Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Type 92 Jyo-Sokosha Tank

Published: May 3rd, 2017     
Type 92 Jyo-Sokosha Tank
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Croco Models

Croco Models is a small model manufacturer from the Republic of Latvia. They've recently begun developing small kits of rare vehicles, and various model building accessories. Their first model kit is of an early Japanese cavalry tank, the Type 92 Jyu-Sokosha. As far as I can tell from a quick internet search, this is the only 1/72 kit of this tank available.

Focke Wulf FW-190F-8 Weekend

Published: May 2nd, 2017     
Focke Wulf FW-190F-8 Weekend
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

History

The Focke Wulf FW-190 is probably one of the best known of Luftwaffe World War II fighters, and while the FW-190A fighter version was the major production model, a large number of ground attack variants, known as FW-190F and FW-190G, was produced to replace the vulnerable Stukas as the war progressed. The essential difference was the deletion of the outboard wing cannon, and the fitting of various types of bomb and rocket racks. The central rack could carry a bomb or an auxiliary fuel tank, while the wing racks usually carried bombs or rockets, although some aircraft, mainly "G" models, carried wing mounted drop tanks. These versatile aircraft were issued to Schlachtgeshwadern, ground attack units, in large numbers, and in fact, a number of pilots in these units became aces, although their primary role was attacking ground targets. Since approximately 20,000 FW-190's of all models were produced, there is no shortage of subjects for the serious modeler, as there were numerous variations in color schemes, markings, armament types, and specially equipped aircraft.

Café Furniture and Crockery

Published: April 30th, 2017     
Café Furniture and Crockery
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

Mini Art, a Ukrainian company, has an extensive line of buildings and diorama accessories.

Everything from village cottages, city houses, and workshops to middle-eastern ruins. They also market a rather complete line of accessories to go along with their structure kits. These include fencing, staircases, furniture and crockery.

Case in point is the new set of Cafe Furniture and Crockery. The set includes fifty pieces on five sprues. You get two bistro-style tables and four wooden chairs. You also get one sprue with some crockery. The crockery consists of three plates/saucers and three cups as well as three mugs/steins. On my example, these parts were molded in white. There is also a small sprue of two types of bottles molded in clear green and a small sprue of glasses/stemware, in three styles, molded in clear plastic.

Sd.Kfz. 142 Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. C/D

Published: April 28th, 2017     
Sd.Kfz. 142 Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. C/D
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon Models offers a complete lineup of the Sd.Kfz.142 Sturmgeschutz family tree in 1/35 scale. The subject of this review is the Sd.Kfz. 142 III Ausf, C/D, an upgraded offering from their 'Smart Kit' series.

The 'Sd.Kfz.' in the name, short for 'Sonderkraftfahrzeug', identifies the vehicle as a 'special purpose vehicle', and the Sturmgeschutz (StuG) was Germany's most produced armored fighting vehicle during World War II.

The StuG was built on the chassis of the proven Panzer III tank, replacing the turret with a fixed superstructure mounting a more powerful gun. Initially intended as a mobile, armored light gun for direct-fire support for infantry, the StuG III was continually modified, and widely employed as an assault gun as well as a tank destroyer.

Bf-109F Royal Class

Published: April 27th, 2017