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Standardpanzer E-75

Published: July 16th, 2010     
Standardpanzer E-75
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/35
Company: Trumpeter

History and Performance

In November of 1944, the German armament giant Krupp proposed conceptual designs that would increase the armament of all Jagdpanzers and panzers currently in production. The idea behind the proposal was to permit the German vehicles to engage the enemy with the most effective armament with the minimum amount of protective armor. The E-75 "Standard panzer" was to be a heavy tank to replace the PzKpfW VIB Tiger II. The new vehicle would be armed with the 10.f cm KwK (L/68). This gun would have most likely required the redesign of the turret. The rate of fire would be reduced with the use of two-part munitions, and a second crew loader would be required, adding space for the additional crew. This vehicle never proceeded beyond the design proposal.

My internet search revealed very little about this vehicle. The Panzer Tracts No. 20-1 dedicated a single paragraph and one line drawing to the proposed vehicle. This was either good news or bad news, as we modelers often rely on references to add realism and accuracy to our builds. I was on my own, so to speak, with this project.

1960’s Batmobile

Published: January 16th, 2010     
1960’s Batmobile
Reviewed by: Joe Staudt - IPMS# 39453
Scale: 1/24
Company: Johnny Lightning

Batman has been around in comic book form since the 1940's, and while he may not be able to fly or swing from spider webs of his own making, he has always had one thing that very few of the other superheroes have had: a really cool ride.

Playing Mantis (which owns both Johnny Lightning and Polar Lights) is coming out with a whole batcave-load of Batman-related vehicle kits in various scales and media. One of the first to come out is the die-cast 1960's Batmobile in 1/24th scale. This is NOT the Batmobile from the TV show that we all know so well, but the Batmobile from the comic book. It is similar in many respects to the TV car, but it has some major differences.

The kit comes packaged in what has become a standard box for pre-finished kits: a heavy, oversized cardboard box with a large plastic display window through which the completed body shell can be seen. And the body shell IS completed: painted, decaled, with all clear and chrome plastic pieces attached, and with the hinged hood in place.

F-104G Cockpit

Published: January 15th, 2010     
F-104G Cockpit
Reviewed by: Mark Andrews - IPMS# 33206
Scale: 1/12
Company: Italeri

"The missile with a man in it!" is the way the F-104 Starfighter by Lockheed was described. Mach 2 speed and very high altitude was just a couple of the remarkable aircraft's abilities. Even after marking it's 50th anniversary in February 2004, there are a few left with the Italian air forces. They will all be retired by the end of 2004.

F-14 Tomcat - Egg Plane

Published: January 15th, 2010     
F-14 Tomcat - Egg Plane
Reviewed by: John R. Lee - IPMS# 11172
Company: Hasegawa

I was happy to see Hasegawa reissue these kits as I have several of the "Eggplanes" but not the F-14. The kit comes in a sturdy top opening box - great for holding the parts as you work on the model. There are twenty-eight Gray plastic parts and one crystal clear canopy for the F-14 Tomcat and a colorful decal sheet with two schemes. The canopy is loose in the box allowing it to be scratched up a bit, but a little polishing and a dip in Future took care of that problem. Considering this is a humorous kit I was surprised to see a four-piece instrument panel on the decal sheet. There is a plastic nose weight included but I did add a few grams of extra weight to the nose of the F-14 to be on the safe side.

Ion Nebulizer and VOX Communicator

Published: January 15th, 2010     
Ion Nebulizer and VOX Communicator
Reviewed by: Mike Howard - IPMS# 30741
Scale: 1/1
Company: Pegasus Hobbies

Dad's (Mike Howard) Introduction

My 11 year old son is a big fan of space and science fiction, so I thought this would be an enjoyable model building exercise for him. I'm also planning to put some simple electronics inside the Nebulizer (at a later time) that will tie some lights and sounds into the trigger.

Here is Andrew's review of the kit:

Andrew's Review

The Ion nebulizer and VOX communicator was an interesting set, fun to build and rather easy too.

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