Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

FH-1 Phantom "Demonstration Teams and Trainers"

Published: October 22nd, 2018     
FH-1 Phantom "Demonstration Teams and Trainers"
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Special Hobby

If you are a fan of US Naval aviation in 1/72 scale, you will likely want to add one of the Special Hobby kits of the FH-1 Phantom to your collection as this was the first operational jet used by both the Navy and Marine Corps. Built up, the kit is a great representation of the Phantom, but I would recommend that the modeler have some experience building kits, as there were some fit issues to overcome. Overall, I would still highly recommend this unique representation of the Navy's first operational jet.

Shinmeiwa SS-2 'Rescue Seaplane'

Published: October 21st, 2018     
Shinmeiwa SS-2 'Rescue Seaplane'
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa USA

The Shinmeiwa SS-2 Rescue Seaplane is a development of the Shinmeiwa PS-1 anti-submarine aircraft. The aircraft was used in a Search-And-Rescue (SAR) role, acting as an "Emergency Ambulance" for residents of Japan's isolated islands.

Hasegawa's kit of the SS-2 is an older kit that has been updated to represent the SAR version of this aircraft. Overall, the fit of the kit is fair, and there are some problem areas with parts fitting together. The detail on the flight deck is sparse for a kit of this size with a lot of windows to look in. It is a tail sitter, and you will need to add weight into the nose.

A-1H Skyraider 'USS TICONDEROGA' with 2 kits

Published: October 19th, 2018     
A-1H Skyraider 'USS TICONDEROGA' with 2 kits
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa USA

The Douglas A-1 series of aircraft (known as the AD prior to 1962) was designed as an attack aircraft that could carry a heavy load of ordinance. Both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force flew the A-1H in the Vietnam War. The kit represents two aircraft flown off of the U.S.S. Ticonderoga aircraft carrier during that war.

Hasegawa's A-1H kit has petite, engraved panel lines. The fit of most parts is excellent, except for the bottom aft wing-to-fuselage joint. That joint requires careful fitting, along with some putty to smooth it out. Most of the other seams required little more than sanding.

The cockpit is sparse in detail, consisting of a seat, an instrument panel, and a control column. Instruments and consoles are represented by decals. With the engine, you have the choice of having the cooling flaps open or closed.

Pay particular attention to the aircraft as you build them-there are subtle differences between the two aircraft. There is also an extra antenna that requires removal from both aircraft. Otherwise, they are identical.

CASA C-41A – "US Transport Plane"

Published: October 19th, 2018     
CASA C-41A – "US Transport Plane"
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Special Hobby

The CASA-212 Aviocar is a versatile transport aircraft that was manufactured in Spain since the '60's, and Indonesia until 2012. The C-41A is a military version used by the US, Mexico and many other countries within Central and South America. It exhibits excellent short field takeoff and landing (STOL) abilities, and is able to operate from unprepared airstrips.

This model is a re-release of various other versions of the aircraft. It comes in a very sturdy top opening box with a nice painting of the US military C-41A. All sprue trees were contained in one bag, with the clear parts and decal sheet in their own bags. The clear plastic bags are closed with sticky strips, so be careful when removing the decal sheet, and that you don't allow the sticky strip to attach itself to the decals. I did, somehow, and had a heart stopping minute separating them! The instruction manual is printed on good quality glossy paper, and each step is clear, accurate and in color where needed.

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubbletop"

Published: October 16th, 2018     
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubbletop"
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Scale: 1/24
Company: Kinetic Model Kits

Christmas came early this year for me when I received the email that this beastie was available for review. I am incredibly thankful to Kinetic Models for providing this kit for review and to the review corps higher-ups for trusting someone brand new to the group for having faith in me to not only build this thing, but in a timely manner to boot. It is a re-kitting of the Vintage Fighter Series kit released in 2008. I won't say the ride was completely smooth...but it was a fun ride regardless.