US Coast Guard Cape-Class Patrol Boat 1:82 Scale Lindberg Model Kit #HL216 Review

2014 December 16
by Doug

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The USCG Cape-class patrol boats were 95-foot steel hull patrol boats with aluminum superstructures. They were built in the 1950s and served until the 1980s and were unnamed until 1964, when they acquired names of US capes of land. Originally designed for anti-submarine warfare, all 36 boats in this class were built at the United States Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland. The Cape-class cutters were equipped as coastal sub-chasers, with a forward-firing “Mousetrap” ASW weapon and depth charge racks aft. There were three sub-classes or types that evolved as missions for the boat changed. The Type A was outfitted primarily for ASW, Type B was Search and Rescue (SAR) and Type C was more commercial in use. The paint scheme with the Coast Guard “racing stripe” wasn’t introduced until the 1964 when the ships were named. Prior to 1964 the hull was white with just the registry numbers on the side.

 

For the Modeler: This review covers the Round 2 “The Lindberg Line” kit #HL216. It is a 1:82 Scale Coast Guard Cape Class ship. The kit has over 180 parts molded in White and Clear with a roll of Black thread. This is a Skill Level 2 for the moderate builder as 000b it requires Glue. It is a Re-release (Re-Pop) of the original Lindberg kit and contains all the original parts! Previously, Lindberg offered a motorized version of this kit also. It has seen multiple box arts and even been under different brands in the past. The hull consists of multiple parts with the main deck in one piece. Many of the details are small so take care as you assemble it. There is an updated set of decals that includes four different versions that can be assembled. This is one of Lindberg’s best large-scale ship kits, not to mention the only plastic kit of a post-war USCG cutter. The kit represents a Cape-class cutter in “as built” configuration. The basic shapes of the hull and superstructure look right, and many of the smaller parts, such as the Mousetrap launchers and rockets, are quite finely molded; and, with a bit of scratch-building work it is a good basis for an excellent model. Overall dimensions of the kit are Length: 14-1/2”, Width: 3”, Height: 6-1/2” on the stand to the top of the radar mast.

 

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic step-by-step construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; building the deck structures; proper side rail location placement; official and alternate color selections; using decal setting solutions for improved appearance; paint notations; version considerations; finishing the display stand; adjusting for hull width variations; where to use “clear” glue for the windows; installing the “thread” rails;  identifying leftover motorized features; masking for proper hull detail are all fully examined in this 14 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

 

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LST (Landing Ship Tank) 1:245 Scale Lindberg Model Kit #HL213 Review

2014 December 10
by Doug

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The LST, or Landing Ship Tank, was originally developed in World War II as a way of transporting tanks and trucks. LSTs first saw action in the Pacific theatre, and were extensively used in the 1944 D-Day landings by both British and American forces. By the end of the war the LST would find its way into every theater of the war serving as troop and vehicle transports, repair and supply ships, and even launching aircraft! Known to its crews as the “Large Slow Target”, the LSTs were 328 feet long and sailed at only 9 knots! LST’s were built by shipyards across the US, including many that were sailed down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to the sea! The defensive armament of LSTs varied but was usually a mix of 40mm and 20mm AA guns sometimes with a 3″ gun at the stern. The LST was designed to run up onto the beach and then pull itself off by winching in an anchor dropped off the stern. It could hold tanks and trucks both inside and up on deck. Originally the ships used an electric elevator to access the deck but later ships used a ramp. There was also a cargo hatch in the deck forward of the aft superstructure for additional access below. LST’s were equipped with two or more LCVP’s hung from davits on deck to aid in landing troops. They were designed to carry a 114′ LCT on deck, which was slipped off by tipping the LST to one side! Today the USS LST Memorial, located in Mobile, Alabama, has a fully restored LST and museum. 

 

For the Modeler: This review covers the Round 2 “The Lindberg Line” kit #HL213. It is a 1:245 Scale Landing Ship Tank (LST) from the World War II D-Day invasion. The kit has over 185 parts molded in Gray with a roll of black thread and waterslide decals. This is a 000b Skill Level 2 for the moderate builder as it requires glue. It is a Re-release (Re-Pop) of the original Lindberg kit and contains all the original parts. Lindberg previously offer this in a motorized version. This kit has seen multiple box arts and even been issued under different brands in the past. The hull is a single piece with the deck in two parts. Many of the details are small so take care as you assemble it. There is an updated set of decals that include FIVE different versions that can be assembled.  I chose to build LST 325 which actually landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day and is now berthed at Evansville, IN as a memorial museum.  Overall dimensions of the kit are Length: 16”, Width: 2”, Height: 6” on the stand to the top of the mast. This fun kit is easy to assemble and fills an important void in the WWII lineup.

 

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; removing unwanted copyright script; building the deck structures; proper side rail location placement; official and alternate color selections; paint notations; version considerations; finishing the display stand;  identifying and repairing leftover motorized features; masking for proper hull detail are all fully examined in this 12 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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Porsche 911 Turbo 1:24 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4330 Review

2014 December 8
by Doug

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The Porsche 911, (pronounced Nine Eleven), is the flagship of Porsche and has had one of the longest continuous production runs of any modern vehicle. It originally was designated as the “Porsche 901″ (901 being its internal project number). 82 cars were built as 901s. However, Peugeot protested on the grounds that in France it had exclusive rights to car names formed by three numbers with a zero in the middle. So, instead of selling the new model with another name in France, Porsche changed the name to 911. Many variants have come from Porsche designers and passed off assembly lines including the 911 Turbo. This vehicle, which boasted unique features like a ‘whale tail’ rear spoiler and a 330 hp flat-six engine, was originally introduced in 1975 and upgraded with improved engine power and performance.
 

For the Modeler: This review covers the Revell Kit 85-4330, 1/24 scale Porsche 911 Turbo. This is Skill Level 2 for the moderate builder. Skill Level 2 is the introductory level for Glue and Paint kits by Revell. The kit is a direct Re-release (Re-Pop) and can 1 be found in different box art designs under the Monogram branding. The kit consists of 87 parts molded in White, Chrome, Clear and Clear Red with Vinyl tires. The majority of the motor is Chrome and otherwise just the rims are Chrome. The chassis is simplified. The interior is a multiple part tub and detailed nicely with decals. The body is also multiple parts but can be assembled and painted as a unit prior to completion. Decals are basic with just badges and interior details, there are no custom items. Overall dimensions are: Length: 6-15/16″, Width: 2-15/16″, Height: 2-1/8″.
 

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; engine construction and detailing; where NOT to use glue; using white glue for glass parts; dashboard detailing; gauge decal map; authentic interior color scheme; front and rear suspension build sequence; chassis installation; removing unwanted copyright script; making realistic tires; using “clear” glue for the windows; expanded kit history; making your own custom license plates and floor mats; carpeting to the interior pan; identifying and removing mold lines and ejector tabs; masking for proper interior detail; suspension construction and detailing; removing unwanted chrome plating; correctly installing directional tires; adding carpet to the interior; using floor polish to make perfect windows; detailing the window surrounds; and removing unwanted chrome plating; are all fully examined in this 13 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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