German Panzerspahwagen SdKfz 232 1:32 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-7856 Review

2014 April 16
by Doug

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German Panzerspahwagen Sd.Kfz. 232 1:32 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-7856 Review
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The Panzerspahwagen Sd. Kfz. 232, known for its large frame antenna, was an eight wheeled armored car used by the German Army in every theater of operations during WWII. Primarily used by Reconnaissance Squadrons, the Sd. Kfz. 232 was used for the traditional cavalry missions of reconnaissance and screening. These vehicles and their crews would scout ahead of mechanized units to find enemy locations, and then report their findings back to the friendly units behind them. Their primary task was to observe and report rather than to fight, although they were expected to fight enemy reconnaissance elements when required.

For the Modeler: This is a review of  the German Panzerspahwagen Sd.Kfz. 232,  a 1:32 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-7856. You can still find these kits at online hobby stores and auction sites. It is a skill level 2 model kit consisting of 129 tan injection molded parts, eight rubber tires, eight clear parts for lights, and 1 sheet of water slide decals for two different versions of the vehicle used by the German Army in the African and Polish campaigns of WWII.  Also included are kit instructions that are nicely illustrated and easy to follow.  Sd. Kfz. 232s were usually armed with a 2 cm KwK 30 L/55 auto-cannon and a 7.92 mm MG 34 machine gun. Kit features the choice of a Sd. Kfz. 232 communications vehicle with an overhead frame antenna, or the Sd. Kfz. 231 armored car without antenna. This kit includes soft black tires, three crew figures, a campfire, a fly tent with poles and decals with markings for the Afrika Corps and the Polish Campaign.  The overall dimension of the finished build is: 8.0” in length.

Covered in this Review: Basic construction, glue, paint and material selections; correcting assembly instruction errors; methods for prepping the parts for adhesion and finishing; enhanced turret detailing; highlighting external features with dark washes; drilling out gun barrels and air horns for realism; identifying and removing and repair techniques for unwanted seams, gaps, and sinks; improvised intake grills for authenticity; application of decals; suggestions for increasing accuracy and detail; exhaust detailing; frame and body alignment; making and using dark washes for detailing; methods for making realistic wheels and tires; decal setting solution use; alternate construction sequences for ease of finishing; adding some spare parts details; optional parts considerations; handling fragile parts; extensive weathering techniques; expanded information about the real vehicle, are all fully examined in this pictorial 17 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format. 

  

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YB-49 Flying Wing 1:200 Scale Cyberhobby (Dragon) Model Kit #2012 Review

2014 April 14
by Doug

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YB-49 Flying Wing 1:200 Scale Cyberhobby (Dragon) Model Kit #2012 Review
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The revolutionary ‘Flying Wing’ aircraft concept was conceived by aviation pioneer Jack Northrop, founder of Northrop Aircraft, as early as the 1930’s. The unusual aerodynamics offered obvious advantages but the design was plagued by difficulties throughout its entire development. The US Air Force evaluated a Northrop propeller driven flying wing called the YB-35A during World War Two but it was never put into production. Captured Nazi research showed that jet propulsion was the wave of the future and with knowledge gained from the Horten project, jet engines were fitted to the flying wing design. It was designated the YB-49 and first flew in 1947. It set an unofficial endurance record for staying continually above 40,000 ft (12,200 m) for 6.5 hours, and was very popular with its test pilots despite many performance issues. The first prototype disintegrated and crashed in 1948 killing its crew of 5, one of whom was Capt. Glen Edwards, who subsequently had an air force base named after him. In 1950, the second prototype burst into flames and was destroyed during a routine taxiing test, giving rise to suspicions of industrial sabotage. Jack Northrop outright accused competitor Convair of complicity because he had refused to merge with them. Convair got the contract to produce the unspectacular B-36 bomber as a result. The flying wing contracts were cancelled and all materials ordered destroyed. The US Government even denied a request from the Smithsonian for the last prototype to be put on display and ordered it melted down before the heartbroken Northrop’s very eyes. He had the last laugh when the flying wing design was finally produced as the B-2 Spirit, perhaps the finest bomber ever made. He passed away in 1981, eight years before it entered service with the USAF. The original Northrop YB-49 PR movie is available for viewing on www.youtube.com and may be the only reference you’ll need for this project. It’s highly recommended, informative and also very entertaining. 

For the Modeler: This is a review of YB-49 Flying Wing 1:200 Scale Cyberhobby (Dragon) Model Kit #2012. It is a skill level 2 for intermediate builder.  I must admit that I was a little uneasy when I drew this assignment; experimental aircraft are not really my thing and frankly, I’ve always been wary of 1:200 scale. It doesn’t have the detail of 1:48 or even of 1:72, and I rarely even bother with 1:144. However, this kit was a very pleasant surprise, almost a shock. It’s a real masterpiece and has forced me to change my long-held opinions. It is ingeniously molded with finely engraved and accurate panel lines and has an intricacy of detail that I have never seen on any kit in this scale. It comprises only 50 parts in light gray styrene and is a relatively simple build apart from a few difficulties and their remedies which will be discussed in this article. This may very well be the finest kit of this historically important aircraft ever produced in this scale. Overall dimensions of the finished build are: Wingspan 10.5”, Nose to Tail 3.0”.

Covered in this Review: Basic construction, glue, paint and material selections; adding internal counterbalance nose weights; correcting omissions in the assembly instructions; flattening wheels to represent weight pressure; enhanced cockpit detailing; masking fuselage openings; application of black primer and painting with Alclad II metalizing paint; highlighting panel lines with tempera paint; drilling out thick areas; identifying and removing unneeded injection pin tabs; winglet tab modifications; using blackwash to enhance feature details; making a paint finishing fixture; application of decals; suggestions for increasing accuracy and detail; exhaust detailing; cautionary notes regarding decal setting solution use; adding some spare parts box decal details; making your own title plaque; handling tiny parts; canopy handling techniques; expanded statistical information about the real aircraft, are all fully examined in this pictorial 13 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format. 

 

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2013 Mustang Boss 302 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4187 Review

2014 April 10
by Doug

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The Boss 302 Mustang is a high performance variant of the Ford Mustang originally produced in 1969 and 1970. Ford revived the Boss 302 nameplate for 2012 and 2013. The standard Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V8 is enhanced with an upgraded intake system, forged rotating assembly, CNC ported heads, revised camshafts and a high flow “runners in the box” intake taken from the 302R racecar. It produces 444 horsepower – 32 hp over the standard GT’s 412 hp and comes with a six-speed MT-82 manual transmission. The car uses a unique quad exhaust system made up of two standard Mustang GT outlets and two side pipes that exit on either side of the rear crossover. The side pipes send the exhaust through metal “Attenuation” discs to create an extra growling exhaust sound. The discs are removable and include a spacer plate sized to match aftermarket exhaust dump valves. The Boss 302 takes the Mustang GT’s suspension and adds higher-rate coil springs, stiffer bushings, and a larger diameter rear stabilizer bar. The body is lowered 11 mm up front and just 1 mm in the rear to give it a more raked stance designed to recall the original. The shocks are adjustable at the shock tower by using a flat head screwdriver. The standard Mustang traction and stability control programs have been altered with a new intermediate sport mode designed to allow for more flexibility on the track. The aero package is almost entirely copied from the Boss 302R race car. The 19-inch black-alloy racing wheels are 9-inches wide up front and 9.5-inches out back and come fitted with 255/40-19 (front) and 285/35-19 (rear) Pirelli P-Zero tires. Ford produced 3250 standard Boss 302 cars for 2013.

For the Modeler: This review is based on the Revell # 85-4187 “Revell Muscle” version 1/25 scale 2013 Mustang Boss 302. This kit is Skill .level 3 for more advanced builders and contains 120 parts. The kit is molded in White, Chrome, and Clear and has Vinyl Tires with Metal axle pins and exhaust tips. This kit is ALL NEW TOOLING; Revell has this as a New Release item. You get a nicely detailed 5.0 V8 that is over 25 parts total including hoses. The chassis is very detailed with a correct looking Quad exhaust. The interior is a multi-piece unit and details are crisp. The typical interior pan/engine bay design is used on this car and seems to be a Revell standard as of late. The Glass has the frosted edges to help detail painting the Black outlines. As for the body, the lines are crisp and detail is sharp. You get a multi-piece body with the bumpers and hood separate from the main body. I found no mold lines at all. The real car has larger tires on the back than the front, and although barely noticeable the kit has 2 different tire sizes too. The decals are extensive but only have a Black stripe color option. Also all decals are included for interior and under hood details and body badging. You get 2 sets of plates, BOSS 302 or FORD. THIS KIT HAS NO CUSTOM OPTIONS, This is a BOSS 302 and is a stock build just as you would see on the lot in real life. Overall dimensions of the finished build are: Length: 7-1/4″, Width: 3-1/8″, Height: 2-1/4″.

Overall Impressions: As a Mustang fan I was excited to see an all NEW kit of the newer body style. I was afraid that Revell would cut corners and re-hash the 2010 kit they have made into a half dozen different releases so far, but, happily this is all new. While it is listed as a 003Skill Level 3 I do not see why, assembly and construction is straight forward and simple. There seems to be nothing overly advanced as would require the Skill 3 rating. This is a good solid Skill Level 2 build. Parts assemble with ease and the finished assemblies look really good. Detail is exceptional on the motor and chassis. The interior is nice and detail is sharp, but the fact everything is all Black in the interior you lose some of the details to the monotone color scheme. The body was well designed and has no mold lines I could see. Revell uses a Solvent Friendly plastic that takes paint very nicely, unlike some of their competitors that the plastic reacts with anything not water based! Other than the fact you get a STOCK build with no custom parts this is an awesome kit. I really enjoyed building it; the finished car looks great and was not overly difficult to make a nice finished build. Revell has done a nice job on this one and I recommend it highly. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this a 9.

 

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