Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

German Krupp 12.8 cm K 44 L/55 High Velocity Anti-Tank Gun

Published: November 4th, 2010     
German Krupp 12.8 cm K 44 L/55 High Velocity Anti-Tank Gun
Reviewed by: Don Barry - IPMS# 46771
Scale: 1/35

Brief History

The 12.8 cm PaK (Panzerabwehrkanone) 44 was the largest caliber German anti-tank gun fielded by her armies during World War II. It was designed as a final response to the escalating armor/anti-armor spiral which continued right through the end of the war, and afterward. Experiences with Russian 122-mm guns and the heavy armor of the KV and IS tanks had shown that even the vaunted 88-mm gun had its limitations.

The choice of 128-mm was made due to existing tooling being available for this caliber as naval and anti- aircraft weapons.

Contracts for design and prototypes were awarded to both Krupp and Rheinmetall-Borsig, with testing commencing in late 1944. The Krupp design was chosen for series production, and although performance was impressive, a towed weapon weighing nearly 11-tons was simply not practical. Various carriages, both foreign and domestic were tried, with varying degrees of success.

German s.Sp. Artilleriewagen with Waffen Tank Crew (1944-1945)

Published: November 4th, 2010     
German s.Sp. Artilleriewagen with Waffen Tank Crew (1944-1945)
Reviewed by: Jim Stratton - IPMS# 20703
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Introduction

Cyber-Hobby.com has released another kit in their armored train series. This is a re-release of the heavy railcar which mounted a Panzer III Ausf. N. turret with the 7.5cm KwK L/24 gun. These heavy armored rail cars were introduced in 1944 and saw extensive service in Russia and Yugoslavia. After the war Czechoslovakia used them until the mid 1950's. These rail cars were self propelled and could run independently; however, they were designed to be operated in trains of 20 cars or more. In actuality, due to fuel shortages, they often ran alone or in small numbers. The armored rail cars were built for the Deutsche Reichbahn by Steyer starting in May 1944 and were operational from November 1944 to April 1945. They weighed around 18 tons and had 20mm armor plate. They were powered by an air cooled 76 hp Steyer motor which was sorely underpowered and resulted in terrible gas mileage.

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Published: November 4th, 2010     
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Reviewed by: Jim Stratton - IPMS# 20703
Scale: 1/12
Company: Moebius Models

Introduction

This newest release from Moebius Models the 1/12th scale Creature from the Black Lagoon is a continuation of their popular Universal Studios "Monsters of the Movies" series of famous movie monsters. This kit is smaller than the previous releases of Frankenstein and the Mummy, which were 1/8th scale. This kit is also a Snap-Together kit with only 14 parts. The entire kit only took 15 minutes to clean up and "Snap-Together" the parts. In the past I have never been fond of Snap-Together kits. Usually they are designed for the younger modeler and ease of construction is the underlying factor in these kits.

Hawker Hector

Published: November 3rd, 2010     
Hawker Hector
Reviewed by: Stephen Bierce - IPMS# 35922
Scale: 1/72
Company: AModel

The fit on this model had me working very hard from every direction. For example, on the tailplane, there was a locator tab that didn't seem to have a matching hole. The result was that I accidentally mounted the horizontal stabilizer inverted. I had to carefully prize it off and clean the parts before remounting it and adding the vertical stabilizer and tail struts.

I applied most of the paint scheme before final assembly. A second-line R.A.F. type, (post-1941) called for a medium gray/olive green upper surfaces (Testors 1163 Flat Gray for the gray and my suicide stew bottle of mostly Pactra olive greens for the green) and "Sky" undersides (a mix of Testors 1162 Flat Blue and Model Master FS36375 Light Ghost Gray).

De Havilland Mosquito NFII/FBVI Part 3

Published: November 3rd, 2010     
De Havilland Mosquito NFII/FBVI Part 3
Reviewed by: Paul Bradley - IPMS# 35554
Scale: 1/24
Company: Airfix

My apologies to Airfix for this kit having to take a back seat to life for a little while, but I am in the home stretch now.

With the basic airframe completed, it is now time to start adding some of the minor sub-assemblies. Up front, the machine gun bay was added. The detail in here is fair - like the engine bays, a lot more pipework and wiring would need to be added to be thoroughly convincing, but it looks OK when done out of the box. The machine guns themselves are somewhat lacking in detail, and the addition of Master Models gun barrels really helps - see my separate review elsewhere on this website. Assembly is a little fiddly and care needs to be taken to correctly align all the parts - any deviation from what is needed will result in some awkward moments getting the nose cap fitted - ask me how I know... I was displeased with the way Airfix chose to tackle the belt feeds, as these are cast in rubber and the way they bend is awkward and you'll need to take care to prevent them looking quite unrealistic.

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