Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Berge-Panther mit aufgesetztem Pz.Kpfw.IV turm als Befehlspanzer

Published: January 21st, 2018     
Berge-Panther mit aufgesetztem Pz.Kpfw.IV turm als Befehlspanzer
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

The German Panther is one of the most important and recognizable tanks of WWII. There were many variations and Dragon's boxing here is a special conversion by heavy tank destroyer battalion s.Pz.Abt.653. I believe this was a one-off conversion in the field. Basically a Panther D hull with a Panzer IV Ausf. H turret added to the top. There is no history of the vehicle on the directions or box top, but there is a little to be found online. I've read conflicting things online stating that the gun was operational, or if it was non-functioning. The sources I've found did all agree with one thing - the turret was fixed forward. This vehicle saw service in Russia 1944 with s.Pz.Abt.653 - which is the kit's sole marking option.

This Dragon release is in a nice sturdy box literally packed with kit parts. My thoughts when opening the package were literally "what did I get myself into?" There are over 20 sprues of parts included. One quickly sees that there are sprues for Dragon's existing Panther kits and Panzer IV kits compiled into a boxing for this specific vehicle. The builder will end up with a mountain of "extras" for their spare parts box after the kit is finished.

Soviet SU-85M Tank Destroyer

Published: January 21st, 2018     
Soviet SU-85M Tank Destroyer
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/35
Company: Cyber-Hobby

The Soviet SU-85 is a WWII Soviet self-propelled tank destroyer based on a T-34 chassis. The SU-85m was an improved SU-85 with the SU-100 style commander's cupola.

This specific kit from Dragon is a reissue with some new parts. This "Orange Box" kit includes Dragon's "Magic Tracks" as well as a sprue #GA containing Soviet Infantry Equipment. The box itself is a thinner cardboard and a 'side-open' style. A color profile and decal placement guide is shown on the back of the box.

Directions are simplified and very easy to follow.

All parts are molded in the standard grey plastic, and the kit also includes a metal tow cable. There is no photoetch fret with this boxing. Decal options are included for two unknown units.

Metal Landing Gear for P-51D

Published: January 21st, 2018     
Metal Landing Gear for P-51D
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

IPMS/USA thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with another great landing gear addition for the modeling community.

MiG-21 SMT ProfiPack

Published: January 18th, 2018     
MiG-21 SMT ProfiPack
Reviewed by: Michael Novasad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Brief History

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 NATO reporting name Fishbed) is a supersonic jet fighter and interceptor aircraft designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in the Sovier Union. It was popularly nicknamed "balalaika", from the aircraft's planform-view resemblance to the Russian stringed musical instrument.

Early versions are considered second generation jet fighters, while later versions are considered third generation jet fighters. Approximately 60 countries over four continents have flown the MiG-21, and it still serves many nations six decades after its maiden flight. It made aviation records, became the most produced supersonic jet fighter in aviation history, the most-produced combat aircraft since the Korean War and previously the longest production run of a combat aircraft (now exceeded by both the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon).

Kate - I'll Be Right There

Published: January 17th, 2018     
Kate - I'll Be Right There
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/24
Company: Masterbox Models

Masterbox Models, out of the the Ukraine, has been a leader in 1/35 figures for a while. They expanded into 1/24 female and fantasy figures in 2016, starting with their first series of six female figures representing the World War II era. This current series, Dangerous Curves, is ideal for modern automotive displays.

The kit comes in a standard end opening box. Pulling out the parts, you will first see that the box is probably three times too large, but in return you get a nice painting on the cover by V. Petelin, and instructions on the back with color callouts in Vallejo, Lifecolor, and Mr Color. I will note that the plastic figure sculpted by A. Gagarin is not identical to the cover paining, but it is close. The hair is slightly different and the blouse neckline is cut differently. Packaging of the thirteen parts are protected within a re-sealable bag.