Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Heavy Artillery Armored Car, S.SP

Published: October 16th, 2010     
Heavy Artillery Armored Car, S.SP
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Scale: 1/72
Company: UM Models

History

For the last several years, UM has produced a number of armored train components in 1/72 scale. It appears they are branching out and creating products of German armored train cars. The back of the box includes a short history of the vehicle, "Manufacturing of the heavy 'S.Sp' reconnaissance armored cars started in 1944. These cars were able to operate independently or as a train made up of similar cars. Several types of heavy armored cars existed. Artillery cars were armed with Pz. III (N) tank turret with short KwK L/24 75 mm gun. These cars had 20 mm of armor protection. Their weight (depending on armament) reached 18 tons. Maximum speed - 40 km/hr. Combat effectiveness of heavy armored car was almost equal to BP-42. 'S.Sp' participated in combat operations on Balkans from November 1944."

Star Trek K-7 Space Station

Published: October 15th, 2010     
Star Trek K-7 Space Station
Reviewed by: Robert Folden, IPMS# 45545
Company: AMT

To Trekkers around the world, the K-7 Space Station is most famous for two episodes. First featured in The Trouble with Tribbles [from the Original series], the station was again featured in Trials and Tribble-ations [from Deep Space Nine]. The station is easily recognized by its three arms with saucers at each end. In the 1970's, AMT released several Star Trek kits, including the K-7 Station. Now, Round 2 Models has revived the old AMT kits, reissuing them as standard and special editions. The kit is basically the same as the original issue; with new decals [the special edition features a collector's tin and a miniature Tribble]. The reissue even includes the little USS Enterprise in scale with the station.

Toyota Prius G "Touring"

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Toyota Prius G "Touring"
Reviewed by: Jay Mesawitz, IPMS# 42925
Scale: 1/24
Company: Fujimi

The Toyota Prius has made its way from a government incentive driven experiment to a very successful mainstream product offering. As such it really deserves to be noticed for its place in history. The Prius body styling and the kit subject matter in general, however, may only appeal to the Prius enthusiast.

The Fujimi kit represents the 2009 model year of the 3rd generation Prius and is an all new kit. White, clear and chrome trees are all individually bagged. Also included are soft rubber tires, a small decal sheet and window masks. Part count is just over 80 pieces and the build up is fairly simple. The result is a curbside model with no open elements.

The chassis pan and suspension build up easily and are molded with deep relief allowing for the use of washes and various other weathering effects to be applied to the underside. The suspension has poseable front wheels. Each wheel is installed with a vinyl bushing to allow them to roll; however, I was not able to install them and achieve smooth operation on all four wheels. The bushings look like the Tamiya competition but install in the wheel/rim itself rather than being encased in the wheel/brake hub.

MC.200 Saetta

Published: October 14th, 2010     
MC.200 Saetta
Reviewed by: Chris Durden, IPMS# 29474
Scale: 1/48
Company: Italeri

Italeri has been releasing more Italian WWII subjects in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales over the past several years, with mixed success. Several were excellent kits such as the CR.42 and the SM.82 while others, like the most recent Re.2002, were poorly received by some modelers. The recent release of the MC.200 has drawn some negative pre-release publicity as well as comparisons to the well done PCM kit released earlier. Being a sucker for anything in splotchy camouflage, I jumped at the opportunity to try the kit for myself, and found a solid effort with good points and some bad points as well.

Fokker D.VII (MAG)

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Fokker D.VII (MAG)
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

I would like to express my sincere thanks to Eduard for providing this kit to IPMS/USA and to them for allowing me to review it.

We are all familiar with the Fokker D.VII, but a little historical background may be helpful to explain the markings seen on the subject of this review. The D.VII was such a formidable aircraft that the Armistice ending WWI specifically called for all surviving D.VIIs be delivered to the Allies. The United States pick up a few for testing, but nothing ever came of the effort. However, other countries used them operationally. One country, the Hungarian Soviet Republic, a short-lived Communist regime established in the chaos following WWI, used a number of D.VIIs in the Hungarian/Czechoslovakina/Romanian War of 1919. Some of these aircraft were ex-German aircraft and some were built by MAG, (Magyar Altalanos Gepgyar - Hungarian General Machine Company) an Austro-Hungarian company licensed to build the D.VII using the Austro-Daimler engines. It was from early 1919 to July 1919 that the Hungarian Soviet Republic used their D.VIIs emblazoned with the red star as seen on this model.