Articles for the ‘Classic Plastic Model Kit Reviews’ Category

The 1/350 SS Normandie Modeling Project

Monday, October 31st, 2016

By Alan Bussie & Ken Friend   We are happy to announce that Oldmodelkits.com has received exclusive license from the French Line to produce and sell the 1/350 SS Normandie Ocean Liner model kit!  The first batch are ready to ship.  These are limited run kits in resin with photoetched details. Photo of ... Read the rest of the article...

Aurora 379-129 Nike Hercules Guided Missile with Launching Platform Kit Review

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

by: Frederick Boucher  (with kit release notes by Alan Bussie)   Introduction Welcome to the final review of the late-great Aurora Model Company series of 1/48 missiles!  "Nike Hercules Guided Missile with Launching Platform" was kitted in the late 1950s as kit 379-129.  "-129" was the MSRP of $1.29, and one got a ... Read the rest of the article...

CONSTRUCTION OF THE JUPITER & NO 119 LOCOMOTIVES From MPC’s The General

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

By Frank Leimbek BACKGROUND Two locomotives met at Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869, signaling the completion of the transcontinental railroad.  This is now the Golden Spike National Historic Site located in Utah north of the Great Salt Lake.  Replicas of the two engines meet there again during reenactments.  The wide open spaces and ... Read the rest of the article...

Hawk Beta One Atomic Bomber XAB-1 Kit Review

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

By Fred Boucher with kit history by Alan Bussie Introduction In the salad days of the early atomic and jet ages, Cold War fears pushed the envelope of aerospace design and an atomic powered strategic bomber was seriously considered.  Convair, Lockheed and Northrop (perhaps others) submitted proposals for such a plane and reactor-fuel ... Read the rest of the article...

Aurora’s Boeing Bomarc IM-99 (CIM-10B) With Launcher Kit Review

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

By Fred Boucher with kit history by Alan Bussie  Introduction In the chill of the Cold War a golden age of aviation inspired many new aerospace vehicles, including surface-to-air missiles.  One was the supersonic, long-range anti-aircraft Bomarc missile.  The USAF originally categorized it as a fighter aircraft and designated it F-99.  Later they re-designating it IM-99A and ... Read the rest of the article...

Monogram’s Bell GAM-63 Rascal Missile - Kit Review

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

by Fred Boucher Introduction As the Cold War deepened, aerospace companies developed delivery systems for nukes that lessened hazards to pilots.  Cruise missiles and "stand off" weapons were developed and deployed and model companies developed and delivered kits of them almost as fast as the military received the real things - or ... Read the rest of the article...

Aurora’s Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne - Kit Review

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

By Fred Boucher with kit release history by Alan Bussie  Introduction Your humble reviewer has been planning to present this model for years as the Cheyenne has always intrigued me.  The AH-56 was an aesthetically odd helicopter designed in the aerodynamic transient era of rounded and squared contours.  It had an airplane propeller ... Read the rest of the article...

Aurora’s Chance Vought Regulus II Guided Missile Kit Review

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

By Fred Boucher Introduction In a golden age of aviation tarnished by the Cold War, many new aircraft were produced, including what became known as cruise missiles.   One was the mach 2 Chance Vought SSM-N-9 Regulus II.   Aurora was always quick to machine molds for injection molded kits of warfare's ... Read the rest of the article...

Vintage Plastic Modeling – Revell’s Lockheed L188 Electra

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

By Dennis Sparks  Long range commercial aviation was dominated in the early 1950s by aircraft like the Douglas DC-6 and DC-7, Lockheed’s L-749 and L-1069 Constellation and Boeing’s Model 377 Stratocruiser.  But the sound of the future could already be heard in the whine of the turbojet engine, which was soon ... Read the rest of the article...

Aurora Mace TM-76 Guided Missile Kit Review

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

By Fred Boucher Introduction During a golden age of aviation tarnished by the Cold War, many new aircraft were produced, including what became known as cruise missiles.  One was the Martin TM-76 Mace.  Aurora was always quick to cut tooling for models of contemporary subjects, and in 1958 issued their kit MACE ... Read the rest of the article...

Aurora’s U.S.A.F. 4-Stage Rocket Lunar Probe with Launching Pad and Servicing Tower - Kit Review

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

By Fred Boucher Introduction In 1958 Aurora released a Thor rocket but the model did not sell well.  To get more use from the mold, they added a galactic instrument payload intended for moon exploration.  This was released in 1959 as the U.S.A.F. 4-Stage Rocket Lunar Probe with Launching Pad and Servicing ... Read the rest of the article...

A “Classic Build” of a 1/48th Lindberg Curtiss JN-4 Jenny

Friday, October 24th, 2014

By Dennis Sparks  Another top-quality build Dennis!  Thank you so much for the article -AB  Beginning  in 1909, almost all of the first aeroplanes that had been acquired by the US Army Signal Corps were either Wright or Curtiss “pusher” designs, with engines that were situated behind the pilot. As might ... Read the rest of the article...

A “Classic Build” of a 1911 Deperdussin Type A Monoplane

Friday, October 24th, 2014

By Dennis Sparks Dennis is an active and talented IPMS modeler in and around Kentucky.  I saw his superb build of the classic Pyro/Life-Like kit at the Cinicinatti IPMS show and he was kind enough to let me place his article on the website - AB   A relatively brief history of Armand ... Read the rest of the article...

Aurora Nieuport 28 Kit Review and History

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

By Fred Boucher and with Kit History by Alan Bussie Kit History  Aurora’s Nieuport 28 [sic] was the eighth model of Aurora's 20 "Famous Fighters" 1/48 World War One aircraft. It was released in 1957 with two other single-seaters and three two-holers.  The first release is kit number 108-69 with the oval ... Read the rest of the article...

Aurora Albatross D3 (Albatros D.III) Kit Review And History

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

By Fred Boucher and with Kit History by Alan Bussie Kit History  Aurora’s Albatross D-3 [sic] was the fourth model of Aurora's 20 "Famous Fighters" 1/48 World War One aircraft.  It was released in 1956 with five other single-seaters. (Curiously, although Aurora released their "Sopwith Tripe" years later, it was originally numbered ... Read the rest of the article...

Restoration of an Aurora 1/48 Zero

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

By Eric Freese  Box photographs courtesy of www.Oldmodelkits.com   Virtually anyone I meet at an air show, museum, or the local hobby shop has a list of their favorite planes, ships or cars.  Personally, I can't get enough of the Zero.  I put it among my top ten favorite designs because it is ... Read the rest of the article...

Mustang Madness!!! An Aurora P-51 “Classic Build”

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Return to kits for sale By Eric Freese  After posting Eric’s article on how to do a Classic Build (using a Monogram P-40), I asked if he could make an Aurora kit look that good.  Well, he did.  I was blown away by the results.  And better yet, all of ... Read the rest of the article...

Aurora Russian Nuclear Powered Bomber (M-50/M-52 Bounder) Kit Review and History

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Return to kits for sale By Fred Boucher and with Kit History by Alan Bussie Introduction From the horrible yet exciting depths of the Cold War came the Myasishchev M-50 / M-52 'Bounder,' a Soviet supersonic bomber.  From 'Bounder' leapt the bogeyman M-60, a Soviet design for a nuclear-powered bomber.  From the ... Read the rest of the article...

Aurora Halberstadt CL.II Kit Review and History

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Return to kits for sale By Fred Boucher and with Kit History by Alan Bussie Kit History In 1959 Aurora released two more 1/48 World War I ‘Famous Fighter’ aircraft kits.  The first was number 135-69, the Fokker D-VIII ‘Flying Razor.’   The second kit, and the subject of this review, was the ... Read the rest of the article...

Aurora Sopwith Triplane ‘Black Maria’ Kit Review and History

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Return to kits for sale By Fred Boucher and with Kit History by Alan Bussie   Google+ profile Kit History Aurora’s Sopwith Triplane was the eighteenth model in Aurora's twenty "Famous Fighters" of World War One aircraft series, with all kits in 1/48 scale.  It was released in 1963 with the Fokker E-III, ... Read the rest of the article...