Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Samochod Pancerny wz. 34 Polish Armored Car

Published: September 23rd, 2010     
Samochod Pancerny wz. 34 Polish Armored Car
Reviewed by: John Yager, IPMS# 40097
Scale: 1/35
Company: Mirage Hobby

A Brief History

The wz. 34 armored car was developed as a modification of the wz. 28 half-track armored car with the tracked wheels being replaced with tires. This allowed simpler maintenance and improved the off-road capabilities. Ten squadrons of armored cars (80+ vehicles) were mobilized in September 1939. In these first days of fighting, the cars were used for reconnaissance and support. Polish crews achieved success by using the element of surprise despite German equipment superiority.

Grumman EA-6B "Prowler" Part 1

Published: September 23rd, 2010     
Grumman EA-6B "Prowler" Part 1
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kinetic Model Kits

When this all new release became known to the modeling world, the announcements were accompanied with a plethora of photographs of an unpainted builtup with plenty of close-ups showing the incredible detail contained here. That created a near riot in the modeling community with posts on almost every forum stating that they couldn't wait to receive it. Well, it has arrived and it appears to be well worth the wait!

Junkers JU-52/3mg6e MS Minesweeper

Published: September 22nd, 2010     
Junkers JU-52/3mg6e  MS Minesweeper
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

The Junkers JU-52/3m was to the Luftwaffe  what the Douglas C-47  was to the American military during World War II.  Stemming from Junkers'  World War I all-metal designs, the JU-52 first appeared in 1931 as a large, single engine transport,  the last of which was produced during 1935. Only a few were built, but the trimotor JU-52/3m first flew in 1932, and it was an immediate success, being sold to Bolivia and Colombia as well as other European governments.  Lufthansa began operating the type in 1932.

Albatros D.III ProfiPack

Published: September 9th, 2010     
Albatros D.III ProfiPack
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

At the first glance, you only will notice the reboxed plastic along with a photo-etch fret and a masking set. But when removing the plastic from the resealable bag, you'll see all the hard work put into the kit by the Eduard crew. The level of detail is incredible and the offering is just as nice today as it was 10 -11 years ago when first released.

Sheriff Rosco's Police Car

Published: September 7th, 2010     
Sheriff Rosco's Police Car
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

The Kit

The kit is molded in a white styrene and also has a generous sprue of chrome parts, and rubber wheels. There is also quite an arsenal of weapons included, (M-16, Thompson sub-machine gun, M1, shotgun, pistol, and a grenade launcher). I guess Sheriff Rosco always wanted to be on a SWAT team. This kit depicts the Dodge Monaco police car and is a very good representation of that vehicle. It also includes a nice engine that could be detailed if you wanted to. One problem is that the hood of the car has no hinges to open so you will have to just lay it next to the kit to show off the engine compartment.