Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Fly Daimler Benz Project F - German Service

Published: December 19th, 2019     
Fly Daimler Benz Project F - German Service
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Fly Models

The Aircraft

Daimler-Benz designed several large aircraft, Projects A through C, which were designed to carry air-to-ground missiles. These were huge planes, with 6 engines, and they were supposed to carry 5 or 6 of the "Project F" missiles. The targets were supposed to be Allied airfields and other strategic targets.

The Project F missiles were powered by a single BMW 018 jet engine. The F would be carried to near the target by the C, then released. The pilot would aim the missile at the target, then bail out through the bottom of the aircraft. The warhead was in the nose, weighed 3000 KG (6600 lb.) and was detonated upon contact.

The Project C aircraft apparently never flew, and the F never reached the prototype stage. Therefore, this model qualifies for "Luftwaffe 46". The four sets of aircraft markings in this kit are supposed to be from the Luftwaffe from September of 1945 to June of 1946.

Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf. E/F

Published: December 19th, 2019     
Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf. E/F
Reviewed by: Patrick Brown, IPMS# 47467
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya USA

Bottom Line Up Front: Tamiya knocks it out of the park once more with a well detailed, brilliantly engineered 'new tool' kit of an interesting subject. The construction portion of this kit took me about three and a half hours to complete and I did not feel rushed.

History

The Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) was a pre-WW2 Czech design which compared favorably to early German armor. The German Panzerwaffe adopted the tank shortly before the outbreak of hostilities in 1939. The (t) stands for tschechisch, the German word for Czech. Pz. 38(t)s saw limited service in the invasion of Poland and France. The vast majority of the roughly 1,400 Pz. 38(t)s produced served on the Eastern Front.

Vital Statistics and Scores

Detail: 4 out of 5

There are certain bits on Pz. Kpfw. 38(t)s that cry out for competent detailing and Tamiya excels here. The suspension, commander's cupola, cooling vanes on the machine guns (all areas where other manufacturers have stumbled) are all crisply rendered. The machine gun barrels did need to be drilled out.

USN Deck Crew "Vietnam"

Published: December 18th, 2019     
USN Deck Crew "Vietnam"
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Videoaviation.com

This latest set from Videoaviation.com includes two Navy crewmen and an Aero 12 ordnance cart with two boxes of fuses suitable for Vietnam era planes like the F-4 and A-4. The figures are one "red shirt" ordnance man and one 'green shirt" aircraft mechanic circa 1965-1968.

Inside the pack, you will find 16 parts in cream colored resin- one figure is three parts and the other is four parts. The remainders of the parts make up the cart and fuses. There are also painting/assembly instructions and even more photographs on the web site. There are slight seam lines as with all resin cast parts and these are easily scraped away. Fit of the parts is great and no filler was used. I left the heads off for easier painting. All parts were washed thoroughly with dish soap and dried. The cart was assembled without wheels. The arms were attached to the figures and all the parts primed with Alclad grey primer.

The cart was painted yellow and washed with oils and weathered and flat coated. The tires have yellow rims and black tires and followed the same procedures. These were added and the entire cart flat coated with Dull Cote and the cart was done.

Deck Crew Aircraft Maintenance

Published: December 18th, 2019     
Deck Crew Aircraft Maintenance
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Videoaviation.com

Videoaviation.com continues its excellent streak of 1/32nd scale diorama accessories with Set 1872323, a Navy Deck Crew for aircraft maintenance. This set includes two Navy Deck Crew Aircraft maintenance figures- one kneeling with a tool to remove screws and the other assisting. Also included is an Aero 12C cart with a selection of toolboxes included.

Inside the package, you will find 22 creme colored resin pieces. Of these, the cart is seven pieces, the toolboxes are five, and the remainder is for the figures. There are also painting/assembly instructions and even more photographs on the web site. There are slight seam lines as with all resin cast parts and these are easily scraped away. Fit of the parts is great and no filler was used. I left the heads off for easier painting. All parts were washed thoroughly with dish soap and dried. The cart was assembled without wheels. The arms were attached to the figures and all the parts primed with Alclad grey primer.

P-40 E Warhawk "Claws and Teeth"

Published: December 16th, 2019     
P-40 E Warhawk "Claws and Teeth"
Reviewed by: Clarence Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Special Hobby

History

The Curtiss P-40 E was one of the few US aircraft available in any numbers at the start of World War II. In addition to US usage, a large number were supplied to the British under Lend-Lease provisions. These were called the Kittyhawk 1A. These were used in various Commonwealth nations and a number were even reacquired by the US. While adequate in performance for it's time, the performance of the P-40 E was somewhat inferior to the Zero, Messerschmidt and Spitfire.

Early versions of the P-40 were made famous by the AVG (Flying Tigers) and the image of the tiger mouth on the front fuselage intake became well known.

The Kit

This excellent new kit from Special Hobby covers the P-40 E with markings of two P-40s flying for the 49th Fighter Group located in Darwin, Australia and two with the 23rd Fighter Group (ex-AVG) located in China. Three of the markings feature beautiful tiger mouth markings while the fourth features a diving eagle with talons extended.