Reviews of scale model kits.

Aussie Eight Dual Combo – Spitfire Mk. VIII

Published: June 28th, 2017     
Aussie Eight Dual Combo – Spitfire Mk. VIII
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Supermarine Spitfire is one of the iconic fighters of World War Two.  Entering service at the beginning of the conflict, it was continually upgraded and improved throughout the war.   As Japanese Navy air attacks on Darwin demonstrated, the Royal Australian Air Force needed a high altitude fighter to supplement its low altitude fighters, such as the Curtis Kittyhawk (P-40).  After reviewing the projected performance of the Spitfire Mk. VIII, the Australian government requested delivery of Spitfire Mk. VIII's to fulfill this role.  The RAAF eventually received over 400 of this version of the Spitfire and operated it in several theaters.

Dangerous Curves Series – Sloane, Vegas Baby

Published: June 26th, 2017     
Dangerous Curves Series – Sloane, Vegas Baby
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/24
Company: Masterbox Models

Masterbox Models in the Ukraine has been at the forefront of the figure end of the modeling business for some time now, never fearing to take some interesting chances on the market.  This latest series of figures, designed to accompany most car models with some lovely ladies, has been no exception.


Of all model companies which produce figures, Masterbox may have a truly unique approach.  In most companies, sculptors produce the master figures, and illustrators paint their renditions for the box art.  Masterbox, on the other hand, has illustrators create paintings of interesting figures and scenarios and the sculptors follow behind, making the three dimensional renderings afterwards.  This one fact may explain why Masterbox figures are so innovative - post apocryphal figures, pinups, fantasy pieces and dramatic combat dioramas unrivaled in the industry.  It also explains why the three dimensional renderings are sometimes just a little different from the illustrations.  In this case, the neckline of the dress and the hairstyle are a bit different between the illustration and the figure sculpt.


60/54cm Morser Karl w/Munitionspanzer IV Limited Edition

Published: June 25th, 2017     
60/54cm Morser Karl w/Munitionspanzer IV Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:72
Company: Hasegawa USA

The Karl "Gerat" (device) was a huge self-propelled siege mortar. The 60cm shells weighed around 5000 pounds and contained several hundred pounds of explosives. Hasegawa says that the Karl made a "significant impact" wherever it was used. The problems with Karl were that it wasn't very mobile, and it required special ammunition. When a Karl was in use, it had to be in a special firing position, which should be level and support the chassis.

This is Hasegawa's release of their Karl Mortar in 1/72. It includes the "Munitionschlepper" Panzer IV. This kit has been released before, with the Munitionschlepper or with the railway transport add-on. What makes this kit desirable is that you get more options for the basic Karl mortar.

The two big options are:

F-15C Idaho Air National Guard

Published: June 25th, 2017     
F-15C Idaho Air National Guard
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Revell, Inc.

IPMS USA appreciates Revell USA sending us this model, and I also give the nod to our leadership within the reviewer corps for forwarding me the kit to review.

A personal note concerning the actual aircraft: To use an Eagle painted on an Eagle, what a great recruiting tool!!! Eye-catching and unique, interesting markings, and even this older version F-15C is still a viable Air Superiority weapon. When I first saw it I was skeptical, but having built this kit, I found the scheme rather well thought-out and not overbearing. Not just another gray airplane.

The first picture will be the copyright on the interior spine of the Model: 1979. Back then this dates the kit as one of Monogram's front-line kits being released with the modeling community in mind. Excellent (for the time) cockpit detail, deep intakes, and modern armament on board. The molds have worn well, and the details are still sharp after several re-releases.

I also did not use putty on this build; wanted buyers to see what could be done straight out of the box.

CM.170 Magister

Published: June 24th, 2017     
CM.170 Magister
Reviewed by: Tyler Shepard, IPMS# 50425
Scale: 1:48
Company: Avantgarde Model Kits (AMK)

The Kit

When you open the Box you find all the sprues nicely individually bagged in resealing bags. Over to the side there is a cardboard cutout that holds a very nice plastic case containing all of the white metal parts. These parts consist of replacement main wing spar, tail spar, landing gear, guns, ammo belts, and a couple other replacement bits. Also included are nose weights. With the sprues they have included a full clear sprue which is just the same as Sprue A so you can do a Skeleton view of the fuselage. Under all of the sprues you find a small fret of Photo Etch for seat belts, air brakes, and landing gear door latches and a very large decal sheet that gives you the option for 5 different markings options: