Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Gulf War Anniversary Box Diorama Set: Part 4 - Iraqi MI-25 HIND-D

Published: June 13th, 2017     
Gulf War Anniversary Box Diorama Set: Part 4 - Iraqi MI-25 HIND-D
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

Italeri has put together a set of models to commemorate the anniversary of the Gulf War. The set includes tanks and helicopters from the United States and Iraq. Iraq is represented by the T-62 main battle tank and the Hind-D MI-25 helicopter, while the U.S. is represented by the M-1A1 main battle tank and the Cobra AH-1W helicopter.

Since this is a large box of models, Jim Pearsall asked me if I would like to build the Helos from the set. I was glad to accept because both of these models are on my "Models I want to build list".

The MI-25 HIND-D Helicopter

The MI-25 is an export variation of the Soviet MI-24 and is denoted with a letter suffix of "HIND-D". It is a large helicopter that is used as a gunship/attack helicopter. It is also utilized as a troop transport that can carry 8 passengers. It is armed with a turret mounted 12.7 mm gatling type machine gun, 57 mm rockets, and AT-2C/SWATTER ATGMS.

Railroad Power Poles and Lamps

Published: June 12th, 2017     
Railroad Power Poles and Lamps
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

MiniArt Models is a Ukrainian company with a unique distinction. Several years ago, during some unpleasantness with those pesky Russians (annexing Crimea and occupying portions of eastern Ukraine), they shut down their manufacturing facility and moved the entire thing to the western portion of Ukraine.

Nevertheless, MiniArt Models continues to release some unusual and pretty nifty kits. Among them are full kits of some not so run-of-the-mill vehicles and a wide range of structures: cafes, eastern European ruins, cottages, and other cityscape buildings. To help spiff up those structures, MiniArt has a line of building and accessories details, among them a set of Railroad Power Poles and Lamps.

SB2C-4E Helldiver "Operation Iceberg"

Published: June 12th, 2017     
SB2C-4E Helldiver "Operation Iceberg"
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy

The Curtis SB2C Helldiver was produced to replace the "Slow But Deadly" Dauntless with a larger, faster aircraft. Unfortunately, the plane suffered from many handling issues and a shorter range leading to the nickname "The Beast" being applied by its crews. The Helldiver served aboard carriers for the last 2 years of the war including participating in Operation Iceberg, the Battle for Okinawa.

Academy's latest Special Edition version includes markings for three aircraft that participated in this operation. A tri-colored plane from VB-3 off the USS Yorktown and two gloss blue aircraft, one from VB-16 off the USS Randolph and the other from VB-84 operating from the USS Bunker Hill.

The kit contains 84 grey parts molded on two sprues, 6 clear parts and 28 photo etched parts for the dive brakes. The molding is very nice with decent panel lines and good interior detail for the cockpits, gear wells, and bomb bay.

SE.5a Overtree

Published: June 12th, 2017     
SE.5a Overtree
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is the Overtrees edition of the excellent new SE.5a kit from Edward, who continue to set the standard for the finest in model kits. An Overtrees edition is the 'bare-bones' of the SE.5a kit, including just the plastic sprues, nothing else. No instructions, no decals, no photoetch, masks, etc. The box doesn't even include any artwork!

This kit includes two gray plastic sprues and a clear plastic sprue. Instructions are not included with the Overtrees edition but can be downloaded from the Eduard website at this link.

An Overtrees edition can build a stand-alone kit or share parts with one of the other versions of the SE.5a. At only $14.95 the Overtrees provide great value. With the Overtrees kit, the modeler can build either the Wolseley Viper or Hispano-Suizo engine version of the SE.5a. The plastic parts are newly tooled by Eduard and are molded in gray plastic. The detail on the parts is excellent and there is no flash. I did not notice any visible ejection pins or sink marks.

British Infantry Tank Mk. III Valentine Mk.II/IV

Published: June 11th, 2017     
British Infantry Tank Mk. III Valentine Mk.II/IV
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

Background

During the 1930's and the early period of the Second World War, British tank tactics involved having two types of tanks: the faster Cruiser tanks that would act as mechanized cavalry or break out vehicles, and the slower, more heavily armored Infantry tanks that would lumber into battle at a speed commensurate with supporting infantry maneuvers. Of the Infantry tanks produced, the Valentine series was the most numerous, accounting for 30% of the entire British tank production of the Second World War: 7,315. Production took place in Canada as well as the United Kingdom. Nearly 4,650 Valentine tanks were provided to the Soviet Union under the Allied Lend-Lease program. A total of 12 variants of the Valentine were produced, the majority being the Mk.II/IV vehicle produced here by Tamiya.