ZZ Top Eliminator
do you get when you combine a Rock and Roll group with a classic car?† Why, the ZZ Top Eliminator of course!
Revell presents the 1/24 Scale, Level 4 (12
years and up) ZZ Top Eliminator (í33 Ford Coupe) plastic model kit.
Top guitarist Billy F. Gibbons commissioned Don Thelanís Buffalo Motors in
1976 to create the street legal Eliminator car to be showcased on ZZ Topís
latest album cover.
model kit faithfully recreates the classic R&R hotrod beginning with a solid
red car chassis.† Accessories are included
on a chrome parts tree and the kit also includes a windshield/light parts
tree, a decal sheet and complete assembly/decal and paint instructions. Four
rubber tires are also included.
completed take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this four-wheel beast.
its chrome trim and grill, low profile, full chrome undercarriage, maxed out
motor with chrome trim, twin seats, full instrumentation, large swept
fenders, seamless trunk and all the other accesory goodies, this is car
really does rock and roll!
fit snuggly together with little or no flashing, paint and decals are easy to
apply using the instructions as a guide and before you know it you have a
classic car front, back, top and bottom.
Tie Fighter, X-Wing Fighter, At-M6 Walker, Scooby-Doo Bi Plane and Ford
are super-excited about next Star Wars movie coming out: The Last Jedi.
Revell Models, in celebration of the
upcoming movie release, has produced four new Star Wars The Last Jedi Build
& Play SnapTite Model Kits.
include the ĎFirst
Order Heavy Assault AT-M6 Walkerí, ĎPoeís
Boosted X-Wing Fighterí, ĎKylo
Renís Tie Fighterí and the ĎMillennium
and every model perfectly captures the exact look of the space vehicles from
Kylo Renís Tie Fighterís sinister wing configuration and weaponry to the
X-Wing Fighterís characteristic black and yellow fuselage and extra large
engines and pilot and the AT-W6 Walker with its massive legs, heavy armor,
impressive fire power and formidable appearance.
X-Wing Fighter features takeoff, blaster and BB-8 Astromech Droid sounds,
acockpit canopy that opens and closes, a battle ready pilot, wings that open
into "Attack" mode and removable, retractable landing gear.
Walker has a light up Cannon Blaster, battle action sounds, a full-motion
positionable head and positionable legs and feet.
Tie Fighter boasts a Kylo Ren figure, a light up engine, battle action sound
and an opening cockpit hatch.
model requires no glue, paint or decals and also feature special lights and
sounds characteristic of the craft they represent.† Kids from eight years old and up can easily
assemble each model with no fuss or muss.
a minute!† Didnít I say that there were
four Star Wars model kits?† Yep!† I saved the best for last:† my all-time favorite Star Wars spaceship:
the Millennium Falcon.
the previous Star Wars model kits the Millennium Falcon comes in a box
decorated with images from the upcoming movie, along with complete back panel
and interior instructions for assembly.
Now this is my kind
of model kit!† No glue, no paint and no
decals.† Everything is detailed,
decorated and ready to snap together.
what a snap it is!† Within a few
minutes I had a perfect 1/164 Scale Millennium Falcon including battle action
sounds (from small machine gun fire and heavy-duty blasters to a roaring
takeoff through hyperspace) lighted Hyper Drive Motivator, retractable
landing gear, movable Laser Cannons and a positional antenna.
Remove the battery
protector slip, push one of the exhaust vents and the Falcon lights up and
makes Hyper Drive and blasting sounds!†
Just like in the movies!
didnít know that Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Machine Gang have a
bi-plane!?† But they do.
The SnapTite ĎScooby-Doo
Bi Planeí model kit is as every bit as colorful as the Mystery
bright blue fuselage and wings, red and tail fin highlights, single prop,
twin-seat and stationary wheels also comes with Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and Velma
figures also in full color matching their trademark attire.
I mention it also features a spinning prop, functioning wheels, twin machine
guns, and easy to apply stickers?†
Scooby even ears a pilotís cap!
a snap model-makers can send Scooby, Shaggy and Velma on an airborne
adventure.† I wonder what type of spooky
flying monster theyíll encounter.
Revellís Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series comes í10
Danica Patrickís Aspen Dental Ford Fusioní, 1/24 Scale, Level 5, Ages
18+ model car kit.
has made quite a name for herself as one of only a few female NASCAR
drivers.† Her driving skills have won
her numerous awards.
Aspen Dental ford Fusion model kits recreates in perfect detail the famous
ĎTooth Fairyí racer with its characteristic blue and light grey chassis, low
profile, NASCAR equipped and modified interior and frame, high performance
engine and all the exterior and interior details you expect from Revell.†
isnít not kidís model kit it takes a real pro to put this high-performance
baby together.† Check out the awesome
engine assembly, intricate interior cage and safety features, transmission,
drivetrain and special wheels and tires.
a miniature monster of a machine that is sure to be a big favorite of model
car kit enthusiasts.
Norton and ARV
time around I will attempt to assemble Italeriís
1/9 Scale ĎNorton 750
Commando PRí motorcycle model kit.
opting out of painting or dealing the model, as my photos indicate, the
Norton motorcycle model kit comes with several color-coded parts, making it
much easier to assemble and identify parts.
The Norton 750 Commando PR
motorcycle helped re-launch and reinvigorate the British motorcycle companyís
flagging sales back in 1967.
With its parallel twin cylinder
750cc engine with two valves per cylinder, higher displacement and the tilted
forward cylinders and Isolastic anti-vibration system it increased the
comfort, maneuverability and ease of use tremendously over previous Norton
Instantly popular in Britain,
and soon after all the over the world, it managed to win the coveted Motor
Cycle News ďMachine of the YearĒ award consecutively for five years.
Coveted by motorcycle
enthusiasts the Commando is given high marks for its shape, fuel tank design,
handlebars and back cover.
Assembly of the model begins with the engine.† Careful attention must be given to the instructions
as it is very easy to mismatch parts.†
Chrome parts give the engine a visual pop.
Small screws of various sizes
come with the model kit.† The
silver/chrome screws add to the visual look of the motorcycle.† They also can be a bit of a problem if your
vision is a bit blurred like mine.
The small screws gave me a bit
of a problem picking up, positioning and screwing in place.† I tried using tweezers and I still had
difficulty positioning the screws.†
Younger eyes and hands are definitely a must.
Hereís a solution.†
Since the screws are not necessary to hold the motor and chassis
together, as they are primarily decoration, glue is the primary binding
I suggest buying a small bottle
of silver or chrome paint.† Using a number
2 bristle brush simply take a small amount of paint on the end of the brush
and where the screws would normally be placed touch the paint on the
location.† Viola!† Instant screws for those visually and
I wonít tell anyone if you
The Commando model is a very precise and accurate scaled down version
of the real motorcycle.† It is
challenging to assemble but ultimately satisfying.
Proceeding on with the model I
am determined to finish it.† But, with
A neighbor of mine is a
proficient model maker.† Heís one of
those guys that makes a novice like myself look like the amateur I am.
Heís assembled some pretty
impressive and complicated models including some of Italeriís semi-truck
models-talk about complicated.
Iíve come across a few
roadblocks that I need to clear up before I proceed.
First, I am no mechanic.† When it comes to things mechanical,
especially cars and motorcycles I am completely blind-sided.
I plan on purchasing or taking
out of the library some reference books on vehicles-specifically about how
they are built.† That should give me a
one-up when it comes to assembling model kits.
Second, it is very obvious that
I need some more precise tools, specifically manipulating tools such as small
screwdrivers, pointed pliers and a good, strong magnifying glass
set-up-preferably one with clips and adjustable height capabilities.
The Commando motorcycle model
is a marvel of miniaturization.† I have
never seen a model that has tubing, screws, moving parts, chassis, wheels and
other accessories that are so precisely modeled and manufactured.
Hopefully, with some assistance
and a little research I will finish the model.† Iím anxious to learn the tricks of the
trade, so to speak.
I cannot emphasis enough how
easy it was to identify parts, cleanly clip them from part tress and follow
The only drawbacks are my own
clumsiness, failing eyesight and lack of proper tools-all of which I plan on
rectifying.† Wish me luck.
The 1/35 Scale ĎM32B1
Armored Recovery Vehicleí model kit is a military model makerís dream
Talk about details--from its gluable tracks to its working crane assembly
with cable the M32B1 delivers on all fronts!
Just look at the details!† Full
tread assembly, pivoting turret, rear equipment storage, and an exterior
bristling with equipment and towing paraphernalia, weapons, twin entry
hatches and much more pile on the authentic details that duplicate the complexity
of the real WWII vehicle.
Built on the hulls of existing armored vehicles the ARV recovered and
repaired damaged military vehicles.
Its reinforced Chassis enabled it to lift and move damaged vehicles-even
Totally equipped to handle most repair situation the M32B1 came with a
huge cache of tools and spare parts.†
It could even replace a tank engine.
So versatile was the vehicle that it stayed in service after during the
Korean conflict and in use in some parts of the world until the 1990s.
decal versions are available.
Legacy, Seaking and Storch
1/24 Scale ĎSubaru Legacy
GT Touring Wagoní Limited Edition Hasegawa Hobby Kitsí model is my first
attempt at assembling a car model.
any luck it will be easier than putting together the tank, motorcycle and
aircraft models I tried to put together in my earlier attempts.
more I get into model-making the more I realize that it is a true art.† It takes a lot of determination, patience
and attention to detail to make a model kit.
Sure, you can glue
together some parts, slap on some paint and haphazardly apply decals but it
take a real pro to make a model look like the real aircraft, military vehicle
or car it is fashioned after.
off to model makers! You have my undying respect.
Subaru GT Touring Wagon is a jack of all trades: transportation, transport
and dads love it for hauling the kids around to soccer, dance class, Little
League and a dozen other kid-centric activities.
to last, fuel efficient and a great looking ride the Subaru Legacy Wagon is
an all-around great vehicle for families, couples and travelers.
I decided on the
onset not to paint the model in order to show how pieces are in different
colors which make it easier to find them and assemble the model.
I didnít paint the model I also opted out of applying the metal-etched
decals.† You can see the small decal
sheet lying next to finished model.
was pleasantly surprised on how easy it was to assemble the undercarriage.
exhaust and wheels assemblies fit together nicely with no slip-ups or mismatched
pieces.† Even though some of the parts
were small Iím getting pretty adept at using tweezers and not over-applying
had no problem with glue application and the small holes, slots and cradle
pieces made it easy to fit the parts together using them as a guide.
body was easier to put together than the chassis.† The windshield and other clear plastic
pieces required a minimum of glue as each piece fit perfectly into their
The windshield wipers
were a bit of a challenge since they were delicate as were the roof cargo and
baggage carrier.† But, like all the
other pieces they went together with little muss and fuss.
my younger years I put together quite a few automobile model kits and they
tended to frustrate me because many overdid the details and small parts.†
Subaru Wagon model kit had just enough parts to make it challenging without
was a fun model to assemble.† Parts fit
perfectly together, the instructions were precise and the decal and color
guides made painting and decal application easy.
is a good model for the beginner and mid-range model-maker to assemble.
making pros will have little problem assembling the kit in one sitting once
the parts are painted.††††
1/48 ĎSea King HAR.
Mk.3 "Falklands"í Limited Edition model kit faithfully
recreates the British helicopter used in Falklands for transporting troops
essential was the helicopter that it was even used as a decoy for missiles
and used in anti-submarine maneuvers.
years after the war the helicopter distinguished itself with search and
model set consists of eight part trees, photo-etched parts, decals and an
with all Hasegawa Hobby Kits the model has easy to detach parts with little
flashing, perfectly scaled pieces and full easy-to-follow instructions for
assemble, painting and decals.
interior details included complete two-pilot cockpit details, cargo hold and
body details feature windows, landing gear, rotary blades, weapons and
particular attention to the rotaries and landing gear.† The attention to detail is amazing.
1/32 Scale ĎFieseler Fi
156C Storch "Schlachtgeschwader 1"í Limited Edition WWII
light aircraft model kit looks as agile and maneuverable as its namesake.
an observation, artillery-spotting and transport its main claim to fame is
that it transported Mussolini.
model kit comes with three sets of decals and features a strut reinforced
single, upper-body wing, oversize landing gear and propeller.
twin passenger aircraft model kit can challenge the best model maker when it
comes to assembling its various struts and delicate parts.† Especially challenging is placing the large
cockpit windows in place without getting glue on their clear surfaces.
model kits boasts precision and sized parts that detach easily form part
trees with little or no flashing.†
Instruction guide model makers through assembly, paint and decal
application and come with historical text.†
ready for some down and dirty, car-jumping, hill-climbing, dirt-flinging,
motorized mayhem with Revell Modelsí new
ĎMonster Jam MAX-D Maximum
Destructioní Snaptite Build & Play Model Kit!
a huge tires, heavy-duty chassis, near-indestructible frame and multi-coil,
strut and shock absorber, motorized mayhem
for 8 years old and up, it snaps together with no glue or paint and scaled
for easy handling, the Monster Jam MAX-D Maximum Destruction truck is the
perfect miniaturized, mechanized monster.
this monster out!† Four HUGE tires,
multiple shock absorbers and struts, body spikes, enormous wheels and tires,
killer decals and a shocking paint scheme that includes two 3D fire eye and
mouth metallic heads decorating each side.
it together, add the cool decals and listen as the MAX-D sounds off with real
Monster Jam truck sounds!
could be better?† Itís easy to assemble
and decal and whooshÖ
you know it you have a realistic-sounding Monster Jam truck ready to take on
Kettenkrad, Hydrostat, Jagopanzer IV,
Apache, Intruder and Space Cab
deep breath!† Iím about to embark on the
most difficult plastic model kit Iíve ever assembled.† Italeriís
1:9 Scale ĎKettenkrad Sd KFZ 2í troop or
supply transport model.
say Iím intimidated is an understatement.†
But, if I expect to improve my model making skills itís a challenge I
looking at its nine, massive part trees and ultra-detailed assembly, painting
and decal instructions is enough to set my nerves on edge.† Itís a good thing I have the ultimate
confidence in Italeriís easy-to-understand instructions and the assurance
that all the parts will fit together perfectly with little or no flashing or
this point Iím not sure if Iíll opt out of painting the model to
specifications but I will try to apply the decals.† If I do decide to paint it I need to
purchase some Italeriís spray paint in the appropriate color.
me luck.† All I need is good vision, a
steady hand and patience.† Hey, two out
of three isnít bad!† Iíll leave to you
to decide which two.
I get started here is a little historical information about the Kettenkrad.
Germans designed the Kettenkrad as a small, armored vehicle that could carry
two passengers or transport weapons and supplies.
first glance the vehicle appears to have the front end of a motorcycle with
handlebars and single wheel.
where the similarities end.
rear end of the vehicle looks like a scaled down tank with six wheels and
tank treads.† Remarkably, despite its
cumbersome appearance, it could top out at around 70 mph courtesy of its OHV
inline-four Opel water-cooling engine.
could also tow small cannon and artillery, as well as additional supplies.
to transport in all sorts of the terrain the Kettenkrad was used on all
fronts.† Later it was used in the
Germanís jet fighter and bomber programs.
off with the tread base pieces I had a little trouble with the springs-mainly
getting them correctly in place.† It
took a little finagling but once I got the hand of it the pieces went
A helpful hint:† When assembling a model kit.† Especially one this size, itís best to have
a marker or highlighter on hand.†
the part trees in this particular model are given a letter designation, the
parts are listed by number on the instruction sheet-not the parts themselves.
do you keep track?† Easy, whenever you
use a part simple cross it through on the instruction sheet.† That way you can keep a track of parts and
know which you used.
think Iíve bitten off more than I can chew.
nothing wrong with the model kit.† Itís
my own ineptitude and clumsy fingers.
chassis of the Kettenkrad went together easily enough but when it came time to
put the wheels on, thatís where I had problems.†
wheels themselves fit together perfectly.†
My only problem was is that I had a difficult time placing them
side-by-side in overlapping order as my less than adept fingers betrayed me.
sure with a little more practice and manipulation the parts will fit together
fine.† As I said before the model kit
itself is not at fault-the pieces are perfectly scaled and trim with very little
decided to skip forward a little bit and tackle the engine, driver
compartment and other components leaving the wheels and treads to the last-or
at least until it is necessary to put them together to complete the model.
over the instructions and part trees I am amazed at the complexity and
attention to detail given the engine, steering mechanism and tracks.† There are a lot of parts, necessary to give
the detail required.
hoping I make it through.† I have a
whole new respect for model makers and model kit manufacturers and
designers.† Itís not as simple as
applying a little glue, some paint and decals.† There is so much more involved.
is a true art.† Not to discourage
anyone.† In fact I want to recommend taking
up model-making.† It promotes patience,
perseverance, creative thinking, problem solving and a keen eye for detail.
model kits are some the best designed and manufactured kits around with
excellent instructions, precision engineered parts and attention to detail.
has been a very humbling experience.†
Even though I am an artist and designer Iíve discovered that it does
not necessarily make me a model-maker and proficient at 3D model making
will continue working on the model kit on my own but for the sake of time I
will leave you with photos of what the model should look like when it is
A couple more
Use food skewer sticks commonly used in preparing Japanese or Chinese
food.† The small point tips can be used
to hold pieces for painting by inserting the tips in to part holes.†
up pieces on the end of the sticks with poster stick-em which is tacky enough
to pick up or hold pieces, but detaches easily once glue is applied and the
parts are put in place.
†I can only say that those who take up model
making take up a long established and revered hobby-one that I have a whole
new level of respect and admiration for.
the KettenKrad, Italeri generously provided five additional models that Iíd
like to talk about.† They include two
armored vehicles, two aircraft and a semi-truck.
Soviet/Russian ĎKV-1/KV-2 Tankí
began development in 1938, with a KV-1 prototype produced in 1939.† During 1940-1942 the tank saw mass
production and in 1940 a heavy duty version (the KV-2) ended production in
1941 with a total of 334 units.
in size, the KV series of tanks distinguished itself with its
maneuverability, speed and impressive fire-power.† Considered the workhorse of the Soviet
military it was eventually replaced by larger tanks.†
ĎWorld Of Tanksí Roll-Out KV-1í model kit, scaled at 1:56, also includes
in-game tips for the ĎWorld Of Tanksí online game.† Additional codes can be obtained as well as
special edition tank modifications.
a Tank Guide, decals and much more are included with the KV-2 model kit.
as impressive is the ĎWorld Of Tanks
Roll Out Jagdpanzer IVí model kit that recreates in perfect 1:35 Scale
the massive German tank destroyer of WWII.
with the kit are liquid cement, a tank guide, decals and invite and bonus
basic construction of the medium tank destroyer was used as the framework for
tank destroyers to follow.†
its armament and maneuverability are impressive its firepower was limited to
fairly close range as the penetration power of its artillery at long
distances was minimal.
lacking in destruction at a distance the tank destroyer was capable of firing
at a rapid rate while its quick mobility and low profile made it a difficult
target to hit.
model kit comes with full assembly, decal and paint application
instructions.† The paint instructions
also come in color making it easy for modelers to get the correct color
combination and pattern.
come on three part trees, detach easily with little or no flashing, and fit
snuggly with no gaps.
some high-flying, model making fun check out Italeriís fully upgraded molds ĎAH-64D Longbow Apacheí attack
helicopter.† ĎImpressive, most
come with the model kit for five different versions, along with a color
ĎApache AH-64D Longbowí is the ultimate helicopter.† Good for frontline, anti-tank and
helicopter, assault and support missions, regardless of weather conditions,
the Apache delivers.
ĎLongbowí version sports sophisticated radar and targeting systems, missiles,
a chain gun, rockets and more.
a look at its dragonfly configuration suited for two pilots, oversize
propellers, large rear tail fin, twin stabilizing propellers, undercarriage
firepower, back landing gear, radar packet, heavy armor, side-mounted weapon
pylons and chassis bristling with sophisticated hardware and electronics.
as impressive are the interior cockpit instrumentation, rear compartment and
1:48 Scale the model kit comes on three part trees with instruction sheet,
decals and some interesting Apache Longbow information and stats.
ĎA-6E Tram Intruderí Gulf War
fighter jet saw action in the mid-1960s as a carrier based aircraft.
twin-engine, medium size jet was as well-suited for all weather conditions
due to its robust construction and two-seat, side-by-side configuration.
its state-of-the-art guidance, avionics and attack systems, its laser target
capabilities made it a formidable foe despite weather conditions.
designed to carry missiles and bombs of various configurations the TRAM saw a
long and illustrious career in military campaigns.
1:72 Scale model kit consists of three part trees, instructions and decals
(for two versions).
and lean, like an arrow with wings, the TRAM personifies speed and
maneuverability. Its intimidating weapon array, oversize detecting
electronics and sophisticated interior controls and cockpit configuration
give the TRAM a predator profile best avoided by enemy aircraft.
any trucker and theyíll tell you that comfort, reliability and durability are
the three main ingredients they look for in a semi-truck.
ĎDAF 3600 Space Cabí delivers on
Dutch truck featured an aerodynamic design, incredible comfort, fuel economy
and an 11.6 liter engine capable of providing 373 HP.
model kit showcases the Space Cabís impressive exterior with oversize grill,
heavy chrome bumpers, extended side mirrors, front and roof light arrays,
roof horns, large cab, full-view front and side windows, over the front wheel
cab configuration, heavy chassis with side-mount gas tanks, easy to attach
trailer slide disk, heavy and durable wheels and tires and equally impressive
interior with plush seats, fully instrumentation, sleeping silo and plenty of
in 1:24 Scale the model kit includes an instruction sheet, decals, seven part
trees in different color designations and eleven rubber tires.
to a friend who made a similar semi-truck model kit from Italeri I can
testify that this model kit requires skill and patience to assemble.† Like the truck it is fashioned after the
Space Cab model kit has a large number of parts and complicated, working
However, once completed the Space Cab is
sure to be the prize model of any model makerís collection
Sabre, Corolla and Yugumo
I totally embarrass myself by my less than veteran model making capabilities
Iíd like to talk a little bit about the model I will be tackling this time
Hasegawa Model Kits Limited Edition
Egg Plane F-86 Sabre "Taiwan Air Force" model kit is based on a
Manga/Animie design popular with the younger generation.†††††††††††††††††††
swept-wing "Sabrejet" was well known for its fighting prowess
against Chinese forces in the Korean War.
the war ended the Taiwan Air Force pressed the Sabre into service when it received
over 320 of the aircraft, including some AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.
Taiwanese were well prepared when the Second Taiwan Crisis occurred in 1958
as the Sabreís and their missiles provided a deterrent against the Chinese
MiG-15s and MiG-17s.
the model Ďcompressesí the look of the Sabreís impressive design the original
aircraft profile can be spotted despite its squat appearance.
kit comes with three part trees and easily removable parts, with little
flashing along, with an instruction sheet and decal sheet.
the model kit box I noticed only a few parts were necessary to assemble the
model.† While the parts were few they
featured lots of detail.
removed the parts with a special snipping tool, cleaned off what little
flashing remained and after about an hour I had the entire model assembled.
was easy to put together following the detailed instructions.
the past several models Iíve assembled Iíve discovered that applying glue
should be done sparsely as it is easy to use too much, requiring the model to
wiped off and leaving slight rough areas on the pieces if not done quickly.
opted out of painting the model silver (mainly because I didnít have any
silver paint).† That and a few other
items I need to purchase for future model making.
painted the interiors of both the front jet intake and rear vent and three
this particular model it was easier to paint the details once the model was
assembled.† Iím sure on other larger
models pieces may need to be painted before assembly.
to the decals.† I filled a small bowl
with water and submerged each decal in the water as needed.† Itís best to clip each decal from the decal
sheet and submerge one at a time as needed.
was a little awkward applying some of the decals (especially the smaller
ones).† I did manage to tear a couple,
but was able to piece them together so as not to notice.
is where tweezers come in handy, some cotton swabs and a small paintbrush
allowed to position, dry and maneuver the decals.
discovered by watching a YouTube tutorial that here are two liquids necessary
for good decal placement.
liquid put on the spot where a decal is to placed allows model makers to move
the decal about more freely in a larger segment of time.
other liquid applied to the surface of the placed decals partly softens the
decals and allows the decal to conform better to the surface of the model
picking up small surface features such as rivets, seams, etc.
Iím pleased with the final model.† It
certainly came together better than my last attempt.† There were a few mistakes but Iím learning
as I go.
I purchase the additional items I need my next model will be more
complicated.† Wish me luck.
1/24 Scale Toyota Corolla WRC 1998 Monte Carlo Rally Winner Limited Edition
model kit recreates in perfect detail the champion design of driver Carlos
Sainzís winning vehicle.
he won first prize in the initial heat he failed to win top honors instead
placing in the top level finishes.† He
later would go on to win other awards.
Toyota Corolla WRC is a bundle of power with its short streamline design, low
profile and impressive horsepower for such a small vehicle.
hobby kit consists of eight part trees and a chassis.
detach easily from part trees requiring very little trimming and fit snuggly
together with no gaps or mismatches.
are precise, accurate and easy to assemble using the assembly instructions as
and a plethora of decals apply smoothly with a little extra care necessary
for the decals.
tires and full interior and exterior details make this a fine addition to any
auto loverís collection.
it not been for the fact that much of the U.S. Navyís fleet were out in the
open sea when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the world may have been a
very different place, especially in the United States.
a small country Japan boasted an impressive Navy, Army and Air Force.
of its most impressive assets was the Japanese Navy Destroyer Yugumo.
in 1/700 Scale the Yugumo limited edition model kit from Hasegawa Hobby Kits
is impressive, even in such a small scale.
part trees and the shipís body make up the small kit, but the details are
guns, conning towers, railings, smoke stacks and other deck and body details
are many-all done in perfect scaled down detail.
makers need to have a delicate touch when assembling the model taking special
care to not damage the small parts.
original Yugomo made many transport runs in its naval career.† First to land troops and retrieve
retreating forces the ship fought in many war campaigns until she saw a
thunderous end via gunfire and torpedo strikes.
being an enemy ship the Yugumo deserves the respect for its ĎValor beyond
Komet, Churchill, Claire Frost and Nutcracker
am excited about assembling Hasegawa
Hobby Kitsí 1/32 Scale
Messerschmitt Me163B Komet "EJG2" Limited Edition German
revolutionary rocket-powered fighter!
the model kit is not especially hard to assemble I see a bit of a challenge
when it comes to painting its camouflage colors.
and designed in the early 1940s the Komet has the distinction of being the
only Ďoperationalí rocket-powered aircraft successfully completed by the
out at an amazing 698 mph the aircraft was limited by its short flight
time.† Try to imagine what the outcome
of the war would have been if all 370 Komets were put into play with longer
flight times and fully armed.
Allied aircraft would have been decimated.†
Considering the time era the aircraft was made it was a remarkably
bulky and short, the Komet was single pilot aircraft and if it had been
outfitted with armament and bombs it would have been unstoppable.† Two decals options are available:
14./EJG2 White 54 Germany 1945
Luftwaffe 14./EJG2 White 42 Germany 1945
the detailed instructions I began assembling the engine assembly.
†I had a little bit of a problem with small
pieces until I started using tweezers.
application had to be sparse as the pieces were so small.† Still, I managed to get every part in the
right place and moved onto the cockpit assembly.
tool that I found especially handy was the ĎHigh Precision Diagonal Cutterí
from Hobbico.† Using it I was able to cleanly snip out
pieces from the part trees and trim unnecessary flashing.† An X-Acto knife also came in handy.
also need to note that small files or sandpaper pieces came in handy when for
cleaning up the pieces.
proceeded to assemble the skid assembly and moved on to the fuselage and
cockpit-all which went together with very little adjustment.† Still, I had to be careful to match up the
pieces so they fit together snuggly.
went ahead and taped out the wings for painting and attached them to the
fuselage and installed the engine.
the complete fuselage and attaching the wheels along with finishing the
cockpit went smoothly although I had a little bit of difficulty fitting the
front and rear fuselage together which were a tight fit.† But, once I lined them up properly they
went into lace snuggly.
the cockpit clear windows took a bit of doing as to not get any glue on the
pieces.† A pair of tweezers came in
I assembled the entire aircraft I noticed a few pieces that I missed-mostly
from the engine compartment-nothing large-but very small.† I need to pay closer attention to the
instructions next time.† Itís easy to
overlook something if you donít pay close attention.
pieces did not affect the look of the Komet so I left the model as is.
decided not to paint the interior of the Komet specifically because the area
is so small it would be difficult to notice.†
my painting skills were not up to par and I felt I may make a mess.†
aircraft body was another matter.
the body painting and decaling showed me that I have a lot to work on when it
comes to both.
used Italeriís paints and application
was smooth and coverage only took one coat.
followed the paint schematics as best as possible but my coverage looked
amateurish at best.† I need to study
how to match colors, brush techniques and masking.
used paint masking tape but there was still some bleed-thru.† Camouflage paint application needed more
feathering and tonal variation.
separated from their decal sheets easily enough with a little water.† But, as with the small model pieces, I had
a little difficulty placing them.† Talk
the model went together easily and if my expertise in model making was better
the model would have turned out better.†
I consider this a learning lesson and I already know some things I
will do differently my next model kit.
1/72 Scale Churchill Mk.I/II & Daimler Mk.II "Dieppe Raid" (2
kits) Limited Edition two-for-one model kit is a great deal for your
the disaster of the Battle of Dieppe Raid the model kits recreates the two
key Canadian tanks left as wreckage on the beaches after the horrible defeat
for the Canadian/Allied forces
the Churchill and Daimler tanks were medium armored vehicles not suited for a
vehicle is modeled with full details from turrets, armored bodies, equipment
bays, treads and tires and hatches.
decals are included as is a very comprehensive instruction manual which
includes historical text.
a different type of tank/armored vehicle check out the 1/35 Scale P.K.H.
Nutcracker Maschinen Krieger Limited Edition.
hover tank is all armor and armament as recreated from the original concept
by artist Kow Yokoyama as part of his sci-fi series Maschinen Krieger in the
a beauty of a war weapon with heavy armor, impressive weapons and
communication array, exterior details- including rails and a choice of four
camouflage paint schemes.
decal option is the Strahl Defense Force, Kampgruppe BALCK, s.Pz.Abt.503.
you love sci-fi, futuristic weapons and one cool looking futuristic mechanism
then the Nutcracker is for you.
1/24 Scale Wild Egg Girls Pkw.K1 KŁbelwagen Type 82 "Claire Frost" w/Figure
Limited Edition all-terrain German vehicle is made with an Anime/Manga twist.
Egg Plane Girls love their The KŁbelwagen even though it hailed from WWII.
throughout the war on many fronts the KŁbelwagen had its share of advances
reliable and versatile it was a mainstay of the German army with a production
number over 50,000.
got to love its open cabin with fold-back canvas roof, easily accessible
engine and storage trunk and its heavy chassis, large wheel wells, practical
design and overall cool look.
kit features two sets of decals and Claire Frost figure.
of the model kits feature finely crafted parts that detach easily from part
trees and any extra flashing is easy to trim.
and mechanical details are spot on and by using the easy to understand
instructions sheets each will go together easily.† Unless of course you miss a couple pieces
like did on the Komet.
and decal descriptions are accurate and easy to duplicate.
Hobby Kits are some of the most detailed and well-crafted model kits on the
market and I highly recommend them.
time Iíll up the ante and attempt to assemble an even more difficult
that Iím learning several tricks of the trade, model assembly is becoming
easy and less time-consuming.
The Mystery Wagon
Finally!† A model I can put together without totally
screwing it up!
Revell must have heard my pleas and whines of
anguish and sent me two model kits that even I can do.
as six years and up skill level the pre-painted, no-glue, snap together Scooby-Doo
Mystery Wagon is one sweet model.
fact if it were food Scooby-Doo and Shaggy would probably eat it.
This exact replica is a perfect match for the famous Mystery Wagon as seen on
so many Scooby-Doo adventure animated cartoons.
can even follow the simple instructions to put it together!
few snaps, a little decal/sticker application and before you know it you have
a full-fledged Mystery Wagon complete with Scooby-Doo, Freddy and Velma
a beauty of a combination and I plan on displaying it with pride in my Man
Cave.† Finally, one model that I can
call my own, with not goof-ups!†
impressive is the Junior Kit Lightning McQueen car as seen in the Pixar Cars
Trilogy computer animated features.
with 21 body parts,† Lightning goes
together using 24 nuts and screws (a screwdriver is included!).
and easy to assemble Lightning is sure to dazzle Cars fans especially after
you apply the custom decal/stickers, including the mix and match facial
even lights up and makes sounds.† Kids
five and up can assemble, disassemble and reassemble Lightning as many times
as they want.
ready for some high speed modeling fun as only Revell can provide it!
MK. I Late Versions and F-5E Tiger
describes the WWII Staghound MK. 1 Armored Car:
ďThe Staghound armored car was conceived in the US
at the start of WW2, based on a British specification which required a
wheeled reconnaissance vehicle with a high level of protection, therefore
armor plated, well-armed, and highly mobile.
The Chevrolet design proposed a large armored car
which, following an extended program of assessment and testing, went into
production in late 1942, too late to be sent to British forces engaged in
North Africa.† Allied forces were to
receive the Staghound in the Spring of 1943 and they were used in the Italian
campaign by British and Polish armies†
In spite of the impressive performance of this
vehicle it was not adopted by the US army and so the 3,000 units produced
were used solely by British and Commonwealth forces. Post war the Staghound
was widely issued to the new European armies where some examples were in use
into the 1970s.Ē
took it upon myself to assemble (or at least attempt to) Italeriís Staghund
MK. I Late Version WWII armored car.
the assembling of the model kit, I now have a whole new respect for model
makers.† It is far more than just
assembling pieces with glue.† It
involves meticulous preparation of pieces with trimming and careful (oh so
careful!) assembly using tweezers and other precision tools.
I did have a few crucial tools for putting the model together, because of the
precision work there were several other tools (available on Italeriís
website) that I needed to purchase.
and especially detaching parts from the part trees and picking up small
pieces require some pretty intense careful manipulation.
is no walk in the park.† A little too
much adhesive and you have yourself a mess and not to mention a smudged or
uneven surfaces when parts fit together.
never realized how complicated a piece of equipment it is (if the number of
parts in the model kit are any indication).
carefully set all the part trees out, set the glue aside, found my tweezers
and X-Acto Knife, small snipping scissors, magnifying lens and small LED
the first page of highly detailed and comprehensive assembly instructions I
began assembling the chassis.
was pretty easy until I got to the axle assemblies and the many small parts that
have large hands and manipulating small model pieces is not easy.†
the parts were easy to identify on the part trees and with a little snip and
tug most of the parts came off the trees easily.
being the clumsy klutz that I am I managed to mangle a few pieces and get a
little messy with the glue.
was not the model kits fault-all of the pieces are accurate to size and, and
if careful, fit snuggly together with no gaps or mismatches.
and tires were a breeze to assemble since they are large parts.† The small stuff-thatís another matter.
is where true talent comes in.† Veteran
model makers make it look so easy.† And
it is if you have the right tools and know all the tricks.
and decals will have to come later.
included a series of photos showing my progress on the model.† It is not completed yet as I need to get some
more tools, the proper paint (also available on italeriís website) and do
some research so I can hone up on my model-making skills.
Iíve enjoyed myself despite the fact that Iím all thumbs.
detail to attention both mechanically and historically on the model is
spot-on and I highly recommend you give Italeriís model a try.
F-5E Tiger ll Patrouille Suissse multi-role fighter jet premiered in the
1970s as a low cost and easy to maintain aircraft used by NATO countries. Its
predecessor, the Northrop F-5 was developed in the 1960s.
F-5E Tiger ll sported more powerful turbo-jet engines and a lengthened and
larger fuselage provided greater thrust and maneuverability.
of longer flights, equipped with the latest avionic system, heavier armor,
two 20 mm. guns in its nose and able to carry air-to-air missiles the F-5E
Tiger II made for a formidable foe.
(almost arrow-like) the aircraft features a long, pointed fuselage, small,
swept-back main swings with rear wings half the size of the main wings and a
large tailfin, the aircraft practically splits the air.
model kit captures the F-5E Tiger II in perfect 1/72 Scale and includes full
paint, decal and assembly instructions so you can proudly display this 50th
Anniversary fighter jet with pride.
Iíve never claimed to be the best model maker.† In fact, up until recently I made very few
models-mainly because of lack of time.
that Iíve retired I thought Iíd try my hand at putting together some
models.† I admit Iím a little rusty.
Recently Italeri sent me two model
kits to review.
I decided to take the plunge and start out slow by assembling the M18
Hellcat at 1/56 Scale and part of the Warlord Games series.
Upon opening the box the first thing I looked at were the
instructions.† They were concise, to
the point and easy-to-follow.†
a small set of snippet scissors, X-actor knife and tweezers I detached the
pieces that I needed and was careful to select the correct numbers as
indicative on the part trees.
Wheels and treads went together without a hitch and with a little
finagling (small parts, big hands) I began assembling the turret and
The rest of the model assembled fairly easily since it consisted mainly of
add-ons and surface details.
you can see by the photographs the partially assembled tank matched the
instruction sheet illustrations.† Easy
One thing I failed to do was select the proper paints for the model as the
standard off the shelf acrylic model paints do not match precisely the
Italeri model colors.
Still I proceeded without paints and I slowly gained confidence as I
detached the parts, trimmed the excess flashing and carefully assembled the
parts with tweezers.
Iíve not completed the model as of yet, I have a few more pieces to put
together and the decals to apply but so far-so good.
Overall the model-making process has been pleasant and surprisingly a lot
Over the last couple of months Iíve met some fellow model makers.† I am so jealous of their talent-especially
when it comes to detailing and making dioramas.
I hope to persuade a few of them to assemble a few of the models I will
provide them to get their perspectives.
As the saying goes, ďYouíre never too young to learn.Ē† I hope to learn from the expertise.
I mentioned that I started out small with the Hellcat.
Italeri was kind enough to send another Ďlargerí model and itís a doozy!
The 1/72 Scale BattleSet Battle Of Arras Rommelís Offensive 1940 is a
massive model kit that is sure to challenge and delight the veteran
This beauty of a model kit includes a French House/Shop, 50 German
Infantry figures, a Sd. Kfz. 250/3 Tank with crew, a 8.8 cm FLAK 37 AA Gun
with crew, a Matilda Mk II Tank with crew and 42 British Infantry
figures.† WOW!† It boggles the mind!
Sounds complicated.† But, if you
decide to purchase the model kit be not despaired.†
The concise assembly, paint and decal instructions guide you through the
process and before you know it you will have an incredible WWII diorama that
is sure to impress the most die-hard model maker.
Check out the photo of the diorama on the boxís cover and you can imagine
the possibilities!† One day Iíll tackle
such a model.† One dayÖ..
Tatsuta and Thunderbolt
In past model kit reviews I generally wrote about model kits from a
strictly product information point of view.†
Thatís important but actually Ďbuildingí a model is far more
like to talk about how Iíve gone about building Hasegawa Hobby Kitsí 1/72 Scale A-10C
Thunderbolt II "104th Fighter Squadron" Limited Edition model kit.
While it would be easy to show the product box or a completed model all nice
and painted and detailed I prefer to talk about how I went about assembling
After opening the box I spread out the part trees and larger pieces on a
floor mat.† I prefer a floor mat
because it is heavy enough to held model pieces and sturdy enough so that I
can move the entire model assembly if necessary.
Trust me, there is nothing worse than having a model spread out on a floor
or table and your spouse insisting that you move it for more necessary things
like vacuuming and sitting down for a meal.
Once Iíve familiarized myself with the instruction sheet I checked to make
sure all the pieces for the model were present.† I neednít worried about it since Hasegawa
Hobby Kitsí quality control insures its model kits are packaged complete.
Once I made sure all pieces were present I followed the detailed
instructions and began assembling my aircraft (in this case) model kit as
A special note: Some model makers prefer to paint pieces prior to
assembly, others after a model is completed.†
I prefer a little of both, depending on the model kit.
Using an X-acto Knife or small scissors I trimmed off any excess flashing
from the model pieces, carefully making sure I didnít damage any parts.
Smaller pieces usually require tweezers and snips from small trimming
scissors or a special trimming tool.
Gluing the parts together can be tedious.†
Be sure to use minimal glue and let it spread on model piece
edges.† You donít want any glue oozing
over the edges and damaging the pieces.†
Should you experience any oozing wipe it away quickly with a
non-porous material.† Tissue and cloth
tend to absorb the glue and can spread it over surfaces.
When gluing large pieces together I often use tape or small rubber bands
to hold pieces together until they dry.†
Be especially careful when assembling clear pieces such as
windshields.† If glue gets on those
pieces it is nearly impossible to clean off.
When building a model of any scale or skill level be sure to take your
time, donít rush things.
Once assembled and completely dry meticulously begin painting on one color
at a time.† Use soft easy strokes and
cover whatever surface requires paint evenly and smoothly.† Again be careful of using too much paint
creating sloppy edges and runs.
Once painted decal applications requires a steady hand and tweezers.† Prepare the decals, detach one decal at a
time from the decal sheet(s) and gingerly apply it to the modelís surface.
Allow it to dry and proceed to the next decal.
If you follow the assembly instructions, proceed slowly and meticulously
your model will turn out perfectly.
I discovered assembling the A-10C Thunderbolt II "104th Fighter
Squadron" Limited Edition model kit to be a lot of fun and I felt a deep
sense of accomplishment as I assembled it.†
I still have a few more things to do on the model but so far
everything is going as planned.
The A-10C Thunderbolt II "104th Fighter Squadron" aircraft is
known for its many firsts.† First to be
added to the Maryland Air National Guardsí 175th Fighter Wing.† First to be converted and updated 40 years
later and the first to fly into combat.
After looking over this impressive aircraft with its huge twin engines,
impressive fire power and twin tail wings itís easy to see that its speed,
maneuverability and sheer presence make it a classic.
a model best suited to the seven seas be sure to pick up one of Hasegawa
Hobby Kits 1/700 Scale Japanese Navy Cruiser Tatsuta "Super
Details" Limited Edition model kit.
Known as the Iron lance of the Imperial Japanese Navy the Tatsuta saw
plenty of action during WWII but was eventually was sunk by US forces.† Fast, long and thin the Tatsuta was part of
the Tenryu class of Japanese destroyers/cruisers.† Unfortunately speed and maneuverability
were achieved by lightning its armament.
If you are into minute details and have the patience to assemble the
Tatsuta youíll discover details galore from its deck guns to its railing,
masts and tower.† The kit features two
sets of decals and full photo-etched parts set.
Macchi, R89C, Kawasaki,
Type 99 and Osprey
How do you deal with outdated engines and light
armament?† Thatís the dilemma that
Italian pilots faced during WWII.†
The solution? Install a copy of a V-12
aero-engine by the Germans.†
Viola!† With the more reliable
engine, the extra speed made up for the inadequate armor and made every
Check out the 1/48 Scale "Shidenkai No
Maki" Macchi C.202 Folgore Limited Edition model kit from Hasegawa Hobby Kits.† The Da Vinci tiger strip Macchi C.202
Folgore is all business with its single pilot cockpit, sleek design and small
Throw in a little Anime/Manga decoration
and influence and you have a model kit that model makers will love, as will
Japanese Anime/Manga fans.
Make the most of your Macchi.
The 1/24 Scale YHP Nissan R89C Limited
Edition racing car model kit recreates the impressive prototype to the max!
Made from carbon fiber and sporting a
twin-turbo V* engine the Nissan R89C had its problems, but Hasegawa Hobby
Kits believes in second chances-so the car has a new life as a model kit.
You canít help but be impressed with its body
style and shape, twin rear fins, oversize wheels and tires and full interior
and exterior details.†
Five part trees (and body chassis) are
included with easy to detach parts with little of no flashing (like all
Hasegawa Hobby Kits). Killer decals come with Assembly Instructions that
makes putting this killer model together a real treat.
Where can you get two model kits for the
price of one?† Thatís easy. Check out
Hasegawa Hobby Kitsí 1/200 Scale Kawasaki C-1 Combo (2 kits) Limited Edition
model kit set.
Not quite as flashy as the C-2, the
Japanese C-1 aircraft was a reliable cargo and transport for the Japanese Air
Self Defense Forces for 40 plus years.
Although short ranged, the C-! were
extremely reliable, easy to maintain and versatile.
The model kits comes with two kits complete
with customized decal sets.
With its over fuselage main wings, twin
powerful engines, oversize rear wings and fin and heavy duty landing gear,
the C-1 includes a loading platform and side entry hatch.†
The model is designed to be displayed with
landing gear up or down and makes a fine addition to any aircraft model
Another twin model kit is the 1/72 Scale
KI-51 Type 99 Assault Plane (Sonia) and Light Bomber (Lily) (2 kits) Limited
Considered a destructive duo by its
opponents both aircraft made for formidable foes.
The Ki-51 and Ki-51B were rough and tough
aircraft well suited for low-level missions.
The Ki-48 Ďs speed and agility easily out
flew both American and British fighters.††
With a 800 kg bomb load made it a dangerous flying foe with plenty of
Both gray colored aircraft feature
segmented cockpits, powerful propeller engines, low profiles and all the
exterior and interior details you expect from Hasegawa Hobby Kits.
The 1/72 Scale MV-22B Osprey "VMM-265
Dragons" Limited Edition tilted wings model kit recreates the famous US
Both a vertical and horizontal turboprop
aircraft the Osprey never slacks up on speed during mid-air transformation.
Capable of moving 32 troops and 20,00 lbs
of cargo the Osprey is a formidable, multi-purpose aircraft that is part
helicopter and plane.
Details include a twin rear wing and fin
assembly, twin huge turbo-props, aerodynamic design, bubble cockpit, pilot, troop
and cargo doors and loads of piloting aids and armament.†
Choose from Dragons or Flying Tigers decals.
T-55, Wellington and Mirage III
Two if by air, one if by
Italeri presents two modern war machines
and one classic WWII aircraft model kits.
The T-55 Iraqi Army Ė Gulf
War 25th Anniversary 1/35 Scale Tank means business and has
evolved from a WWII tank used by the Soviet Union Red Army and Warsaw Pact.
Known for it heavy armor and
impressive firepower the T-55 was relatively inexpensive to produce and
reliable mainly due to its ease of maintenance.
It was adopted by countries
all over the world and is still in use today.
The model captures perfectly
the impressive mobile killing machine with its heavy treads, massive main
cannon, support artillery and low profile and heavy armor.
Take a moment to take in the
accurate details: canvas cannon cover, antenna array, massive machine guns,
reserve barrel tanks, hatches, lights and triple-towing hooks.
Model kit parts come on three
part trees with a separate lower body.
Six decal versions are
available along with an easy to understand instruction sheet that offers
great advice on assembly, painting and decaling.
Scaled at 1/72 the Vickers
Wellington Mk IC twin-engine medium bomber was a mainstay of the British
Royal Air Force during WWII.
Its geodesic airframe made
the Wellington rough and tough with a high level of flight and battle
Its radial engines delivered
up to 1,050 hp enabling it to attain and maintain high-speed flight.
It was capable of carrying a
crew of six, along with an impressive bomb and equipment load.† During its WWII run the Wellington was often
modified for use in various environments and situations.
The model comes complete on
five part trees including landing gear can be assembled in an up or down
configuration. With its twin props and cockpits, wide wingspan, front and
rear gun emplacements and large cargo area the Wellington is an impressive
aircraft model that looks great at rest or in flight configuration.
Six decal versions are
The 1/32 Scale Mirage III E/R
fighter jet is one impressive and huge model kit!
Throw in its six decal
sheets, color instruction sheet and photo-etched fret, along with its seven
part trees, and you have a truly outstanding model.
The Dassault Mirage III has
been a part of the French Air Force since the 1960s and is an item of pride
for the French people.
Reliable and effective as
fighter aircraft, the Mirage III has been sold to several countries.
With its characteristic delta
wing and turbojet, the Mirage II is capable of impressive speeds and
Several versions have been
introduced from a single pilot to twin pilots.
Armament includes missiles
and much more.† Reserve tanks come
standard, landing gear can be assembled either up or down, and a pilot ladder
is included along with a missile loader ramp.
Details are numerous including
a complete cockpit with instrumentation, full interior and exterior fuselage
details, full wing assembly, hydraulics, communication and radar assemblies
and all the bells and whistles the aircraft is famous for.
This is not your novice
model-maker kit.† There is a huge
collection of parts, precise assembly instructions, several versions† can be created, and with its huge degree of
details only the most seasoned veteran model maker will dare to tackle it.
This is true a model-makerís
model!† Once assembled and displayed it
is well worth the effort.
VW Van, Junkers, Superhind
Hasegawa Hobby Kits 1/48 Scale Junkers
Ju88A-10 (A-5 Trop) North Africa Limited Edition model kit captures all the
excitement and fervor felt by the Axis forces during WWII.
This magnificent aircraft
model kit captures in perfect detail the deadly dive-bombing dynamo taunted
by the Axis forces as the ultimate dive-bombing, torpedo-bombing and
night-fighting, multi-purpose aircraft designed and envisioned by Hitlerís
With its impressive
3,000-lb+-bomb payload, destructive firepower and lightning speed the Junkers
Ju88A-10 was the terror of the skies over North Africa.
Especially designed to fly in
the hot, humid and dusty skies over African battlefields the Junkers was the
perfect aircraft for strategic strikes and with its moderate range
capabilities could be counted on to support Rommelís Afrikakorps.
The model (like all Hasegawa
Hobby Kits) is a marvel of miniature design and implementation.† Parts detach easily from part trees with
little or no flashing,
Precision tooling guarantees
parts fit together snuggly and the easy-to-understand instructions make
painting, decal application and assembly a breeze.
For a real feel for the WWII
aircraft check out its broad wings, facetted upper and lower cockpit window
assemblies, twin-three prop propellers and gun emplacements and careful
attention to detail right down to the interior cockpit to the landing gear.
The 1/72 Scale Mi-24/35
Mk.III Superhind Limited Edition helicopter model kit perfectly duplicates,
in miniature, the massive size and impressive weapon-laden serious Soviet
smack-down fighter helicopter.
With its heavy armor and
over-the-top firepower the Superhind is an upgraded aircraft with
state-of-the-art weapons and avionics.
Manufactured in the 1970s the
Superhind is still in use today!
The five-prop, killer copter
comes with missile launchers, heavy artillery, a double-decker cockpit and
enough sophisticated electronics and weapons to make the strongest and
bravest opponent tuck their tails between their legs.
Imagine stepping into this
massive beast with huge fuselage, weapons rippling all over its frame and its
huge turbine engine spinning its powerful copter blades!
The model kit features new
resin and metal parts.
Enough with war and
fighting!† Time for a little fun!
The 1/24 Scale Volkswagenģ
Type 2 Delivery Van "Girls of Summer" Limited Edition model kit
takes a peach to the beach.
This classic VW van comes in
a bright color scheme with plenty of Anime and Manga inspired decals.
Get ready for some fun in the
sun as you assemble this vintage van that includes the oversize VW front loo
panel, a split front windshield, side mirrors, classic VW headlights, turn
signals, bumpers and more!
Throw in some chrome trim,
custom VW wheels and rims, an enclosed rear van section and its ready to load
up suntan lotion, surfboards and beach bunnies for some serious fun.
Churchill, Countach 5000 and DAF 95 Canvas
Let's talk about
Churchill.† No, not Winston Churchill,
the former British Prime Minister during the WWII who was known for being a
'bulldog' when it came to facing off against the Axis Powers.
No, rather let's talk about
Italeri's new Churchill WWII armored tank model kit that can be slightly
modified, decaled and painted to represent six different armored tanks: Mk.
III, Mk. IV, Mk V, Mk III Kingforce, NA 75 and AVRE.
Part of Italeri's Warlord Games collection the
solid gray parts come on three part trees, detach easily and neatly and also
includes a single human (to scale) figure decal sheet and easy-to-follow
instruction for assembly and a full-color paint application guide on the back
of the model kit box.
The majority of boys and men
at one time in their lives have dreamed of owning and driving a luxury sports
Few of us actually can afford
to purchase such cars but we can dream.
Well dream time is over. For
you 'financially challenged' boys and men out there you may never see or own
an actual high dollar sports car but now you have the next best thing.
Countach 5000 Quattrovalvote 1/24 Scale model kit may not be the real thing
but it certainly looks like it.
This beautiful model kit
features all the Lamborghini bells and whistles you would expert from a
luxury sports car minus the price tag.
Molded in sold white and
black the model kit feature rubber tires, a plethora of chrome parts, a
boatload of interior and exterior details and accessories and† lots of windows.
Sleek with a low profile,
this beauty has it all including a revved out engine, a luxurious interior
and so much more.
Put this baby together and
imagine yourself driving down the freeways in Europe in your custom, 'very'
expensive sports car that only a few can afford.
It may not be as pretty as a
Lamborghini or as luxurious but it's just as impressive and a lot more
practical, especially if you drive a truck for a living.
The DAF 95 Canvas semi-truck
with trailer is a 'must have' model kit for any truck lover.
At 1/24 Scale this model
packs on the details and accessories with its fully equipped cab featuring a
roof wind deflector, heavy duty frame and bumpers, integrated headlights and
turn signals, twin roof horns, oversize side mirrors and flat face with huge
front windshield and side windows.†
Just as impressive is its
undercarriage, fully-detailed engine, maxed-out interior with full dash,
seats and controls and more.
The powerful semi easily
pulls along the eight wheel canvas-side trailer with reinforced frame on its
sides and back and chrome fenders and bumper.
You'll be equally impressed
with its heavy under frame, large cargo hold and engineered modular carriage.
Anyway you drive it, it's a
lean, mean, hauling machine that is captured perfectly in miniature.
Follow the detailed
instructions, paint it, decal it and assemble it and before long you'll be on
DAF XF105 Smoky Jr.
"East bound and down,
loaded up and truckin'
We gonna do what
they say can't be done
We've got a long
way to go and a short time to get there
I'm east bound,
just watch ol' Bandit run"
Are you ready for some
serious truckin'?† Is the urge to put
the pedal to metal and hit the wide open roads almost more than you can
bear?† Feel like you're whole life is a
dead-end street and you're stuck in your current situation?
Never fear!† Even though you may be stuck at home or a
dead-end job you can still feel some of the thrill of the open road as you
hop in your semi-truck cab, fire it up and cruise the highways and byways of
Italeri makes it possible (sort of) with
its latest Show Trucks 1/24 Scale Semi-Truck model kit release: DAF XF105
Talk about a dream
machine!† The DF XF105 Smoky Jr. model
kit recreates one of the most outstanding semi-trucks ever designed and built.† Brimming with chrome from bumper to bed the
model kit pours on the details with triple windshield wipers, oversize grill,
heavy duty bumpers, wheel fenders, multiple body and roof lights huge front
and side windows, sunshield, six tires and one spare, full interior and
exterior details right down to the realistic dash, side panels, doors, seats,
accessories, full undercarriage and engine recreations, rubber hoses and
more, just like a real truck.
Slap on some paint, peel off
the adhesive decals and follow the easy-to-understand assembly instructions
and before you know it you're on your way to a big rig imagination trip.†
Eight part trees and a
chassis, with tires, make up the kit.†
Parts detach easily with no fuss or muss.† It's a trucker's dream come true!
Wouldn't it be cool if
you could own a robot that allows you to be a passenger inside and control
That day is not here
yet but Hasegawa Hobby Kits has the
next best thing with its 20 MechatroWeGo 2 Mechatrobot humanoid robot.
Used primarily for
transporting students to and from school in depopulated areas and for
recreation use, the 20 Mechatrobot 2 is recreated in 1/20 Scale.
Pre-colored a bright
orange, tan and gray the 20 MechatroWeGo 2 Mechatrobot humanoid robot model
kit's parts come on ten part trees.†
Parts detach easily, with little or no flashing.
Precisely modeled and
engineered the parts fit tightly together and once assembled the humanoid robot
opens up to house a small human figure included with the model kit.†
Arms and legs move, the
front hatch swings to open up and snaps into place when closed.
Its a remarkable piece
of model-making design and is sure to be a big hit with model makers and
Anime and Manga fans.† Add a few pieces
of chrome to the boots arms, legs, torso and faceplate and you have a model
kit that is sure to grab plenty of attention.
Curtainside, Le Centaure
As a young boy I loved
putting together ship model kits.† At
the time I could purchase 10-cent ships and within a few minutes have a whole
fleet of ships.† As I grew older I
graduated to larger ship models that required more skill, patience and time
to put together.
The Admiral Scheer
battleship model kit from Italeri
brings back many fond memories.† Like
the more complicated model kits I assembled as boy the Admiral Scheer is a
miniature replica of a famous military ship complete with full hull, deck,
accessories and weapons that are all easy to assemble when using the
comprehensive directions included with the model.
Paint it up, slap on
the decals and before you know it you have a 1/720 Scale ship model that
would make any sailor proud.†
Take a minute to
appreciate the details including deck guns, conning towers, radar, antenna
and cranes and other ship's equipment along with a small bi-wing airplane,
deck railings and more.
Where would a
semi-truck be without its trailer? The Curtainside Trailer
"Schoni.ch" trailer is a heavy duty (and I do mean heavy!) model
kit that features the trademark Schoni red color scheme along with real
rubber tires, an undercarriage storage compartment, side panel protection,
heavy load capability, a superior brake system, heavy and tough gauge
fenders, bumper and wheels and carefully integrated lights and reflectors.
All are built on a
rugged frame which are perfectly duplicated in 1/24 Scale.† Very little painting is required but look
for lots of decals-and I do mean a lot!
semi-trucks... The Berliet 356ch/ Renault R360 "Le Centaure"
semi-truck is a chromed-out monster truck with so many extras it boggles the
Look for full upper and
lower lights, a twin-level bumper, an environmentally designed diesel exhaust
pipe, roof-mounted horns and lights, large side mirrors, three windshield
wipers, an extended cab, full interior details, ten tires on chrome wheels, a
large windshield and side windows, an aerodynamic design that cuts down on
wind resistance, a large bed for easy trailer hook-up, a rigid frame with
brake and fluid lines and much, much more.
details!† Seasoned model makers are
sure to love this finely-detailed model.†
Like all Italeri model kits this truck features precision fittied
parts, easy-to-follow instructions and full paint and decal instructions that
make putting together this 1/24 Scale model kit a trucker's dream.
Way back, a long time
ago, when I was about ten years old, my friends and I used to gather together
all our plastic soldiers, play tanks, jeeps and other WWII toys and create
huge battle scenes right out of the war.
We'd play for hours
eventually gathering up all our separate items and go our merry ways.
As much as we enjoyed
playing soldier it was difficult for all of us to get together at one time so
we could pool our toy resources.
Never fear! Italeri
recognizes the little boy in military model makers.† Its 1/72 Scale Operation Cobra 1944 Battle
Set has made playing war fun and easy to set up.
Included in the Play
Set are two tanks (Sherman and Panther), two Half Tracks, 64 figures (Allied
and Nazi) and two French House/Shops.†
What a great way to make
up a WWII battleground diorama!† All it
takes is† some glue, paint, decals and
the willingness to create a scene right out of the war!† Allied and Nazi vehicles and soldiers are
packed separately from each other in individual plastic bags making them easy
Modify the buildings to
look whole or bombed out and with a little tabletop shrub and dirt decor its
WWII all over again in 1/72 Scale!
Mirage, Tiger and Essex
Italeri takes to the air, land and sea
with three new model kits geared for war.
As with all Italeri
model kits they feature historically accurate details, easy-to-follow
instructions and parts that detach easily from part trees with little or no
flashing which fit snuggly together with no gaps or miss fits.†
First up from Italeri's
World Of Warships Action Stations Online Naval Game series comes the USS
Essex aircraft carrier that also includes an exclusive Smith American
Destroyer Bonus Code.
easy-to-paint, glue (included) and decal 1/700 Scale model kit also includes
a Ship's Guide of historical references with in-game tips, three Invite Codes
and a full-color poster.
Fifteen part trees,
ship's hull and five upper decks make up the aircraft carrier model kit.† Complete deck and hull accessories
(including artillery, towers, deck machinery and railings and aircraft
complete the package.
It's a stunning model
kit that when completed looks as if it burst off the model kits beautifully
illustrated front panel.
From The World Of Tanks
Roll Out Online Video Game comes the PZ.KPRW. V1 Tiger Tank model kit at 1/56
This massive German
WWII killing machine is one of four tanks available in the series.
Included with the model
is a Tank Guide containing historical references and in-game tips, decals,
liquid cement, three Invite Codes and Bonus Code and three Xbox Bonus Codes.
Over 1,300 Tiger Tanks
were produced during the war.† The
Tiger's treads were protected by an extended hull and sported a wide-ranged
turret carrying its 8.8 cm Kw.K 36 L/56 gun.
Its heavy construction
and impressive armor and fire power made it the scourge of the Allied Forces.
In celebration of the
25th Anniversary of the Gulf War the French Mirage fighter jet proved to be a
formidable air and ground combat craft feared by enemy forces.
With its impressive
fire power (that included missiles and more) the Mirage's triangular body and
wing configuration made for a fast, maneuverable and deadly combination.
The single pilot
fighter, while smaller than most attack aircraft, made up for its size by
being one of the most versatile, deadly and capable aircraft during the
Full assembly, paint
and decal instructions are included so you can decorate your model kit as one
of three designations: 2000C, 2000EAD or 2000C Orange.
Two of today's NASCAR
superstars are represented with two super car SnapTite MAX model kits from Revell Models.
For those of you
unfamiliar with SnapTite model kits they require no glue, no paint and no
messy decal application.† Everything
fits together in a snap. The chassis and parts are pre-painted and decals are
peel-and stick stickers that apply easily to model surfaces.
SnapTite models are the
perfect way to introduce novices to model making (especially young
children).† In no time at all models
are ready for display.
Parts detach easily
from part trees with minimal or no flashing. Windshields and windows snap into
place and rubber tires slip easily on wheels making for outstanding models.
Revell craftsmanship is
numero uno when it comes to tight-fitting parts, attention to detail and ease
of assembly. Easy-to-understand instructions make model making a breeze, regardless
of skill level.
high-performance cars from the SnapTite MAX series are sure to thrill racing
The 2016 #48 Jimmie
Johnson Lowe's Chevy SS and the 2016 #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevy
SS are beautiful model kits with all the bells and whistles.
Low to the ground, with
low set grills and spoilers, both vehicles feature heavy-duty wheels and
tires, low body profiles, full NASCAR safety equipment including driver nets
and belts with minimal instrumentation and integrated lights and bumpers that
complement each car's uni-body construction.
Exterior details are to
die for, right down to the underbelly of each vehicle.† Regardless of your choice (Why choose? Get
both!) each model delivers first-rate fun while building and make for great
display pieces that are guaranteed to make any model-maker proud.
Hasegawa Hobby Kits presents two
Limited Edition aircraft model kits.† Both
kits feature easy-to-follow instructions and precision parts that detach
quickly and easily from part trees with little or no flashing.
By following the
extremely well-done instructions (that also include historical information
about each aircraft) painting, decaling and assembling your models are a
The 1/200 Scale C-40A Clipper US
Navy personnel and cargo transport is a modified Boeing 737-700 commercial
As with most military
transport aircraft the Clipper transforms from a 121 seat passenger aircraft
into a cargo or combination passenger/cargo aircraft quickly and efficiently.
With its long tubular
body, twin jet turbines and distinctive oversize rear fin the Clipper glides
through the art as swiftly and as smoothly as its naval ship namesake.† Two decal options are available.
The 1/48 Scale F-16C Fighting
Falcon "CFT" model kit recreates (albeit in miniature form) the
lightweight but deadly fighter aircraft Falcon.
Equipped with a gatling
cannon and wing-tip missiles when combined with its conformal fuel tanks that
reduce drag the Falcon makes for small, almost invisible to radar target that
is a quick as it is deadly.
Streamline, compact and
beautifully designed the Falcon is small (by most standards) but makes up for
its size with its maneuverability, quick-strike capabilities and extended
Lamborghini, M10, Piranha
and Gulf War
Italeri celebrates the 25th
Anniversary of the dream car for any auto enthusiast: Lamborghini!
Scaled at 1/35 this Special Edition release features a solid black
Lamborghini with all the bells and whistles.
Named the Countach, this glorious and luxurious automobile for the rich
and famous features numerous improvements that effectively changed 3,000 of
the auto's 8,000 parts.
Made of carbon fiber the Countach was the first to made so.
Air box and air intakes are enlarged and mounted on miniskirts, the
suspension modified for greater maneuverability, stability and speed allowing
the car to top out at 300 km / h.†
Designed in 1986 the Countach ceased production in 1990 having been
replaced by the Diablo.
The model captures the aerodynamic look of the car to perfection.† Every component and part (interior and
exterior) are perfectly to scale, feature little or no flashing and detach
easily from part trees.† Rubber tires,
chrome wheels and trim, clear panels for windshield and windows make this a
model a perfect miniature match for its namesake.
Follow the comprehensive instructions and in no time at all you'll have
your Countach assembled, painted and decaled and ready to display.
The Gulf War 25th Anniversay Battle Set includes M1A1 Abrams and T-62
Tanks and AH-1W SuperCobra and Mi-25 Hind D Helicopters.
At 1/72 Scale all four vehicles recreate the war machines that took part
in the Gulf War in 1990.†
Both tanks feature heavy armor, impressive firepower, authentic details
and shielded treads that move.† If
properly assembled turrets rotate, weapons tilt and shift and hatches open.
Both helicopters carry equally impressive weapons including rocket
launchers and machine guns.†
The SuperCobra is more aerodynamic and slightly smaller but more
maneuverable while the Hind D is massive with multiple propeller blades,
heavier armor, more weapons and lands on tires as opposed to a sled.
Either choice the helicopters are deadly in air-to-air and air-to-ground
All four vehicles are set up to be painted in air and ground camouflage,
feature realistic decals and assemble with little muss and fuss if
instructions are followed correctly.
Also from the Gulf War comes the LAV-25 Piranha Tank/Armored Vehicle
scaled at 1/56.
Featuring eight wheels, a tilted underbelly, heavy suspension and armor,
impressive weaponry and equipped for desert maneuvering and sandy terrain the
LAV-25 is also amphibious, useful in reconnaissance and close combat and it
carries a crew of three and can carry an additional four soldiers.
Once painted a sand tan, decaled and assembled the model looks as
threatening as its large counterpart.
Over 50 years earlier a different war was being fought: WWII.
Although not as advanced as Desert Storm tanks the M10 Tank Destroyer
lived up to auspicious reputation.
Its small crews were famous for their quick strike and retreat fights that
confounded the Nazi war machine.
Small, fast and maneuverable the small tanks had respectable firepower and
managed to keep the Axis forces on their toes.
Cramped but lethal the M10 boasted a large turret and cannon, turret
mounted machine gun and smaller body as to increase its speed and
Painted a dull green the M-10 Tank Destroyer lived up to its
reputation.† Part of Italeri's Warlord
Games series it makes for the perfect model for the gamer and collector.
U.S. Infantry On Board and A-10 A/C
World War II brought about a great deal of innovation and technological
advancement both in military hardware and non-military applications.
The United States Army was one of the best equipped and trained fighting
forces in the world.
Soldiers were equipped for general survival and combat.† Each division of specialty had state-of-the-art
equipment specifically made for their individual tasks.
Italeri presents a ten figure, 1/35
Scale collection of U.S. Infantry featuring foot soldiers, flame throwers,
bazooka launchers, mortar launchers and various field equipped soldiers ready
to take on the enemy.
A back-of-the-box color guide allows model makers to accuracy paint their
figures to match military uniform and equipment colors from that time period.
The United States Air Force needed a powerful aircraft that doubled as
close air support and ground combat-specifically against tanks and armored
With its twin General Electric turbofan engines and its 30 mm. GAU-8/A
Avenger Gatling the USAF got exactly what it asked for.
With its impressive payload, tough and rugged construction and speed and
maneuverability the A-10 was one of the most effective aircraft in the Gulf
War responsible for destroying over 900 enemy tanks.
Italeri recreates the impressive aircraft complete with its under wing
arsenal, twin rear engines, twin tailfins and heavily armored pilot cockpit.
Paint it, decal it and put it together and you have one of the most
impressive, dynamic and detailed accurate aircraft models around.
As with all Italeri models, parts fit securely and tightly together,
instructions are easy-to-understand and putting together the model is a snap.
Vanship and Barbarossa
Anime and Manga fans are sure to get a thrill out of Hasegawa Hobby Kits latest release:
the 1/72 Last Exile-Fam, The Silver Wing-Over the Wishes Tatiana's Vanship and
Fam's VESPA Kit Combo Limited Edition model kit.†††††††††††
It's the whole new high-flying adventures of Fam and fellow characters as
spotlighted in the latest Last Exile series.
Perfectly capturing the likeness of the dieselpunk Tatiana's VANSHIP and
Fam's VESPA the model kit also includes two 1/35 Scale pilot figures.
Check out the cool retro look of each craft with all sorts of extrusions,
protuberances and pipe and accessory fixtures all looking as if they came
straight out of a steam pipe factory.
Figures and vehicles paint up and decal nicely courtesy of the
easy-to-follow assembly instructions.
The 1/48 Scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-2 "Barbarossa" Limited
Edition WWII German fighter aircraft means business.
Used in the invasion of Russian: code named Operation Barbarossa, the
Luffwaffe used the Bf 109 F-2 to gain total air superiority and no wonder.
A single-pilot, propeller-driven, fighter aircraft the Bf 109 F-2 sported
a high powered engine, a deadly arsenal for both ground and air combat
coupled with speed and maneuverability.
Like all Hasegawa Hobby Kits the Bf 109 F-2 features part trees with
easily detachable parts with little or no flashing, historically accurate
decals and easy to follow instructions that guarantees a first-rate model
Tony, Taiwan and Nachi
Hasegawa Hobby Kits presents a
trio of new war machines: two aircraft and one ship.
The 1/48 Scale Kawasaki Ki-61-I Tei Type 3 Fighter Hien (Tony)
"Prisoner of War" Limited Edition WWII Japanese fighter aircraft
packs a few surprises.
So maneuverable and deadly was the 'Tony' that the American military was
hot to get its hands on this lethal non-traditional Japanese fighter.
Equipped with a inline V engine the small aircraft also boasted more
armor, heavier and more deadly weapons, fuel tanks that self-sealed and other
Minimalist in design the 'Tony' didn't appear that unorthodox at first
Small for a fighter the aircraft sat one pilot, had a standard wingspan
and a tri-propeller.† Everything about
the aircraft screamed, "ordinary!"†
The hobby kit duplicates and captures the look of the fighter used by the
United States for testing and evaluation.†
No doubt taking its cue from the 'Tony' the U.S. military incorporated
much of what it learned from the aircraft into its own fleet of fighters.
As with all Hasegawa Hobby Kits the 'Tony' kit comes with highly detailed
instructions for assembling, painting and decaling and parts detach easily
from part trees with little or no flashing and fit together snuggly with no
The 1/48 Scale F-16B Plus Fighting Falcon "Taiwan Airforce Flying
Tigers" Limited Edition fighter jet model kit recreates the impressive
Taiwan fighter in perfect detail right down to its landing gear.
A superior aircraft that is both light, less expensive than most fighters
and capable of impressive aerodynamic capabilities the F-16B is easy to
upkeep and ready in an instant for action.
Fast and capable of landing, re-arming and taking off in a short period of
time the F-16B is regarded as one of the most versatile aircraft in existence
and respected by military forces around the globe.
The model recreates the aircraft in perfect miniature from external tanks,
twin cockpit, single engine and deadly arsenal.
I've always been a sucker for large naval vessels-especially vintage WWII
heavy cruisers and the like.
So it should come as no surprise that my favorite model of three is the
1/700 Scale Japan Navy Heavy Cruiser Nachi Full Hull Limited Edition model
What a beauty with its full armament, cranes, conning tower, railing,
smokestacks and wooden deck.
Part of the Myoko class heavy cruisers the ship served in the Philippines,
Its battery of guns: ten 8-inch guns and eight 127 mm guns along with its 12
Type 93 Long Lance Torpedoes made the Nachi a worthy adversary.
Unfortunately minor repairs stuck the ship in the Philippines at the end
of the war where it was eventually sunk by the Allies.
The ship model comes with a display stand that showcases the entire ship
from tip to tip and propellers to stern.†
It's an impressive model recreating a time when navies could turn the
tide of war.
Millennium Falcon, X-Wings, Tie Fighter
Ever since the Star
Wars films were introduced Revell models
has been there producing exact miniature duplicates of many of the ships and
vehicles seen in the films.
They've always been a
big hit with fans and with the premiere of the new Star Wars film: The Force
Awakens, Revell has once again outdone itself when it comes to capturing, in
miniature, key spacecraft from the film and translating them into plastic
Revell makes it easy
for the young modeler to create thier very own Star Wars vehicles.† Revell has taken the muss and fuss away out
of model-making with its SnapTite MAX Star Wars models.
No glue, no paint, no
decals-each model is pre-painted and decaled, snaps together in (well-a
snap!) and are ready to display in no time at all.
Each model comes in a
full color box complete with a full-color illustration/painting on its cover
of whatever vehicle is inside.†
Easy-to-understand instructions are also included.
Each model captures
perfectly the look and details of each ship right down to the hull lines,
surface sensors and equipment, painted and decaled surfaces and more.
Models include ships
from The Force Awakens.
After too long an
absence the Millennium Falcon returns (a little worse for wear) but just as
impressive.† Every surface detail is
present from the loading bay, pilot cockpit, sensor and shield emitters,
weapons and landing gear. It's a beauty that Han Solo would be proud of.
There are two X-Wings:
a Resistance X-Wing Fighter and Poe's characteristic silver and† yellow X-Wing Fighter.† Both are updated versions of the famous
fighter with extra engine enhancements and weapons.† Either way, they make for formidable foes
against The New Order.
The First Order Special
Forces Tie Fighter is even more menacing looking than the original Tie
Fighter. Accented in red, the new Tie-Fighter is more maneuverable, deadlier
and wickedly cool.† Check out its weapons,
cockpit and redesigned wing panels.
Kylo Ren's Command
Shuttle reminds me of the Emperor's Shuttle in Return Of The Jedi.†
Kylo Ren's Shuttle has
longer wings that extend or retract and fold when in flight or landing.
Equipped with four
laser banks, the heavily armored Shuttle is both intimidating and impressive.
All of Revell's Star
Wars models look great once assembled and when displayed make perfect
dioramas of scenes for the new movie.
Astaco Neo and Type 95 and 97
Hasegawa Hobby Kits has two great new
model kits for both the land-dweller and the sky-flier.
If you're into heavy-duty
earth-moving equipment then get ready to do double duty done right.
With its twin hydraulic
arms and protected cab the 1/35 Scale Hitachi Double Arm Working Machine
Astaco Neo model kit is both a grabber/digger and snipper.
Considered one of the
most versatile constriction tools ever designed it's easy to see why with its
impressive movement skills captured perfectly by Hasegawa Hobby Kits
Precise to perfection
engineering details are present in its exterior mechanical workings and its
control cabin interior.† Levers, gears,
hydraulics-everything right down to its nuts and bolts are perfectly
reconstructed in miniature.
Check out its soft
tracks, cables, mesh sheet cockpit front, moveable arms and body and a
to-scale operator figure.
Follow the easy
instructions for assembly and decals.†
No paint is necessary as the parts are pre-colored to match the
So what are you waiting
for?† Get out there and move some dirt!
Hasegawa Hobby Kits' 1/72 Scale
Type 95 & Type 97 Fighters (2 Kits) Limited Edition model kit recreates
the famous IJAAF strike craft.
Both the Type 95 and Type
97 aircraft flew over China before WWII began.
Both the Twin-wing and
Monoplane were used to fight against the Chinese, Russians and American
No long after the war
started both planes were considered obsolete and were relegated to one-way
By the height of the
war both aircraft were primitive in design but during their heyday they were
capable aircraft, lethal during combat and state-of-the-art.
Both aircraft feature
stationary landing gear, cockpit armament and low-tech communication
Choose your decal
options and by following the easy-to-understand directions assembly, paint
and decal application are a snap!
Super Hornet and LaGG-3
Whether it's a modern
jet fighter or a WWII propeller driven fighter aircraft, both are deadly.
The 1/48 Scale Lavochkin LaGG-3
"Japanese Army" Limited Edition WWII aircraft, while decorated with
the Rising Sun symbol of Japan, the IJA the original aircraft was constructed
by the Russians.
Somehow the Imperial
Japanese Army managed to get its hands on one and tested it for combat use in
1942 until the end of the war.
A small aircraft, the
LaGG-3 was formidable with its impressive airspeed, deadly weapons and
maneuverability.† The single pilot
fighter was a barebones aircraft designed for fast and deadly air and ground
Like all Hasegawa Hobby Kits the LaGG-3 is
finely and historically accurate sculpted, easy to assemble, paint and decal
using the very comprehensive instructions and can be constructed with landing
gear up or down.
The 1/72 Scale F/A-18E Super Hornet "VFA-27 Royal Maces CAG
2015" Limited Edition fighter jet model recreates the famous aircraft in
use for fifty years.
Based in Naval Air
Station Atsugi they are considered some of the most reliable, effective and
versatile aircraft in the U.S. arsenal.
With 20mm cannon and
fighter capabilities for both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat the slender
and long aircraft is loaded for combat, has extended flight tanks and all the
latest and greatest high-tech equipment to take on any contender.
Available in two decal
versions, the Super Hornet model is impressive both in its interior and
Paint it, put it
together and decal it and you'll have a very realistic model that will
impress both novice and seasoned model makers.
If you're a novice when
it comes to putting together plastic model kits or if a young child shows interest
in modeling the hardest things to tackle are assembling, painting and
Given time and
experience novice model-makers mature and master all three areas.† But, getting started can be frustrating and
many a model-maker wannabe has given up plastic model kit making out of pure
Never fear! Revell Models understands such a dilemma
and has a line of plastic model kits that are pre-painted, pre-decaled and
require no glue to assemble.
Hard to believe?† Not so!†
Revell's SnapTite MAX series of model kits makes assembling terrific
looking model kits a breeze.
Two such models
features Ford Fusion racing cars as driven by #2 Brad Keselowski and #22 Joey
Both feature full
interior and exterior details, 35 pieces and easy instructions for assembly.
Whether you choose
Joey's Shell Pennzoil, red and yellow Fusion or Brad's white and black Fusion
(or both) each 1:24 Scale racing car replica delivers on all accounts.†
In no time at all
you'll have a model kit on display any model-maker would be proud of.
Statue Of Liberty And Austrian Infantry
Italeri has just released two new plastic
model kits: one born of war and the other of peace.
Never in the history of
mankind has a single statue represented the best of man.†
A symbol of freedom, opportunity and peace the Statue of Liberty
has shown as a flame-bearing beacon to weary pilgrims traveling to the United
States looking for a better life for themselves and their families.
The Statue of Liberty
model kit recreates in miniature scale the neoclassical copper statue given
to the United States in 1886 from the grateful people of France.
The robed Roman goddess
Libertas bears a torch and a Tabula Ansata (evoking the law) inscribed July
4, 1776, the date of the American Declaration of Independence.
A broken chain at her
feet symbolizes freedom:† of speech,
religion, race, gender and social status.
The Statue of Liberty
model stands on a reproduction of its famous multi-tiered masonry base and
ten-sided star-representing Liberty Island in New York City.
Included with the
easy-to-assemble model is a full color Reference Leaflet filled with
historical facts, features, instructions and color guide.† Let freedom reign!
Wherever there is peace, war is not far behind-unfortunately.
Every nation has taken
part in bloody battles and needless lose of life and property.
Austria is no
exception. The Austrian Infantry clashed against Napoleon troops in Marnego
and lost, but not for the lack of trying.
and brave the Austrian Infantry 1798-1805 fought valiantly.
Dressed in their
customary white and black attire, resplendent in short leather caps and brass
front plates bearing the Imperial Eagle, the Austrian Infantry was
Forty eight unpainted
figures are included in the model kit along with full paint instruction on
the back of the kit box.
Sleeper and Willys
Italeri presents two new vehicle
models, one classic and one modern.
During WWII the U.S. military would have practically been at a standstill
if it wasn't for the tough and tried and true Jeep.
This powerful little workhorse was small on comfort but big on
Built to withstand harsh conditions and easy to work on and maintain, the Willys
Jeep 1/4 Ton 4X4 carried soldiers, hauled equipment and even saw combat when
equipped with appropriate firepower.
Olive green, four-wheel drive and loaded down with field equipment such as
spare gas containers, shovels and whatever else that might be needed in
combat conditions the Jeep could be driven open air or with a canvas canopy
that provided some protection during harsh weather conditions.
Italeri's two model Jeep Kit features two Jeeps that are easy to assemble
at 11 parts each, allows modelers to select from six decal options and
provides a full-color guide on the back of the twin models' box for proper
Take a moment to appreciate the historical accuracy of each model both
inside and out.† Set up your own
diorama and pack on the details.† The
Willys are here!
For the ultimate in semi-truck design and streamlining the Volvo FH16 520
Sleeper Cab is the pick of the litter.†
Introduced in 1993, the Volvo Sleeper Cab has undergone vast upgrades
and improvements from electronics to the transmission.
This monster of a truck has smooth lines, completely integrated grills,
headlights, venting, mirrors, upper and side lights and reflectors, storage
compartments, step-ups, set in front windshield and sloped upper wind sheer.
Emblazoned with a huge Volvo logo on each side, this Sleeper Cab is all
class and more.
Compartmental lines signify various access points to the engine and cab
with the Sleeper Cab tucked in discretely just behind the driver's cab.
Look for precise engine recreation, luxurious interior details, six tires
and wheels, heavy undercarriage and everything you would expect from a high
class Volvo Semi-Truck.
Even the trailer hitch adds to the overall design.
Scaled at 1:24, this puppy is large enough not to skimp on the details.
A little glue, paint and decals and before you know it you'll be hitting
the road in style.†
Mussolini's bravado the Italians were not a major force in WWII.† Allied with the Axis forces Italy soon succumbed
to the Allied's superior forces and found itself a split country-both pro and
for the Axis.
While the bravery of the Italians during the war cannot be disputed much
of their military equipment was inferior to the Allied forces.
With the introduction of the Italian Air Force's Macchi c-205 Veltro
fighter they hoped to compete with the Allied p-51 Mustangs.
Although the Macchi C.205 Veltro '155 Gruppo' boasts a powerful new
engine, heavier armament, with two 20mm cannons, they simply couldn't get
enough off the ground to make any worthwhile difference in the outcome of the
war in the air.
Hasegawa Hobby Kits' 1/48 Scale,
Limited Edition model kit of 155 Gruppo is a splendid recreation in miniature
of the aircraft.†
With its tri-propeller, single pilot cockpit and all of its historically
accurate details (right down to the landing gear) the 155 Gruppo model is
Select from two decal configurations and by using the helpful enclosed
instructions assembling, painting and decaling will turn out perfect.
1/24 Scale JTCC Auto Tech BMW 318i Limited Edition model kit offers mucho
horsepower of a different sort-in a race car.
Lay down some serious rubber and burn up the tracks with this miniaturized
version of famous racecar from the 1980s and 1990s.
The German BMW 318i proved itself a winner when it took many of the races
dominated by Japanese cars.
Take a look at this beauty with its perfectly scaled and accurate details
starting with its low profile, custom wheels and tires, racing configuration
and reinforcements for safety.
Parts detach easily from part trees and before you know it you'll be
racing this baby straight to your favorite display area.
From the 'Big Red One' comes Italeri's
U.S. Infantry World War II collection of plastic figures.
Like all of Italeri's war figures this selection includes part trees
holding highly detailed and sculpted human figures in full military gear with
weapons and equipment.
The unpainted figures detach easily from the part trees with minimal
flashing allowing very little trimming necessary-if any.
Forty figures are included along with nine standalone parts for
ground-mounted machine guns.
Each soldier comes with weapons or accessories.† All are sculpted in action poses with
careful attention given to historical accuracy regarding uniforms and
Perfect for posing with other Italeri military transports or equipment the
figures also make excellent game pieces for war gamers.
On the back of the model box are color-guide illustrations, with a color
chart, for perfect WWII uniform and equipment color match ups.
240Z, Stingray and Eclipse
Revell Models has just released four
1/25 Scale car models that are perfect for those over 10 years old to
Get ready for some high-speed action as four powerful racecars rev up
their engines, hit the gas pedals and give you a run for your money
Each model features rubber tires, custom wheels, full engine, interior and
exterior details and so much authenticity they look like they could drive off
on their own!
Full instructions make assemble, decaling and painting a breeze and with
their expertly crafted parts, that easily detach from part trees, cleanup and
assemble are a breeze.
First up is the Ford Torino from the classic TV series Starsky and Hutch.
This two-tone red and white Muscle Machine is trimmed to the max in
Thereís a reason why bad guys feared this car. Itís
powerful dual carb 351 c.i. engine made it a bullet on wheels. Throw in its
dome light, police radio and its powerful chassis and crooks give up the
minute they spot it.
One of the cars I wished Iíd owned when I was young was a BRE Datsun
240Z. Datsun was really coming into its own in the
1960s. Long gone was the stigma of things made in
Japanese import cars were slowly taking over the car industry and for good
Dependability, precise assemble, innovative designs and quality all
combined to make Datsun cars a young manís dream.
The BRE Datsun 240Z was smaller than most American made cars at the time
but it didnít lack in power.
Front and rear spoilers, a six-cylinder engine and a power packed engine
coupled with impressive body trim, custom paint job and interior details that
would make Detroit auto manufactures blush made the 240Z a hit.
Americaís dream sport car perfectly describes the 2014 Corvette
Stingray. Sleek, fast and all business make this
sporty number one with car enthusiasts.
Chrome custom wheels, a powerful V-8 engine, wraparound low cut windows
and aerodynamic body design along with its inset grill and uni-body bumpers
all combine to make the stingray one fish other car owners will never catch.
Fast & Furious describe Brianís Eclipse to a tee. Lime
green with black and white accents, rear spoiler and a low ride chassis
allows this beauty to huge the road and curves.
Custom wheels, a custom grill and itís performance-enhanced chassis and
accessories make the exterior and interior super detailed Eclipse Fast &
Hornet and Flanker
Measuring in a whooping 1/48 Scale, Skill Level 3 (Age 14+) and consisting
of 140 pieces nicely packaged on part trees with little or no flashing and
super-detailed Hasegawa Hobby Kits
F-16IQ Iraqi Air Force Fighting Falcon Limited Edition fighter jet model kit
is the bomb!
Designed to operate in hot and dry desert conditions the Fighting Falcon
(initiated in 2010 with a partial shipment in 2014) is a lean, mean,
streamline bullet of an aircraft that boasts some serious firepower.†
A twin seat cockpit† is powered by a
GE F110 power plant.† It's vastly
superior aerial combat capabilities are enhanced by its radar jamming
capability and radar guided missiles.
Extra fuel storage allows the aircraft to stay in the air longer to engage
the enemy or perform air to ground attacks.†
Its larger dorsal fin and state-of-the-art electronics have increased
the weight of the aircraft but have little effect on its firepower, flight
and maneuverability. Additional weaponry includes superior strafing
Like all Hasegawa hobby Kits the Falcon kit is easy to assemble, paint and
decal if the enclosed instructions are followed.
The 1/72 Scale F/A-18E Super Hornet "VFA-27 Royal Maces CAG
2015" Limited Edition model kit is considered a 'heavy hitter' of
Carrier Air Wing Five.
A descendant of over 50 years of Royal Maces service the Super Hornet
performs double duty: air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.†
With its 20mm cannons, wing armaments, twin cockpit, extra fuel capability
and powerful engine the Super Hornet fairly buzzes about the enemy and
delivers a sting few (if any) survive.
Display the aircraft model with wheels up or down, cockpit opened or
closed and with or without weapons.
No matter how you serve it, its an impressive model kit fashioned after a
equally impressive aircraft.† Two decal
configurations are include.
Another 1/48 Scale aircraft model from Hasegawa Hobby Kits is the Su-27
Flanker Ukrainian Air Force Digital Camouflage Limited Edition for ages 14
Considered one of the most maneuverable fighter aircraft in the sky the
Flanker is one of only a few aircraft able to perform the "Pugachev's
Cobra": where the nose of the aircraft rears up and back to vertical
before lunging forward.
A cobra or rattlesnake have nothing on this aircraft!
Capable of speeds above Mach 2 the Flanker's superior armament makes this
twin tail fin and engine monster of the sky a snake ready to strike!
Its long bowed fuselage allows the aircraft to perform maneuvers that
shame other similar aircraft.† Fast,
agile and armed to the teeth the Flanker is impressive no matter how you
With its multi-blue paint scheme it makes it almost impossible to see
until it's too late!†
Drag Nut, Roadster,
Speedwagon and Pickup
Are you ready for some four-wheel action?†
It's time to rev your engines, put the pedal to the metal and hit the
road as Revell offers three custom cars
and a truck for your model-making pleasure.
Here's the best part-you don't even need a driver's license!† Three models are made for 10 years and up
and one is for 12 years and up.†
All you need are some glue, paint and patience and before you know it
you'll have your very own rubber that meets the road, plenty of horse power
and the freedom to take you wherever you imagination lets you.
Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth has always been know for his 'way-out' four wheel
wonders and the Drag Nut is no exception.†
Decked out with loads of chrome, huge rear tires, a crazy helmeted
driver and you've got a combination that sure to make any dragster take a
Fashioned after Roth's imaginative drawing the Drag Nut is one customized
dragster that's long on horsepower and short on patience.† Watch out!††
This baby is ready to burn some serious rubber!
Revell's Special Edition '29 Model A Roadster 2 'n 1 model kit offers
model makers two vehicles for the price of one.† Blue or orange, customized wheels and rims,
powerful V8s and 1950s nostalgia combine to make this 1:25 Scale model kit a
With their twin seats, exposed engines, huge exhaust pipes, extended
chrome bumpers and fully detail under-chassis and precisely detailed interior
these twin speed demons give you plenty of power for your pesos.
Soak up the details, take in the custom trim and paint jobs and relive the
past in style.† Like all Revell's model
kits parts detach easily from part trees, instructions guarantee perfect
glue, paint and decal application and once completed each model will be a
point of pride of any model makers' collection.
California Wheels has a new addition with its Dan Fink Metalworks
Speedwagon. This customized, four-seater sedan looks like a melding of a
truck and a car.†
Custom designed and manufactured the Speedwagon consists of parts both
cannibalized and custom-fitted to make a one-of-a-kind vehicle with wooden
rear panels, narrow front, side and rear windows, a customized engine block
and accessories, a unique interior and twin side panel/fenders that wrap up
and over each wheel well.
Custom chrome wheels, trim, lights, grill and body accents and an extended
front engine compartment gives this vehicle its unique and 'I gotta have it'
For the more practical minded comes the TRUCKS Ford Ranger Pickup with its
squared-off body style, heavy chassis, utilitarian chrome trim, grill, wheels
and fenders and mirrors and no-nonsense interior and seats.
This truck is all business and its business is made for hauling and heavy
This ain't no frilly pickup, this is a man's truck and it has the payload
and horsepower to prove it!
Take one look at its powerful no-frills engine, heavy frame construction, impressive
under carriage and sturdy rear bed and you can understand why Ford trucks are
'Built Ford Tough!'
3 MechartoWeGo and First
Get ready for cute as Hasegawa Hobby
Kits presents, straight from Japan, its latest 1:35 Scale model kits
consisting of three in the series: the Chubu MechartoWeGo Mecharobots!
These adorable child-size robot transports are especially built for kids
to transport them to school, soccer practice, after-school activities and
Not only do they make great transports but super baby-sitters.† No more chasing after your kids or worrying
about them playing outside or getting in trouble.† The Chubu MechartoWeGo Mecharobots take all
the muss and fuss out of parenting.†
Just imagine more time to yourself and no more trudging to and fro to
kids' events!† Let the Chubu
MechartoWeGo Mecharobots do all the work and still get the kids home in time
Kids and parents love them!† Why
before you know it your kids will be grown up and gone and you never had to
lift a finger.† Now that's
convenience!† Now what were your kids'
Three kits make up the set: No.01 Aka & Kiiro RD/YW (2 kits), MechartoWeGo No.02 Milk & CaCao (2
kits) and MechartoWeGo No.03 Mizuiro & Momorio (2 kits).
Pre-painted and easy to
assemble, the Chubu MechartoWeGo Mecharobots make the perfect project
for beginner model makers.†
Parts detach easily from their part trees with little flashing or fuss and
after a few minutes you'll have your very own Chubu MechartoWeGo Mecharobots
complete with moving joins, heads that open and both girl and boy figures!
Arcadia First Ship piloted by Captain Harlock is much more streamlined
battleship than Harlock's later ships.†
But that doesn't make is less formidable.
Look for plenty of fire power with offensive and defensive weapons along
with a propulsion system few ships (if any) can match.
Measuring in at a whopping 1:1500 Scale the Arcadia, once painted its
battleship green/gray with its skull and crossbones bone white bow and side
decorations, makes for a frightening sight in space.
Perched on its oversize stand the ship looks like it is in space
Check out the massive deck artillery, powerful rear engines and lofty bridge
with its various detection and communication devices.
Tank and GMC
travels back to WWII and hits the road "Good Buddy" in a semi.
WWII buffs are sure to love the two new WWII figure and vehicle kits
Italeri just released: Anti Tank Teams and M3 75mm GMC.
Comprised of 12 unpainted figures in all, the Anti Tank Team of figures
include Russian Infantry, German Infantry, English Paratroopers and U.S.
At 1:72 Scale it's surprising how much detail Italeri craftsmen manage to
sculpt each figure.† Follow the simple
color guides and before you know it you have accurate looking miniature
figures that are perfect for military dioramas.
Speaking of dioramas. The two model 1:72 Scale M3 75mm Gun Motor Carriages
looks as authentic as they come and make for great battle field dioramas.
Made of 15 parts each, the models assemble easily and with a little paint
and decals you can modify them to look like two of four different U.S. and
'"Breaker, breaker, good buddy!†
Smokey is hot on my tail and I've got a load I need to delivered
pronto.† Ten four!"
Talk about trucking in style!† The Silver
Griffin Scania R730 V8 Streamline semi brings a whole new meaning to driving
Take a look.
Its square driver's cabin is all chrome and silver.† Five overhead lights perch on top of its
cab.† Twin high beam and low beam
lights decorate its front six vent grill along with dual turning signals,
side trim lights, side reflectors and a smooth chassis blended bumper.
Twin lights highlight the large flat windshield featuring seamless side
Large griffin symbols decorate both sides and with its massive rear cab
extension the wind fairly whips around the truck cutting down on drag.
Streamline is the perfect description of the R730 with its uni-body
wraparound cowling, front engine access and flat panel side panels that flow
effortlessly over its massive wheels and tires.
Feeling a little rambunctious?†
Sooth the beast with an alternate paint and decal scheme featuring a
hawk raking its claws across the sides of the red semi-truck.
Whatever version you choose it's a breeze to put this 1:24 Scale beast
together following the comprehensive assembly, decal and painting
Parts fit tightly together with near zero flashing.† Decals are no fuss and painting is no mess
when you follow Italeri's instructions.†
Interior and exterior details are right on the money.
"Keep on truckin'!"
World Of Tanks
Measuring in at 1/72 Scale Italeri's
British Artillery and British and Prussian General Staff Waterloo figure
collection model kits are as historically genuine as they come.
The British Artillery Set consist of 16 soldiers and four cannon.† All parts are securely fastened to two part
trees and easily detach with minimal or zero flashing.†
Each piece is finely sculpted and accurate in detail.† Quite a feat considering how small the
figures and cannon are.† Assembly is
easy and with the paint guides on the back of the model box paint application
is a snap.
The British and Prussian General Staff is similar to the British Artillery
Set but it consists of two part trees with 16 horses and 18 figures.† All are historically correct in their
details and are easy to assemble and paint.
From the online video game phenomenon: World Of Tanks Roil Out comes
Italeri's M24 Chaffee Tank model.
Parts come on four part trees (not including treads and chassis).† Parts fit snuggly together, are easy to
assemble and with a little paint and the included decals you'll have a
miniature motorized weapon before you know it!
Beautifully sculpted with special attention given to details the M24
Chaffee Tank model also comes with Historical References and In-Game Tips,
three Invite Codes and a Bonus Code.
up, load up and hit the road!