Like all modellers, I have a large (500+) stash of kits. I have cars, planes, tanks, mecha, submarines and Lord-knows-what-else hanging around in various closets and on various shelves. Since there’s no way I can get to them all in a reasonable time (Or even a lifetime?) I thought it would be a good idea to have a “first look” kind of section.
Here, in the OOB Reviews, you’ll find a variety of “first impressions” of a kit. I take a look at the parts, instructions, etc. and let you know what I think.
You’ll find a bit of everything here, so poke around, explore and enjoy!
Click on the name of the kit (which is hyperlinked) to see a full article on it, with pictures! Every unbuilt kit has a story too!
|1/144 Shaldoll Custom: Cannon-Fodder suit from Gundam AGE||1/72 Heller Bf-109: Messerchmitt’s famous fighter greatly defaced!||1/25 Honda Today: Japanese micro-mini commuter car from the 1980’s!||1/20 Toyota Sports Van: A hybrid of American Vannin’ and Japanese compactness!|
1/72 Harrier T.4: Humbrol’s ancient model of a “Long Sting” Harrier two-holer. Yikes!
|1/72 Do-335 Pfeil Trainer: The “night fighter” (trainer) variant of Dornier’s push-pull fiighter. A classic from FROG!||
1/72 Airfix Spitfire F.22: Newer doesn’t mean better, and this “new tool” Airfix kit is little better than the FROG to its left!
1/24 MPC Ferrari 308 GT Rainbow: Bertone’s bizarre sharp-edged Ferrari concept from the 70’s
1/100 Master Grade Perfect Gundam: A (somewhat) spastic child’s custom of the original Gundam. Seeing is believing!
1/25 Lindberg Dodge Caravan: A curbisider snap fit of the original minivan! The suburban microbus that created a million soccer moms!
1/72 Hobbyboss MiG-15 UTI Midget: While the box might look crappy, the kit inside is amazingly nice looking! Check it out!
1/72 Matchbox Aeritalia G-91Y: Long before Meng’s beautiful new G-91, Matchbox gave the world its only kit of the twin-engined Gina!
|1/72 FROG Meteor Mk. IV: An old version of Britain’s first mass-produced jet fighter from the masters at FROG!||1/20 Bandai Mazda Familia Rotary Coupe: This is the supremely rare kit of Mazda’s first Wankel-powered family car!||1/100 Tamiya Buccaneer S.2/S.50: Britain’s superb Cold War low level striker!||1/25 MPC 1978 Pacer “X”: Round 2 resurrects MPC’s rendition of AMC’s lamentable egg-shaped loser!|
|1/25 MPC 1979 Chevette: Chevy’s “World Car” from the 70’s in its second guise!||1/75 KVZ Mi-6 “Hook”: The East German take on a Russian monster chopper – in AIRLINER dress, no less!||1/25 MPC KITT: A late-edition original release of the famous TV T/A. Soon to be rereleased, but likely not like this!||1/72 Matchbox Hunter T.7/FGA.9: A neat old 2-in-1 kit that allows you to make both versions of Britain’s jet success!|
1/144 Bandai Dovenwolf (UC ver.): The first of the Dovenwolf’s new incarnations!
|Monogram 1/24 1985.5 Mustang SVO: This was Ford’s attempt to put some Euro-flair into America’s pony car. An oddball, for sure!||Trumpeter 1/48 Attacker F.1: The Royal Navy’s first jet wasn’t much to write home about. However, that hasn’t deterred Trumpeter from giving us a new 1/48 kit!||Hobby Boss 1/350 Astute: This is Britain’s newest attack sub. Something of a problem-child early on in service, time will tell if this ship sinks of swims!|
|Strombecker 1/42 TT-1 Pinto: An ancient kit of the Navy’s only jet basic trainer! A true blast from the past!||Matchbox 1/72 Wellesley Mk. I: Revell’s “Matchbox” reissue of Sir Barnes Wallis’ long-range, interwar bomber and record breaker!||Revell Germany 1/144 Mig 1.44: This was Mig’s attempt to make a Russian 5th Generation fighter. It lost out to Sukhoi, but the kit is nice!||Revell 1/24 Citation Lowrider: The lowest of Detroit’s lows, the awful Citation, is resurrected as a lowrider. It can also be built stock or custom. TRIPLE FAIL!!!|
Bandai 1/100 MG Guntank: The Federation’s goofiest Operation V mobile suit gets the MG treatment, and how!
|AZ Models 1/72 Grunau Baby IIb: This one’s twins! You get two of this iconic glider in the box, with decals for 4 machines! Death by choice!||Round 2 (MPC) 1/20 “HighJacker”: A classic example of MPC scale Vannin’ is reborn! Big scale retro-awesomeness!||Italeri 1/35 Biber: An infamous German midget sub from WWII comes alive in a surprisingly big scale!|
|1/72 Farpro A6M2: The “export version” of Aoshima’s ancient Zero kit. A real fossil!||1/72 Matchbox F3D Skyknight: The USN/USMC’s first night/all-weather fighter, in full 3-colour glory!||MPC 1/25 Vette Van: From the era of Show Rods and disco, MPC brings us a fine example of wretched excess!||LO Models 1/72 AT-3: Taiwan’s indigenous trainer and attacker as kitted by LO in Taiwan. Quite the little oddball!|
|1/76 Matchbox Panzer II Ausf F.: Matchbox’s small-scale take on Germany’s Europe-conquering stopgap tank. Classic!||MPC 1/25 “Wild Breed” Mustang Cobra: Tasteless stripes can’t stop the “suck” of the weakest Mustang V8 ever! This is the Mustang’s nadir, for sure!||Matchboxk 1/76 M16 Half-Track: The “Meat Chopper” lives! Toting four .50 Cals, the M16 was a threat to anything it could target!||Farpro (Aoshima) 1/72 C6N1 “Myrt”: The IJN’s ultimate recon bird in as rough a kit as possible! Neolithic modelling at its finest!|
|Lindberg 1/25 Sebring Convertible: It’s a kit that’s a promo – literally!||Bandai 1/144 Gundam Legilis: The final enemy machine in AGE is a Gundam?!||Marui 1/35 Mercedes G4: Hitler’s ultimate ride, and a G-wagon for the ages!||Academy 1/24 Daewoo LeMans: Perhaps one of GM’s most offensive “captive imports” in a kit from its homeland!|
|Heller 1/170 Noratlas: An ancient and overly simple kit of France’s indigenous airlifter. Got rivets?||MPC 1/25 Gold Rush: This is Vannin’ at it’s finest! Check out one of MPC’s classic stable of street vans!||Airfix 1/72 Boulton Paul Defiant: The RAF’s failed turret fighter, in an all new, New Airfix rendering!||Bandai 1/144 Gusion Rebake: The Barbatos’ beige brother-in-arms in its small-scale form!|
|MPC (Round 2) 1/25 Pony Express Pinto: Ford’s ultimate loser IS the herald of THE sweaty man-horse.||Farpro Japan 1/72 E15K1 Shiun (“Norm”): The IJN’s failed high-speed recon floatplane as only Farpro can make it!||MPC (Round 2) 1/25 ’75 Vette Convertible: The open air take on the slowest Vette ever!||MPC (Round 2) 1/25 1980 Volare “Fuzz Duster”: Extreme lameness meets extremely bad taste in this awesome reissue!|
|Zhengdefu 1/48 FCK-1 IDF: Taiwan’s own 4th Gen superfighter in fully injected form!||AMT (Round 2) 1/25 Pacer Wagon: Bug-eyed pride ready for a trip to the mall! Complete with tonnes of outrageous custom bits!||Matchbox 1/76 Jagdpanzer IV L/70: The Wehrmacht’s heavy-gunned tank killer in the convienent small size!||MPC Non-Scale”Evil Eye”: Kenner’s Fast 111’s Racing Rig in kit form!|
|Trumpeter 1/144 Type XXIII: The Nazi’s “brown water” sub in the handy Gundam scale!||Arii 1/76 Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind: A failure of a model of a failure of an AA tank. Birds of a feather…||Hobbycraft 1/72 Su-22U: Russia’s first swing-wing two-holer in a simplified form!||AMT 1/25 Horizon TC3: America’s badge-engineered “sporty” econobeater in its rarer Plymouth guise!|
|Bandai 1/144 FFA-02 “Schwalg”: A next-gen flying bad guy from Gundam’s failed successor!||Monogram 1/32 Mercury LN7: The EXP’s “fancy” older brother – a big-butt bug-eye!||Trumpeter 1/72 F-107A Ultra Sabre: A mainstream release for this interesting USAF prototype strike fighter!||Wave Non-Scale Solvalou Fighter: Straight from the ’80s arcade hit Xevious to you!|
|Revell 1/25 ’64 Chevy Fleetside: One of America’s classic trucks from the twilight days of modelling.||
Fujimi 1/76 Type 97-Kai: One of Japan’s heaviest WWII tanks in awesome old-school small scale!
|Arii 1/48 J2M3 Raiden: A classic big-scale model of a very small plane! Great for its age, too!||Monogram 1/20 1981 Turbo T/A Pace Car: Big-scale version of the last purebred T/A. Poncho Power Forever!|
|Hasegawa 1/72 Isuzu TX-40: An unsung hero of the WWII Japanese air forces!||Heller 1/72 Amiot 143: A best-left-forgotten abomination of the interwar skies!||
Round 2 (MPC) 1/25 1975 Datsun 620 Pickup: It may be a mini-truck, but it’s a maxi-cool kit, save for the wheel issue…
|Crown Non-Scale X Fighter: Check out this “Star Warrior” classic here! I’m sure it’s Red 4…|
|Meng Non-Scale Lexington: A cute rendition of a legend. The first surface ship here at the Lagoon!||Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Swift FR.5: Finally! A nice new kit of a rather unknown, and pedestrian, performer.||
Lindberg 1/20 Stealth R/T Turbo: A supersized helping of Dodge’s budget supercar!
|LS 1/75 D4Y2 “Judy”: The IJN’s inline-engined dive bomber: excellent ancient sprue in a glorious box!|
|Aoshima 1/20 Rex Combi: Subaru’s tiny Kei-Car in large-scale, but medium-sized, glory!||Fine Molds 1/72 Me-410: Willi’s less-than-stellar successor to the venerable -110, in a slightly less-than-stellar form.||Bandai 1/144 U-Wing and Tie Striker: A neat four-pack of pint-sized buy hyper-detailed Star Wars craft.||Revell (Matchbox) 1/76 Pak 40 and Sdkfz. 11: Classic Matchbox armour with a new lease on life!|
|AMT 1/25 1978 Subaru BRAT: The Chicken-tax evading unsafe-motoring-of-the-year award winning mini car truck of ages!||Matchbox 1/72 Percival Provost T.1: The classic RAF prop-trainer as only Matchbox could mould it!||Brengun 1/72 Natter M23: The only piloted Natter ever launched, and with good reason!||Bandai 1/1700 Albion: The main ship from 0083 in a handy small scale! Bring your modelling skills!|
|Round 2 (AMT) 1/25 1977 Ford Cruising Van: Ford’s “corporate cruiser” reissued with two flavours of striping!||Revell Germany (ICM) 1/72 Type XXVII Seehund: One of the Kriegsmarnine’s better midget subs, in handy aircraft scale!||Round 2 (MPC) 1/25 Squad Rod Nova: A weird police hot rod of the last of Chevy’s rear-drive compact.||Revell 1/16 “Movin’ Out” Custom Big Rig Van: A giant-scale show van for a special occasion – 250K hits!|
|Matchbox 1/72 F-101F Voodoo: A classic 3-in-1 kit of McDonnell’s Cold War interceptor and recce bird.||Matchbox 1/72 Brewster Buffalo: The USN’s first monoplane is a bit of a loser, except to the Finns!||Bandai 1/144 Dragonar 1 + Lifter: Classic hero mech from the largely forgotten Dragonar series.||Round 2 (AMT) 1977 Pinto Runaobut: An ugly update to Ford’s Automotive Dark Ages “firecracker”. Maybe the ultimate losermobile?|
|Zvezda 1/72 Mig-29 SMT: The newest “old” Fulcrum, with a hunch back (at the office?).||Dragon 1/144 Stealth Blackhawk: All the drama of the Bin Laden raid in the palm of your hand – x 2!||MPC 1/25 “Street Spyder”: This is one wild IMSA H-Body for the Streets!||Matchbox 1/72 Fairey Seafox: An obscure Fleet Air Arm observation plane from WWII; of course it’s a Matchbox!!|
|Tamiya 1/24 1993 Volvo 850 Turbo Estate: Sweden’s classic “rounded square” suburban people-hauler!||FROG 1/72 Blackburn Shark: The predecessor to the Swordfish, with options a-plenty! Classic sprue attack!||MPC Monzas: A kit-by-kit rundown of four MPC Monzas from ’76 to the ’80s.||Flame Toys Furai Drift: The Autobot’s master swordsman in his new, official third-party guise!|
|Monogram 1/24 LUV Street Pickup: Resurrected Captive Import Custom Craziness! Revell goes retro, and how!||Matchbox 1/72 Hs-126: The Luftwaffe’s little-known pre-Storch spotter! Classic sprue, weird subject!||Matchbox 1/76 LRDG: The famous desert raiders, in a handy size! A classic masterpiece.||Tamiya 1/24 Ford Sierra XR4i: Ford of Europe’s sporty aero-coupe. So good, Tamiya gave it an ENGINE!|
|Monogram 1/24 Corvette America: An abortive attempt to create a Vette four-seater. Truly wretched excess!||1/100 Bandai F-90Y Cluster Gundam: A repopped classic from the days of yore! Bandai does Retro!||Pioneer2 Su-15UM Flagon G: A brutish kit of a brutally simple-but-effective Cold War airliner killer.||Monogram 1/24 El Camino Camper: Customized and Macho-fied, this is one bad-arsed malaise-era car truck!|
|Hawk (Kaysun) 1/24 Hupmobile: From the earlier days of kits comes a car from the earlier days of Motoring. RIP Unk, too…||Revell 1/25 1992 Thunderbird SC Coupe – Ford’s import fighting personal car with the unnaturally-aspirated edge!||Takom 1/35 G6 Rhino: Thundering across the South African wastes comes the sports car of SP guns!||Monogram 1/24 New Monkees Mustang GT Convertible: A little-known TV-car cast in a weird colour!|
|Matchbox 1/72 Supermarine Stranraer: Classic take on Supermarine’s last big seaplane. Slow as she goes!||Revell Germany 1/72 Arado E555: The Luftwaffe’s flying wing Amerika Bomber. Premium Luft ’46 content!||AMT 1/25 VW Scirocco: A Rabbit with some pinnache! VW’s classic econo-sportster in it’s original issue format!||Matchbox 1/72 Spitfire Mk. IX/XVI: A late-issue 2-in-1 remoulding of the classic Spit – now with bubbletop!|
|Matchbox 1/76 Char B1.bis/FT-17: Repop of the classic two-fer of French armoured ineffectiveness!||AMT 1/25 Farrah’s Foxy Vette: A custom Vette for America’s late-’70s sweetheart… and a really low-effort product on AMT’s part!||Fujimi 1/72 Aichi E11A “Laura”: An obscure night-recon flying boat given a great kit form!||Heller Non-Scale Homer Simpson: Springfield’s most famous father brought to you from France. What?|
|1/32 Arii (LS) Mazda K360: The Midget’s closest competitor in the post-war three-wheeler market!||Sword 1/72 TF-9J Cougar: The long-lived “Twogar” all dressed for battle!||Life-Like 1/32 1910 Buick Model 10: A classic look at the dawn of an evergreen brand!||MPC 1/25 1978 Chevy Sportback (Monza S): A cut-rate, econobox, Frankenstein’s monster; just like the real car!|
|Aoshima 1/24 Suzuki Carry “Festival Wasshoi!”: It’s an entire Japanese festival on the back of a tiny truck! Of course it’s awesome!||FROG 1/72 Gloster Javelin Prototype: What has two deltas and is slow as heck? You guessed it! Check this ancient relic for more neolithic modelling fun!||MPC 1/25 California Sunshine: Radical Show Truck from the tail end of the Vannin’ Era!||
Fujimi 1/76 Ho-Ni Type 1: A tank destroyer by any other name… might destroy tanks!