Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

US Army M163 Vulcan

Published: September 4th, 2018     
US Army M163 Vulcan
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1:35
Company: Academy

The M113 is a long serving fully tracked APC that was first fielded in Vietnam by the US Army in 1962. It has long been replaced by the M2 and M3 Bradley in front line roles but this versatile chassis still has a number of units in service in support roles. One of the most interesting uses of this chassis is the M163 Vulcan Air Defense System or VADS. This marries the M113 to the M168 rotary cannon, which is a variant of the 20MM M61. This new injection molded kit from Academy is one among previously released versions of the M113 chassis. It is an oldie yet goodie chassis with some new sprues that to add the parts for the M163 variant.

P-40N with CMK Add-On Parts

Published: September 2nd, 2018     
P-40N with CMK Add-On Parts
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Scale: 1/72
Company: Special Hobby

The Aircraft

The P-40N was in several respects the final and some would say the definitive P-40 Warhawk or the Kittyhawk Mk. IV. The most distinguishing feature was the extended canopy, which provided the pilot with a much better view from within the canopy. While it can't be seen from the exterior, this model of the P-40N was powered by the Allison V-1710-87 engine.

The Kit

This kit was a pleasure to build and estimated to take only 20 hours to complete, appears to match the published dimensions in all respects, and provides an attractive addition to the Warhawk or Kittyhawk family of kits (not counting the CMK after-market items noted below).

The Build

The basic kit has a pretty low level of difficulty and would be pretty straight-forward. In spite of my early premonition about the Special Hobby kits, there are small locating pins and holes found in this kit. The very basic steps are as follows:

German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Interior Set

Published: September 1st, 2018     
German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Interior Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

The Interior kit is includes a lot of steps and refers to what parts/build steps from the main tank kit you need to do to build the whole tank correctly which is a great help and very easy to follow. There are also several parts that will not be used as they are from the other version of the King Tiger with the Henschel turret. Also a very good idea is the amount of painting instruction details given at each of the build stages.

Step 1 through 6 - builds parts of the lower hull and suspension real no issues. I would suggest that the part numbers M2 and M6 (stage 3 and 4) at Stage 1 before the cross supports are installed to easy installation. I also found it would be easy to install P50 incorrectly. The part M8 was also a tight fit. The parts Q10 and Q1 need to carefully be installed.

Step 7 through 11 Install details into the main hull /crew compartment. In stage 7 you fit the bottom escape hatch and I would suggest you do this at Stage 3 instead as it is very hard with the suspension fully installed. At stage 9 I found it very hard to install the subassembly B, so I removed the location pins to make this easier.

Bf-109G-14 Profipack

Published: September 1st, 2018     
Bf-109G-14 Profipack
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Bf-109G-14 was an attempt by the Luftwaffe to standardize fighter production of the G-5/G-6. It failed to do that but the G-14 was a good aircraft and served from 1943 until the end of the war.

This is a natural progression for Eduard and its much respected Bf-109 series of models. Like the real thing, it is essentially a G-6 with just as many options for equipment and markings. This ProfiPack follows the other releases which contains four light grey plastics sprues and one clear styrene sprue. My example did have minimal flash and my wings were slightly misaligned in the mold but it was all easily taken care of with a knife and sanding sticks. As a ProfiPack it also has a pre-painted photo etch fret and a set of masks. Decals are printed by Eduard and includes markings for five aircraft, as well as, stencils for one aircraft. The markings are colorful and the problem will be to decide which one to do. I was really looking forward to the G-14 release as it allowed the modeler to use late war colors.

Albatros D.V

Published: August 29th, 2018     
Albatros D.V
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Brief History

The Albatros D.V was a fighter aircraft used by the Imperial German Air Service during World War I. The D.V was the final development of the Albatros D.I family, and the last Albatros fighter to see operational service. Despite its well-known shortcomings and general obsolescence, approximately 900 D.V and 1,612 D.Va aircraft were built before production halted in early 1918. The D.Va continued in operational service until the end of the war

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