Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

M4A2 76mm Red Army

Published: August 17th, 2017     
M4A2 76mm Red Army
Reviewed by: Max Welliver, IPMS# 50498
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

The next Cyber-Hobby Orange Box offering is a Red Army M4A2(76) tank. A total of 4,102 M4A2 medium tanks were sent to the U.S.S.R. under Lend-Lease during WWII. To make the kit more valuable, the kit includes a fine 1/35 scale Maxim machine gun as well!

Opening the Box

This thin, side-opening Dragon box is filled with a nice amount of parts. The sprues are molded in light grey plastic and have some really detailed cast textures and weld seams.

The kit includes:

  • Seven sprues
  • One clear sprue
  • One small cable
  • Two small sheets of PE
  • Two lengths of DS track
  • One gun mantlet cover made of the same DS material
  • One small decal sheet

They provide decals for two tanks:

Panzer Kpfw. IV Ausf. D

Published: August 15th, 2017     
Panzer Kpfw. IV Ausf. D
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

This kit is the first armor kit in the 1/35 Platz line from Dragon. They have taken the Panzer IV from their Girls Und Panzer line, re-boxed it and gave it new decals and instruction sheet. The molding is from 2012 and has about 175 parts, with DS tracks. This is quite a reduction in parts then from other Dragon kits. Slide molding technology allows Dragon to mold past subassemblies into one or two pieces. The box is overall white with just a black strip and one picture of the tank, no real box art like other Dragon kits.

Ford FD-100 Pickup

Published: August 14th, 2017     
Ford FD-100 Pickup
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1:25
Company: Revell, Inc

The "Effie" pickup trunk have always held me in awe, possibly because a long time ago in another life, I was building a '53 into a street machine.

Engine

The engine appears to be a small block Ford with Roush refinements.  The parts fit very well.  I was unable to put the supplied Rouch decals on the valve covers because my decal sheet disintegrated.

Interior

Door panel and dash engraving was very crisp and easy to detail paint.  Side panels are separate pieces which makes for easier painting.  The interior is also flocked.  There are no options for the interior but it is extremely well done for such a small space.

F-4E Phantom II

Published: August 11th, 2017     
F-4E Phantom II
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1:48
Company: Italeri

Developed by the McDonnell Douglas Company, the F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two seat, all-weather, supersonic fighter-bomber. It is one of the most famous aircraft in military aviation history. The F-4 entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy but was also adopted by the USMC and USAF. The F-4 stayed in the service of the U.S. military until 1996, but other countries have kept it in use up to 2017 (Japan). The F-4E version, specifically developed for the USAF, adopted a M61 Vulcan cannon in the nose, and it could be armed with AIM-9 sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow air to air missiles to perform air-superiority missions. With two GE J-79 engines, the F-4E could reach the top speed of 1,240 knots (1426 mph). Speed, thrust, and reliability were the Phantom II strengths able to successfully counterbalance its reduced maneuverability due to its size.

German Field Kitchen

Published: August 9th, 2017     
German Field Kitchen
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Riich Models

This is a multimedia kit comprised of 110+ styrene parts, one photo etched parts fret, and a standard set of instructions. They need to be reviewed very carefully before gluing any parts together.