Automotive

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

American Woodies 1928 - 1953

Published: September 16th, 2018     
American Woodies 1928 - 1953
Author: Norm Mort
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Veloce Publishing

Veloce Publishing continues expanding its line "Those were the days..." this time with a book devoted to the American Woodies. While the book title says "1928-1953", it does provide some history prior to those years, going all the way back to 1886.

The first chapter describes the origin of the woodies or "station wagon", a sort of railway station shuttle to your vacation hotel. The second chapter describes how Ford led the way on making the Woodies popular and the last two chapters covers the immediate pre-WWII years and the immediate post-WWII years.

The book is not meant to be a detailed recount of every "Woodie" out there, nor a source of detailed information for a restorer. It is more of a gallery of pictures, some details and stories leading to how the Woodies became an icon of the '40 and'50s. You will find Fords, Hudson, Chryslers, Studebaker, Crosley and more.

Some of the pictures are from restored models, showing those gorgeous golden and tans of highly polished wood finishes. Other pictures are in black and white, clearly period pictures that will have value for a modeler looking for specific details.

1957 Chrysler 300C

Published: September 13th, 2018     
1957 Chrysler 300C
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2

Engine

There was little flash on the engine parts with excellent details. You get just a basic Hemi engine.

Interior

Deep engraving can be seen on the door panels making it easy to detail paint. Seats and side panels are separate pieces from the floor. I used a Testors flat tan and flat black as called for on the detailed instruction sheet.

Body

The body went together very well with no adjustments necessary. My choice was to go with the Tru-Color artic white paint to maintain the factory stock look.

Chassis

The frame rails are separate from the chassis pan. Front, rear suspension, and exhaust are all separate pieces. All together, they make for a very pleasing assembly.

Instructions

The instructions are several pages long with suggested paint color for specific parts and a numbered list to tell you what part is what .

This was a very enjoyable kit to build with very little to non-existent flash on the parts. Thank you to IPMS for allowing me to review this kit.

Ford GT: Then and Now

Published: July 14th, 2018     
Ford GT: Then and Now
Author: Adrian Streather
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Veloce Publishing

Veloce Publishing's mission is to "provide books of the highest quality in terms of content, accuracy, presentation, subject range and reader satisfaction to discerning automotive enthusiasts around the world." Ford GT: Then and Now fulfills this mission with a book full of large, clear, high quality photos printed on nice, semi-gloss paper.

Ford GT: Then and Now is a photographic history of the Ford GT, starting with the Lola forerunners to the original Ford GT MK I race car in 1964, and continues with the Ford MK II, through the MK IV and J car. The book was first published in June 2006 and this edition is a reprint from June 2017. Unfortunately, the book does not cover the third generation Ford GT currently raced by the Ford racing team in the IMSA GT Le Mans series.

1985 Oldsmobile 442/FE3-X

Published: May 13th, 2018     
1985 Oldsmobile 442/FE3-X
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell Inc.

This is a review of the Revell '85 Oldsmobile 442/FE3-X show car. I built it as a factory stock 442.

Engine

Zero to very little flash was on the engine components. Two items I disliked were the valve covers and oil pan molded to the block. Should have been separate pieces.

Interior

Extremely distinct engraving on the interior pan. Door panels are separate pieces as are the front seats. The rear seat is molded to the interior pan. Dashboard allows two different decals for the gauge cluster and there's two steering wheels.

Body

The body offers several variations. If you want to build the FE3-X version, additional body panels are available as well as three different front clips. Fortunately the front & rear bumper assemblies also attach to the frame when installing - makes for easier glue points.

I painted the car with Tru-Color metallic cameo white covered with a 2 part urethane clear.

'78 GMC Big Game Country Pickup

Published: April 27th, 2018     
'78 GMC Big Game Country Pickup
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

This kit is a modified re-release of the Monogram GMC High Roller kit from 1981 (the parts have a 1978 copyright on them) with differences being different decals and the "Ground Hawg" sidewall markings are missing from the tires.

Kit

The kit comes packaged in the usual Revell 1/24/25 size cardboard box with 5 bags of white, clear, and chrome molded parts as well as the rubber tires.  The tires were floating around in my box, as the bag they were in doesn't look like it was sealed all the way. The clear parts are bagged separately. There is a total of 5 sprues of white plastic plus the separate cab, 1 sprue of chrome, 1 sprue of clear, and the 4 rubber tires.  All this adds up to a total of 92 plastic parts.  The parts are molded with good detail and some flash. There are some ejector pin marks that will need to be addressed. I am hoping my kit was a one-off as some of the ejector pin marks were extremely deep, almost all the way through the part.

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