Tojo, Warhawk and Blackbird
It is remarkable to me that a small island country like Japan declared war on a huge nation like the United States of America and expected to win!
Let's face it, the odds were not good. The single biggest mistake the Japanese military made when the set in motion the bombing of Pearl Harbor and thus declaring war on the United States was not taking in to account the American people.
Americans are a feisty lot and when our backs are up against the wall we come out swinging-as the Japanese discovered. When an Imperial country populated by people taught since childhood to think like a group goes up against a nation comprised of individuals who fight for a cause the results are usually the same-Japan found out the hard way as WWII dragged on.
But, that being said the Japanese had an impressive array of Army Fighter aircraft during WWII and if it were not for the sheer linguistics of fighting an enemy from so far away and one with so many resources at its beck and call the Japanese may have won the war.
The Nakajima KI44-I Type 2 Fighter Shoki (Tojo) was specifically designed to fight the encroaching Allied bombers. Its sleek design, relatively small size and contra-rotating propellers allowed the aircraft to climb swift and high and swoop down on Allied bombers delivering high-caliber weapons in a deadly spray of bullets.
The Limited Edition 1:48 Scale Interceptor model from Hasegawa Hobby Kits comes with full decal and assembly instruction, landing gear that can be positioned up or down and a clear sliding cockpit with front-mounted window weapon along with a fighter pilot and impressive engine vents and body details make this a fighter from The Land of the Rising Sun a 'must-have' for any WWII aircraft fan.
Equally impressive is the United States Airforce P-40N Warhawk 502nd Fighter Squadron aircraft scaled at 1:32 and also complete with paint, decal and assembly instructions. Parts detach easily from the part trees with little or no fuss and fit snuggly and precisely together.
The parrot-face fighter was powered by an Allison Engine which had a long fuselage and delivered lots of power-enough to carry six .50 caliber machine guns. Although slightly clunky and slower than many WWII aircraft the Warhawk still rang up an impressive kill list.
The model perfectly duplicates the tri-blade propeller, single pilot fighter, with its sectional cockpit, torpedo shape, drop tank, bomb, full landing gear (positioned up or down), oversize front air intake and fixed armament. Slow and steady and ready to rumble!
The X-Men. I'm a big fan of The X-Men characters. What do Marvel mutants have to do with a review about model aircraft? Plenty! The X-Men fly about in a modified SR-71A Blackbird.
Built nearly 50 years ago the Blackbird was an aircraft far ahead of its time. Its unusual wing configuration, powerful jet engines and pierce-the-sky profile made it the fastest aircraft of its time.
Attached to its rear fuselage was a D-21B Drone which was one of the first operational unmanned drones ever used. Technical difficulties made its somewhat unreliable but when you consider that the aircraft and Drone were pre-computer and relied on period mechanics and hardware you can't help but come away impressed.
What information not gathered by the Drone was completed by the Blackbird. Its high altitude, fast flight made it very difficult to intercept and made it the perfect spy plane.
Black as night and difficult to spot the Blackbird and Drone made a deadly pair as they plied the skies over enemy territory gathering vital secret information
The 1:72 Scale model kit contains both aircraft packed with details and comes with full decal, paint and assembly instructions.
(P-2H (P2V-7) NEPTUNE ‘J.M.S.D.F.’
Known for its long flight-time capabilities the anti-submarine patrol plane (P-2H (P2V-7) NEPTUNE ‘J.M.S.D.F.’) was a workhorse of the airways during the turbulent Cold War years of the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s.
Equipped with a 20% wing thickness, horizontal stabilizer, magnetic detector, high power searchlight, sonar buoy and bomb bay (capable of holding torpedoes, bombs and rockets) the twin-engine jet aircraft was well suited for all types of weather conditions.
Used primarily by the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force the aircraft was modified to fit four blade turboprops while its single wheel landing gear was switched to a dual wheel configuration.
The Hasegawa Hobby Kits 1:72 Scale reproduction allows modelers to build the model in either configuration.
Details on the pieces and aircraft overall are perfect right down to the fuselage and wing fittings and lines. Five part trees are included and parts detach easily with little or no flashing.
Parts fit snuggly together and assembly, decal application and paint schemes are explained in full detail within the comprehensive instructions. Schematics make piecing together the aircraft easy and the historical text makes the story of the P-2H (P2V-7) NEPTUNE ‘J.M.S.D.F.’ come alive.
In my younger days I had an unquenchable thirst for adventure. I was fearless. I was ready to take on the world and explore anywhere and under any conditions.
Boy, things sure have changed! My idea of adventure and exploration now is trying a new food and watching a TV show I am unfamiliar with.
Why am I writing this? One of the things I wanted to do when I was young was to dare the depths of the oceans in a submersible. In my opinion those individuals who take the risk to explore the hidden Stygian depths of the oceans are brave-just as brave as astronauts who explore pace.
Hasegawa Hobby Kits has released a 1/72 Scale, fully-detailed model of the Manned Research Submersible SHINKAI (Upgraded Thruster Version 2012). Capable of diving to 6.5M the JAMSTEC explores and compiles information about the deep oceans with its sophisticated research equipment.
Twin rear propellers guide the bulky submersible as it explores the ocean floors. Twin mechanical arms allow passengers to move and manipulate objects as well as bring the objects(s) to the storage unit mounted in the front of the submersible.
The model duplicates every detail of the original submersible. Eight part trees are included with easily detached parts. Full assembly, decal and paint application instructions are included allowing modelers to recreate the finest detail of the submersible. A static stand is also included for display.
Willy, Humber and Ausf.
Hasegawa Hobby Kits has read my mind. I love reading about and looking at pictures of military land vehicles. Tanks, armored vehicles-you name it, I like them-especially if they are WWII vintage vehicles.
Hasegawa recently released three such vehicles and I couldn't be more excited! They include the Follow Me Jeep, Willy's MB, the Armoured Car Humber Mk. II and the Sd.Kfz 251/1 Ausf. D.
The Jeep is scaled at 1/48 and the other two vehicles at 1/72. All require glue, paint and decal application, come with full assembly, paint and decal application instructions and parts that easily detach from their part trees with little or no flashing.
The Follow Me Jeep, Willy's MB was used at airstrips to control ground air traffic and were easily identifiable by their distinctive red and white checker design paint jobs. The Hasegawa mode features three figures, an engine hood that opens, a fully-detailed engine, canopy top, full interior seats and instruments, a communication setup, a spare tire, antennae and realistic tires and wheels. Follow me!
Used by the British Army, the Armoured Car Humber Mk. II had a turret and was armed with one 15 mm and one 7.92 mm caliber Besa machine guns.
The three man crew managed a snug fit in the elevated chassis, rugged four-wheel (with spare) armored car with exterior supply and ammo storage, twin antenna, an impressive drive train and engine the allowed the vehicle to move quickly with tight maneuverability and was sturdy enough to carry extra supplies and troops if necessary. Most were used for desert or flat terrain combat.
The German WWII Sd.Kfz 251/1 Ausf. D was a heavily armored transport with rear tank treads, shielded driver ports, top-mounted and rear-mounted machine guns. It was a halftrack personnel carrier that ensured troops made it to and from the front lines safely.
The vehicle can be painted a military gray or customized in camo to blend into whatever environment it is used in. Finely crafted and detailed, the German "tin can on wheels" features full body panel accents, front tires and wheels, full interior, open troop seating and completely shielded lights and engine.
Hasegawa Hobby Kits presents the Luna Tactical Reconnaissance Machine LUM168 (Camel) one-man moon vehicle.
Weighing in at just over 11 tons and standing a full 4.45 meters the Camel is part of the 30th Anniversary of Maschinen Krieger (Ma.K.).
The 1/20 Scale, Series MK06 model includes one figure, 2 type 6 decorations: (320th Armed Regiment K Company) and (310th Armed Regiment Woodpusher Company) representing the next stage of armed combat "AFS" (Armored Fighting Suit).
The model comes packaged in a two-color large box with illustrations of the Camel on both the cover (as seen on the Lunar surface) and the back (side and front views).
Full stats and the history of the faction wars are also included. Inside eight part trees hold the finely detailed walker's various components firmly in place. Parts detachment is easy with little or no flashing. A separate clear cockpit is also included as are hoses, decals and full assembly, glue, paint and decal instructions.
Once assembled the Camel makes for a formidable display that will send shivers up any military model makers spine.
Chevelle and Willys
From Revell comes their new 1:25 Scale, 10+, 2 Skill Level '66 Chevelle Station Wagon.
Painted in classic 1960's green with side faux wood panels decorated with wood grain flames the '66 Chevelle Station Wagon may look like your traditional family station wagon but it packs so much more!
Part of Revell's Muscle series the Chevelle Wagon packs plenty of punch with its chrome wheels, big block engine with its chrome air filter cover and silver engine block, a hood that opens and full interior and exterior details including all-around chrome window dressing, mirrors, handles and bumpers and splashboard and hood ornament and air intakes.
Check out its white interior with flush dash, strait back seats and lots of cargo space. Full assembly instructions, decal sheets and easily detached parts from part trees make this a 'grocery getter' worth getting.
Monogram's '41 Willy Pickup, Level 3, 12+, 1:25 Scale Go Ape! Gasser is a deep purple two-seater with gold-swirl decorations, oversize rear tires, chrome wheels, lights and minimal trim with a bubble airfoil hood, capped bed and lots of attitude!
With its block engine, " Gasser' drivetrain, two bucket seat interior, swing open doors, opening hood, gray interior and twin optional decal applications (including flames) the '41 Willys Pickup is a real show stopper.
Hasegawa Hobby Kits. How do you do it? How can you turn out so many cool models in such detail, packed with extras, easy-to-assemble by using the easy-to-follow instruction (including paint and decal instructions) and keep the quality so high?
Wait a minute! I think I answered my own question! Hasegawa Model Kits set the standard by which all other model kits must meet. Besides providing all the things I just mentioned, the hobby kits also include extensive historical data about whatever vehicle is contained and you can count on Hasegawa to provide killer artwork or photos for each of its model box covers. Throw in a few Limited Edition model kits (to keep modelers interested) and you have the perfect plastic model kit conglomerate.
Hasegawa just released six new aircraft models: three jets, two planes and a Vanship (what the heck is a Vanship?)
The 1:72 Scale F-15C EAGLE '57th Fighter Interceptor Squadron' jet is a bullet with wings. Rear-mounted twin engines propel this fighter to speeds matched by few other fighters. The twin oversize tailfins and rear wings give the sleek aircraft's pilot gentle touch control while the backswept front wings stabilize and give the aircraft the ability to perform quick ascents and descents.
The Black Knights flew from 1954 to 1993, patrolling the airspace around the Soviet Union, 24/7, for possible aerial intrusions.
In 1985 the F-15C EAGLE was introduced and easily outclassed all opposition. The model kit is equipped with conformal fuel tanks and pylon parts and can be decaled two different ways.
Like all Hasegawa Model Kits the F-15C EAGLE's parts detach easily from part trees with little or no flashing with tight fit assembly.
Measuring in at 1:48 Scale the F-4EJ Kai PHANTOM II '8SQ Panthers' is a loaded-for-bear fighter with twin side engines, twin cockpits, a huge fuselage with the latest and greatest technology and flight capabilities and enough weapons ordinance to make any small country's military shutter.
The Phantom II pilots of the 20th Century set 16 world speed and altitude records which until recently were unmatched. No longer used by the U.S. military the aircraft are still used by the Japanese and for good reason. One look at its armament and firepower and extended flight capabilities and this deep blue bullet of a fighter is nothing to mess with. The Phantom II can be displayed with or without its landing gear extended and cockpits opened just as other Hasegawa Model Kits aircraft may.
Another Limited Edition 1:48 Scale aircraft model is the A-7E Corsair II 'VA-113 Stingers Bicentennial'. The A-7E Corsair is a little slow as a jet bomber but it more than makes up for it with its carrying capacity: 15,000 pounds of bombs and four nuclear missiles.
Take a good look at this workhorse bomber with its oversize rear fin, half-body length, front-mounted engines and low profile and you can't help but be impressed. Two decal options are available.
Older, but nonetheless no less impressive, is the Japanese Aicht D3A1 Type 99 Carrier Dive Bomber circa WWII. The CAL Model 11 Folding Wing is a Limited Edition model kit with lots of details and pizzazz for a 1:48 Scale model.
This brightly decorated bomber was highly effective in its runs on Pearl Harbor during WWII against the American Naval Fleet. History proves the stunning capabilities of this aircraft.
Its tri-propeller, wing and fuselage bomb racks and wingtip tilt design make it the perfect aircraft carrier aircraft.
Just as impressive is the 1:48 Scale WWI Nakajima B5N2 Type 92 Carrier Attack bomber (Kate) Model 3 'Folding Wing aircraft.
The three-seat bomber was responsible for the majority of damage inflicted at Pearl Harbor, including the sinking of the Arizona. Later used as Kamikaze aircraft, not a single aircraft still exists today. It's a classic of aircraft design that proved deadly to American forces. Banzai!
When I first saw the 1:72 Scale Vanship and Vespa Model Kit I could only wonder, "What in the world are they?" Then I remembered seeing the aircraft in the Japanese Anime series Last Exile as Tatiana's Vanship and Fam's Vespa.
Steam-driven and fashioned in Steampunk design the aircraft were as every bit as much the stars of the Anime as were its human characters. Four figures are included with the intricately designed ships.
Careful attention was given to capture the look and feel of Anime
aircraft-right down to their unique markings and intricate body detailing and
'Steampunk' appearance. The vehicles
can be displayed on semi-transparent stands side-by-side which makes them
appear just like their Anime counterparts albeit in 3D.
Hasegawa Hobby Kits' Eggplane Series model kits are so darn cute! They're short, squat, rounded and...well--egg shaped! How's that for a perfect description?
Both model boxes boast cover illustrations by Takashi Fujisawa and are a snap to assemble. Easy-to follow instructions make assembling both models a real treat and before you know each are painted, decaled and assembled with nary a fuss!
Parts detach easily from their part tree, decals apply with ease and assembling them only takes a short time. But, be careful, you don't want to mess up these cool models by trying to put them together too fast!
The Hughes 300 helicopter looks like a ladybug on steroids when completed. But even though it is diminutive it still carries all the details of a real Hughes 300.
Likewise for the Mikoyan-15 jet.
It's twin jet engines, sleek fuselage and landing gear may be small
and stunted but the model is 'egg'cellant!
It's time to 'egg'cellerate!
Revell's new 1:24 Scale, Level 3, 129+ pieces, fire red, Ferrari 599 GTO model is a speeding red bullet barely contained by its photo cover box.
A descendent of the original 1962 Ferrari 599 GTO the newest addition to the Ferrari family boasts the highest price tag of any car, a 661 horsepower V-12 engine, a lightweight frame that helps the car reach 60 MPH in an impressive 3.5 and the style and prestige known the world over.
The model kit comes in solid white and requires expert paint, glue and assembly expertise. This ain't no little kid model! Recommended for modelers 12 years and older, the Ferrari 599 GTO model parts come attached to nine part trees. Easily detached, the parts have minimal or zero flashing and fit snuggly together with glue with no gaps.
Follow the paint and decal application guides and soon the beautiful Ferrari 599 GTO model will look just like its original namesake. Rubber tires, clear windshields, windows and lights and chrome wheels, trim and accents bring the Ferrari 599 GTO model to life.
Look for full interior and exterior details including a highly-detailed
engine that can be viewed under its open hood. Are you ready for a "real' car? The Ferrari 599 GTO is the set of wheels for you!
Measuring a whopping 18.36 inches the Hasegawa Model Kit 1:350 Scale IJN Submarine Depot Ship Heian Maru comes in 360 pieces. All are mounted on large part trees, except the split hull and larger pieces. Each piece is tightly crafted with attention given to the minutest detail (hull plates and rivets anyone!)
Parts detach easily from part trees and with the easy-to-follow assembly instructions you'll have your very own Japanese WWII passenger liner/cargo/submarine depot ship assembled, painted and decaled in no time. Choose from two decal options (1st or 8th Fleet).
The photo-etched parts are molded in either gray or clear and fit together snuggly with no flashover of rough or loose edges.
Originally built to be a passenger line and cargo ship the Heian Maru was outfitted and armed just before the outbreak of the war and became a submarine depot ship. Mainly used as a transport and cargo ship the Heian Maru was sunk in the Truk Lagoon after being struck five times by explosives.
The model kit duplicates the functional ship right down to its deck plating with guns, railings, cargo hoists, cables, a windowed bridge, scaffolding, anchors, lifeboats and all the other equipment included on the original ship.
The Limited Edition ship model comes in large box with a full-color painting of the ship in port tending a submarine.
The single smoke stack ship model also comes with dual gold display stands so model lovers can view the entire ship stem to stern and below the waterline. The Heian Maru model is sure to become a prized addition to any modeler's collection-it is to mine.
Furniture, Propellers And Jets
Furniture. Pretty dull right? Normally yes. But, leave it to Hasegawa Hobby Kits to put the
terrific in tables and dynamic in desks.
About now you're thinking to yourself, "What in the world is he
Have you ever tried to make a figure diorama that involves a more 'placid' theme? Ever try to find 'to scale' furniture for your figures? Weapons-yes. Foliage-no problem. Vehicles-piece of cake. Furniture? Not so easy.
Thankfully Hasegawa Model Kits has solved that problem with its new line of 1:12 Scale furniture models.
Two new pieces are the easy to assemble desk with swivel chair and the fold-out wooden table with two folding chairs.
Follow the easy directions and in no time at all you have two sets of miniature (working) furniture suites that will make your 12-inch figures jump for joy-if they could jump-and if they were real-well, you get my point.
For more conventional models check out four new Limited Edition model aircraft from WWII and contemporary.
The 1:48 Scale WWII German aircraft include a familiar plane recently reviewed by me. the Messerschmitt Bf109E-4/7/B 'JABO' is the colorful cousin to the Messerschmitt BF109F-4/B 'JABO'.
With its single pilot cockpit, camo paint scheme, bright yellow front fuselage, rear fuselage yellow strip and yellow tipped tail fin the heavily armed Bf109E-4/7/B makes for a formidable tri-propeller fighter with heavy armor, bomb load and wing-mounted guns. Did I mention the V12 aero-engine?
Like all of the Hasegawa Model Kits aircraft the Bf109E-4/7/B comes with comprehensive paint, decal and gluing instructions, part trees with easily detachable parts (with little or no flashing) and to scale realism second to none.
Equally impressive is the Junkers Ju87B-2 STUKA w/SKID twin passenger fighter with tri-propeller, full armament and twin front ski skids and single rear skid. Made for flying in cold mountainous areas the Junkers packed plenty of punch with its heavy armor, easy maneuverability and distinctive upswept wings tipped in yellow.
Speaking of yellow (and orange) the ACE Combat F-14D Tomcat "Pumpkin Face", 1:72 Scale fighter jet comes decorated on its top with a large leering pumpkin face and 'Happy Halloween' across its right wing. The swept back, variable sweep wings, supersonic fighter also includes twin jet engines under twin tail fins, a full weapon complement consisting of missiles, high caliber guns and enough additional firepower to make any opponent think twice about taking on this Halloween horror of the skies.
Display your Tomcat as in flight or with landing gear extended, cockpit open and wings folded.
The F/A -18F Super Hornet 'VFA-32 Swordsmen' may not be as colorful as the Tomcat but is equally impressive with its similar body/wing/engine configuration and bubble cockpit. Slightly more aerodynamic, The Hornet is one aircraft that has plenty of sting with it heavy weapon load, missile package and sophisticated electronics.
Tomcat, Draken, Skyraider, Dog, And JABO
Hasegawa Hobby Kits has just released five new Limited Edition plastic aircraft model kits: four 1:72 Scale and one 1:32 Scale. All require upper level model making skills that includes glue, paint and decal application.
Not to worry though because each model includes easy-to-read and easy-to-understand instructions that include historical text about each aircraft and step-by-step numerical assembly, paint and decal instructions.
Ironically one of the United States current enemies was once an allie nearly 40 years ago. The Iranians needed fighter jets in 1976 and the United States supplied them 80 F-14A Tomcat aircraft.
The F-14 can carry up to 6 AIM-54 Phoenix Missiles and a 20 mm Vulcan Gatling-type cannon. The super-sonic twin-engine fighters have proved to be reliable, versatile and deadly fighters.
Their sleek aerodynamic extended fuselage design lets them slice through the air and with their formidable weaponry warn that enemy aircraft or ground forces best beware. Still in use today the F-14s are the backbone of the Iranian Air Force.
Two decal configurations are available.
Sweden's eye in the sky: the RF-35 Draken Recon Draken aircraft were originally intended for Sweden but soon became available to other countries including the Royal Danish Air Force.
The distinctive double-delta wings of RF-35 were modified for reconnaissance and still serve the Danes with distinction. Two decal options are available.
The AD-6 Skyraider VA-65 Tigers reliability, endurance and ability to carry up to 8,000 pounds of bombs served to keep the prop aircraft in service up until 1972.
Used heavily during the Korean and Vietnam Wars the Skyraiders were the workhorses of the air and proved to be formidable in every fight. Two decal options are included.
Their bite was every bit as bad as their bark proved to be true with the F-86D Sabre Dog Shark Teeth fighter jets. With their distinctive tiger teeth fuselages paint scheme the Sabre Dog interceptor-style fighters were heavier, faster and much more deadly than their smaller F-86 cousins.
Each carried 24 2.75 in (70mm) rockets in a closeable ventral tray along with stand armament and weapons. Two decal versions are available.
The 1/32 Scale Messerschmitt BF109F-4/B JABO model captures the ferocity of its namesake Nazi war machine.
The BF 109F-4/B. The F-4/B series carried machine guns in its fuselage along with light bomb loads under its wings.
"Jabo" units squadrons were used to attack ground forces.
Heavily armed and armored the tri-propeller killer was trimmed in yellow,
sported a square edge canopy and was responsible for hundreds of Allied
What is it about fighter aircraft that fascinates me so? I was raised during the period shortly after WWII and was regaled by stories of brave fighter pilots who fought the nefarious Nazis and Japs. At that time comic books and magazines still carried stories chronicling the war in the air and many of the veteran pilot’s of that period were considered heroes.
I’ve grown up loving fighter aircraft and while I do not consider myself an expert on aircraft, by any means, I still appreciate the design and technology of any fighter aircraft.
Since my visits to aircraft museums and military bases are at a minimum-at best-I enjoy looking at books on aircraft and at plastic models.
Hasegawa Hobby Kits is the master of recreating classic fighter aircraft in miniature form with its huge collection of both Limited Editions and widespread distribution plastic models.
Each and every aircraft model (fighter or not) duplicates perfectly the detail, markings and ‘feel’ of its larger counterpart.
Parts are finely-crafted with minimal or zero flashing resulting in very little, if any, trimming. Each piece is made to fit perfectly with other parts in the aircraft and with the simple and easy to understand instructions (with illustrations) the aircraft assemble with no muss or fuss.
Decal sheets (normally of a variety so modelers can customize aircraft to particular periods or air forces) are easy to apply and painting instructions are accurate so modelers can be assured that their model matches the original aircraft.
Parts detach easily from part trees and are easy to identify by number and appearance.
Three aircraft were recently released and they include two WWI era planes and one modern fighter jet.
The 1/48 Scale Seafire MK1B Limited Edition model captures the look and feel of the Royal Navy’s jury-rigged Spitfire fitted for aircraft use. Besides being heavily armed and packed with interior and exterior details the aircraft also comes with an arresting hook and under fuselage panel (with parts to match the cobbled together and modified aircraft made ready for aircraft carrier duty.) It’s a beautiful model with its clear cockpit, working landing gear, tri-blade propeller and impressive firepower.
The Japanese were somehow able to capture several P-40E Warhawks during WWII and repurpose them for their own use. Dubbed the Prisoner Of War, the P-40E Warhawk made for a lethal adversary in the air.
While not necessarily the most maneuverable or fast aircraft the Warhawks or Flying Tigers were incredibly tough and resilient and served their pilots well.
Fight for fight the aircraft matched their ferocious namesake(s) with a large number of.
109 parts make up the 1/48 Scale model kit that requires a Level 3 skill in model-making. As with most Hasegawa aircraft models the Warhawk is packed with details, landing gear )that can be deployed or encased) and modified by using several different paint schemes and decals.
Hasegawa’s 1/72 Scale, Level 3 F-15E strike Eagle fighter jet is a marvel of engineering and technology twin body-mounted jet engines give this baby plenty of 'umph' and when decked out in it full armament few aircraft or ground forces want to tackle this bundle of kill power.
Capable of carrying two passengers, the F-15E Strike Eagle has served it country well in numerous skirmishes and battles and is lethal killer both on the ground and in the air.
The kit contains additional tank, antenna, display and pylon parts and once assembled the aircraft will make a fine addition to any modeler’s collection whether suspended from lines from the ceiling or proudly displayed on its stand.
I was surprised by the heftiness of the model kit made so by the additional parts.
All three models feature full-color paintings on their packages and their instructions give complete histories of each.
I gotta admit, Hasegawa Hobby Kits has an uncanny ability to take vehicles of all sorts and make some pretty impressive model kits out of them. For example:
The Unmanned Space Probe Voyager was launched over 30 years ago. By now it is far outside our galaxy and headed into deep space. Its mission was to scout out and attempt to contact life out in the universe.
You may remember that it was the subject of the first Star Trek movie. Voyager had collided with an alien space probe, got its electronic brains scrambled and was headed back to earth as V’ger.
I’ve always been fascinated by space travel and Voyager was man’s first attempt to discover life on other planets.
The Voyager model is a perfect replica of its giant namesake. Every knob, button, panel, antennae, switch, relay and detail is faithfully reproduced. Paint, glue and assembly instructions make the model a ‘snap’ to put together. Once assembled it can be displayed on an Earth motif stand giving it the appearance of floating in space.
Parts detach easily from the part trees with minimal or no flashing and glue together snuggly with no gaps or mismatched edges.
I love commercial aircraft, especially large commercial aircraft.
The ANA BOEING 787-8 aircraft is a marvel of modern technology with its twin wing mounted jet engines, swept back wing design and long tubular body design.
The snug cockpit is smoothly integrated into the fuselage and three wheel assemblies fold up into the fuselage giving the aircraft the appearance as one single integrated unit.
The aircraft can be displayed with wing flaps extended and landing gear in place. Paint, decal and assembly instructions make assembling the 1:200 Scale model a breeze. Five part trees come in the kit and large decals make wing and fuselage decoration easy.
Hasegawa’s Mini Cooper Countryman All4 “Union Jack is a red, white and blue four-door bullet that shouts British pride. Union Jack flags decorate the roof, mirrors and small side decorations.
A Limited Editor model, the Union Jack may be painted in British Jack colors or in a simple white and black motif with checkered roof, mirrors and side panel décor.
Rubberlike wheels can be turned for display Look for chrome wheels, mirrors, light clusters, door handles and chrome strips. Six part trees hold body, chrome and window parts that detach easily and cleanly with no muss or fuss. Decals let modelers customize their choice of Union Jack or black and white versions. Either way the Mini Cooper model from Hasegawa is a big hit.
Eggplane Series F-16 Fighting Falcon
And Space Shuttle
Too cool! Hasegawa Hobby Kits just introduced me to its Eggplane Series that are so cool (and dare I say 'cute?)
Takashi Fujisawa provides the Anime/Manga inspired illustrations for the two models that take conventional aircraft and cuteify them-thus the Eggplane label.
The F-16 Fighting Falcon "Thunderbirds" model is a bulbous, squat version of the famous aircraft that includes a pilot, a clear canopy, landing gear and all the extras and details you would see on a full-scale, real version of the aircraft.
Paint, decal and glue application are required but with the short and concise instructions assembly is a snap!
Equally as cute is the Space Shuttle with its astronaut in full space suit regalia. Once assembled the Space Shuttle has its hanger doors open, manipulative claw extended and the astronaut floating freely in space safely tethered to the Space Shuttle. It too requires paint, decal and paint application.
Both models are sure to be big pleasers to younger modelers along with
Anime and Manga fans. Like all
Hasegawa Hobby Kits the two models feature parts that detach cleanly from
their part trees with little or no flashing, fit snuggly together and look
great once assembled.
Street, Runner, Crate, Rod,
I remember as a child the excitement I felt whenever I got to go to the Hobby Shop or Department store. The first place I headed was the model section to check out the new model cars Revell/Monogram had just released.
Back then model-making had one level-challenging! All of the Revell/Monogram models produced required glue, paint and decal application. Revell/Monogram models made models that fit together snuggly, required little in the way of part trimming and included instructions even a young struggling model maker (like myself) could follow. All of those things still hold true today with Revell/Monogram models.
Sure they are a little more expensive to purchase (just like everything else) but they're still fun to put together. In fact, with their new Skill Level designations, easy-to-apply decals and even more comprehensive instructions making Revell/Monogram have never been easier or more fun.
Revell/Monogram has just released seven new automobile models-all of them classics. They range from 1:24 to 1:25 Scale and Skill Levels 2 and 3.
For triple value for your hard-earned cash be sure to check out Monogram's '29 Ford Rat Rod 3 'N 1. Customize this classic Ford as a matte gray pickup truck with whitewall tires, running boards, short bed, chrome bumpers and grill and very distinctive door panel decals.
Or, you can choose a candy apple red hotrod with white cab, full chrome grill, bumpers and wheels with whitewall tires. If that's not hot enough for you check out the aqua/green roadster with wraparound flame decals, open passenger compartment and enclosed streamline grill.
The Revell Muscle '67 Chevelle Pro Street model is a two-door darling of an auto with flat front chrome grill, bumpers, wheels, trim and mirrors. An integrated bumped up airfoil hood hints at the power under its hood.
Don't let its innocent appearance fool you. This hot little number hides inner roll bars, a stripped down interior and enough muscle to give the 'big boys' a run for their money.
Just as impressive is the bright red Monogram Classic Cruiser '70 Plymouth Road Runner. This is the car I wanted as teenager. I mean who wouldn't have wanted a car synonymous with speed, grace and plenty of "beep-beep" get-up-and-go!?
Sporting just enough chrome to sparkle the solid red roadster has red wheels, a solid black interior and one mean profile!
Revell's Car Show Orange Crate '32 Ford Sedan is solid chrome engine that barely fits into its swing up chassis. Oversize rear and front chrome wheels hold custom racing tires, hide behind a distinctive grill and nestle in between them a eight-barrel monster of an engine hid underneath a two door, slit window passenger compartment. No wonder it won a god award!
The Cadillac Custom Lowrider is a California Wheels that is sure to bring its share of stares and looks of admiration and envy. With its square front, maxed-out-in-chrome, gold wire wheels, custom green paint scheme with gold stripe accents and a sunroof and white leather passenger compartment this white-on-green machine is a favorite. Sweet!
Motor Sports 'sports' a Corvette Grand Sport from Revell. With its distinctive shark shape this two-tone, blue speedster has decals galore, twin white and red strips running the length of the car and some impressive oversize tires on chrome wheels. Emblazoned with the number 3, the car is a 3-time winner for speed, looks and performance!
K.S. Pittman's Willy's Drag Coupe is a Motor Sports model from Revell that is red devil with full chrome wheels, under carriage, hood air scoop, grill, trim and rear bumper. Its streamline retro look chassis is bulky enough to look like power captured while its streamline design unleashes enough horse power to burn up the racetrack. This two-door demon is a dragster that has every reason to display the Olympic symbols on its sides. It's a winner!
Buffalo, Cobra And Honda
If you have the 'need for speed' then Hasegawa Hobby Kits has just the models for you: two airplanes and one motorcycle.
Get twice the aircraft for your money when you purchase Hasegawa's F2A-2/3 Buffalo U.S. Navy/Marine (2 kits) Limited Edition. Choose you paint scheme and decals.
In 1939 the Buffalo beat out the Wildcat to become the Navy's first fighter aircraft. Although the feisty little aircraft didn't quite live up to expectations it still generated enough interest to make it a mainstay in several other countries air forces.
Several changes were made to the aircraft to improve its performance when it entered Navy service. However the craft proved too heavy, under-performed and was easily shot down by faster Japanese Zeroes. After a short stint with the Marines the aircraft retired from U.S. service. It did however find new life overseas, primarily in Finland.
Equipped with heavy armor and additional fuel tank the Buffalo had little firepower. Not a large aircraft, it did boast retractable landing gear, a sleek (yet small) body and a distinctive profile. Scaled at 1:72, the Buffalo model requires glue, paint and decal application. Parts detach easily from part trees with little or no flashing and fit snuggly together with minimal fuss.
The 1/48 Scale P-39Q Air Cobra Thompson Trophy Race Limited Edition aircraft is a yellow bullet with its sleek aerodynamic design, four blade prop and air scoop mounted behind the cockpit.
Like the Buffalo the Cobra model requires glue, decals and assembly. Easy to follow instructions make assembly uncomplicated and parts detach cleanly from part trees with little flashing and minimal trimming.
The P-39Q Air Cobra was made for the Army. The engine was installed behind the cockpit (thus the air scoop) and a cannon fired through the propeller. Its unusual design, that included a tricycle landing configuration, did create problems and thus hindered its performance.
Despite several modifications the aircraft proved unreliable. It did show up in air shows years later with its original configuration and won The Thompson Trophy Race.
For some land base speed be sure to check out Hasegawa's 1/12 Scale Scot Racing Team Honda RS250RW 2007 Limited Edition motorcycle model. This crotch rocket performs at incredible speeds and with its wraparound design the driver and vehicle become practically one unit.
Packed out with a V-2, liquid cooled, telescopic suspension and oversize rear tires this baby can fly! The winner of scores of competitions, the Team Honda RS250RW is a black and yellow ball of lightning as it races around the track to victory!
The model kit parts come on several trees and belts and tires are rubber. This ain't no little kid model. It takes a steady hand and expertise to make this model the way it should be made. Do you have the skills?
Mini Cooper S Countryman All4
“I shall call it, Mini Cooper.” Hasegawa Hobby Kits has recreated in 1:24 Scale one of my all-time favorite automobiles: the Mini Cooper or specifically the CD-21 Mini Cooper S Countryman All 4. That’s a big name for a small car but it fits.
Although small is size the Mini Cooper is big on performance, luxury and bells and whistles. Painted in white/silver with black trim, roof, wheel wells, grill and mirrors, the Mini Cooper S model is a pint-sized BMW that is the successor to the Mini-Wagon Clubman.
Equipped with five door (including a hatchback) the four-wheel drive, 1.6 liter engine marvel of engineering offers plenty of room, luxury interior design, plenty of horsepower for comfortable high-speed travel and lots of extras for customizing such as roof rails, wheels, door mirrors and interior accessories.
The Hasegawa model is made for the veteran modeler. Painting, gluing and decal application are required, but the enclosed instructions make assembly and detailing easy. Seven part trees, a decal sheet and chassis are included along with the instructions. Flashing and trim work is at a minimum and customized paint instructions allow modelers to customize their model as do extra accessories.
The model comes packaged in a medium size box with a full-color photo of a Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 on its cover and on three sides. A full history of the vehicle is included on the instructions.
2 Race Cars, 2 Cars, 1 Van, 3 Planes And 1 Jet
Summer is fast approaching and what better way to spend your Summer than kicking back, hanging out, eating, drinking and making models? OK, maybe that last part is stretching it a bit but ya gotta admit taking the time and effort to put together a model is extremely satisfying.
No matter your level of model making expertise Revell/Monogram has the model just for you. To prove my point Revell/Monogram just released nine new models that are sure to satisfy any model maker's taste in models.
For the automobile fanatic comes five new models: four at 1:24 Scale, one at 1:25 Scale, three Skill Level 2, one Level 1 and one Level 3. How can you loose!?
All feature precise sculpting of parts to scale, easy-to-follow instructions, paint and decal application guides (if needed) and require very little prep work such as flashing cleanup.
Revell's Snap-Tite series, Skill Level 1 features a fire red Enzo Ferrari with just over 45 parts. Although made for the novice or young modeler, the car is still packed with details including chrome wheels, rubber like tires, full interior and exterior detailing, pre-painted parts, snap together assembly and best of all-no cleanup.
The Level 2 Performance Audi R8 Spyder is a compact convertible made for two with its custom black seats and interior, teardrop shape, wheel-hugging chassis, chrome wheels, grill and trim and engine situated in the rear. The rear engine compartment opens and the lush interior of this baby blue metallic roadster surprises drivers with its 195 mph speed capabilities.
Motor Sports' Steve Kinser Bass Pro Shops Sprint Car is so powerful and so fast that it requires twin oversize airfoils just to keep it on the ground. All engine and with very little chassis this bright orange Sprint Car features oversize rear tires roll bars, a removable chassis revealing the massive engine and even a driver. Check out the chrome job on its custom engine-sweet!
Equally impressive is the Tony Nancy 22 JR Roadster/Dragster 2 Car kit combo. Another Skill Level 2 model, this combo gives modelers more muscle for their money.
Customize it to be a square back, bright orange Roadster with mid-mounted chrome trim engine with oversize exhaust, small front wire wheels, oversize rear wheels and driver cockpit snuggled in its box body.
Or...trim things down a bit with a silver streamline body, same wheel configuration but with a full-chromed engine. Whatever way you choose to build it the 22 JR is twice the fun.
For the slightly more subdued driver comes the '77 Chevy Van from Revell's TRUCKS series. With its all-white body, wave side decals and enclosed rear compartment this two-door, chrome trim, wheel and bumper and grill workhorse makes for the perfect hauling machine.
It's all business with its heavy frame, utilitarian interior, large cargo space and twin rear doors, the Chevy Van puts the buzz in business.
The second world war was responsible for a huge leap in aeronautics. Desperation and determination make a great pair of motivators and whether the airplanes were Allied or Axis there can be no doubt tremendous strides were made in the manufacture of aircraft.
The U.S. Navy's F6F-5 Hellcat proved to be one of the most deadly and efficient fighter planes ever created. The primary carrier based aircraft during the war , the Hellcat easily outpaced the Japanese Zero in every area.
The sleek single engine, single pilot blue aircraft was small but carried impressive weaponry including wing-mounted machine guns, rockets and bombs. The aircraft can be configured and decaled and painted in two configurations and comes with a pilot and ground crewman. Display the aircraft as if in flight or with landing gear down and pilot ladder in place.
The B-24J Liberator was a massive Allied bomber with twin bomb bay doors, four engines, top and front swivel turrets and a full fuselage of bombs.
The model features full interior details such as working bomb bay doors and bombs and full ground crew with tractor. Complete instructions guide model builders through assembly, decal and paint application for this Skill Level 2 monster of an aircraft scaled at 1:48 from Monogram.
Just check out the cockpit details with full instrumentation, complete gunner bubbles, incredible wing and body details with each panel visible right down to the rivets. The working landing gear makes this a fine table model but the aircraft can also be shown as if aloft with landing gear hidden and bomb bay doors closed.
Faster than most fighters the Nazi Heinkel He III P mid-size bomber was the German workhorse during bombing raids. Small, fast and capable of impressive bomb loads despite its size, the Heinkel was a twin engine terror of the skies.
A top mounted gunner kept fighters at bay as the segmented front windows gave the pilots almost a 360 degree view of their aerial environment. The aircraft is decked out with three MG 15 machine guns, twin bomb bay doors, bomb racks with bombs and working landing gear. Instructions for painting and decaling the bomber in three different configurations help when assembling this Skill Level 3 aircraft model that is not for the timid.
Full interior details include a cockpit, gunner stations, bomb compartment and weaponry controls. Exterior details are just as impressive on this special Pro-Modeler aircraft.
Another Snap-Tite aircraft model is the Revell YF-22 Raptor at 1:72 Scale.
The Advance Tactical Fighter features sweptback integrated rear and front wings, twin tail wings, a single pilot cockpit, streamline fuselage with slit air intakes and with its stealth design the fighter becomes almost invisible during flight. A stand comes with the model and with its stick-on decals, pre-painted parts and 'no glue required' assembly lets kids can get in on the aviation fun.
P.H.J. 101 GroBer Hund
From Hasegawa Hobby Kits’ Series MK05 comes its Maschinen Krieger, Strahl Demokratische Republik P.H.J. 101 GroBer Hund, 1:20 Scale Humanoid Unmanned Interceptor model kit.
Fashioned after the infamous AFS, the model kit is a high-tech mobile weapon bristling with armor and armament bringing a whole new level of destruction to the battlefield.
Roughly humanoid in appearance, the Interceptor is a veritable one man army with its heavy armor, various weapons and unswerving drive to battle.
The model kit parts come on 13 part trees. Parts detach easily with little or no flashing-trim work is at a minimum. Glue, paint and decal application is necessary but with the enclosed detailed instruction none should be a problem. Once completed the Interceptor stands freely on its own and makes and impressive display.
The Interceptor comes packaged in an unconventional box consisting of non-gloss card stock. The illustration of the Interceptor on the front looks slightly dull which fits perfectly with its military use.
The entire package gives the impression of a standard
Camaro, Corvette, Tie Fighter And Ventura
Revell breaks out four new models: two cars, one Star Wars and one WWII aircraft.
Rev up your engines and get ready to go with Revell's Special Edition Series with optional parts and new tooling, 2'n1 2010 Camaro SS, 1'25 Scale, Level 2, motor machine.
Dress it out in bright red with black accents or mellow it down with yellow with front and red black strips.
Either way you've got a Motor City Muscle Car for the new generation of car lovers. Custom wheels and front end, an engine compartment packing a powerful V-8, custom front grill and bumper, swept tail end and a solid black interior make this the re-imagined Muscle Car for the 2000s a must-have motorized monster.
The Motor Sports edition of the Corvette C5-R 'Compuware", Level 3, 1:25 Scale race car is all business with its low-profile, wedge-to-the-wind body design, reinforced frame and undercarriage, custom wheels and tires, oversize rear airfoil and interior flip cage make this Corvette a force to be reckoned with.
Both models feature full assembly, paint and decal instructions and make fine additions to any car lovers collection.
Kids are sure to love Revell's Star Wars Tie Fighter Snap Tite model that requires no glue, paint or decaling. Included with the Level 1 Empire Tie Fighter comes a Tie Fighter Pilot, easy to follow instructions and a gallery of other Star Wars spacecraft on the model box's rear panel. "I have you now!"
Coincidentally George Lucas used the dogfights filmed during WWII to choreograph many of the famous Empire and Rebel spaceship fights.
Revell's Lockheed PV-1 Venture WWII aircraft is scaled at 1:48, requires a Level 3 modeler's skill and comes with complete assembly, paint and decal instructions.
This mighty war machine features a twin pilot cockpit, twin props, extra fuel tanks, top mounted gunner station, bomb bay doors and wheel housings that open and full interior and exterior details including three sets of decals for customizing, antenna and radar. Watch out for the front mounted triple machine guns.
Wrecker, GT, Del Ray, GTO And Camaro
Three new Revell Level 2 Skill, 1:25 Scale, one Revell SnapTite, 1:25 Scale and one Monogram Level 2, 1:24 Scale vehicles have just been released for January.
All feature perfect, to-scale parts that detach easily from part trees, easy-to-follow paint, assembly and decal instructions (except the SnapTite that requires not paint or glue) and lots of awesome interior and exterior details.
First up from the Revell Truck line comes a '77 GMC Wrecker Truck with a working crane and flatbed, accessible engine, oversize tires on chrome wheels, a full-front bumper that covers the grill and comes complete with chrome window and door details, oversize mirrors, chrome bedliner and roof-mounted chrome horns. It's time for some serious hauling, especially in this deep-blue, decal-decorated Wrecker Truck!
The SnapTite 2010 Ford Mustang GT Convertible is a gold pony car that packs plenty of horsepower under its hood. It sleek, four-passenger design beckons back to the classic days of the Mustang. Check out its solid black interior, chrome wheels, small rear airfoil, solid, wide black stripes centered on its hood and truck, side black stripes with mustang font, oversize rear lights and classic Mustang grill and bumpers.
The fire red '56 Chevy Del Ray is a chromed out California Wheels classic with side flame decals, side chrome accents, hood ornament, chrome trim windows, oversize chrome wheels, heavy chrome bumpers and two doors. Carrying capacity is five people, the engine is chrome plated and can be painted to match either a red or yellow paint scheme.
Monogram's Classic Cruiser '64 Pontiac GTO 2 'n 1 is a candy-apple red classic that can be modified to show off its dual chrome hood intakes, custom chrome wheels, full side body decals and jacked up frame. Or choose the factory issue version without all the bells and whistles.
Either way you have a muscle car that's rarin' to flex its impressive muscles. It's two-door, five passenger, black interior, accessible engine and telltale GTO body style makes this car a wanna-have classic for any car collector.
Revell's Motor-City Muscle '69 Camaro SS/RS Convertible 2 'n 1 is all style with its white with black stripes exterior, solid white with gray interior, chrome grill, bumpers and wheels, custom 396 V-8 that barely fits into its engine compartment and sweet black accented dash with on-the-floor shifting and bucket seats. Now that's my kind of car!
Growler And Desk & Chair
Not too long ago I reviewed Hasegawa Hobby Kits' EA-18G Growler in large scale. This time around I'm looking at the growler again, only this time in a smaller scale (1:72) and I have to say I am amazed the attention to detail is almost identical to the larger scale model.
Oh sure, there are slight differences simply because some parts were small with the larger version and a few of the miniscule details get lost when scaled down even smaller. But, overall the smaller scale make little or no difference in the quality of the pieces, minimum flashing and easy detaching from the 14 part trees.
The U.S. Navy Carrier Borne ECM Aircraft is a marvel of modern aviation engineering. With its enlarged fuel tank, a more powerful engine, lengthened wings, updated software and hardware, Vulcan cannon, missiles, and air-to-air ordinance.
Easy to follow instructions allows modelers to paint and decal exact makings and colors on the aircraft and the lettered and numbered tree parts makes finding parts easy to identify and use.
Whether in flying or landing configuration the Growler is a beauty of a model that captures the look and feel of a real combat ready aircraft.
Now here's something I've never reviewed before: model school desks and chairs-three in total. All snap together easily, are pre-painted and comes with a simulated board parquet floor panel.
What in the world can you use a 1/12 Scale set desks and chairs for? easy, ever hear of 1/12th Scale action figures before. yep, G.I. Joes, Star Wars, military, movie-you name the 1/12 scale figure and those babies can sit their plastic behinds down behind a desk. Good thing to, they're probably getting tired of standing!
Diablo, Shelby, Firebird, Nomad,
Revell/Monogram cranks out nine new models for holidays: five cars and four aircraft.
Monogram presents a Classic Crusader with its 1:24 Scale Lamborghini Diablo VT requiring Skill Level 2 for assembly.
This red hot beauty is all car with its sleek design, low profile, two-passenger interior, rear engine and oversize rear airfoil.
Open up this baby to check out its powerful 492 hp, 5.7 liter, V-12 engine that packs quite a punch. Details abound with both interior and exterior with hidden headlights, custom wheels, black wraparound mirrors and integrated bumpers. Wow!
Less expensive but equally impressive is the '78 Pontiac Firebird 3' n 1, 1: 24 Scale, Level 2 model that allows modelers to modify this fast and furious road beast into three configurations including a sedan and convertible. You'll love the oversize Firebird hood decoration, custom wheels, gold windshield trim, trademark Pontiac grill and V8 GM block engine that crowds the engine compartment for room.
Ford's Streetburner 2010 Shelby GT500 comes in a 1:25 Scale, Level 2 that gets mean when its green. Painted bright red with twin full body white strips, a Shelby engine with its V-8 powerhouse, characteristic grill, cut-in headlights, four stripped seats, custom wheels, oversize air scoop and give this car plenty of attitude. Zoom!
The Level 2, 1:24 Scale '40 Ford Custom Pickup Truck is a masterpiece of muscle with awesome chrome grill, bumpers, wheels, trim and mirrors. The split windshield, roll down side windows, inset bed with wood rails and chrome engine guarantee that this Ford will be considered a classic for years to come. Remove the wood rails for an open bed or protect the bed with a blue full-bed cover.
Another classic is the '56 Chevy Nomad California Wheels 2' n 1, 1:25 Scale, Level 2 station wagon. Go for a two-tone paint job, or custom side flames and full body chrome.
Chrome wheels, grill, mirrors, hood ornament, bumpers and engine parts make modelers wish for the good old days when cars had their own personality and this baby's personality says, "Look at me, I'm something special!"
It's time to get airborne with four aircraft models beginning with the U.S. Airforce F-5E Tiger II fighter jet. With its Sidewinder missiles, laser guided bombs and gun ports the Tiger II means business in the skies.
Scaled at 1:48 and requiring Level 2 modeling skills the Tiger II model has full and accurate interior and exterior details including a cockpit that opens, landing gear, descent ladder for the pilot (who is also included), decal variations, full paint and decal application instructions and parts that detach easily from part trees. An extra fuel tank allows the craft to cruise further distances.
Just as deadly is the Navy's F-8 Crusader with missiles, bombs and single engine (that boosts the aircraft to supersonic speeds) makes this aircraft a formidable opponent in any air or ground combat situation.
Comprehensive instructions allow the modeler to customize the aircraft into one of two versions and the slide back canopy cockpit also includes a pilot, full instrumentation. Extra wingtips can be mounted up or down, landing gear and at Level 2 this 1: 48 Scale model is impressive displayed either flying or landed.
The WWII SB2C-4 Helldiver Navy fighter aircraft is Rated Level 3 in skill and comes in at 1:48 Scale. A rear gun area, full instrument cockpit with pilot, exposed weapons bay with 500 lb bombs and a powerful four prop engine allowed the Helldiver to participate in every major naval action during the war.
This highly-detailed model doesn't skimp on the details or the authenticity of its parts. Model makers need to follow the instructions to the letter. Parts are photo-etched, easy to detach from part trees with little or no flashing and painting instructions and decal schematics make putting together the Helldiver a real treat for any seasoned model maker.
By far the largest and most impressive of all the recent model releases listed is the Bell Huey Gunship measuring in at 1:24 Scale and requiring a Level 2 skill. Paint application and gluing are required but with the model's enclosed instructions adding extra touches is simple.
This monster of a model brings back memories of America's involvement in the Vietnam War. With its slide open side doors, twin oversize windshields, side windows, rocket launchers and rotating front and rear rotors, Vietnam U.S. Army markings, internal framework cockpit with two figures and various exterior details such as antenna and landing rails, the Huey Gunship was the most versatile and vital aircraft over the last several wars.
'48 Ford Coupe, '59 Chevy Impala,
Lamborghini Diablo, '63 Corvette And Jungle Jim
Classic car fans are sure to love the five new classic car models Revell has just released.
Like all Revell models all are a perfect match to their larger cousins. The models are scaled at 1:25 but none skimp on details. Easy to understand instructions and clear paint and decal application diagrams allow models, regardless of skill level, to turn out the very best models so that when friends and family see them will give out a collective, "Wow!"
The 3' n 1 '48 Ford Custom Coupe is a honey of a car that deserves its Special Edition Series status. Extra parts and new tooling allow modelers to customize their car into two configurations.
Each version retains the trademark '48 Coupe body but with custom grills, bumpers, interior and exterior details and with a supped up, chromed engine this baby is an eye-catcher regardless of what version you customize. Check out the full dash with chrome accents, straight-back twin front seats and cool body trim and whitewall tires. Zoom!
The '59 Chevy Impala (a personal favorite) is a 2' n 1 California Wheels convertible that can be painted a deep bronze with custom trim or a deep blue with minimal trim.
Display your model with the white convertible top up or down, the hood open (showcasing the powerful V8) and with the slightly redesigned twin rear fins this car looks like its moving when its standing still. Now that's a classic car!
Choose your wheel, trim and tire types, ramp up the chrome accessories and sit back and enjoy the luxury of riding with the top down, radio blasting and the lush interior.
The Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster is the ultimate in fast-as-a-flash streetcars. With its hefty price tag this car delivers on all fronts with its powerful rear engine, sleek aerodynamic design, low to the ground profile and characteristic swept back wedge design. The price is well worth it for this classic luxury car.
Twin seats melt into the chassis as the driver and passenger seem to become one with the car as it speeds up and passes all competitors.
Take a moment to appreciate the step a