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Cookie Sewell's Armory - Armor Kit Reviews for 2017

January



February
Panda Bumerang IFV
Miniart T-54-1 w/interior
Miniart T-54-2 w/interior
March


April
Glencoe Thor IRBM
T52 MGMC Conversion Kit
Panda Kurganets-25 APC
Trumpeter T-10A Heavy Tank

 

Review: Trumpeter 1/35 scale T-10A Heavy Tank

Kit Review: Trumpeter 1/35 scale Kit No. 05547; Soviet T-10A Heavy Tank; 580 parts (337 in grey styrene, 180 in brown styrene, 61 etched brass, 2 twisted copper wire); retail price US$80.00
Advantages: third version of the T-10 can be built as an A or a B due to nearly identical external appearance; simpler single piece single link tracks
Disadvantages: nothing out of the ordinary noted
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for Soviet armor and Cold War fans
Date Reviewed: May 30, 2017
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Review: Panda Model 1/35 scale Kurganets-25 APC

Kit Review: Panda Models 1/35 Scale Classical Scale Series Kit No. PH35024; Kurganets-25 BTR Object 693; 805 parts (540 in brown styrene, 212 in tan styrene, 45 etched brass, 8 clear styrene); retail price US$59.95
Advantages: first kit of this new Russian light tracked chassis vehicle
Disadvantages: very busy tracks, still a prototype vehicle
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all modern Russian armor fans
Date Reviewed: May 14, 2017
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Review: Hidden Door Productions 1/35 scale T52 MGMC Conversion Kit(2)

Kit Review: Hidden Door Productions 1/35 scale conversion kit; The T52 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage Turret Kit; (16 in 3D printed resin, 2 brass, 1 turned aluminum); price US$55.00 (HiddenDoorProductions@outlook.com)
Advantages: probably first and only kit of this particular conversion offered
Disadvantages: kit is for intermediate and advanced modelers with a parts box
Rating: Recommended
Recommendation: for all Sherman fans who want a truly different Sherman variant
Date Reviewed: May 14, 2017
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Review: Glencoe 1/87 Thor IRBM with launcher

Kit Review: Glencoe 1/87 Scale Kit No. 08904; Thor; 60 parts (18 in white styrene, 2 in light grey styrene, 40 in silver styrene); retail price US$29.95
Advantages: nice re-release of a kit that has not been seen in over 50 years; well done missile
Disadvantages: phony launch base due to shared parts with another kit (see text)
Rating: Recommended
Recommendation: for all Soviet Cold War and "54" fans
Date Reviewed: April 30, 2017
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Review: Miniart 1/35 T-54-2 Soviet Medium Tank with Interior

Kit Review: Miniart 1/35 Scale Kit No. 37004; T-54-2 Soviet Medium Tank - Interior Kit; 1,045 parts(938 in grey styrene, 84 etched brass, 23 clear styrene); retail price US$79.95
Advantages: very nicely done and extremely highly detailed kit of this developing Soviet postwar medium tank; excellent details on parts
Disadvantages: still no transmission or radiator/fan assemblies
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all Soviet Cold War and "54" fans
Date Reviewed: February 16, 2017
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Review: Miniart 1/35 T-54-1 Soviet Medium Tank with Interior

Kit Review: Miniart 1/35 Scale Kit No. 37003; T-54-1 Soviet Medium Tank - Interior Kit; 1,209 parts (1,102 in grey styrene, 84 etched brass, 23 clear styrene); retail price US$79.95
Advantages: Very nicely done and extremely highly detailed kit of this seminal Soviet postwar medium tank; excellent details on parts
Disadvantages: still no transmission or radiator/fan assemblies
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all Soviet Cold War and "54" fans
Date Reviewed: February 15, 2017
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Review: Panda Hobby 1/35 scale Bumerang IFV - 2-in-1 Kit

Kit Review: Panda Hobby 1/35 scale Kit No. PH35026; Bumerang IFV Object K-17 - 2-in-1 2015/1016 ((sic)); 401 parts (335 in tan styrene, 50 etched brass, 8 black vinyl, 7 clear styrene, 1 length of twisted brass wire)
Advantages: First kit of this vehicle in this scale; options for 2015 or 2016 parade versions
Disadvantages: no interior or interior details
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all modern Russian and wheeled armor fans
Date Reviewed: February 3, 2017
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