Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

BMPT-72 Terminator 2

Published: May 11th, 2017     
BMPT-72 Terminator 2
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tiger Model

The original BMPT Terminator was designed to be a combat support vehicle for urban combat. It seems to have been conceived from combat experience gained in the first Chechen War and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The BMPT itself was built on a modernized T-72 chassis with the main armament consisting of four 9M120 Ataka missile launchers and two 30 mm 2A42 autocannons. The BMPT-72 Terminator 2 is the successor to the original BMPT Terminator 1 and like the original is built on the T-72 chassis. However, the BMPT-72 is only being built as a retrofit kit for export to countries that have old T-72s. This new kit from Tiger Models is the first kit of this very unique vehicle.

F/A-18F Super Hornet

Published: May 10th, 2017     
F/A-18F Super Hornet
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1:48
Company: Revell, Inc.

History Brief

Much has already been published regarding the F-18 Super Hornet series, and therefore I will not add to the discussion. However, a great source of information may be found on Wikipedia.org, or modeling web sites. Also "The Modern Super Hornet Guide, The Boeing F-18E/F and EA-18G Exposed" by Jake Melampy, and offered by Reid Publications is an exceptional reference with its many color photographs of the aircraft's details. I used that publication for this build as well as for my earlier Revell F/A-18E and Hasegawa F-18E/F/G model projects.

The Kit

The kit is packaged in a large box with a lift off lid. There are thirteen parts trees, molded in light gray styrene plus a single tree of clear parts. There are several clear plastic bags containing multiple sprues each, except the clear parts are bagged separately. One decal sheet in included with colorful markings for two aircraft and some stencils. There are decals for the instrument panels for both powered and parked aircraft. There is no photoetch included.

Ships of Columbus

Published: May 9th, 2017     
Ships of Columbus
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1/144
Company: Round 2 Models

The Kits

These are Round Two's re-release of the Lindberg company's re-release of three old Pyro molds that appeared under many guises, such as the Nina was once boxed as a Barbary Pirate and the Santa Maria appeared as the Mayflower. They were part of a series of kits called "Historic Sailing Ships" that included twelve ships, many actually duplicates with different names. When first released, the kits were of a standard box scale, but "The Ships of Columbus" are touted as being 1/144. In reality the three ships varied in size yet the kits have all the same dimensions, so the scale issue is "iffy" as each ship has a hull about 4.5 inches long. As to accuracy, they are as accurate as just about any other rendition of Columbus' ships as there are no pictures nor plans nor very complete descriptions of any of the ships beyond the fact that the Nina was the smallest and was originally lateen (triangular sails) rigged, however even that changed as she was re-fitted with square sails before the voyage.

F6F-5(N) Nightfighter

Published: May 4th, 2017     
F6F-5(N) Nightfighter
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released a full line of Hellcats in 1/48 scale, covering from the early -3, to the late -5, including night fighter versions and even Royal Navy service markings. This particular boxing is the Weekend edition of the -5(N), with neither mask nor photoetch, but with two options for decals and a small number of resin parts to make the conversion to "night fighter".

When I opened the box I found a total of 5 sprues (one clear) and 3 small resin casting for details like radio-altimeter, exhausts, radar housing for the starboard wing and cannons with nicely casted flash dampers. FYI: the nightfighter version of the Hellcat was capable of carrying a 20 mm cannon.

A note on the sprues: one of them -the fuselage one- was molded in tan, while the rest of the sprues were molded in blue-gray. And there were two full engine cowlings, but no indication of the second cowling in the instructions. I was a bit puzzled by the different plastic colors and two cowlings.

Custom Cadillac Lowrider

Published: May 4th, 2017     
Custom Cadillac Lowrider
Reviewed by: Jim Stepa, IPMS# 48016