Reviews of scale model kits.

P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubble Top" (Set of 2)

Published: November 27th, 2019     
P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubble Top" (Set of 2)
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: 1:144
Company: Platz Hobby

Platz has been a consistent supplier of new review kits to us, and I'm pleased to be able to review this recent release. Newly tooled and boxed, this kit is a joy to build with 4 great marking schemes available to share between the two complete models. Let's dive in.

All parts are crisply molded with very nicely engraved panel and control surface lines. Instructions are in full color. The instrument panels are molded in clear plastic - when removing these from the sprue, be careful not to confuse the gunsight with the sprue - I accidentally clipped off the first gunsight in error when cutting parts. I used a toothpick to add white dots to the back face of the panel and then overpainted with black, resulting in a nice-looking panel (very little of which is visible once you button up the cockpit.) I added thin masking tape strips simulating harnesses, but again, you won't see much with a closed canopy. I considered slicing one of the canopies open but didn't want to risk the damage; one could add more detail if desired.

T-62 MBT

Published: November 20th, 2019     
T-62 MBT
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun/Hauler

Brengun, based in the Czech Republic, is known for producing a range of photo-etched and resin accessories for airplane models. They also produce a small number of 1/72nd and 1/144th model sets in both plastic and resin. One of their resin kits is the T-62 Main Battle Tank in 1/144 scale.

The T-62 entered service with Soviet Union in 1961, and remained in service with the former Soviet Union until the early 2000s. Originally, designed as an upgrade to the T-55 series of tanks, the T-62 was the first tank armed with a smoothbore gun and replaced the T-55 as the standard tank of the Soviet army. While the T-62 is no longer in service with the Russian army, it is still commonly seen on today's modern battlefields in Syria and Yemen.

At 1/144 scale, most kits are small, but the Brengun kit is really tiny. It comes packed in a small, side opening box, that's not much bigger than a matchbox. However, what the kit lacks in size, it more than makes up in detail. The kit contains 9 resin parts, a small photo-etch sheet with 14 parts, a small decal sheet, and a simple set of instructions.

Fieseler Fi 103 / V-1 'Hi-Tech'

Published: November 19th, 2019     
Fieseler Fi 103 / V-1 'Hi-Tech'
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1:32
Company: Special Hobby

Based off of the 2018 tooling of the Fi-103, Special Hobby has recently released another kit with some welcome extras to allow the builder to display the V-1 on its handling dolly. This configuration would make for a really cool little vignette or diorama if the builder so desired. Rest assured, the kit can also be built in the flight configuration as well. J

Special Hobby has added 12 additional resin parts along with a few photoetch details. The resin parts are used to build the exposed Argus Pulsejet engine as well as one of three options for the nose of the airframe. The three nose options include a ground cover that was used to protect the nose of the aircraft, the normal nose, or what I believe to be some sort of guidance or detonation control or possibly other instrumentation mounted in the nose. As I planned to have the Fi-103 on the ground dolly I thought the cover made the most sense.

JASDF T-1B Trainer

Published: November 18th, 2019     
JASDF T-1B Trainer
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/72
Company: Platz

The Fuji Heavy Industries T-1 series of aircraft was the first aircraft entirely designed and built in Japan following World War II. The T-1B has a Japanese-designed and built engine, which is the only change from its predecessor, the T-1A. Externally, there is no difference between the two models. The T-1A first flew on January 19th, 1958. A total of 66 aircraft (of both types) were produced, and the type was retired in March of 2006.

Platz's T-1B kit faithfully reproduces Fuji's T-1B and is molded in light grey plastic. There was no flash on my sample, and the panel lines are crisp and recessed into the plastic. One downfall of the kit is the instructions, which are in Japanese save for the aircraft information and step titles. However, you can easily follow them with the clear assembly drawings.

OKB Chelomey 16KhA Priboy

Published: November 18th, 2019     
OKB Chelomey 16KhA Priboy
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengun has released a few different kits of the OKB Chelomey 16KhA Priboy in several scales. This is the latest version which is in 1/72 scale. This was a Winged missile based on the V-1 German flying bomb. Russia build various designs based on the V-1 from 1945. In 1947 the Russian government ordered this version to be used as air launched missiles and as target drones.

In the box is:

  • 1 light grey sprue
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet

The sprue is well molded with very little flash and great detail.


First is the construction of the pulse engines, these did not align very well.

The next stage is the fuselage joins need a little filing and you need to be careful lining it up correctly as there are no alignment pins.

Next it's on to the attaching the wings, the attachment pins are too large so the holes need to be opened out. The wings also need a little filling once assembled.

Now the tail is assembled, you have a choice to make here depending on which version you want to build as there are four options.

Now you mount the engines.