Automotive

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

Audi R8 LMS GT3 SPA 24 Hours ’15 with Detail Up Set

Published: November 6th, 2020     
Audi R8 LMS GT3 SPA 24 Hours ’15 with Detail Up Set
Reviewed by: Dan Brown - IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1:24
Company: Platz

The Audi R8 GT3 is a mid-mounted V10 engine sports car produced by Audi to compete in the GT3 touring car racing series. This series is based on a vehicle that must be available for sale to regular consumers with minimal changes. Due to the low cost for entry to the GT3 race series, many teams have taken part and the Audi R8 LMS GT3 version has been delivered to many racing teams around the world. It is very active in both endurance and GT races. This new kit from PLATZ reproduces the AUDI R8 LMS GT3 from the 24-hour Spa race in 2015 in 1/24 scale. My example also included the Detail Up set specifically for this kit from NuNu.

U-9 Grand Prix Car Model

Published: November 6th, 2020     
U-9 Grand Prix Car Model
Reviewed by: Dan Brown - IPMS# 47967
Scale: N/A
Company: UGears

UGears is a Ukrainian company that opened in 2015, and UB LLC is their distributor in the US. Their kits are built from laser-cut plywood and cover a vast range of interesting topics. Everything from cars to bikes, trains and even a horse. Their kits are all given a difficulty rating that corresponds to the number of included parts and the estimated assembly time. This Grand Prix car is my first UGears kit and it listed as an advanced kit with an estimated assembly time of 6 to 7 hours.

Audi R8 LMS GT3 SPA 24 Hours ’15 with Detail Up Set

Published: October 24th, 2020     
Audi R8 LMS GT3 SPA 24 Hours ’15 with Detail Up Set
Reviewed by: Dan Brown - IPMS# 47967
Company: Platz

The Audi R8 GT3 is a mid-mounted V10 engine sports car produced by Audi to compete in the GT3 touring car racing series. This series is based on a vehicle that must be available for sale to regular consumers with minimal changes. Due to the low cost for entry to the GT3 race series, many teams have taken part and the Audi R8 LMS GT3 version has been delivered to many racing teams around the world. It is very active in both endurance and GT races. This new kit from PLATZ reproduces the AUDI R8 LMS GT3 from the 24-hour Spa race in 2015 in 1/24 scale. My example also included the Detail Up set specifically for this kit from NuNu.

Moskvitch 401-420A Soviet Passenger Car

Published: August 15th, 2020     
Moskvitch 401-420A Soviet Passenger Car
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: ICM

You have to give the former Soviet Union credit - they didn't waste time coming up with something new IF something available would do the trick. They did it with the U.S. B-29 bomber (Tupelov Tu-4) and they didn't with this series of post-war sedans - making a carbon copy of Germany's Opel Kadett from 1946 on.

ICM has previously made a closed-top four-door sedan version of this lovely little vehicle, and now offer the somewhat rarer convertible version. The kit offers a couple of options - open or closed convertible top and free spare tire or encased spare tire. It comes with a detailed engine and drive train and a truly exceptional level of detail in the interior. It also comes with all the parts to make the standard sedan if you desperately want to go in that direction. Being the kind of modeler I am, I chose to do mine with the open top so I could show off all the lovely inside workings.

Model T 1911 Touring with American Motorists

Published: August 12th, 2020     
Model T 1911 Touring with American Motorists
Reviewed by: Bill O'Malley - IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:24
Company: ICM

Background

Another of ICM's beautiful 1/24 car kits, this one a 1911 Model T Touring Car. The Touring Car body had two rear seat doors in addition to the front seat doors, two bench seats, and a foldable canvas top. This release also includes two figures, a man and a woman, in period attire. ICM's kit is an easy build with nice fitting parts and without a lot of small parts.

ICM's Kit

The kit comes in a 9 x 12 x 2 1/2 light cardboard box with slipcover. The box art depicts the vehicle in a dark green color with brass accessories, the male figure driving, and the woman in the backseat. The canvas top is shown in a medium gray color.

The kit comes on five sprues crisply molded in a light gray color, one clear plastic sprue, and four white vinyl tires. The detail on the parts is simple, but very good, with no apparent flash and very minor mold seems.