Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

M4A3(76)W Sherman

Published: January 16th, 2020     
M4A3(76)W Sherman
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Model

2018 seemed to be the year of the Panther from the start and there certainly was no shortage of releases of the variants from many of the big companies. As 2019 rolled around, Jagdpanthers and Bergepanthers seemed to continue the trend. However, about mid-year, there were whispers of the companies releasing their own version on the venerable US Sherman tank. Taska, now Asuka, certainly has set the bar high and we have seen as the summer rolled along that Rye Field Models and Meng have entered their own horses into the race. My focus here is on the M4A3(76)W release by Meng, complete with an extra added resin sandbag armor set SPS-070 ($57.00).

Part 2 - Henschel Hs-129B-2/RIII Wings, Cowlings and Things!

Published: January 16th, 2020     
Part 2 - Henschel Hs-129B-2/RIII Wings, Cowlings and Things!
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Zoukei-Mura

In Part 2 of my build of Zoukei-Mura's latest Release, the 1/32nd scale Henschel Hs-129 B-2/RIII, we'll get the wings and horizontal stabs on and get the kit ready for paint As a bit of background, the Hs-129 was a WWII version of the modern A-10 and was designed to and good at killing tanks. In Part 1, we built the engines cockpit and got the fuselage assembled. Let's finish the rest of the assembly.

To start, the wing spars were cut from the sprues. If you want the interior parts to show, you will need a little sanding to get rid of the seam lines. These slot brilliantly into the previously shown slot and provide a nice fit. This should also provide the needed dihedral for the wings. The four fuel tanks are built and added along with MG151 magazines and lastly, the wing guns themselves were added. The Mg 17mm magazines are also added at this time. This does a great job of showing how this plane was a flying weapon- lots of guns, cannons and ammunition.

Lancaster B MkIII Dambusters - Part 2 of 3

Published: January 14th, 2020     
Lancaster B MkIII Dambusters - Part 2 of 3
Reviewed by: Chris Gibson, IPMS# 49143
Scale: 1/32
Company: HK Models Co

Welcome back to the second installment of the HK 1/32 Lancaster B MkIII Dambusters review.

Last time was cockpit and interior assembly and painting and fuselage assembly, also turret assembly and painting.

Part 2 will cover the bombay changes, engine assembly and painting and installation on the wings, wing and tail plane assembly and installation on the fuselage.

Bomb bay

The bomb bay area is different on the dambusters edition of the Lancaster, it eliminates the bombay doors and replaces it with a cover and the structure for the spinning bomb. You have to reference the Dambuster instructions #27 & 28 to install that section. Everything went together well and I pre-painted everything flat black except the spinning bomb which is olive drab green.

Engines

The engines are easy to assemble and comprise of about 30 pieces, once assembled they are a fair representation of the Rolls Royce Merlin engines but can use some detailing to bring them up to contest quality. I will not have my engines uncovered so I will not do any further detailing.

Japanese 250kg Bomb w/Rack

Published: January 14th, 2020     
Japanese 250kg Bomb w/Rack
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1:48
Company: Hauler-Brengun

Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. In this review, we will examine a resin 250kg bomb with rack for a 48th scale Japanese aircraft that was in service in World War II and may have carried such a weapon.

Helen Parsons At the Edge of the Universe Figure

Published: January 14th, 2020     
Helen Parsons At the Edge of the Universe Figure
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1:24
Company: Master Box Ltd.

Master Box Models is proving time and time again to be at the cutting edge of figure modeling - providing the modeler with figures and figure sets that would normally only be seen in the expensive garage manufacturing field. They've created post-apocalyptic sets, fantasy sets and science fiction sets -- all of them innovative and surprising.

This latest figure comes from their science fiction series At the Edge of the Universe, and features a future crew member earning her keep in a futuristic arena of death. Parselen, otherwise know as the "master of two blades" wears mostly traditional gladiatorial garb including a simplified take on a Mirmillon helm. The only modern touch on her that I could discern was the use of very contemporary footwear rather than sandals.