Komatsu G40 Bulldozer (WWII Japanese Navy) 1:48 Scale Tamiya Model Kit #32565 Review

2015 July 3
by Doug

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Komatsu G40 Bulldozer (WWII Japanese Navy) 1:48 Scale Tamiya Model Kit #32565 Review
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 The Komatsu G40 was produced for the Japanese Navy during WWII and had the distinction of being Japan’s first ever domestically-produced bulldozer. It was developed as a means to speed up airfield construction, which had up to that point been done by hand. Komatsu based its design on their existing farm tractor and it was equipped with a 50hp gasoline engine as well as a hydraulic dozer blade. About 150 were built from 1943 to the end of the war and they were sent to engineering units in the northern and southern fronts. It also influenced the design of postwar Japanese construction machinery. Only one is known to exist and is in the Komatsu Museum.

 

For the Modeler: This review covers the Tamiya Kit #32565 in the 1/48 Military Miniature Series (Number 65), released in March of 2010. This was an all-new molding and original release of this kit and is still readily available. The kit contains 50 parts molded 1 in Gray on two sprues. There are 4 decals and a Photoetch emblem included. The instructions are in multiple languages as is common in Tamiya kits. Paint color callouts reference Tamiya brand paints. For a 1/48 scale you get a quite detailed build that constructs in seven steps. The moldings all look very good with no flash or troublesome ejector pin marks. The kit also includes a driver figure— a man in shorts and soft cap. Like many of the Tamiya 1/48 figures, the detail on the face and hands is weak. To ease construction assemble the model except for the tracks and dozer bade, and then paint all three sub-units before final assembly. Tamiya calls for TS-66 (Kure Naval arsenal Grey) as the main color.  Overall size is: Length: 3”, Width: 1-1/2”, Height: 1-1/2”.

 

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; operator seat and controls assembly and detailing; engine construction and detailing; track construction and detailing; decal preparation and application; dealing with heavy sprue tabs; detailing the hydraulic machinery; operator figure construction and color details; applying the photo-etch parts; are all fully examined in this 10 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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Battlestar Galactica Viper Mark II (2 Pack) 1:72 Scale Moebius Model Kit #957 Review

2015 July 2
by Doug

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 Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced by Moore and David Eick as a re-imagining of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica television series created by Glen A. Larson. The series first aired in December 2003 on the Sy-Fy Channel, and ran for four seasons thereafter, ending its run on March 20, 2009. The Viper Mark II is a single seat fighter aerospace craft used by the Colonial Fleet during the First Cylon War. The fighter served with distinction, proving to be a capable fighting vehicle and winning renown across the Twelve Colonies; the Mark II is regarded as instrumental in ensuring that the Colonials did not lose the original Cylon War. Eventually, the Mark II was succeeded in service by the larger, and more advanced Viper Mark III, in the later years of the War, however, the Mark II was still utilized by the military up to and following the Armistice. Owing to the iconic status that the Mark II achieved during its operational years, a squadron of 40 planes are chosen for preservation in the Battlestar Galactica History Museum. These Vipers are later brought back online to defend Galactica, and later its civilian fleet, following the sudden Cylon attack on the Colonies.

 

For the Modeler: This review covers the New Release of the Moebius Mini Battlestar Galactica Viper Mark II set Kit #957. This is a 1/72 scale kit with a Skill Level 3 rating for Advanced Builders. It contains over 64 parts molded in White and Clear. Moebius 1 Models holds the Franchise Rights for Battlestar Galactica and has released quite a few of the ships in larger scales. These are new tool molds of small scale kits. There are two very accurate and detailed Vipers in this kit. There is a full cockpit with a pilot. The hull is multiple parts and the wings are separate add-on items. The molded-in details are very good quality for a kit of this size.  The instructions are VERY DIFFERENT than the usual US kit directions.  The Instructions are an 8.5”X11” booklet with CUT CORNERS as seen on books and papers in the Re-imagined series from Sy-Fy Television! The front page is the box art with prerequisite warnings. The interior part has the construction sequences with the included step-by-step written build instructions. The back two pages show a paint color diagram with all the Decal callouts. The Decals have all the markings for both ships and multiple pilot and tail number designations. These are neat little builds and have clear display stands for in-flight or landing gear out display modes. Overall size is: Length: 4-3/4”, Width: 2-1/2, Height (with stand): 3”.

 

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; cockpit assembly and detailing; engine/thruster  construction and detailing; using decal setting solutions for that “painted on” look; landing gear construction and detailing; decal preparation and application; leftover parts; dealing with heavy sprue tabs; detailing exposed fuselage machinery; display stand construction; version options; are all fully examined in this 10 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.

 

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Fast & Furious Honda Civic Si Coupe 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4331 Review

2015 July 1
by Doug

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 By the late 90’s a new kind of “Hot Rod” was seen on the streets and in the hearts of young Americans as well. These new hot rods or “Tuners” as they called were mainly four cylinder imports with added horsepower, bright paint and cool graphics. One of the favorites among the tuner enthusiasts was the Honda Civic. Both Coupe and hatchback models were popular because they were readily available, reasonably priced and had lots of aftermarket engine/body parts available for them.

Revell calls this “The super-sport import” and describes it like this on their website, “ Staying one step of the law isn’t easy but in the high octane world of Fast and Furious, cars like the nimble Honda Civic Si Coupe help keep you out in front. This limited production hi-performance coupe gets the standout crime crew around in style and at speed. Get your slice of the action with this cool kit!”

For the Modeler: This is a review of the Revell Fast & Furious Honda Civic Si in 1:25 scale. The kit has 106 parts molded in White, Chrome and Clear parts, with soft Vinyl tires, instructions and waterslide decals.  The kit is a great example of this 000b popular tuner car and even features the coveted VTEC engine. While the kit doesn’t specify a year I would put it around a 1998. This kit is a skill level 3 for the advanced modeler featuring several build options. There are no mold lines, injector pin marks or flash to found on this kit. The kit is a 2n1 that can be built either stock or as the full Tuner version.  The overall build size is: Length: 7”, Width: 3”, Height: 2-1/16”.

PROS: The two best things about this kit [besides the great fit] have to be the numerous build versions [3 sets of rims, 2 rear deck wings and 2 front/rear fascias] and the decal sheet which features full script decals for both stock and tuner versions, 2 sets of 000c instrument panel decals, two sets of tuner graphics, carbon fiber hood decal and much more.

Cons:  If I were forced to list anything bad about this kit it would be only two things. First the window glass was a bit too wide around the back windows, but an easy fix by sanding the sides a little with a sanding stick. Finally the Carbon fiber hood decal did not want to conform to the shape of the hood, but with some patience and a little Testors decal set it laid down nicely.

 

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Overall:  This kit was a blast to build. I am not a big fan of Tuner cars, but I must say I would build this kit again. Because of the great fit, numerous build options and wonderful overall look of the finished build I would give this kit 9.5 out of 10 stars.

 

 

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