Reviews of scale model kits.

J-10A Vigorous Dragon

Published: September 7th, 2010     
J-10A Vigorous Dragon
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/48
Company: Trumpeter

This review is a little different for me, only because I have taken over this task from John Yager,  the original reviewer who started the initial work, but was unable to complete the build. However, I was still able to complete enough of this model to bring to you an honest and fair review. When I received the kit, Steps 1 thru 4 were underway, but needed to be cleaned up. Only the cockpit was complete and it was a job well done. The credit for the building should be shared with John Yager due to the hard & good work he put into what he had done.



Ferrari F60

Published: September 4th, 2010     
Ferrari F60
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/20
Company: Tamiya

Upon opening the box you will find 9 baggies containing 182 parts, one tree of P.E. parts, a couple of small sheets of decals, a 10 page instruction booklet, and a decal placement flyer. Parts are molded in three colors; black, red, and chrome. The chrome parts have an aluminum tint to them, making them much more realistic and appealing to the eye than the typical "chrome" parts found in most car models.

Ferrari 250 GTO

Published: September 1st, 2010     
Ferrari 250 GTO
Reviewed by: Joe Staudt, IPMS# 39453
Scale: 1/24
Company: Fujimi


In 1962 and 1963, Ferrari produced a small number of cars that were essentially racecars for the street. FIA rules at the time required that at least 100 examples of a car had to be built in order for it to qualify for racing in the GT class, but with a little sleight-of-hand and a few other tricks, Ferrari managed to get by with building only 39 vehicles in a couple of variations. These cars have gone on to become legendary and highly desirable, to the point where collectors today will pay several million dollars to get their hands on one. Over the years, several kits of this vehicle have been produced. I still have a 1/24 scale slot car that I can remember my Dad purchasing and building in the mid-1960's, and I also have a kit (still unbuilt) that I purchased over 20 years ago. Fujimi has recently brought out an all-new tooling of this car in 1/24 scale; let's take a look at it.

Ferrari 312T2 1976 Japan GP

Published: July 17th, 2010     
Ferrari 312T2 1976 Japan GP
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/20
Company: Hasegawa

I really am an airplane modeler normally but I have not been able to resist these F-1 race car models. This time around IPMS was kind enough to allow me to build the 1976 Ferrari 312T2 of Niki Lauda. After a steady decline, Ferrari built the 312B3 in 1974 and had some success but was hampered by reliability issues. The 312T and T2 were built to address the B3s problems. Based on a flat 12 engine producing 485 HP coupled with a transverse mounted (hence T in name,) transmission the 312T was driven by Lauda to four first place finishes and the overall championship in 1975. For the 1976 season the 312T2 was introduced with Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni driving. The major design change for the 1976 season was the relocation of the engine air intakes to the area in front of the cockpit to comply with F-1 racing rule changes. The 1976 season was marred by a terrible crash that almost claimed Lauda's life. At the German Grand Prix in Nurburgring, Lauda's suspension failed after he contacted a curb and his car careened out of control, hit the rail and erupted into flames.

Da Vinci Machine Series, Paddleboat

Published: July 15th, 2010     
Da Vinci Machine Series, Paddleboat
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Academy

And now.. Something completely different!

I volunteered for this kit without knowing anything about it, never seen one nor heard of it. I am glad I did, this has got to be one of the most enjoyable models I have ever built, and what makes it so nice I can PLAY with it!

The kit comes package in a nice sturdy box with each tree in a separate package. There are 2 parts tree, a motor and a shaft. The instructions are quite adequate for assembly. There are no painting or decal instruction because neither are required. You do get an operating insert that is helpful. The plastic is brown with a wood grain pattern.

After going over the instruction sheet, I thought, can't be too bad. So I started one of my favorite movies "Battle of Britain", to watch while I worked. The kit is so easy I didn't even get to the first aerial dogfight sequence. It took all of 20 minutes. No glue, No putty, No painting, No scratch building or conversion, what a pleasure. It is a snap together kit and every part fit like it was suppose to and didn't fall apart. I dropped the kit on my way to testing it and it held together.