’70 Plymouth HEMI Cuda 2’n1
From Revell comes a Special Edition Series, two-for-the-price-of one, plastic model kit of the infamous muscle car: the ’70 Plymouth HEMI Cuda.
I remember as a high school student drooling over the Cuda-what teenage boy didn’t? The Cuda was the ultimate ‘muscle machine’ that guaranteed oohs and aaahs from fellow teenagers-especially the girls. I never owned one but I did know a few fortunate teenagers who did.
Gauged at a 3 Skill Level the 1:25 Scale model kit offers two Cudas to assemble.
Whether you choose the two-tone blue and silver or lime green version both feature custom wheels and killer engines loaded with chrome and mounted on an E-body.
The third generation Barra’cuda’, low production number, custom HEMI engine mean machine is a ‘must have’ for any serious automobile model maker.
Check out the opening hoods, airfoils, scoops, powerful V8 engines (with all the bells and whistles) and the body trims, characteristic straight grills with spaced headlights, two-doors, small trunks and narrow back seats.
This baby is made for speed! It’s
not fancy but it delivers the horsepower and streamline body to leave any
competitor in the dust.
Mitsubishi, Phantom and Porsche
A couple of new aircraft models are coming your way courtesy of Hasegawa Hobby Kits. Both feature precise details both on the exterior and interior of the models.
Pieces detach easily from the part trees with minimal or no flashing and by following the extensive assembly instructions modelers can assemble, paint and decal the aircraft in no time.
Both aircraft can be displayed with wheels up or down either hanging from the ceiling or displayed on a shelf. Either way you’ll have realistic aircraft models that can be enjoyed by model makers and others who see the finished models.
The Mitsubishi F-1 '6SG Camouflage' fighter jet has served the Japanese Air Force for close to three decades.
First introduced in the late 1970s, the aircraft lands easily both on conventional landing strips and aircraft carrier flight decks. Scaled at 1/48 the Limited Edition F-1 6SG 'Sea Camouflage' model is a miniature marvel of precise model making manufacturing unmatched anywhere. Two decal options are available.
With its 'Rising Sun' logo on its sides the F-1 looks like a sleek shark plowing through the air currents. Side vents for the rear engine sweep seamlessly back into the rear fuselage.
Swept back front and rear wings and the oversize tailfin accent the jet's long pointed airframe.
Twin extra fuel tanks hang from the wings and various instruments and antenna protrude from the jet's body.
Two missiles perch on the front wings and the single pilot cockpit barely bulges up from the front fuselage.
Also a Limited Edition Model and scaled at 1/48 the F-4S Phantom II 'Vandy 75' jet celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the first landing of an aircraft on an aircraft carrier in 1986.
Long and lean and a fast machine the Phantom II is a aerodynamic bullet loaded with ordinance.
The model captures the sleek appearance of the aircraft as well as its exterior and interior details and equipment and weapons.
The U.S. Navy carrier-borne fighter carries on its underbelly six missiles along with a reserve fuel tank making to the perfect air-to-air and ground attack jet ever to serve. A crew of two make up the aircraft's personnel.
Take a moment to examine the underbelly of the aircraft model. Missiles, tank, landing gear and other components make for a complicated assembly-a true testament to the engineers who designed the aircraft.
Swept back front and rear wings and a large tailfin balanced out be a smaller underbelly stabilizing tailfin allow the F-4S to be both fast and maneuverable.
Among model makers Hasegawa Hobby Kits is primarily known for its military and aircraft models. Few people realize that Hasegawa also turns out incredibly detailed and realistic car models.
Just like its signature military and aircraft models the car models feature tight detailing, precise paint, glue and decal instructions and part trees containing detachable parts with little or no flashing.
The Porsche 968 is the epitome of automotive excellence. Complete with new transmission, styling, engine and suspension the Porsche 968 is the next step in the evolution of the Porsche 944.
The Hasegawa Hobby Kit Porsche 968 is scaled at 1/24 and is also a Limited Edition release.
The two-door blue beauty duplicates the smooth lines and aerodynamic design of its sister real car. Headlights and lights are tucked away in the body as well as the grill and bumpers. Smooth tapered side mirrors present little drag as the Porsche gears up for high speeds.
If you think the exterior and interior of the car are impressive you'll be blown away by the engine under the hood. Boasting a 4 cylinder DOHC 16-valve powerhouse the 6-speed manual transmission driving machine has a few more surprises.
Try out the retractable headlights and customized alloy wheels.
Like its larger namesake the Porsche 968 model fits together almost seamlessly with very little space between frame, body and openings.
Six Hasegawa Aircraft
Recently Hasagawa Hobby Kits released six new Limited Edition and Back By Popular Demand aircraft models spanning over several decades in several scale versions. All require advanced modeling skills with glue, paint and decal application.
They include the Kawasaki C-1 Combo, B-25H Mitchell - Nose Art, T38A Talon Combo, F-111E Aardvark - Nose Art, F/A-18E Super Hornet - Royal Maces 2013 and F-104C Starfighter – Vietnam.
I said it before but I’ll state it again. Hasegawa Hobby Kits are some of the finest (if not the finest) scale model plastic model kits produced. If you purchase a Hasegawa Hobby Kit and expect a quick snap together, no glue or decal model kit, you’re out of luck. These are models to be made by big boys. No amateurs here.
That’s not to say that a neophyte model maker can’t make a Hasegawa Hobby Kit. They can. Hasegawa makes it possible by following their highly precise Assembly Instructions that guide model makers through each step from the preparation of parts to final decaling. Follow the instructions—wind up with a professional looking model.
All Hasegawa Hobby Kit models feature precisely scaled models with little or no flashing parts attached to easy to identify model trees numbered for quick access. Painting instructions allow modelers to customize models to match different configurations and decals authenticate both the model and the markings.
Instructions also include interesting historical text about each aircraft model. I find this especially helpful not only for their historical significance but when assembling a model it allows the modeler to customize environments should they decide to do so.
Packaging is clean and precise with full color photos or illustrations displayed prominently on the front of the model boxes accompanied by small photos taken from various angles around the model, depending on the model. These are especially helpful in giving the aircraft models an authentic look.
Aircraft can be displayed with wheels up or down. And, depending on the model, canopies can be opened or closed and various personnel and equipment displayed or in view.
Interior details (especially the aircraft) are just as detailed as the exteriors. Exterior details even go so far as to show the riveting of each aircraft body. Now that’s precise!
Kawasaki C-1 Combo (2 kits)
Scaled at 1:200 the Kawasaki C-1 Combo model kit recreates the Japanese Air Self Defenses most reliable cargo and troop transport. Known for its reliance the only downfall of the aircraft was its short flight capabilities.
This was done on purpose so the aircraft could not be used for long-range military strike capabilities.
Three decal configurations are available: J.A.S.D.F. 2TAG 402SQ 50th anniversary marking Code: 007 Iruma A.B. 2008, J.A.S.D.F. 1TAG 401SQ Code: 007 Komaki A.B. and J.A.S.D.F. 3TAG 403SQ Code: 007 Miho A.B.
Heavy bodied and low to the ground the Kawasaki C-1 is the workhorse of the skies. Twin powerful engines hang mid-wing, flush with the fuselage. Snub-nosed with slits for windows the aircraft features a rear open cargo bay/ramp and a huge tailfin with oversize rear wings. Exterior details include twin front wheels, eight wheels in the rear and antenna and other instruments liberally sprinkled on the upper fuselage.
The model is a masterpiece of miniature engineering with full interior and exterior details, detailed painting instructions and decals for two configurations.
B-25H Mitchell - Nose Art
The "Viking's Vicious Virgin" B-25H 82nd bomber squadron aircraft flew almost extensively during WWII in Africa and Chine/Burma/India. A tree-level bomber, the B-25H carried 75 mm cannon and forward-mounted machine guns used primarily for strafing enemy ground forces. Two decal variations are available.
The 1:72 Scale model is a reproduction of a classic WWII aircraft that most people associate with the Allied forces. Upper, side and rear gun turrets boast huge gun emplacements and the powerful three blade propellers glide this heavy duty bird of destruction through the skies. Triple mounted machine guns bristle out of its nose that is decorated with eyes and mouth and just under the cockpit on both sides are scantily clad young lady paintings.
Large rear wings stretch almost as long as its front wings. Both are topped with tailfins providing extra stability.
This is my favorite model of this batch as I am a real sucker for WWII aircraft. Be sure to check out the full instrumentation interior and the attention to detail right down to metal plate rivets.
T38A Talon Combo (2 kits)
The USAF supersonic training aircraft USAF 1:72 Scale model is fashioned after the T38A Talon used primarily for flight training. Extremely agile during flight the light weapons T38A have been used for over 50 years. NASA astronauts frequently used it to keep their flying skills current. Two versions are available: a NASA and a training wing variant.
What a sleek beauty! The long lean aircraft tapers from a bulbous cockpit to sleek rear cockpit with a twin jet engines unibody construction. Perched high off the ground on its triple wheels the turned up nose Talon looks as if it is snubbing its nose at the skies.
A long cockpit offers a wraparound view of the skies for the pilot. A huge tail fin allows the aircraft to dart about the skies with nary a waver.
The model can be displayed with wheels up or down and cockpit opened or closed. The large cockpit really showcases the interior details perfectly duplicated by Hasegawa craftsmen.
F-111E Aardvark - Nose Art
“Dirt pigs do the dirty work.” It’s an appropriate designation for the F-111E Aardvark. The 1:72 Scale model of the aircraft recreates its distinctive variable sweep wings. The wings allowed the aircraft to fly quickly and efficiently.
Capable of carrying an enormous bomb load for its size the F-111E Aardvark carries 30,000 lbs of bunker-buster and cluster bombs. The Limited Edition model features “The Chief” decal on its nose along with standard configuration decals.
Similar in body design as the Talon but with a longer fuselage and wing mounted engines the Aardvark is a tri-wheel wonder of the skies.
More bullet than aircraft it appears as true predator of the skies with lots of teeth and claws to get the job done. Pay particular attention to the model's unusual wing configuration. Displayed with wheels up or down the model offers an opened or closed cockpit, a camouflage paint scheme and decals for true authenticity.
F/A-18E Super Hornet - Royal Maces 2013
Categorized as a heavy-hitter for the U.S. Navy the F/A-18E Super Hornet-Royal Maces 2013 aircraft is recreated perfectly in 1:48 Scale. In service since 1999 the multi-function aircraft is both a strike fighter and refueling tanker.
With thousands of airstrikes credited to it during Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom the Super Hornet aircraft served almost exclusively on the U.S.S. George Washington.
Get ready to be stung as the Hornet fires up its powerful twin jet engines, navigates the skies nimbly courtesy of its twin tailfins, aerodynamic body design and swept back wings. It cockpit barely bulges over it upper fuselage.
Bristling with air and ground weapons the Super Hornet looks poised to strike. Sleek but beefy the aircraft lands on two wide spanning rear wheels and heavy duty front tires.
Full air-to-air weapon capability and extra fuel tanks make this one aircraft that offers firepower and long flight capabilities. The model parts feel heavy in their box and for good reason. It's a heavy duty model for a heavy duty aircraft. Paint and decal application appear to be more complicated than most models and take a steady hand to apply.
F-104C Starfighter - Vietnam
The Vietnam War era Starfighter was a frontline fighter aircraft. Light, fast and nimble the F-104C Starfighter deterred Russian interference during the war. Capable of pushing Mach 2 it could fly so fast enemy aircraft could not keep up with it making it the perfect combat fighter.
Truly a star of the 1960s the Starfighter will forever be associated with the Vietnam War.
Dart like in appearance the Starfighter is a single pilot aircraft with a single fuselage engine making the sleek and simply designed aircraft minimal in appearance. But appearances can be deceiving as it was lethal during combat.
Much like the aircraft the model looks simple at first. But after separating the parts from the part trees it becomes clear that there is more to this model than meets the eye.
Two Aircraft, One Ship
IJN Light Cruiser Noshiro "The Battle of the Leyte Gulf"
Are you ready to test your model making skills? Do you have what it takes to assemble, paint and decal a monster of a model? Do you have what it takes?
If you are the you’re sure to love Hasegawa Hobby Kits new IJN Light Cruiser Noshiro "The Battle of the Leyte Gulf" 1?350 Scale model that contains literally hundreds of model parts, elaborate instructions for paint application and decals.
Up the ante with the special IJN Light Cruiser Noshiro Detail UP Parts Super that includes even more parts. Ready for more decals? Be sure to check out the Etchings Part ‘A’ and ‘B’ that will add a special ‘oomph’ to your Cruiser.
The IJN Light Cruiser Noshiro was famous for the part in took in the world’s last great naval battle at Leyte Gulf. As part of a large fleet eh IJN Light Cruiser Noshiro managed to sink a U.S. carrier only to be sunk itself the next day.
The Limited Edition IJN Light Cruiser Noshiro model is packed with details and is a true challenge to the most veteran of model makers.
Examining the model I can testify that I have never seen such attention to detail as I’ve seen on this particular model. Every railing, gun enlacement, tower, hatch, crane, lifeboat on the deck is called perfectly to size. The ship’s deck plating is even visible!
The underside of the Cruiser is just as impressive with its quad-props, sleek underbelly and starboard and port sides feature portholes, anchor housings and other nautical accoutrements and accessories.
Take a few minutes to take in the details and imagine the craftsmanship and engineering and design talent it takes to design such a scaled down model.
This model, along with other Hasegawa models, takes a great deal of technical skill to recreate large vehicles and ships reduced in scale.
Far more than ‘putting pieces together’ is required. Careful measurements taken from blueprints (and sometimes actual craft) are required. Hasegawa Hobby Kits sculptors spend literally hundreds of hours designing and perfecting their craft.
Imagine assembling an entire Cruiser, in detail, at such a small scale. It boggles the mind.
Full instructions come with the ship model that guides model makers through the complicated task of assembling such an impressive model. Careful attention must be given to each step in order to ensure a perfect model.
Make no mistake-this is not an easy model to make. It takes time and patience to put together. But, with the help of Hasegawa’s detailed instructions you’ll soon to be able to proudly display your IJN Light Cruiser Noshiro with pride.
As with all Hasegawa model the IJN Light Cruiser Noshiro boasts precisely scaled parts that easily detach form part trees with little )if any) flashing, decals apply easily and by following the step-by-step painting instruction you’ll soon find yourself the proud owner of a miniature Cruiser as part of your model collection.
As the world’s first tilt-rotor aircraft the MV-22B Osprey is truly a unique aircraft. Capable of vertical take-offs and landings the MV-22B Osprey is a true hybrid of a helicopter and prop aircraft.
Ideal for use on short or almost non-existent airstrip the Osprey is the ideal aircraft for rescue operations, quick exits, emergencies evacuations and so forth.
The Hasegawa 1/72 Scale model captures the unique look of this odd aircraft right down to its distinctive twin vertical tri-blade props.
Customizable as two variations of the aircraft the Osprey model is a marvel of model making. Exterior details include the twin props, upswept back twin tailfins, full view canopy (through which you can see the entire cockpit interior including instrument panels and seats and two pilots in full flight gear), under the wing/prop entry hatches, , landing gear and full exterior instrumentation electronic bundles.
Display your Osprey in the landing position or upon the display stand for in-flight configuration.
Full sets of decals, paint instructions and assembly instructions are included.
The tilt-rotors can be positioned either up or down depending on your configuration choice. Pay particular attention to the fuselage details and the prop designs-impressive!
P-3C (Block IIIA) Orion 'J.M.S.D.F.'
Measuring in at 1/72 Scale the Hasegawa 1/72 P-3C Block IIIA Orion Limited Edition aircraft model has the distinction of 50+ years of service. The four-prop transport/sub detector is a trustworthy and dependable aircraft that so impressed the Japanese that they replaced their entire Lockhead P-2s as part of their Self0Defense Force.
The sleek tubular aircraft can be position with flaps extended, wheels down or in a flying configuration. Details include a full interior and exterior cockpit details, fuselage hatches and instrument bundles, antennae, radar instrumentation and complete cockpit and wing seams and plating.
While not as flamboyant as other aircraft the 1/72 P-3C Block IIIA Orion more than makes up for its rather bland appearance with powerful engines, an impressive flight history and a sturdy construction that has proven the test of time.
Full paint, assembly and decal instructions are included and the model can be detailed two different ways: J.M.S.D.F. Fleet Air Wing 2 2nd SQ. Code: 5100 Hachinohe A.B. and J.M.S.D.F. Fleet Air Wing 4 3rd SQ. Code: 5101 Atsugi A.B.
Revell Inc. has come up with a clever solution to a problem.
It’s no secret that plastic models are getting expensive and that less and less young people are taking up the hobby. Revell’s dilemma: how to keep the price down and bring in new customers?
One of the reasons that youngsters often shy away from making plastic models is that they can be complicated to assemble. Thrown in paint and decals and most youngsters feel intimidated, then frustrated and abandon any hopes of making a model.
Revell came up with a clever solution to draw young people in by making a simple, snap together, pre-painted model series based on popular comic book characters and packaged to look like an action figure.
The series: Revell’s new Hero Maker: bubble packed, action figure sized Ironman and Spider-Man.
Honestly when I first saw the figures I thought they were action figures. It wasn’t until I saw the name Revell that it dawned on me that the figures were actually plastic models disguised as toys. Clever, very clever!
Then I looked at the price and just like action figures they fell right into the same price bracket. They are easily affordable as compared to other ‘toys’.
Of the two figures Ironman has to be my favorite, the gold and red armored figure comes disassembled as upper and lower torsos, legs, arms and head. Removable chest plate, leg plate and back plate allow modelers to see the inner workings of the Ironman armor.
Once snapped together the figure stands with legs spread, left armed raised as if ready to fire a Repulsar Ray and right arm bent at the elbow with fist clenched. It’s a nicely crafted figure with tight fitting parts, clean color application with no run over in an attractive package that showcases the figure in plain view.
The Spider-Man figure features the Webslinger also disassembled into body parts and includes a detachable Spidey symbol and special web base for posing the crouched Spider-Man figure poised to shoot his web.
Like the Ironman figure the Spider-Man figure is expertly sculpted, captures the look and feel of the character and features tight assembled parts and crisp paint application.
So, whether you go in for model kits or action figures, Revell has you covered.
Hasegawa Hobby Kits Horde
Before I get started with these hobby kit reviews let me catch my breath. Why you ask? Because there are bunch of new model releases coming out from Hasegawa Hobby Kits that’s why!
Breath, breath, breath—OK I’m ready-here goes.
For all you 1/12 Scale figure collectors out there Hasegawa has just the thing you need to keep your diminutive figures in shape. Are you ready for this? It’s a School Vaulting Box Kit. Yep, you read right.
Miniature figures can now perform acrobatics with their very own School Vaulting Box that includes a padded Vault Box and Spring Board for launching. Pre-painted and made of snap together pieces you’ll have your collectable figures sweating up a storm in no time!
The Vaulting Box even has a padded top and height numbers running down its sides. It can be disassembled to make three smaller Vaulting Boxes!
It’s time to scale things up a bit (actually a lot) with Hasegawa’s Museum Model Sopwith Camel F.1 W.W.1 British Fighter. What a stunning model!
The 1/16 Scale model recreates the famous Sopwith Camel used by the Royal Naval Air Service during W.W.I. Considered a highly manueverable and fast combat aircraft the Sopwith Camel proved to be a formidable for against the German Albatross. It also was an excellent nighttime air raid attack craft.
The model, when assembled, is stripped of its outer covering revealing the complete strut assembly, with silver-plated cowl parts, a rudder that actually works, flap parts, machine guns, rubber tires and full cockpit details.
Once assembled, full wire supports, propeller, instrument panel, undercarriage and rear wing and rudder look as if they were a part of the actual aircraft shrunk in size.
Like all Hasegawa Hobby Kits the Sopwith Camel features precisely detailed parts, complete assembly, paint and decal instructions and clean part detachments from part trees with little or no flashing.
Take a moment to look over the full color photos of the model on the back of the box and soak in the details and imagine the talent it takes to make and package such an intricate hobby kit.
The 59th and 11th Flight Regiments Nakajima Ki27 Type 97 Fighter (Nate) ‘Normonghan Aces Combo’ recreates the Japanese aircraft used in the battle with Russian at Khalkhin Gol, Mongolia during the late 1930s. It proved to be far superior to the Russian aircraft even though the Japanese lost the battle.
Two variations of the aircraft can be made with the kit with differing paint and decal details.
The sleek aircraft features wraparound wheel assemblies, a fully enclosed cockpit with sliding canopy, full interior details including seat and control panel, a large single blade propeller and details so precise you can even count the rivets on the aircraft’s fuselage.
Get ready to impress everyone when you purchase and assemble Hasegawa’s AH-64D Apache ‘Royal Netherlands Air Force Special Marking’ helicopter.
Copters have always fascinated me, even as a child. I took my first copter flight when I was about ten and I’ve had the good fortune to ride a few times since then. It’s always a thrill.
Considered the most famous helicopter in the world the AH-64D Apache, mainly due to the Royal Netherlands Air Force's Solo Display Team, which has won several flying awards for its incredible aerobatics.
The Limited Edition AH-64D Apache model comes packaged on 13 part trees-all of which are easy to detach parts from, make cross referencing numbers from the instruction sheet a snap and fit precisely together when assembled with minimal fuss.
One look at the assembly instructions and you immediately recognize the complexity of the model right down to its propellers, weaponry, landing gear and interior cockpit details. I am impressed.
A two-man crew is included as are colorful decal sheets to dress out your AH-64D Apache.
Put this baby on display and you’re sure to get a few lookers and compliments.
For some hand-to-hand and grunt and ground warfare be sure to check out Hasegawa’s GroBer Hund Ausf. K “Cyclops” power suit.
It’s massive armor and weapons make the Cyclops a formidable head basher. Highly mobile its lasers, missiles, fully-integrated arm and leg assembly make it possible for its human remote operator to kick some serious behind.
The model is a high-tech wonder in itself with its futuristic deign, realistically engineered structure and attention to detail. Look for paint, decal and assembly instructions along with a history of the part the Kyklop’s played in W.W. IV.
The Fuji T-1A/B ‘Old fashion’ has the distinction of being Japan's first jet. The outcome of W.W. II restricted Japan’s advancement in aircraft and weapons of war. But once the restrictions were loosened the Japanese made up for lost time.
Fast, agile and effective the Old Fashion was nonetheless impressive even though only six were manufactured.
The aircraft’s long sleek canopy, cigar-shaped fuselage, low profile and short wing span made the craft a bullet in the skies.
The model features a three-wheel landing gear in up or down position, full decals for three versions of the aircraft and complete paint and assembly instructions.
The Saab J35 Draken ‘Demonstrator’ was a jet fighter far ahead of its time-the 1950s. Its double-delta wing configuration made it highly maneuverable at any speed easily outpacing any aerial threats.
So impressive was the aircraft that it stayed in operation all throughout the 1960s and 1970s. During that time it was upgraded with the latest technology including an infra red target acquisitions system and Falcon missiles resulting it its ‘F’ designation.
The model is scaled at 1:48 but the details are all there including its unique two-tone underbelly, near to full length jet intakes and massive discharge tubes. Paint it, glue it and decal it and you have a Limited Edition piece of art. Two variations can be detailed.
What has two seats, is faster than most aircraft, highly maneuverable, agile, state-of-the-art and packs a punch? The Eurofighter Typhoon Two Seater, that’s what!
Serving the Luftwaffe for five years the training aircraft is a twin engine, missile launching mass of meteoric mayhem about to happen.
I just love the fuselage details on this model with its various flaps, juts, fins, instrument protrusions and weaponry. Alost baby blue in color the model is an angular aerodynamic aircraft with armament and attitude second to none.
The Ford Mustang has always been a big favorite of car enthusiasts. While managing to retain the 'Mustang feel' the car has changed body style, size and look over the decades since it was first introduced.
Originally a sporty mini-muscle, pony car the Mustang grew up with its original purchasers.
From sports to midsize to luxury sedan the Mustang has grown from a pony to a full stallion.
In 1990 Mustang took on one its most unusual appearances transforming from a mini-pony car to a mid-size sedan the looked very little like its original configuration.
Appearance aside the Mustang became a police department favorite-mostly because of its non-descript appearance and powerful engine and dependability.
Revell Models has just released a new 2' n 1 model that showcases the '90 Mustang LX 5.0 as a two-door, baby blue sedan and a black and white, two-door Highway Patrol cruiser.
Requiring a Level 3 model-making skill level the 1:25 Scale two-car plastic model kit is also a Special Edition guaranteed to make it a much sought after collectible.
As part of Ford's 'Fox' platform Mustang series the LX 5.0 offered mucho horsepower for the dinero, without the high sticker price.
Powered by a V-8 engine, the LX 5.0 is a lot of Mustang muscle without all the frills.
The 2' n 1 model allows modelers to dress the kit out as street sedan with full interior and exterior details, a hood that opens to reveal an impressive engine, a uniform body style, chrome hubcaps, minimal trim and body molded lights.
The State Trooper configuration includes a Police light bar, a modified shock system, full decals and much more. Either way you choose t configure you LX 5.0 is sure to please. Parts detach easily from part trees, glue, decal and assembly instructions make assembling the model easy and best of all once completed the model looks great.
For the novice modeler comes the Snap Tite, Level 1, 1:25 Scale Abrams M1A1 Tank that recreates the powerful military tank in stunning full detail.
Parts simply 'snap' together, no paint is required and modelers have a fully-functional tank on treads with swivel ordnance and military model that rivals any authentic militarily model ever produced.
Ready, aim and fire-with this model, you can't miss.
Nakajima B6NI and Yamaha YZR500
Two more Limited Edition model releases just came out from Hasegawa Hobby Kits and they are as different as night and day.
The Japanese WWII Nakajima B6NI Carrier Attack Bomber Tenzan Type 11 (Jill) "601st Flying Group" aircraft comes scaled at 1:48 requires the skills of a seasoned modeler. The highly-detailed aircraft takes a steady hand to assemble, paint and decal. Instructions guide the model maker through the process with step-by-step assembly guides. Paint colors and schemes give the model its authentic look while the decals add the finishing touch.
Eight part trees hold the easy to detach parts with minimal trimming of flashing. Before you know it you'll have you authentic looking aircraft as a table top display or hanging by threads from the ceiling.
Either way the Nakajima B6NI Carrier Attack Bomber Tenzan Type 11 (Jill) "601st Flying Group" aircraft model will come out looking just like its famous namesake.
Designed in the late 1930s the aircraft held much promise. Its powerful engine and large size (with room for three), also boasted impressive armament, the promise of long flight capabilities, maneuverability and speed.
Unfortunately even after being refitted with a smaller engine the aircraft failed to live up to its potential and while over one thousand aircraft were manufactured they did not play a significant role in the war. Still the overall design of the aircraft is unique and makes for an impressive model.
For a different kind of speed check out the Yamaha YZR500 (0W98) motorcycle from the 1988 Sonauto-Yamaha team.
This low and on the go crotch rocket won ten world championships and was diver by driver by France's Christina Sarron. His 1988 team scored an impressive 149 points and 4th place.
One look at this blue and yellow two-wheel rocket and its easy to understand why it and its driver are so revered. Measuring in at 1:12 Scale the motorcycle is a miniature marvel of detail and craftsmanship. Take a moment to look over its sleek design, tightly integrated parts and how well the pieces fit together with hardly any seams.
Follow the instructions and with a little patience, paint, glue and decals your two-wheel bullet on wheels will be yours.
Mitsubishi A6M2B Zero and F4U-1 Corsair Combo
Hasegawa Hobby Kits has just released two new Limited Edition WWI aircraft kits: one from the Japanese, one from the United States.
Both model kits come in full-color painted cover boxes depicting the aircraft represented. Easy-to-understand and follow paint, decal and assembly instructions come in each kit.
Both feature precise and perfectly detailed parts on part trees that boast little or no flashing and fit together perfectly when assembled.
The Mitsubishi A6M2B Zero got it start as the premiere aircraft aboard the Japanese I.J.N. Carrier Junyo. American aircraft performed poorly against the sleek and fast aircraft but unfortunately when the Junyo suffered repeated damage the Zeros soon had no aircrews to service them.
Three decal sets allow modelers to customize the 1:48 Scale, impressive aircraft model. The single pilot aircraft was small and maneuverable with minimal armor and armament.
On the American's side the F4U-1 Corsair was rejected by the Navy because of its 'less than delicate' landing capabilities.
However the Marines loved the aircraft because of its ruggedness, durability, agility and impressive firepower.
The Limited Edition, 1:72 Scale, Combo kit includes two variations of the Corsair-two kits for the price of one!
Like the Zero the Corsair model kits is packed with details right down to the fuselage plating.