Yeoman Models 1/144 V-2
By Matt Bittner
Does anything really need to be written about the V-2, at the time one of the most feared weapons of the Wehrmacht? Everything about the V-2 has been written elsewhere, so I will allow the reader to perform his or her own search to track down whatever information is needed.
From what I can tell, Yeoman Models is primarily a company that caters to the gaming crowd, creating "models" that are apt to be handled often. Even though that's how they created their V-2, it is also a model that is worth tracking down if wanting to display a V-2 as a static model.
The Yeoman Models 1/144 V-2 consists of the main body in two pieces of (I think) fiberglass resin and four fins made out of white metal. That's all there is to this kit. While the white-metal fins' trailing edges are a little thick, white metal is best for keeping the missile model on the "gaming board". I may try to thin my example down to be more in scale, but it won't be easy to do so, and not mess with the molded-in detail.
The two-piece main body is really well molded and once assembled will really look great on either the gaming or display table. The resin is a little rough so sanding each half prior to gluing them together is recommended. It won't take much. You'll want to look at photos while gluing the halves together to make sure you have each lined up correctly. Once the body is together, then the four white-metal fins are added to it. After it's all together, I would recommend a coat of primer prior to painting.
Since the instruction sheet only consists of text and a drawing of how the model goes together, you'll need to find references elsewhere once you settle on a scheme. When you're finished building and painting the kit, it will look great sitting on your display shelf. The only thing it doesn't contain is any type of launch pad, so you'll need to create one of those separately.
I really like how this kit looks, and aside from too-thick trailing edges of the fins, I really can't find any fault with the kit at all. And it's not Yeoman Models' fault about the fin thickness, just a limitation of the material being used. I'm looking forward to finishing this kit, figuring out a scheme to put it in, then figuring out how I'm going to display it.
My thanks to Yeoman Models for supplying the review V-2. Note their site is still under construction but does provide means to contact them, if interested in purchasing their models.