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KC-97G Kit

Minicraft 1/144 KC-97G Stratotanker Build Review

By Fotios Rouch

Date of Review November 2018 Manufacturer Minicraft
Subject KC-97G Stratotanker Scale 1/144
Kit Number 14610 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Only KC-97G kit in this scale Cons See text
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $25.00

The Build

This is a continuation of 1/144th scale builds for a good friend. For a first look at the kit, look here.


This is not an elaborate kit. It is basic in its design, maybe too basic. The engines are crude and the props are bad. The Cobra resin company made a great set to correct this deficiency. Lone Star Models bought the masters from the now defunct Cobra and is now the provider for this set.


There is just a black hole for a cockpit, so you are on your own there. I made my own just so something shows through the canopy.


The instructions show to add weight. I added four times as much and it was not enough. The landing gear will probably not take all the necessary weight.  I had to add a clear rod to keep the model from sitting on its tail.


The glass cockpit piece does not fit right, and it leaves gaps. I trimmed off the positioning inserts and positioned it free style onto the fuselage. I still had to sand it smooth for a good fit.


The main wings slot into the fuselage. There will be gaps. The gaps are in such areas that it is impossible to fill and sand right under the fuselage crease.


The decals broke up for the most part, so I used my own. I used a scheme that my friend loves but the serials are not right.


Overall it makes a good impression, but it is a crude kit.