Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

M4 Sherman Tank

Published: October 8th, 2017     
M4 Sherman Tank
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1:35
Company: Revell Inc.

The Kit

When I saw that this kit was available for review, I just had to do it. It was the first model I ever built on my own. My grandfather bought it for me and I built it at his kitchen table with a tube of Ambroid glue that got all over everything, but I loved it. The model, not the glue. That tank saw many a battle on my bedroom floor and in the back yard for that matter. Can't remember how it met its fate, but I think it just plain wore out and fell apart. But all that's neither here nor there, so on to the review.

First released in 1956 (!) this model was Revell's first foray into the military vehicle area, to be followed by a T-34, M-56, a jeep, a 155mm Long Tom and high-speed towing vehicle and two sets of soldiers. Unfortunately, at the time, none of them had great sales and they disappeared from the Revell catalogue after a few years. However, the Sherman and M-56 have been re-released on several occasions, even once motorized, but never did particularly well.

Nakajima E8N1/E8N2 Type 95 Recon Seaplane (Dave) "Battleship Yamato" Limited Edition

Published: October 6th, 2017     
Nakajima E8N1/E8N2 Type 95 Recon Seaplane (Dave) "Battleship Yamato" Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

History

From Wikipedia

The Nakajima E8N was a Japanese ship-borne, catapult-launched reconnaissance seaplane aircraft of the Second Sino-Japanese War. It was a single-engine, two-seat biplane with a central main-float and underwing outriggers. During the Pacific war it was known to the Allies by the reporting name "Dave".

Ordered into production and designated Navy Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane Model 1 in October 1935. A total of 755 E8Ns were built by Nakajima and Kawanishi, production continuing until 1940. It was subsequently shipped aboard all the capital ships then in service, 16 cruisers and five seaplane tenders.

It was used successfully in the Second Sino-Japanese War not only for reconnaissance, but also for dive-bombing and artillery spotting.

One E8N was purchased in early 1941 by the German Naval Attache to Japan, Vice-Admiral Wenneker, and dispatched on board KM MUNSTERLAND to rendezvous with the German auxiliary cruiser Orion at Maug Island in the Marianas. The meeting occurred on 1 FEB 1941, and Orion thus became the only German naval vessel of the Second World War to employ a Japanese float plane.

UN Navy Aero 12C Cart

Published: October 6th, 2017     
UN Navy Aero 12C Cart
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Videoaviation

Videoaviation is a small company out of Italy manufacturing big things; in this case, they provide large scale modelers the items missing from many of our 1/32 models to bring them to life, particularly in a diorama setting if you have room! In this case, a crew of modern day carrier crew members in action poses.

First, kudos to Videoaviation for providing total instructions, including basic painting for the figures. Some still do not have internet capability (gasp) so this is important. I found the instructions helpful.

This set comes in a top opening box containing resin items for one figure in a "pushing walk" Ordinance man, or "Ordie", in pose to be used behind the accompanying Aero 12 Bomb transport cart. He has a skull cap, ear defenders, goggles down, and basic uniforms as seen on recent and current (Desert storm to present) naval aviation operations. The parts all appear to be CAD designed, so accuracy is spot on.

Also included are two Navy Mk 84 BSU-86B High drag bombs with thick ablative fire-resistant coating and no fuses; just the fuse wells on the nose.

Navy Deck Crew (Modern Crew)

Published: October 6th, 2017     
Navy Deck Crew (Modern Crew)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Videoaviation

Videoaviation is a small company out of Italy manufacturing big things; in this case, they provide large scale modelers the items missing from many of our 1/32 models to bring them to life, particularly in a diorama setting if you have room! In this case, a crew of modern day carrier crew members in action poses.

First, kudos to Videoaviation for providing total instructions, including basic painting for the figures. Some still do not have internet capability (gasp) so this is important. I found the instructions helpful.

This set comes in a top opening box containing resin items for five figures in various carrier launch poses... two "shooters", one deck handler with holdback brackets (five included), one wheel chock handler (with parts for three chocks), and one Fly Operator. They have skull caps, ear defenders, goggles down, and basic uniforms as seen on recent and current (Desert storm to present) naval aviation operations. These all appear to be CAD designed, so the accuracy is spot on.

Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf D

Published: October 5th, 2017     
Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf D
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dragon Models

This is a plastic only kit comprised of about 62 styrene parts, no photo etched parts fret, and a standard set of instructions, they need to be reviewed carefully before gluing any parts together.