 1, 1944, and launched on October 13, 1945. She was too late for World War II, and construction was suspended in 1946. Construction was restarted in 1950. Oriskany was commissioned on September 25. 1950. She was built as a straight deck carrier, and served in the Korean War.

Oriskany went to San Francisco in 1956 for a complete refit. The wooden deck was removed and a new aluminum angled deck installed. The hydraulic catapults were replaced with more powerful steam catapults. Oriskany was recommissioned in 1959.

Oriskany served off Vietnam for six cruises. Her most famous pilot was Lt Cdr John McCain, who was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967, and was a POW until 1973. John McCain is now senator from Arizona.