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Convair F-106 Delta Dart Interceptor

Published: March 6, 2017
Company: Meng Model

Initial Impressions

With the popularity of the MENG F-102 kit, it was a given that a 106 would be coming down the pike soon. When it was announced, there was a lot of fanfare and anticipation in the new offering. Being a fan of the century series, it was also natural that I would pick one up to see what it offered. The 102 was far from a “perfect” build for me and I was hoping that… more

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Iron Man 3 - Mark 16 - Black Stealth Suit "Nightclub"

Published: February 18, 2015
Company: Dragon Models

Being a huge Iron Man fan, when I saw the new Dragon 1/24 scale kits, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. The kit that I was able to get for this review is the Mark 16 “Nightclub” armor kit from Iron Man 3.

Sadly, I have not had an opportunity to watch the movie, but I will say that being a fan of darker colors this is now my favorite set of armor worn by Iron Man.… more

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A-6A Interior Photoetch (2 Frets)

Published: February 8, 2015
Company: Eduard

This review is an expansion on my previously published review on the Eduard A-6A Intruder SA Interior kit posted (here).

The 32813 version of this PE set adds a second fret of plain brass cockpit features in addition to the same fret as the 33134. Unlike the 33134 set, the additional fret is not painted or self-adhesive and features canopy frames, mirrors, rudder pedals and some of the… more

33134 Fret

A-6A Interior S. A. Photoetch

Published: February 8, 2015
Company: Eduard

Having never built anything but “out of the box”, I was intrigued when I saw the availability for PE cockpit details for the Trumpeter A-6A. Having had the kit for a year, I stalled out very badly due to some poor build decisions on top of questionable engineering. I thought that getting these sets would potentially light my fire, so to speak.

The stock A-6 cockpit as provided by the… more

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2012 Subaru "BRZ" with Full Engine Detail

Published: December 23, 2013
Company: Aoshima

Introduction

The Subaru BRZ is a lightweight sports car that is a product of a special partnership between Toyota and Subaru. The result of this relationship has yielded 3 different nameplates; Toyota 86 (Japan), Subaru BRZ (Japan/US) and the Scion FR-S (US). Sporting a 2.0L “Boxer” engine producing 200hp, the “Toyobaru Twins” have been all the rage in the US driving market in 2013.… more

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NX-01 Refit

Published: December 22, 2013
Company: Polar Lights

Introduction

Star Trek: Enterprise was the last TV show from the Star Trek franchise. Based around the first “Warp 5” craft, the show highlights humanity’s first steps outside our solar system. As with many other Star Trek shows, the NX-01 Enterprise, was the starring ship. The ship was obviously not what many trekkies were expecting. Silver and lacking many of the things that were… more

Product Picture

Watchtower

Published: August 18, 2013
Company: MiniArt

The Kit

This kit is cleanly molded in the standard multicolored plastic offered by MiniArt. Using the same parts as with the other kits, there are no surprises; all parts are cleanly molded with crisp detail and free of flash.

Construction

Assembly was followed in the same manner as the Townhouse kit, building the corners first and then attaching the walls. Once again… more

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Townhouse

Published: August 15, 2013
Company: MiniArt

The Kit

The kit is cleanly molded in 154 pieces of multi-colored plastic. These parts are the same parts used in constructing many of the other 1/72 offerings from MiniArt. No flash is apparent and detail is very crisp on all parts. A new part that I have not seen on this model was the introduction of a stone foundation.

Construction

Assembly of this kit was… more

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Panzerkampfw.V Panther Ausf.D

Published: August 15, 2013
Company: Zvezda

The Kit

Nearly 100 injection molded parts in tan plastic plus 2 black plastic treads. All parts exhibit crisp detail and are flash free. The muzzle of the main gun is not slide-molded so will need to be drilled out. Being a snap kit, all parts had a number of locating pins. All of them fit together without modification.

Construction

I have never been a fan of snap… more

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Country House

Published: August 14, 2013
Company: MiniArt

The Kit

The kit consists of 110 injection molded parts in the standard MiniArt colors; orange, maroon, black and white. All parts are relatively free of flash (some may have just a small bit around the attachment points) and are very crisp in detail.

Construction

As with the kits before it, the Country House is very well made. Being a smaller kit, assembly should… more