Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Corvette ZR1

Published: November 13th, 2010     
Corvette ZR1
Reviewed by: Walt Fink - IPMS# 2447
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

The Kit

Revell's new release of Chevrolet's uber-Muscle Car is molded in white plastic, and is a modification of their basic Corvette mold, with extra parts included specific to the ZR1. A little reference to part numbers is needed because the regular Corvette C6 ones will fit on the ZR1, but I'm not sure things like the exhausts and headers would match up if they were interchanged.

The build is straightforward with no vices, though a little parts cleanup helps things fit together better. The four-lobe Eaton supercharger isn't a great fit to the engine block unless the top of the block is sanded flatter along its seam. On the plus side, the headers have real locating pins to fit into the block, not just nubs which sit in shallow depressions.

Among the ZR1-specific parts are the bigger Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, having nice detail on them, and which will be visible through the alloy wheels. I thought the chrome wheels were too bright for model purposes, so I oversprayed them with some clear gloss acrylic to knock down the shine a little bit.

Bf110D/E Night Fighter ~ Wing Tech (2 in 1)

Published: November 13th, 2010     
Bf110D/E Night Fighter ~ Wing Tech (2 in 1)
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano - IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Dragon Models

Part 1. First Look

Before I get onto reviewing this model, I would like to give a little background information about this aircraft.

The Messerschmitt Bf110 served in the Luftwaffe throughout WWII. Even though it wasn't very popular with the German pilots at that time it was developed into a successful night fighter, in spite of its poor handling characteristics. Later on it was found that it would make a great night-fighter and then became the backbone of the German Luftwaffe night fighter wing of WWII. Some of these units were formed as early as 1940.

In August/September 1943, Bf110 aircraft shot down over 2700 RAF bombers. Also, in just one night without fighter cover, these aircraft destroyed at least 120 RAF bombers. The Bf110D was a long-range heavy fighter and/or fighter-bomber, while the improved and up-armored Bf110E was designed primarily as a fighter-bomber.

Nakajima Ki-27 Nate with Resin Pilot Figure

Published: November 13th, 2010     
Nakajima Ki-27 Nate with Resin Pilot Figure
Reviewed by: Fred Amos - IPMS# 6672
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

The Nakajima Ki-27 "Nate" was a successful low-wing monoplane, all metal fighter design used by the Empire of Japan throughout World War II. Conceived of as a private venture design by the Nakajima Corporation, the Ki-27 was soon debuted and accepted by the Japanese Army. It was the equivalent of the Navy A5M.

If I recall correctly, when Hasegawa first produced this kit it was Kit # 001, so that leads me to believe the Ki-27 was the first 1/48 kit produced by Hasegawa. I could be wrong so don't quote me on it.

"Psycho" Bates Mansion

Published: November 9th, 2010     
"Psycho" Bates Mansion
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/87
Company: Polar Lights

For fans of the "Psycho" movies that starred Anthony Hopkins as "Norman Bates", this kit will bring back some fond or not so fond memories. This kit arrived just as my favorite time of year started, as I decorate for Halloween like no other holiday. I was also fortunate enough to have one of the movie channels recently run "Psycho", "Psycho II", and "Psycho III", which provided good references for how to paint the house. When first released, this was a new kit made by Polar Lights, and it does a nice job of capturing the look and feel of the Bates mansion of the original "Psycho" movies (the remake with Vince Vaughn has a completely different house).

As the original movie was made in black and white, the second and third movies are recommended for references, but you may want to watch all three (or four) to get into character for this build. For this new release, the folks at Polar Lights/Round 2 Models have added an LED light and battery pack to light up the mansion for your display. The 1/87, or HO-scale house, will likely also be a hit with railroad modelers, as well as horror movie fans.

"War of the Worlds" Martian

Published: November 9th, 2010     
"War of the Worlds" Martian
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/8
Company: Pegasus Hobbies

For fans of the older "War of the Worlds" movie and/or the television show from 1953, this little piece of nostalgia will bring a big smile to your face. After conducting some research during my construction of this kit, I found that this "Martian" represents one from the 1953 television show. It is actually a Mor Taxan, a creature from the planet Mor Tax. Looking at the photographs that I could find on line, this creature is an excellent representation of the characters from that particular show.