Automotive

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

Nisseki Trust Porsche 962C Limited Edition

Published: November 9th, 2017     
Nisseki Trust Porsche 962C Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Mike Howard, IPMS# 30741
Scale: 1/24
Company: Hasegawa

Background

The Group "C" racing class ran from 1982 until about 1993. It was an extremely exciting series that saw some of the class cars run over 250 mph on the Le Mans' Mulsanne Straight (the WM-Peugeot recorded the highest 405 km/h / 252 mph). Porsche revolutionized the race series with the 956/962 cars and the associated aerodynamics and ground effects innovations. These Porsche vehicles were dominant for many years and were campaigned by both the factory and private race teams which, for modelers, allows for a multitude of paint and color schemes.

German Passenger Car Type 170V Saloon 4 Doors

Published: November 9th, 2017     
German Passenger Car Type 170V Saloon 4 Doors
Reviewed by: Ian Latham, IPMS# 50276
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

The MiniArt German Passsenger Car Typ 170V Saloon 4 Doors kit is a 1/35th scale kit ideal for dioramas. This is the 5th incarnation of the MiniArt Mercedees 170V kit and includes the addition of a single female figure. There is a total of 265 parts supplied on 7 grey spue of simi-soft grey plastic with the body cast in one piece and boxed separately, 1 sprue of crystal clear plastic, 1 card of photo-etched brass, and a set of decals that include 11 different marking options. The detail is beautiful and exquisitely cast with no flash and only the subtlest of seams, which are easily removed. The instruction booklet includes beautiful color pictures of the 11 different options as well as well rendered cad drawings of each 48 steps. Color call outs are broken down for Ammo Mig, Humbrol, Mr. Color, Testors and Vallejo paints.

Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Ford Fusion

Published: October 23rd, 2017     
Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Ford Fusion
Reviewed by: Haylee Perdue, IPMS# 50641
Scale: 1:24
Company: Revell, Inc.

Kevin Harvick became a household name in 2001, when he was selected to replace the late Dale Earnhardt after the legend's fatal accident in the Daytona 500. He currently has 35 Monster Cup and 46 Xfinity Series victories, and has been piloting cars for Stewart-Haas Racing since 2014. This model kit, provided for review by Revell, is of Kevin's current "Freaky Fast" 2017 Ford Fusion stock car.

This kit is Skill Level 5, and is molded in white plastic with black vinyl tires and clear parts, which have pre-painted black frames. The kit includes water slide decals, which are excellent and very forgiving to use.

Inside the box, you will find two bags of white plastic parts, a bag which contains the body shell, chassis, tires, and metal axle pins, and a forth bag with the clear parts. The instructions and decal sheet round out the contents.

Construction of the car begins with building the engine/transmission, and it's 18 parts assemble into a well-detailed throttle-body-injected modern NASCAR powertrain. I really like the look of the engine, and detail painting makes it look fantastic.

1966 Chevy Suburban

Published: October 18th, 2017     
1966 Chevy Suburban
Reviewed by: Alan Wickham, IPMS# 49022
Scale: 1:25
Company: Revell, Inc.

The '66 Suburban is a modified tooling of Revell's '64-'66 Chevy pickup kits. The kit is nicely detailed, and complete, right down to separate lenses for all lights, interior mirror and dome, decal and "glass" for the instrument panel, and decals for the seat upholstery.

In this release of the kit, it can only be built stock, and no custom parts are included. Which was just fine for me, because I am an avid replica stock builder! I chose correct '66 Chevy truck light green and white for my model, with the correct light gold colored interior, and the correct greyish shade for the engine block.

The box model shows an incorrect (for trucks) orange engine. My kit was built box stock, EXCEPT for the chrome. The bumpers, hub caps, and grille were stripped of the kit chrome, and sprayed white to represent the lower line Suburban. Chrome was an option on these parts, so it may be built with chrome as well. I also flipped the kit supplied tires around and used the side without the white wall insert, as by '66, wide whitewalls were not offered from GM. I then used my white gel pen to paint the correct whitewalls on the kit supplied tires.

Foose Custom Cadillac Eldorado

Published: October 9th, 2017