Reviews of scale model kits.

Gatchman II New God Phoenix plus LED kit

Published: February 25th, 2020     
Gatchman II New God Phoenix plus LED kit
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Company: Academy Models

This is a brand-new model of the New God Phoenix from Tatsunoko Production's TV Anime [Science Ninja Gatchaman II] broadcasted from October 1978. (Also known as Battle of the Planets in North America).

This version includes the optional LED lighting kit.

Bobcat IL-28T

Published: February 17th, 2020     
Bobcat IL-28T
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge - IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bobcat Hobby

The long awaited IL-28T torpedo bomber is the first release of what will probably be a series of IL-28 versions from Bobcat Hobby Model Kits (formerly Xuntong Model). The parts are molded in a grey, slightly soft/slightly brittle plastic (more on the drawbacks of this later). Each of the half dozen sprue trees is individually wrapped in a resealable plastic bag. The kit has been well designed, and most of the parts themselves are highly detailed, even if the exterior surface scribing is a bit heavy. The pilot's cockpit and bombardier's compartments in particular are very well fitted out, and the landing gear and wheel wells are nicely detailed, as are the two different torpedo types (for a total of four weapons). The ailerons, flaps and rudder are positionable. Extra parts are included to have both the landing gear doors and pilot's canopy either opened or closed. Two nose glazings are included, although the difference between them is easy to miss. There are even parts to modify the bomb bay doors to accept an in-flight display stand (not included in the kit).

A-4F Skyhawk with Photoetch Enhancements and SAC Metal Landing Gear

Published: February 13th, 2020     
A-4F  Skyhawk with Photoetch Enhancements and SAC Metal Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Ben Morton - IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1:144

Eduard has added to it's line of Super 44 aircraft model kits with a 'new boxing' of an 1/144th scale A-4 F Skyhawk. This re-release of the Platz kit from 2009 comes in a bag with the addition of photo-etch, a decal sheet with markings for four aircraft, and wheel and canopy self-adhesive masks. Alert readers may remember an earlier review (Academy's B-1B) and my inability to remember where I had stashed the canopy masks for that kit. Hopefully that won't be a problem here.

Centurion Mk. 3 Korean War

Published: February 11th, 2020     
Centurion Mk. 3 Korean War
Reviewed by: Patrick Brown - IPMS# 47467
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

Bottom Line Up Front

AFV Club continues to rule the Centurion market with its latest offering. This is a very good kit overall. It comes with tasty value-added features like a turned aluminum barrel and photoetch parts. The detail is sharp and the fit is excellent. The kit is marred by some unnecessarily complicated moving parts that make two aftermarket part sets a must if the modeler wants to have a first-rate build.


The Centurion is one of those tanks that just will not fade away with time. It just missed major action in WW2 by a few weeks so it's first real trial was in Korea. This kit faithfully represents the 20-pounder armed Mk. 3 which was fielded in that conflict. This was the version which was still in service (with some modifications to the gun barrel) with the British Army in 1956 during Operation Musketeer, the invasion of the Suez Canal Zone.

Alfa Romeo 2300 8C Monza Race Car

Published: February 11th, 2020     
Alfa Romeo 2300 8C Monza Race Car
Reviewed by: Michael A. Turco - IPMS# 47863
Scale: 1/12
Company: Italeri

The Kit

Italeri's new multi-media Alfa Romeo 2300 8C "Monza" race car kit comes in an impressive box measuring 22" x 11" x 4-1/2" (Photo 1). An illustration of the box contents is shown on one of the box lid flaps (Photo 2). Upon opening the box, you find a 28-page instruction booklet, four plastic bags containing 10 styrene sprues, including duplicates of the "D" and "G" sprues, two bags of hardware with various sized screws and nuts, a decal sheet, masking sheet, steel photoetch sheet, nylon mesh sheet, rubber tires, copper wire, rope and rubber tubing (Photo 3). The kit offers using either masks or decals for the No. 28 race car driven by the famous Italian driver Tazio Nuvolari, a nice feature. To try both for the purpose of this build review, I masked the radiator No. 28 and used decals for the body numbers. I used the length of rope to replicate its use as heat protection on the exhaust pipe in the Nuvolari car. The nylon mesh, along with a piece of photoetch, can be used to replace the one-piece plastic screen for what appears to be the supercharger air inlet.