Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Hawker MK1B Typhoon

Published: December 5th, 2010     
Hawker MK1B Typhoon
Reviewed by: Fred Wilms - IPMS# 42113
Scale: 1/48
Company: Revell, Inc.

History

The Hawker MK1B Typhoon is a British made aircraft and one of the most formidable used in WWII. It was used as a bomber/interceptor and also as a ground support aircraft. Top speed of this aircraft was 417 mph. and it could climb to 20,000 ft. in 7.6 min.

The Kit

The kit is made up of injection molded gray plastic parts. The details were excellent with minimal flash and no defects.

In construction, I started with the cockpit, adding details and painting the interior portion. Prior to assembling the wing halves, the wheel well areas were painted. After assembling the fuselage and wing halves, I proceeded to put the completed fuselage, wing and tail surfaces together.

Finish

The paint used is Model Masters Enamel and Acrylics, medium gray, dark green and gull gray. Instead of using the underwing detail stripes provided in the kit, I chose to use the illustrated underwing detail stripes provided in Fine Scale Modeler (special issue) Oct. 2010, noted on Page 74.

BT-7, Model 1935, Russian Tank

Published: December 5th, 2010     
BT-7, Model 1935, Russian Tank
Reviewed by: Joe Koenig - IPMS# 31441
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

They say that there are only two things in life that are certain, death and taxes. I'd like to add a third: the precision fit of a Tamiya kit. Not that this model is perfect, but it sure was a pleasure to build. After building several other brands, I forgot just how nice a Tamiya kit goes together.

When the box is opened, one is greeted by 264 parts, 213 in green styrene, 17 in gray (for the figures), 8 in clear, 10 large and 8 small poly caps, 7 photo etched metal parts, and one length of steel chain. The parts are beautifully molded with no sink marks, excepting for the usual molding seams and punch-out marks. These are mostly unseen once assembled.

In steps 1-3, the lower inner hull is built. Details are crisp with no fit issues whatsoever. I was a little concerned at first, since the usual tub is not there. But I was amazed by how well it all went together. It was spot-on and I needed no filler anywhere!

In steps 4 and 5, the suspension is assembled. No trouble, but the poly caps must be in place correctly.

ME 328A Pulse Jet Fighter

Published: December 1st, 2010     
ME 328A Pulse Jet Fighter
Reviewed by: Bill Schwarz - IPMS# 30924
Scale: 1/72

Editor's note: "Luft '46" are hypothetical Luftwaffe aircraft which may have been available had the war continued into 1946 and beyond. They are broad-brush extrapolations and probably not connected to reality.

This is an in-box review of this hypothetical German fighter from Encore.

First up is the box with great artwork on the front. It shows pictures of the model with alternate paint schemes on the back. Encore has been doing a lot lately, and this kit shows it! The instruction sheet is well done, and it is both informative and easy to follow. It shows potential pitfalls during the build, though I do not anticipate any.

While the plastic is nicely scribed 9 of the 16 pieces are not used. Those used are complemented by additional parts made in cream-colored resin, including pulse jet engines; cockpit; nose-guns, tail surfaces, and ailerons. There are 21 resin parts in all, as well as your choice of a vacuformed or an injection plastic canopy.

Numerous hypothetical paint schemes are possible. All of the suggested colors have FS numbers and no paint brand call-outs. It's easy if you have ever done German camouflage though!

Borokov Florov I-207/3

Published: December 1st, 2010     
Borokov Florov I-207/3
Reviewed by: Bill Schwarz - IPMS# 30924
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

This is an in-the-box look as well as a little building info. The I-207 was a neat little fighter that never became of anything. I think there were only 3 made. They had good performance for the day but were already being outclassed by other designs. The instruction sheet gives you a brief history as well. The kit is a re-pop from AZ. It's the same as one I built several years ago, but this time Pavla has done it justice in the form of 6 resin pieces, a new decal sheet from Tally-Ho, as well as a neat Vac windscreen! Nice job guys!

The 22 plastic pieces are well done, but need some finesse to put together. You will, as with any limited run kit, have some problems but nothing too bad. I would recommend this to experienced builders who can overcome obstacles. You will be rewarded by a great little model. It's similar in size to the Polikarpov fighters of that day. Make sure you test fit the new resin pieces before you glue, and make really sure the landing gear is not splayed out or the very large bombs will drag the ground.

The only other real trouble area is the lower wing to fuselage join. It will need attention.

The Batboat (from the 1960's Movie and TV Show "Batman")

Published: December 1st, 2010     
The Batboat (from the 1960's Movie and TV Show "Batman")
Reviewed by: Bill Schwarz - IPMS# 30924
Scale: 1/25
Company: Polar Lights

This will be a box-review of Round 2/ Polar Lights' Batboat, from the classic "Adam West Years-of-Batman". Round 2 has been giving us great stuff, and this is no exception! They have taken the old molds and tweaked them: then providing great decals and informative and easy instructions. The box and artwork are nicely done as well.

The breakdown of the parts is simple: 13 chrome pics, a great decal sheet, a full hull, a stand and 25 blue colored plastic pieces that make up the rest of the boat. Adam and Burt are also included in the box! The box and artwork are nicely done as well!

No paint codes are mentioned but colors are. Follow them closely and you will be rewarded. The clear parts for the windscreen are a bit thick, but workable. If you want to have fun, give one of these a try. A beginner could actually build this and not paint it, but it should be done-up to bring this boat to life!

Thanks go out to Round 2 / Polar Lights and IPMS/USA for this review kit.