Reviews of scale model kits.

Value Pack, Hawker Fury Mk-1 & Fairey Flycatcher

Published: August 1st, 2017     
Value Pack, Hawker Fury Mk-1 & Fairey Flycatcher
Reviewed by: Jeff Leiby, IPMS# 30249
Scale: 1:48
Company: Lindberg/Round 2

The Kits

The molds for these kits were originally produced by Impact in the early 60s as part of a series of British fighters that included the Bristol Bulldog, Fairey Flycatcher, Hawker Fury and the Gloster Gladiator. The molds have changed hands from Impact through Lifelike, Pyro and Lindberg and now are the property of Lindberg/Round 2. This double kit is a reissue by Lindberg Round 2 with improved instructions, one additional decal option per plane and two 36" lengths of rigging wire (not included in any of the previous issues).

Included in the box are:

  • 2 sets of three light grey sprue with each kit packed separately..
  • 1 sprue with clear parts (bagged separately).
  • 2 decal sheets.
  • 2-36" strands of bright silver wire
  • 2 five-step instruction sheets with rigging guides and decal placement guides for two of each aircraft.

The kits retain many of traits of 1960s kits: limited interiors, some flash (but not bad for 50 year old molds), thick clear parts and ejection pin marks. The light gray plastic used in this release sands easily and has a smooth surface.

USN F2H-3 VF-41 "Black Aces"

Published: August 1st, 2017     
USN F2H-3  VF-41 "Black Aces"
Reviewed by: Jon Caldwell, IPMS# 22034
Scale: 1:72
Company: Academy

The first mockup of the F2H was actually completed before the end of WWII. A continuation of the FH-1 Phantom program, the F2H was a progressive step in the Navy's effort to develop jet aircraft for carrier operation. The Banshee, as it was called, entered service in 1948, served in the Korean War, and wasn't retired until 1961. It was also operational with the Canadian Navy until 1962.

IDF M109A2 Rochev

Published: July 23rd, 2017     
IDF M109A2 Rochev
Reviewed by: Mark David Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1:35
Company: AFV Club

The U.S. Army accepted their first M109 in 1963. The M109 sported the short barrel (23 Caliber) 155mm M126 gun. Since 1963 the M109 has gone through a series of changes and upgrades. Most notable is the change to the longer barreled (39 Caliber) M185 gun on the M109A1 and the removal of the external floatation kit and addition of the external ammunition storage box on the M109A2.

The Israelis received their first 60 M109s in 1967. After years of boycotts, refusals, and subterfuge, the United States agreed to openly sell Israel much needed modern armored fighting vehicles. The only changes the IDF did to the original M109s were to add some hull mounted crew rails on the side and the conversion of some muzzle brakes to the Soltam version (probably for testing purposes).

By the time of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, only one Battalion had been equipped with the M109 Rochev (Rider) as it is called in Hebrew. This Battalions B Battery was almost completely wiped out in the first two days of the war. After the losses suffered from the war, the United States again offered to supply more arms and armor. This time the M109A1 was delivered to Israel.

Etendard IVP/IVM

Published: July 22nd, 2017     
Etendard IVP/IVM