Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

1960’s Batmobile

Published: January 15th, 2010     
1960’s Batmobile
Reviewed by: Joe Staudt, IPMS# 39453
Scale: 1/24
Company: Johnny Lightning

Batman has been around in comic book form since the 1940's, and while he may not be able to fly or swing from spider webs of his own making, he has always had one thing that very few of the other superheroes have had: a really cool ride.

Playing Mantis (which owns both Johnny Lightning and Polar Lights) is coming out with a whole batcave-load of Batman-related vehicle kits in various scales and media. One of the first to come out is the die-cast 1960's Batmobile in 1/24th scale. This is NOT the Batmobile from the TV show that we all know so well, but the Batmobile from the comic book. It is similar in many respects to the TV car, but it has some major differences.

The kit comes packaged in what has become a standard box for pre-finished kits: a heavy, oversized cardboard box with a large plastic display window through which the completed body shell can be seen. And the body shell IS completed: painted, decaled, with all clear and chrome plastic pieces attached, and with the hinged hood in place.

F-104G Cockpit

Published: January 15th, 2010     
F-104G Cockpit
Reviewed by: Mark Andrews, IPMS# 33206
Scale: 1/12
Company: Italeri

"The missile with a man in it!" is the way the F-104 Starfighter by Lockheed was described. Mach 2 speed and very high altitude was just a couple of the remarkable aircraft's abilities.  Even after marking it's 50th anniversary in February 2004, there are a few left with the Italian air forces.  They will all be retired by the end of 2004.

F-14 Tomcat - Egg Plane

Published: January 15th, 2010     
F-14 Tomcat - Egg Plane
Reviewed by: John R. Lee, IPMS# 11172
Company: Hasegawa

I was happy to see Hasegawa reissue these kits as I have several of the "Eggplanes" but not the F-14. The kit comes in a sturdy top opening box - great for holding the parts as you work on the model. There are twenty-eight Gray plastic parts and one crystal clear canopy for the F-14 Tomcat and a colorful decal sheet with two schemes. The canopy is loose in the box allowing it to be scratched up a bit, but a little polishing and a dip in Future took care of that problem. Considering this is a humorous kit I was surprised to see a four-piece instrument panel on the decal sheet. There is a plastic nose weight included but I did add a few grams of extra weight to the nose of the F-14 to be on the safe side.

Ion Nebulizer and VOX Communicator

Published: January 15th, 2010     
Ion Nebulizer and VOX Communicator
Reviewed by: Andrew Howard, IPMS# 30741
Scale: 1/1
Company: Pegasus Hobbies

Dad's (Mike Howard) Introduction

My 11 year old son is a big fan of space and science fiction, so I thought this would be an enjoyable model building exercise for him. I'm also planning to put some simple electronics inside the Nebulizer (at a later time) that will tie some lights and sounds into the trigger.

Here is Andrew's review of the kit:

Andrew's Review

The Ion nebulizer and VOX communicator was an interesting set, fun to build and rather easy too.

G17 [Glock 17] with Case

Published: January 15th, 2010     
G17 [Glock 17] with Case
Reviewed by: Robert Folden, IPMS# 45545
Scale: 1/3
Company: Dragon Models

First, let me start off by thanking Dragon USA and IPMS/USA for allowing me the opportunity to review this kit. It was such a fun kit to build, that I actually got a second kit to build as well! Dragon recently dove into the world of large scale models with their new 1/3 Firearms Series. To kick off the series, Dragon started with the world famous Glock 17 9mm pistol. Used worldwide by militaries and law enforcement agencies, the Glock 17 uses a standard NATO 9mm Parabellum cartridge fed from a 17-round clip in the grip [larger clips are available].

Dragon's kit is faithfully crafted and comes in three sprues, as well as two molded case halves and two piece pistols. The pistols are very well done, with seams on the frame showing up where they would on the real thing [actual Glock frames are made from a composite plastic]. Metal springs and pins are also included which allow for working features and pre-cut foam inserts are provided for the gun case.