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17 pdr. SP M10 "Achilles"

Published: December 6th, 2010     
17 pdr. SP M10 "Achilles"
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Italeri

This is the Academy "Achilles" kit put into an Italeri box and marketed. The sprues all say Academy and the only difference is the decals and instruction sheet. The Academy kit is a gorgeous representation of the British version of the American M10 "Wolverine". There are a few interior issues with stowage and rounds but it builds into a great model just the way it is.

What you get is the ten Academy sprues done in beautiful tan plastic, two vinyl T-62 riveted tracks, a 16-page instruction booklet, length of twine (for tow cable), and decal sheet to mark four vehicles. The vehicles are two Polish Division machines and two British vehicles. One of the British vehicles has a neat looking black and green camouflage pattern. The only first look issues are the interior turret plates. These are littered with ejector pin sink marks that are going to need to be cleaned up. The worst part is that these are mostly oblong instead of round ejector pits.

Jagdtiger

Published: December 5th, 2010     
Jagdtiger
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya

Back in the mid 1970's, the 1/48th armor scene was dominated by Bandai Corp., who released a series of WW2 Allied and German military vehicle kits, together with a number of figure and accessory sets. Included among these kits was a late war German Jagdtiger, a true monster of a "tank". Despite their "state of the art" nature at the time of release, the Bandai range is now showing its age. Also, Bandai stopped manufacturing these military vehicle kits in the mid-1970's!

Scale Hawker MK1B Typhoon

Published: December 5th, 2010     
Scale Hawker MK1B Typhoon
Reviewed by: Fred Wilms, IPMS# 42113
Scale: 1/48
Company: Revell, Inc.

History: The Hawker MK1B Typhoon is a British made aircraft and one of the most formidable used in WWII. It was used as a bomber/interceptor and also as a ground support aircraft. Top speed of this aircraft was 417 mph. and it could climb to 20,000 ft. in 7.6 min.

The Kit: The kit is made up of injection molded gray plastic parts. The details were excellent with minimal flash and no defects.

In construction, I started with the cockpit, adding details and painting the interior portion. Prior to assembling the wing halves, the wheel well areas were painted. After assembling the fuselage and wing halves, I proceeded to put the completed fuselage, wing and tail surfaces together.

BT-7, Model 1935, Russian Tank

Published: December 5th, 2010     
BT-7, Model 1935, Russian Tank
Reviewed by: Joe Koenig, IPMS# 31441
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

They say that there are only two things in life that are certain, death and taxes. I'd like to add a third:  the precision fit of a Tamiya kit. Not that this model is perfect, but it sure was a pleasure to build. After building several other brands, I forgot just how nice a Tamiya kit goes together.

When the box is opened, one is greeted by 264 parts, 213 in green styrene, 17 in gray (for the figures), 8 in clear, 10 large and 8 small poly caps, 7 photo etched metal parts, and one length of steel chain. The parts are beautifully molded with no sink marks, excepting for the usual molding seams and punch-out marks. These are mostly unseen once assembled.

In steps 1-3, the lower inner hull is built. Details are crisp with no fit issues whatsoever. I was a little concerned at first, since the usual tub is not there. But I was amazed by how well it all went together. It was spot-on and I needed no filler anywhere!

Allied Torpedo Boats

Published: December 4th, 2010     
Allied Torpedo Boats
Author: John Lambert and Les Brown
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner, IPMS# 30864
Company: Seaforth Publishing

A large book at 8-1/2 by 12-inches, Allied Torpedo Boats is a hardbound ShipCraft Special of 128 pages by Seaforth Publishing and Classic Warship Publishing, which has produced this work, composed of 9 sections.

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