Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Grim Reaper Chopper by Tom Daniels

Published: June 10th, 2017     
Grim Reaper Chopper by Tom Daniels
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1:8
Company: Monogram

Background

The Grim Reapers description on Revell's website sums up the premise best, "The baddest of the bad is back and hotter than ever. Tom Daniel's devilishly designed Grim Reaper still has that mean, classic look 40 years after it was designed. The Grim Reaper starts with raked, custom, square-tubular forks and cool, dual-square headlights. Then, there's the "coffin" shaped gas tank on the custom frame with custom stitched seat, and "Iron Cross" medallion. It's all powered by a classic V-twin motor with down-swept chrome pipes. Kit features tons of chrome parts, flexible tubing for wiring, swing out kick stand, and soft black tires".

Bf-109G-2 Overtree

Published: June 9th, 2017     
Bf-109G-2 Overtree
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Overtree versions of the Eduard kits is the release with no frills. No instructions, no decals, no masks, no photo etch, no nothin. That doesn't mean that it is a bad thing. You get a kit for a very reasonable price and it can be built out of the box quite nicely.

P-51 Mustang w/Rocket Tubes

Published: June 7th, 2017     
P-51 Mustang w/Rocket Tubes
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Company: Hasegawa

The North American Company's P-51 is well - known for the massive aerial dogfights with the Luftwaffe during World War II. A lesser-known use of the P-51 was a strafing aircraft, shooting up targets of opportunity. This model depicts one of the many armament loads that P-51s used for strafing.

The kit comes with 125 pieces, with most molded from polystyrene. There are three parts molded in metal, and another 10 parts molded in a resin. Decals are included for two aircraft, one based in India, and the second based on Iwo Jima.

Overall, the fit of the basic P-51 kit parts is good. There are some deviations from the kit instructions that I would highly recommend, and the first is in Step 3. Hold off gluing part C34 (the headrest) until the exterior is finished and all antennas and other external details are installed, to include decals. Mine broke off while I was putting the decals on, and it had been getting in the way prior to my accidentally breaking it off.

Kawanishi H8K2 Type 2 Flying Boat Model 12

Published: June 4th, 2017     
Kawanishi H8K2 Type 2 Flying Boat Model 12
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

This H8K Emily was certainly an eye opener for me as it to date is the largest model kit I've built and in 1/72 scale that is simply amazing. In scale, the wingspan of the Emily is 0.53 meters (20.75 inches). To give you an idea of its true size, the Emily is just a couple of meters smaller in wingspan than a C-130 Hercules. The first boxing of the H8K by Hasegawa in 1/72 dates back to 1967 and was in need of an update. Fast forward to 2017 and thanks to the good folks from Hasegawa we have a simply amazing new tool replacement to their earlier release. As a nice little bonus, Hasegawa includes a poster of a cutaway view of the fuselage with this boxing of the kit. This may only be a limited run bonus, so check the box top for the bonus item markings.

Boulton Paul Defiant F1

Published: June 1st, 2017     
Boulton Paul Defiant F1
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
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