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This Blog is an online complement to the IPMS Belgium quarterly magazine, KIT. Its main aim is to allow for the publishing of reviews of new products graciously sent to us by various manufacturers and artisans and of reviews of new products purchased and/or tested by our members. Those are the type of reviews that we have been publishing in KIT for a very long time but it was felt that we needed another outlet, allowing us to publish faster, more regularly, more comprehensively and to a wider audience than can be done in a printed magazine.

Please find below our latest published reviews.

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Upgraded Herk

American Heavy Transport Plane C-130J Zvezda 1/72, Ref. 7325 Third Hercules variant in Zvezda’s drive to get modellers to switch to bigger, larger workbenches is this C-130J. A large sturdy cardboard box holds 335 plastic parts spread over 13 sprues, one of which in clear plastic. Having built the first Zvezda C-130 kit, the content…

Monster Truck

KAMAZ-43509 Truck Zvezda 1/35, Ref. 3657 KAMAZ have, over the past few years, earned themselves a name in truck racing, in particular when it comes to competing in the very demanding Dakar Rally. Zvezda have recently released the 2022 variant of the massive KAMAZ-43509 ‘Master‘ that performed so well during that year’s Dakar. This is…

Hi-Res Bomb Crew

RAF Bomber Crew (WWII), Ref. 481133 USAF Bomber Crew (WWII), Ref. 481134 PJ Production, 1/48. Two new ‘must-haves’ from PJ Production for the 2nd WW RAF and USAAF bomber enthusiasts: those who like to bring life to their cockpits will be pleased with these two recent sets, each providing two seated pilots. One features RAF…

Post-war Fokker Trainer

Fokker T-21 ‘Instructor’ KP 1/72, Ref. KPM0373 Hot from the presses in the Czech Republic is this 1/72 Fokker T-21 Instructor plastic kit, or rather, as is often the case with most manufacturers nowadays, a series of Fokker S-11 / T-21 kits. Four boxings have so far been released, featuring machines flown as basic training…

Sikorsky’s Workhorse

Sikorsky H-34 in Europe Mark1 Models 1/144, Ref. MKM144146 Mark1 Models have been kind enough to provide us some pictures of their forthcoming 1/144 H-34 helicopter, a much welcome subject in a scale that is slowly but surely becoming ever more ‘mainstream’ with each passing years. Mark1 Models catalogue is now pretty extensive and offers…

Tiny Toon Panzer

German Light Tank Panzer II Meng, Ref. WWT-019 19th release from Meng in their World War Toons series, this Pz II is made up of 70 parts moulded in a dark grey plastic; a set of two one-piece vinyl tracks accompanied by a tiny decal sheet and an instruction booklet in a sturdy and attractively…

Short-lived Scout

Soviet Light Tank T-70B Zvezda, Ref. 3631 Amongst the recent Zvezda releases is this 1/35 T-70B light tank, a vehicle that reminds me, with its rather less ‘typically soviet brutish’ look, a certain ‘Pz III’. The kit consists of 206 parts spread out on four large green plastic and one much smaller transparent plastic runners.…

Maid of all Trades

US Military Multipurpose 3/4T Vehicle WC-51 “Beep” Zvezda 1/35, Ref. 3656 As with the earlier Sherman M4A2 and M4A3 releases that I was given the opportunity to review, this new Zvezda offering is very well presented in its strong cardboard box and full colour sleeve showing off, almost obviously, a Soviet vehicle. Upon opening the…

A Welcome Stretch

Boeing 757-300 Zvezda 1/144, Ref. 7041 Zvezda is once again filling in the gaps in modern 1/144 airliners with the recent release of the stretched 757 in injected plastic. This is of course a kit based upon their 2021 Boeing 757-200 kit that received good reviews from the airliner modelling community. The differences from the…

Snap Yak

Yak-9D Soviet Fighter Zvezda 1/72, Ref. 7313 The long-range version of the famed Yak-9 is the latest aircraft release from Zvezda. Although labelled as a ‘snap fit no glue required‘ kit, it is still made up of 57 parts, two of which are molded in clear plastic. The amount of detail is impressive, shaming some…

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