Automotive

Reviews of products for scale automotive models, including motorcycles and motorized vehicles.

From A Porsche 962C Limited Edition

Published: April 17th, 2018     
From A Porsche 962C Limited Edition
Reviewed by: John Kaylor, IPMS# 48733
Scale: 1/24
Company: Hasegawa

Summary

After the Porsche 956 was banned from competition in the IMSA GTP in 1981 on safety grounds because the driver's feet were ahead of the front axle centerline, Porsche made modifications to the vehicle to make it eligible for competition. The 962 debuted at the 1984 24 Hours of Daytona with Mario and Michael Andretti driving. It lead the race until lap 127 when it encountered engine and gearbox problems. These problems were worked through and it had a lot of success from 1984-1993. A total of 91 962s would be produced between 1984 and 1991, with its final victory occurring at the 1993 IMSA GTP Championship.

Kit Contents

The kit consists of a total of around 70 parts on two main black sprues; a clear sprue; several sprues with wheel parts; a rubber sprue with 4 tires; two sheets of decals, one large one with the decals for the car, and the other smaller one with two decals per tire; and an 8 page instruction sheet.

ZZ Top Eliminator

Published: April 3rd, 2018     
ZZ Top Eliminator
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell Inc.

The Kit

The Eliminator was built for the rock band ZZ Top and has been featured in many of the band's videos. It's a sleek hot rod made from a '32 Ford Coupe in bright red with the ZZ Top logo on the side. The Revell kit of this car is faithful to the original with decals for the side logos and logos even molded into the valve covers and air cleaner on the engine, which is nicely detailed and with the addition of an ignition system would display very well with those logos highlighted in red. The interior consists of a seat, nicely detailed dash and steering column with the floor pedals molded into the floor pan part. Details of the upholstery are given in decals, which adds a nice touch. There are 70 parts in total molded in red, clear and chromed and four nicely detailed rubber tires. A younger modeler could build this kit without paint as it is molded in the prototype's color with the chrome accents, but the advanced modeler will want to add a higher gloss finish.

Norton Commando PR 750cc Motorcycle

Published: March 31st, 2018     
Norton Commando PR 750cc Motorcycle
Reviewed by: Greg Hansel, IPMS# 46474
Scale: 1/9
Company: Italeri

Introduction: I was very excited to have the opportunity to review this kit. I love the older motorcycles and this kit did not disappoint. According to www.Scalemates.com, the kit is a new tool. But I believe it is a reboxing of the old Protar kit from the 70s line the Norton Manx kit. The kit is definitely a product of the 70s era. The term "agricultural" came to mind as I was examining the sprues. Not to say it's a bad kit at all...far from it, but it was tooled back in the day and it is not shake and bake. The kit comes on seven sprues and has two substantial rubber tires that hold their shape well. There are a large number of screws in various sizes as well. An interesting feature of the kit is the hoses. They are pre-formed in soft pliable rubber. No measuring, no cutting to length. There are a few minor sink marks on some of the body panels, but they are able to be sanded out with no filler. On to the build!!

Ferrari SF70H

Published: March 31st, 2018     
Ferrari SF70H
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/20
Company: Tamiya

From the Tamiya America website:

The SF70H, the 63rd single-seater designed and built by Scuderia Ferrari, was born out of major regulation changes, with wider tires and cars, plus larger diffusers, meaning that the cars have more aerodynamic down force and greater mechanical grip. Fittingly for the hybrid machine named to commemorate Scuderia Ferrari's 70 years of racing, the SF70H showcases the team's innovation throughout its design. A lengthened nose and arrow-shaped front wing are a consequence of the regulations, as are the fin on the engine cover, and aero appendages ahead of the air intakes on the side pods.

Behind the driver the roll-hoop, which incorporates the engine air intake, was completely redesigned. Sebastian Vettel started 2017 in style with victories in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and in Bahrain. He and Kimi Raikkonen also recorded 1-2 finishes in Monaco and Hungary. While ultimately pipped to the season's Championship titles, the SF70H was the focus of attention for millions of racing fans across the globe including Ferrari's loyal Tifosi.

#10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental Ford Fusion

Published: March 30th, 2018     
#10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental Ford Fusion
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell Inc.

With her Indy car win in Japan in 2008, Danica Patrick has become a house-hold name in racing and a celebrity based on her clever add campaign with Go Daddy, one of her past sponsors. In 2010 Danica moved to Nascar and although she hasn't won any races she has claimed pole position and led a number of laps. She has proven her ability as a racer and follows in the footsteps of Shirley Muldowney and the up and coming Cortney Force.

This kit represents one of Danica's 2017 cars sponsored by Aspen Dental. Running under the Ford Banner for the Stuart-Hass racing team, the car is shaped to represent the Ford Fusion. All the teams ran the Roush-Yates FR-9 engine that season. This 358 CI engine was equipped with fuel injection and were restricted by a plate on the intake manifold to 850HP.