Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Kittyhawk Su-27C Flanker Part Two-Painting and Finishing

Published: November 16th, 2020     
Kittyhawk Su-27C Flanker Part Two-Painting and Finishing
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1:48
Company: Kitty Hawk

Refer to Part One for the assembly review.

Reviews note and comments-I decided to make this a two-part due to the number of images and extensive text required to document the basic assembly phase. Although the assembly was a bit of a challenge for this model, the semi-finished model revealed a lot of nice surface detail that was appealing to me. This detail had some merit for an effort on my part to achieve a proper paint job and weathering application. If those efforts resulted in a nice-looking model the challenges faced during the assembly would make the effort worth-while.

Let's see what happens.

Painting

Battle of Berlin (April 1945) T-34-85, King Tiger Kit

Published: November 16th, 2020     
Battle of Berlin (April 1945) T-34-85, King Tiger Kit
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1/35
Company: ICM

Thank you to Phil and to Bill for all the work that you do!

First Impression

This ICM offering is a bundle of two of previous releases:  the T-34-85 Soviet Medium Tank kit No. 35367 issued March, 2018  and the Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.B. King Tiger with Henschel Turret kit No. 35363 released July, 2016. The kits are separately packaged. The King Tiger has eight light-gray crisply molded sprues and a set of vinyl tracks. The T-34-85 consists of five dark-green sprues, one clear sprue, a set of vinyl tracks and individually packaged body halves. Two decal sheets are provided. The King Tiger versions are:  PzKpfw.IV Ausf.B s.Pz.Abt. Feldhernhalle, Hungary, March 1945; PzKpfw.IV Ausf.B s.Pz.Abt.

Cessna O-2A Skymaster

Published: November 15th, 2020     
Cessna O-2A Skymaster
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: ICM

Aircraft and history:

The O-2A Skymaster, known as "Oscar Deuce" is a small twin engine aircraft used primarily as a Forward air controller (FAC) and psychological operations (PSYOPS). The USAF starting using the O-2 in 1967 in the Vietnam War as a replacement for the O-1 Bird Dog. With just a few years service, the O-2 was intended to be replaced by the OV-10 Bronco but the O-2 remained in service, primarily for night operations.

The USAF requested Cessna to make a military version of its 337 Super Skymaster with "hardpoints" under the wings, additional windows for observers and new cabin arrangement. A unique feature of the Skymaster is the engine arrangement. Unlike traditional twin-engine aircraft with engines on each wing, the Skymaster has one in the nose and another on the rear fuselage. This arrangement allows centerline thrust so if one engine loses power, aircraft control (in yaw) is minimal if any at all which is a significant safety advantage.

B-26 C-50 Korean War 'Glass Nose'

Published: November 15th, 2020     
B-26 C-50 Korean War 'Glass Nose'
Reviewed by: Ben Morton - IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/48
Company: ICM

In what appears to be a never ending stream, ICM Holdings offers the modeling public another variant of the B-26 Invader, Medium Bomber. This latest novelty is the 1/48th scale B-26 C-50 with markings for  three separate U.S. aircraft employed during the Korean War.

This plethora of variations of the 1/48th scale B-26 that ICM Holdings is releasing is most welcome as it gives all the opportunity to build the Invader of our choice. I for one hope they continue and a 1/48th scale B-26 K Counter Invader is in our future.

Marking options included with this release are:

  • B-26C- 45DL, 8th BS, 3rd BG, Korea,1953 ( Night Invader /Overall Black)
  • B-26C- 55DL, 729th BS, 452nd BG, Korea, 1951 (natural metal finish)
  • B-26C- 45DT, 728th BS, 452nd BG, Korea, 1951 (natural metal finish)

 

Berlin Wall

Published: November 13th, 2020     
Berlin Wall
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson - IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

Those of us of a certain age remember well the Berlin Wall and what it stood for and probably still remember when it was torn down in 1989.  Those of you who are younger may never heard of it.  If not, it is worth an internet search.

The kit has already been reviewed here and a very nice job was done so I went for a less weathered look, partly to be different and partly because I haven't decided how I want to display it yet.  It yearns for a vignette or diorama setting.

The build is pretty simple.  There are 3 sections of wall each made up of 3 parts.  There are also 3 pieces to place on top of the wall though only 2 are needed for the 3-piece section.

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