Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Fokker F27 Friendship

Published: September 24th, 2019     
Fokker F27 Friendship
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:72
Company: Italeri

Italeri have re-released this 1991 kit with new decals the decal options include three airlines - Air UK (1985) Canyon Eagle Airlines 1998 and Schreiner Airways (1966).

The twin-engine Fokker F-27 was designed during the fifties by the Dutch Aircraft Manufacturer to provide a successor to the old DC-3 that were still in service since the second world war. It was a great commercial success for airlines and military use.

In the box is:

  • 4 x white sprues (one varies from the illustration in the instructions)
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 1 large decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet

The kit consists of 4 main sprues, very well molded with very little flash but a few large ejector pin marks on some parts. I decided that I would build the Air UK aircraft as I worked with Air UK in the past on a few projects interior projects.

Construction

Construction starts with the interior including the cockpit. The only issue here were a few ejector pin marks that needed cleaning up. The main floor was also a little bowed but was easily formed back to shape.

Macchi M.5

Published: September 22nd, 2019     
Macchi M.5
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48
Company: Fly

History

The Macchi M.5 was a flying-boat fighter developed by the Nieuport Macchi company of Varese in early 1917 and introduced in service in autumn 1917. Initially armed with a single Fiat machine-gun, and featuring a tail structure held on struts, the production M.5 had an armament of two Vickers guns and a tail structure resting on the fuselage. It was an extremely fast and maneuverable airplane, that managed to gain an ascendancy over the enemy seaplane fighters and even claimed victories against the Phonix land fighters.

Standard B "Liberty" with WWI US Infantry

Published: September 21st, 2019     
Standard B "Liberty" with WWI US Infantry
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: ICM

This is the third release of ICM's excellent kit of the Liberty B Truck. This release includes four figures of WWI soldiers that are extremely well sculpted and detailed.

Standard B Liberty WW1 US Army Truck

ICM's description of the truck: "The US Army Liberty Trucks produced at the end of the 1st World War were the first attempt in the world to create a standardized range of military vehicles, serially produced by several firms from standardized units.

The most famous were cars of Category B Series 1 with a capacity of 3 tons, which from the beginning of 1918 were produced by 15 American companies. They were hood trucks with an open cab equipped with a four-cylinder engine, a cardon drive of the rear axle with worm gear and cast tires.

Before the end of the war, 9452 Liberty Trucks were assembled, of which 7600 were sent to Europe."

Focke-Wulf 190V-1

Published: September 16th, 2019     
Focke-Wulf 190V-1
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: 1:48
Company: Classic Airframes

In the Box

Instructions

The instruction booklet was divided into four pages of clearly marked parts and their construction sequence. Illustrations for the parts and their construction sequence were very clear and crisp. The instructions contained 10 separate steps to complete the model. My instruction book was missing step seven but that appeared to be the step when the wing is attached to the fuselage.

Included with the instructions is a drawing for paint and decal applications for either of two aircraft. One version was in natural metal finish and the other was in German camo markings.

Clear Plastic

Supplied was one piece of vacuum formed plastic with two canopies molded into it.

Canopy Mask

For painting the canopy I used my own masks cut from Tamiya tape.

Landing Gear

In a separate bag included the main landing gear and the tail gear. All the parts were made from metal and had good detail to them.

8 Inch Howitzer M1 WWII

Published: September 11th, 2019     
8 Inch Howitzer M1 WWII
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:35
Company: AFV Club

Background

The 8-inch Gun M1 was a 203 mm towed heavy gun developed in the United States and was also used in small numbers by the British Army. Serious development began in June 1940 of an 8-inch (203 mm) gun that would have the longest range of any US Army field artillery weapon in World War II. The gun used the same projectile as the 8-inch coastal gun and the US Navy's 8-inch cruiser gun. The M1 consists of equilibrator assemblies, elevating and traversing mechanisms, two single-wheel, single-axle heavy limber, and a two-axle bogie with eight tires and two trails. After 1962 it was designated the M115 Howitzer.

AFV Club Kit

Originally issued in 1997 & reissued in 2000 as the post-1962 M115 Howitzer, this kit release has been modified to the original WWII M1 version with new parts. The new parts include: