Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

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.

DH 100 Vampire Mk I

Published: October 14th, 2010     
DH 100 Vampire Mk I
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: AModel

THE AIRCRAFT

The Vampire certainly qualifies as an "early jet", being second oldest to the Meteor in RAF service. The Vampire's twin-boom layout was a result of the low power of the early jet engines. The shorter the tail pipe, the more power the engine could deliver. The Vampire's original mission was strictly as an interceptor, with only the 4x 20 mm Hispano cannon as armament.

The Vampires had no power assist for the controls, no radar, and no vices. It was fondly referred to as the "aerial kiddie car" by post-war pilots, implying that anyone could fly it. This may explain why the Vampire was exported extensively. The export list includes: Austria, Australia, Burma, Ceylon, Canada, Chile, Congo, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Katanga, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Rhodesia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. Vampires also served with the Royal Navy, and the first jet carrier landing and take off was a Vampire piloted by the famous Captain Eric Brown.

Sd. Kfz. 8 DB 10 (Prototype) "Lufcik"

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Sd. Kfz. 8 DB 10 (Prototype) "Lufcik"
Reviewed by: Greg Perry, IPMS# 45865
Scale: 1/50
Company: GPM

I like halftracks, especially German ones. I especially like the Sd. Kfz. 7, 8 and 9's. I have plastic kits of the 7 and 9. I have none for an 8. A quick search of the internet shows no plastic versions and only one resin model in 1:72 scale. That makes this paper kit the only other choice at this time, and what a choice it is! The kit depicts a prototype version that sunk in a river in Poland. The 1:1 vehicle was recovered from the river in 1999 and restoration was completed in 2005. It is currently on display in Poland. Additional information can be found at www.skansenpilicy.pl where a more detailed history and restoration description are available.

StuG III Ausf.F

Published: October 13th, 2010     
StuG III Ausf.F
Reviewed by: Doug Halke, IPMS# 46429
Scale: 1/35
Company: Cyber-Hobby

History

With the German invasion of Russia in 1941, StuG.III crews experienced a very unnerving surprise when they discovered that their stubby KwK 37 L/24 75mm guns were no match for the numerous and heavily armored Soviet T-34 and KV tanks - except at uncomfortably short ranges.

The solution was to replace the short L/24 gun on the StuG.III Ausf.E platform with the longer barreled KwK 40 L/43 75mm gun. In doing so, the newly designated StuG.III Ausf.F became a truly effective dual-purpose infantry support and tank killing weapon.

First Look

Initially released in the early summer of 2009, this kit is the first in the Cyber-Hobby "Orange Box" series. The concept of this series is pretty simple: Package an older Dragon armor kit with a set of figures and one or two upgraded "add-on" items from their more recent releases and sell it at an affordable price, relative to the prices of new release kits.

Tornado F3 111 Squadron Anniversary Set

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Tornado F3 111 Squadron Anniversary Set
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Dragon Models

This kit provides aircraft and markings for two Tornado F.3s, in markings for 111 Squadron's 90th anniversary, 1917 - 2007.

THE AIRCRAFT

The Tornado F.3 is called the ADV by the other operators of the type: Italy and the Royal Saudi AF. It has 80% parts commonality with the attack/recce versions of the Tornado. For the RAF the mission is long endurance combat air patrol.

111 Squadron has flown Bristol Scouts, F.2Bs, S.E.5s, Nieuport 17s, 23s and 24s, Snipes, Siskins, Bulldogs Gauntlets, Hurricanes, Spitfires 1, 2, 5, and 9, Meteors, Hunters, Lightings, Phantoms, and Tornados. They are scheduled to transition to the Eurofighter Typhoon in 2010.

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