Reviews of scale model kits.

Baggage Carts

Published: November 6th, 2019     
Baggage Carts
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Hauler has provided another addition to their great Diorama releases. This is two Baggage Carts (Wire Mesh Containers) for use anywhere. They are like ones used at Airports, Train stations, in factories etc.

The detail quality is great; The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal and added to the assembly. You can build two complete assemblies with this kit.

The kit contains One Photo etch sheet, eight resin wheels and an instruction sheet.

The Assembly is quick and easy with no real issues, as long as you are experienced with Photo Etch parts.

The final part is painting which is free for you to do as you please. I chose a medium grey as used at most post war airports around Europe.

Thanks go to Hauler for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

AF-2S Guardian "Submarine Killer"

Published: November 3rd, 2019     
AF-2S Guardian "Submarine Killer"
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Special Hobby

I have a love for the unusual Naval airplanes - ones without the glitz and glamour of things like the F-14 Tomcat or F-18 Hornet. When Special Hobby graciously gave a kit of the AF-2s Guardian to IPMS/USA for review, I jumped on it (begged for it)

The Af-2S Guardian was the first purpose-built anti-submarine warfare plane for carrier use to enter the US Navy active duty in 1950. There were actually two planes used for this job- one to carry the large (at the time) radar and detecting equipment and a second plane to carry weapons to destroy the sub. This particular kit is the "Sub Killer" and would carry the weapons. The Guardian was the largest single-engine piston-powered carrier aircraft to see service. Around 200 were built.

Let's look at the kit- Special Hobby is a limited run kit consisting of seven gray and one clear sprue, a single colorized photoetched sheet and lots of resin parts with a nice decal sheet representing two aircraft:

Rescue Wings UH-60J & U-125A Combination Kit

Published: November 2nd, 2019     
Rescue Wings UH-60J & U-125A Combination Kit
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/144
Company: Platz

Rescue Wings is a Japanese anime cartoon known for its realistic portrayal of the Japan Air Self Defense Force's (JASDF) Air Rescue Wing, in particular the Komatsu Rescue Squadron. The basic plot involves a helicopter pilot's (2nd Lieutenant Uchida Kazuhiro) assignment to the JASDF Komatsu Air Base. This initial series ran for 12 episodes (an additional episode added to the DVD release) and was followed by two manga series and a live-action film. They were created with the full cooperation of the Air Rescue Wing.


This fixed wing aircraft is based on the British Aerospace's twin-engine Bae 125-800 private jet. These aircraft are modified for the search-and-rescue with large observation windows, a marker flare ejection system, a droppable liferaft, and an emergency equipment dropping system.

The Kit

The kit consists of 30 parts molded in light grey plastic. There are 13 more parts that are not used in assembling the kit. My kit was flash-free, and the panel lines are crisply molded. While the instructions are in Japanese, they make it easy to assemble with good diagrams.

Lancaster Mk.1B - Part 3 of 3

Published: October 21st, 2019     
Lancaster Mk.1B - Part 3 of 3
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/32
Company: H-K Models Co.

Down the home stretch! Last time we had just completed the wings, tail, fuselage, nose and wheel-wells, leaving just the final assembly and finish for the last segment of this three-part review. To recall: I chose to display only the port wing's inboard engine detail, and to cover up the remaining three engines. Otherwise, the aircraft is built up from the box with the exceptions of a set of brass gun barrels, and a set resin control panels and accompanying decals. The brass barrels will be part of a separate IPMS review.


Published: October 21st, 2019     
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Eduard Mirage IIIC is a well-known kit, first released in the mid-2000s. Despite being 15-yr old molds, they hold well the pass of time and it is nice to see it re-released. It sure builds into a nice replica of the French interceptor.

The kit comes molded in light grey plastic, with a total of 167 parts in 8 sprues, plus a small sprue of clear parts. The decals are printed by Eduard, they are opaque, shiny and in register. This boxing also includes pre-painted photoetch and pre-cut masks. As an add-on, this kit also includes resin parts for the upgraded airframes which used the ATAR 9C engine.

Construction, as usual, begins with the cockpit. The side consoles and instrument panel have raised detail and bode well for drybrushing. There is also the option of a decal for the instrument panel if you like. However, I choose to use the photoetch detail which meant to sand off the raised detail on the side consoles and to use the flat-version of the plastic instrument panel, on top of which I applied the photo-etch instrument panel which consists of 4 main parts, plus a few extras for switches and such.