Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Standardpanzer E-75

Published: July 16th, 2010     
Standardpanzer E-75
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/35
Company: Trumpeter

History and Performance

In November of 1944, the German armament giant Krupp proposed conceptual designs that would increase the armament of all Jagdpanzers and panzers currently in production. The idea behind the proposal was to permit the German vehicles to engage the enemy with the most effective armament with the minimum amount of protective armor. The E-75 "Standard panzer" was to be a heavy tank to replace the PzKpfW VIB Tiger II. The new vehicle would be armed with the 10.f cm KwK (L/68). This gun would have most likely required the redesign of the turret. The rate of fire would be reduced with the use of two-part munitions, and a second crew loader would be required, adding space for the additional crew. This vehicle never proceeded beyond the design proposal.

My internet search revealed very little about this vehicle. The Panzer Tracts No. 20-1 dedicated a single paragraph and one line drawing to the proposed vehicle. This was either good news or bad news, as we modelers often rely on references to add realism and accuracy to our builds. I was on my own, so to speak, with this project.

F-104G Cockpit

Published: January 15th, 2010     
F-104G Cockpit
Reviewed by: Mark Andrews, IPMS# 33206
Scale: 1/12
Company: Italeri

"The missile with a man in it!" is the way the F-104 Starfighter by Lockheed was described. Mach 2 speed and very high altitude was just a couple of the remarkable aircraft's abilities.  Even after marking it's 50th anniversary in February 2004, there are a few left with the Italian air forces.  They will all be retired by the end of 2004.

F-14 Tomcat - Egg Plane

Published: January 15th, 2010     
F-14 Tomcat - Egg Plane
Reviewed by: John R. Lee, IPMS# 11172
Company: Hasegawa

I was happy to see Hasegawa reissue these kits as I have several of the "Eggplanes" but not the F-14. The kit comes in a sturdy top opening box - great for holding the parts as you work on the model. There are twenty-eight Gray plastic parts and one crystal clear canopy for the F-14 Tomcat and a colorful decal sheet with two schemes. The canopy is loose in the box allowing it to be scratched up a bit, but a little polishing and a dip in Future took care of that problem. Considering this is a humorous kit I was surprised to see a four-piece instrument panel on the decal sheet. There is a plastic nose weight included but I did add a few grams of extra weight to the nose of the F-14 to be on the safe side.

Ion Nebulizer and VOX Communicator

Published: January 15th, 2010     
Ion Nebulizer and VOX Communicator
Reviewed by: Andrew Howard, IPMS# 30741
Scale: 1/1
Company: Pegasus Hobbies

Dad's (Mike Howard) Introduction

My 11 year old son is a big fan of space and science fiction, so I thought this would be an enjoyable model building exercise for him. I'm also planning to put some simple electronics inside the Nebulizer (at a later time) that will tie some lights and sounds into the trigger.

Here is Andrew's review of the kit:

Andrew's Review

The Ion nebulizer and VOX communicator was an interesting set, fun to build and rather easy too.

G17 [Glock 17] with Case

Published: January 15th, 2010     
G17 [Glock 17] with Case
Reviewed by: Robert Folden, IPMS# 45545
Scale: 1/3
Company: Dragon Models

First, let me start off by thanking Dragon USA and IPMS/USA for allowing me the opportunity to review this kit. It was such a fun kit to build, that I actually got a second kit to build as well! Dragon recently dove into the world of large scale models with their new 1/3 Firearms Series. To kick off the series, Dragon started with the world famous Glock 17 9mm pistol. Used worldwide by militaries and law enforcement agencies, the Glock 17 uses a standard NATO 9mm Parabellum cartridge fed from a 17-round clip in the grip [larger clips are available].

Dragon's kit is faithfully crafted and comes in three sprues, as well as two molded case halves and two piece pistols. The pistols are very well done, with seams on the frame showing up where they would on the real thing [actual Glock frames are made from a composite plastic]. Metal springs and pins are also included which allow for working features and pre-cut foam inserts are provided for the gun case.

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