Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

AMX Leclerc Series 2 Main Battle Tank

Published: August 29th, 2018     
AMX Leclerc Series 2 Main Battle Tank
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

From the Tamiya USA website: This modern Tamiya classic, originally released in 2005, has been updated with plastic road wheel parts in place of the original's die-cast components.

The Leclerc features a 4-stroke V8 diesel allowing a top speed of 72km/h on road and 50km/h cross country, and is equipped with a French-built 120mm, L/52 smoothbore cannon. Series 2 tanks have an air conditioner to cool the computer system as well as several other improvements.

The kit comes packed in Tamiya's standard, strong box, with each sprue individually packed in its own plastic bag. A nice touch is a folded black and white sheet that provides French tank history and technological data on the various systems that make up this advanced tank. It is repeated in four languages on each page.

Afrika Dual Combo

Published: August 28th, 2018     
Afrika Dual Combo
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The German African campaign started with the landing by the Afrika Korps to help out the Italians. This harsh environment seesawed back and forth. This allowed the Bf-109 to evolve from the Emil and to the Gustav. Special Tropical variants were developed for the aircraft.

It is with this Eduard has released this boxing. This boxing includes the Friedrich and Gustav variants. The box top is a beautiful painting of Marseille's F-4/Trop and a beautiful G-2 with mottled camouflage. Very motivational. The box itself is a sturdy cardboard box.

Inside the box are lots of light grey sprues. There are two of each sprue, I and H, which are the common sprues for the entire F and G line. There are two sprues that feature the unique fuselage and wings for the aircraft. You are able to build one F and one G model. You can't build two Fs or two Gs. Two clear sprues are there as well for the canopy. There will be plenty of leftovers on the G sprue.

Mersu Bf-109G in Finland Dual Combo

Published: August 25th, 2018     
Mersu Bf-109G in Finland Dual Combo
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Finland was one of the most well known of the German allies that used the Bf-109. They used Gustavs from the G-2 to the G-6. Finland continued to fly the 109 all the way into the 1950s. They were used against the Russians to good effect.

The Eduard kits are an impressive representation of the Bf-109G. This kit contains two kits. One is the G-2 and the other is a G-6. The G-2 comes with two sets of wings and the G-6 contains the normal bulged wings. This boxing comes with impressive artwork. It has the beautiful air racer version of markings on the front, the markings I've always wanted to build. This is why I decided to build this kit. Inside the large box is light grey plastic that allows you to build two aircraft with three choices of wings. My example did not have any flash. Each sprue is individually packaged to protect them. There are two of each of Sprue H and Sprue I which are the 'common' sprues for the Eduard kits. The only difference is the wings and fuselages.

M4A3E8 Sherman

Published: August 24th, 2018     
M4A3E8 Sherman
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya

Background

One can put up a legitimate argument that the M4 Sherman series of tanks was the most important Allied tank of the Second World War. The initial Shermans that rolled off the production lines in large numbers had what was known as VVSS (Vertical Volute Suspension System) with two road wheels per bogie. These tanks (M4, M4A1, M4A2, M4A3, M4A4) also operated as their main armament a short-barreled 75mm gun. As WW2 progressed, and reports from the fields of battle suggested the need for various "upgrades", the Sherman series underwent a number of small and major changes. Late in the war, there were two major changes: the introduction of HVSS (Horizontal Volute Suspension System) which incorporated four road wheels per bogie for a better vehicle ride, together with a larger turret needed to house a larger 76mm main gun. The new designation for Shermans sporting these two major changes added "E8" to the end of the Sherman nomenclature. Hence a Sherman with the Ford motor in its rear hull went from being an M4A3 when it had VVSS and a 75mm gun, to an M4A3E8 when it incorporated HVSS and the 76mm gun turret.

WWII German Infantry

Published: August 24th, 2018     
WWII German Infantry
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

IPMS/USA thanks the Aires Aerobonus team once again for sending us this simple, excellent items for use in a diorama setting. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team.

This set consists of one perfectly cast figure of an infantryman with a pail/bucket and a rifle. Six parts on one pour block, with main body/torso, two arms, one head with helmet, one bucket, and one rifle. Standard fare with a lifelike pose in walking mode, looking to his left with helmet in hand.

The facial features are natural and after light priming take paint and detail wash well. Details include a cartridge container and overall fall/winter jacket. It looks to be around 1940-42 uniform to me as an uninitiated figure guy.

I added a metal handle for the bucket from fuse wire, and made a sling strap for the rifle by the same wire, rolling it flat under an X-Acto #11 handle on the building pad.

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