Reviews of scale model kits.

Laurie "Lightning Bolt" Barnes

Published: December 5th, 2018     
Laurie "Lightning Bolt" Barnes
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Box

For some time Master Box has been exploring an up-to-now largely ignored area in the mainstream modeling fraternity - science fiction figures - through their "Spaceport - At the Edge of the Universe - Strange Company's Adventures" series. Up until now, the action centered mainly around a rogue's gallery of characters in a sleazy cantina somewhere on the fringes of the law and known space. Laurie adds an interesting potential element of additional trouble as she is one of two new figures who are clearly intent on raiding the cantina, although I do find myself wondering who her target might be.

As with most of the figures in this range, she comes on a single gray sprue with a limited number of parts. Assembly is quite straight-forward with only a little filling needed around the shoulders. I chose to lower her arms slightly to offer a better view of her face. That really is an AWFULLY big gun!

Ukrainian Submarine "Zaporizhzhia" 641 Foxtrot Class

Published: December 5th, 2018     
Ukrainian Submarine "Zaporizhzhia" 641 Foxtrot Class
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Scale: 1/350
Company: MikroMir

The Soviet Foxtrot class submarine, known as Project 641, was a diesel-electric powered attack submarine. First commissioned in 1971, they served until 1994 with Soviet and satellite operators. This particular boat first saw service with the Soviet Navy. When the Soviet Union broke up, this boat was in port in Ukraine. The fledgling Ukrainian Navy seized it, becoming the first, and only submarine in Ukraine service. Upon the Russian takeover of the Ukrainian State, the boat reverted to Soviet control. Interesting stuff indeed, and I still can't pronounce the name!!

IDF M60A1 Magach 6B

Published: December 5th, 2018     
IDF M60A1 Magach 6B
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

History and this Kit

The Magach tank was produced and based on both the M48, and with the Magach 6B on M60 tank hulls. I took this review assignment because of my interest in the M60 Patton tanks. Having built several over the last few years and AFV's M60A1 kit #35060 and Takom's M60A1 with the Explosive Reactive Armor, I was equally up for the challenge of the Magach 6B. This latest version of the Magach 6B has mostly aspects that we modelers can't see: the British 105mm gun and 750hp diesel engine. As the M60 tanks were modified into the Magach 6 series the most noticeable difference is the explosive reactive armor panels surrounding the turret and the frontal hull area, and the addition of a M2 50 cal. and two 30 cal. machine guns on the turret.

The Build

The Magach 6B is not a difficult build, though I suggest that the kit instructions are followed to insure the numerous small parts are included in the various sequence steps. My only departure in this build was to not include any of the internal parts as my kit was built for 'closed' version of the Magach.

Jaguar XJS-V12

Published: December 4th, 2018     
Jaguar XJS-V12
Reviewed by: Gregory Hansel, IPMS# 46474
Scale: 1/24
Company: Hasegawa


This kit was initially issued in 1983. I first bought a copy from the BX at Sheppard AFB, TX in 1988, mine was the TWR Sports edition and is still in my stash!! I was always a bit nervous about the chrome trim on the body and getting it right, but it turns out I didn't need to worry, Hasegawa did a great job molding this kit and it was not difficult to get a good result. This kit has held up exceptionally well for being 35 years old. The plastic is crisp and flash free and the fit is what you would expect from this company.....excellent!

ROCAF S-2A/E/G Tracker

Published: November 28th, 2018     
ROCAF S-2A/E/G Tracker
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kinetic Model Kits


The S-2 Tracker carried an internal torpedo bay capable of carrying tow lightweight torpedoes or one nuclear depth charge. There were six underwing hard points for rocket pods and conventional depth charges or up to four additional torpedoes. A ventrally-mounted retractable radome for AN/APS-38 radar and Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD) AN/ASQ-8 mounted on an extendable rear mounted boom were also fitted.

In the Box


The instruction booklet was divided into eight pages of clearly marked parts and their construction sequence. Illustrations for the parts and their construction sequence were very clear and crisp. The instructions contained 49 separate steps to complete the model. Included with the instructions is a drawing for paint and decal applications for either of two aircraft.


A total of ten sprues are included in the Kit with 9 being molded in gray and one for clear parts. Two sprues were for a short fuselage (A version) and engine nacelles.

Clear plastic

Canopy, searchlight lens cover and position lights make up the clear parts