Reviews of scale model kits.

USAF B-1B 34th BS "Thunderbirds"

Published: November 10th, 2019     
USAF B-1B 34th BS "Thunderbirds"
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/144
Company: Academy

Academy Model Kits is adding to their 1/144th scale bomber fleet with the addition of a Rockwell B-1B Lancer. Academy's previous foray in 1/144th scale aircraft kits was with a B-47 kit. This B-1B is the sixth, depending on how you count them, 1/144th scale B-1. Lindberg, Minicraft, Panda/Dragon, Monogram, and Revell have all had offerings of this aircraft in this scale.

However, Academy's 'Bone' is newly-tooled and molded in multiple colors of plastic so it can be built without the use of paint. The fuselage and other aircraft parts all molded in gray, with the landing gear in white plastic, and the wheels and engine exhaust nozzles in black. (Operational B-1's are overall gunship gray with white wheel wells and ordnance bays.)

Lancaster B Mk.III Dambuster – Part 1 of 3

Published: November 9th, 2019     
Lancaster B Mk.III Dambuster – Part 1 of 3
Reviewed by: Chris Gibson, IPMS# 49143
Scale: 1/32
Company: H-K Models Co.

In 2012 Hong Kong models entered their first 1/32 scale model the B25J Mitchell and since that time modelers have been seeing a long line of 1/32 scale kits, multiple B25s, B17E, F and Gs, the Dornier Do 335A and B and the De Havilland Mosquito B Mk. IX/ Mk. XVI and Mk. IV Series II. Now we have the Avro Lancaster B Mk.I which has been reviewed by IPMS member Eric Christianson this year, and of course the Lancaster B Mk.III Dambuster that I am reviewing now.

Baggage Carts

Published: November 6th, 2019     
Baggage Carts
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Hauler has provided another addition to their great Diorama releases. This is two Baggage Carts (Wire Mesh Containers) for use anywhere. They are like ones used at Airports, Train stations, in factories etc.

The detail quality is great; The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal and added to the assembly. You can build two complete assemblies with this kit.

The kit contains One Photo etch sheet, eight resin wheels and an instruction sheet.

The Assembly is quick and easy with no real issues, as long as you are experienced with Photo Etch parts.

The final part is painting which is free for you to do as you please. I chose a medium grey as used at most post war airports around Europe.

Thanks go to Hauler for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

AF-2S Guardian "Submarine Killer"

Published: November 3rd, 2019     
AF-2S Guardian "Submarine Killer"
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Special Hobby

I have a love for the unusual Naval airplanes - ones without the glitz and glamour of things like the F-14 Tomcat or F-18 Hornet. When Special Hobby graciously gave a kit of the AF-2s Guardian to IPMS/USA for review, I jumped on it (begged for it)

The Af-2S Guardian was the first purpose-built anti-submarine warfare plane for carrier use to enter the US Navy active duty in 1950. There were actually two planes used for this job- one to carry the large (at the time) radar and detecting equipment and a second plane to carry weapons to destroy the sub. This particular kit is the "Sub Killer" and would carry the weapons. The Guardian was the largest single-engine piston-powered carrier aircraft to see service. Around 200 were built.

Let's look at the kit- Special Hobby is a limited run kit consisting of seven gray and one clear sprue, a single colorized photoetched sheet and lots of resin parts with a nice decal sheet representing two aircraft:

Rescue Wings UH-60J & U-125A Combination Kit

Published: November 2nd, 2019     
Rescue Wings UH-60J & U-125A Combination Kit
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/144
Company: Platz

Rescue Wings is a Japanese anime cartoon known for its realistic portrayal of the Japan Air Self Defense Force's (JASDF) Air Rescue Wing, in particular the Komatsu Rescue Squadron. The basic plot involves a helicopter pilot's (2nd Lieutenant Uchida Kazuhiro) assignment to the JASDF Komatsu Air Base. This initial series ran for 12 episodes (an additional episode added to the DVD release) and was followed by two manga series and a live-action film. They were created with the full cooperation of the Air Rescue Wing.


This fixed wing aircraft is based on the British Aerospace's twin-engine Bae 125-800 private jet. These aircraft are modified for the search-and-rescue with large observation windows, a marker flare ejection system, a droppable liferaft, and an emergency equipment dropping system.

The Kit

The kit consists of 30 parts molded in light grey plastic. There are 13 more parts that are not used in assembling the kit. My kit was flash-free, and the panel lines are crisply molded. While the instructions are in Japanese, they make it easy to assemble with good diagrams.