Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Counterattack, Soviet Infantry, Summer 1941

Published: November 28th, 2010     
Counterattack, Soviet Infantry, Summer 1941
Reviewed by: Greg Wise - IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box Ltd

WOW! These figures are top-notch, high quality beauties. The set comes in a printed end-opening box. On the front side you see a scene of a young Soviet officer leading his stumbling squad across an open wheat field while under artillery fire, very inspiring to say the least. On the reverse side you'll find the instructions, sprue charts and a Vallejo color guide. A. Karaschuk did the colorful illustrations.

Inside the box you will find 2 sprues in a light shade of brown. Each figure comes with a selection of equipment, and some of them offer alternate heads, arms and weapons choices. Sculptor A. Gagarin is a true master of his art. The high quality soft plastic makes separating the parts a breeze. The majority of the figure parts follow the part numbers in sequence, making it easier to keep building each figure in a next up order.


My experience with this set was fun, enjoyable and pleasing. The parts fit perfectly and cleaning them up was minimal at best. "Made in the Ukraine" may have set the standard other companies will have to beat when it comes to 1/35 scale figures.

Panzerfahre Fahrendeck mit Gepanzerter Landwasserschlepper (Prototype Nr. 11.)

Published: November 27th, 2010     
Panzerfahre Fahrendeck mit Gepanzerter Landwasserschlepper (Prototype Nr. 11.)
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

(Editor's note: This kit is from Dragon's "Smart Kit" line)

History and Performance

During their early offensive operation during WWII the Germans were faced with several river crossings. Taking bridges intact was always a goal, and when that was not available bridging units were brought to the front. The Wehrmacht did not have any true means of amphibious crossings on hand during the war. The Landwasserschlepper was the initial solution to the river crossed challenge.

The Landwasserschlepper was a large amphibious vehicle that carried troops or cargo internally. Several experiments were made with a barge that connected two of these vehicles together. The concept was eventually discarded mid-war as something that was no longer affordable. The vehicle modeled here is the prototype of the armored version.

The Kit

The kit is molded in the grey plastic typical of the current Dragon line.

German Kanonen und Flakwagen, Armored Rail Car

Published: November 27th, 2010     
German Kanonen und Flakwagen, Armored Rail Car
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger - IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/35
Company: Trumpeter

I don't know too much about the history of this vehicle, but being an avid model railroader, it looked like something fun and different to build. Now that the bug has bitten I want to collect the whole series of Armored Rail Cars and make a complete train. This is a typical Trumpeter kit: well packed, with each parts sprue in an individual bag. You get three sheets of photoetch and one sheet of decals. Also included is a section of track to place the finished model on.

F/A-18A Hornet Blue Angels

Published: November 27th, 2010     
F/A-18A Hornet Blue Angels
Reviewed by: David P. Lennox - IPMS# 36138
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy Models

At the end of World War II Admiral Chester Nimitz ordered the formation of the Blue Angels flight demonstration team to showcase Naval Aviation. In June 1946 the Blue Angles flew their first show with the Grumman F6F Hellcat. In 1986 they completed their 40th anniversary season when the team transitioned from the McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk II to the F/A-18 Hornet. The main difference between the Blue Angles F/A-18 and their combat brethren is the removal of the weapons systems and the addition of the smoke generator system. The system consists of a tube on the left engine that injects paraffin based oil into the exhaust. The oil produces a white smoke making it easier for spectators to follow the maneuvers.

F-4C/D Phantom

Published: November 27th, 2010     
F-4C/D Phantom
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge - IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/48
Company: Revell, Inc.

I must be one of the few modelers left that hasn't built at least one of these since this kit was introduced more than thirty years ago. The 1/48th F-4, along with the Century Series and Naval Aviation jet aircraft molded by Revell and Monogram back in the 1970s and 80s are truly classic models: exemplified by outstanding detail throughout (for their day), but particularly in the cockpit and wheel wells; finely raised panel lines, and the sometimes less than stellar fit of some of the component parts. All of this offered at a consistently affordable price.

This particular version of the venerable F-4 has been in and out of production a number of times since 1979. This kit represents the latest incarnation. A quick glance at the inside of the wing or the underside of the tailplane will confirm this kit's ancient lineage, as well as something new about this particular molding's place of birth.

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