Automotive

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

Custom Cadillac Lowrider

Published: May 4th, 2017     
Custom Cadillac Lowrider
Reviewed by: Jim Stepa, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1:25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Never built a lowrider and still haven't. This looked a pretty cool kit and I didn't have a land yacht in my collection

Engine

I have no idea about the size of the engine, but I remember Cadillacs used to have some huge displacement engines. The kit supplies only those parts for a stock build and those parts fit together very well.

Interior

Door panel and dash engraving was very crisp and easy to detail paint. Rear seat is molded in and the front seat a separate unit. Side panels are spate pieces which makes for easier painting. The interior is also flocked.

Body

Smooth, crisp lines and no flash. Emblems and door handles are provided on the chrome tree. You get a choice of 2 grilles. The lower body chrome pieces are all separate and are added after painting. The only thing I didn't really care for were the taillights, because they're molded in clear and not red. Engraving is very good except around the wheel wells making the use of Bare Metal Foil for the chrome trim rather difficult. I painted the body with House of Color purple kandy over a black base.

Kenworth K-100

Published: April 16th, 2017     
Kenworth K-100
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1:25
Company: Revell, Inc.

This review covers the re-release of the Kenworth K-100 by Revel in 1:25 scale. There are 284 parts molded in White, Chrome, and Clear, with Vinyl tires, and waterslide decals. Fit and finish on this kit is very good for its age. Incidentally, this is the truck style used for Optimus Prime in the original cartoon version of Transformers. The good news: this is a well designed kit. The bad news: I don't see a current release date so they may be hard to find.

Construction and Detailing

This 2017 re-release #85-2513 has seen several box arts and versions (including the aerodyne's) over the years. It needs glue and paint, so it would be recommended for advanced modelers due to the high piece count. On the other hand, it doesn't have the usual poor cab fit issue. In fact, it assembles very well. The build is done in modules and is fairly simple with the full frame being assembled, then the motor and interior.

Streamline Dreams - Ten Amazing Unbuilt Automobile Designs, 1916-1939

Published: April 16th, 2017     
Streamline Dreams - Ten Amazing Unbuilt Automobile Designs, 1916-1939
Author: Jared A. Zichek
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Retromechanix

Illustrator and automotive enthusiast Jarek Zichek has gone digging deeply into the history of automobiles. Instead of ones that actually were built, he focused on concept streamlined automobiles. While not a complete survey of every car made, Mr. Zichek narrowed his focus to pre-WWII and to cars which had at least a fragmentary plan view. The majority of the 3D models generated are based on patent drawings and there are inconsistencies throughout some of the drawings so research and interpretation had to fill in some of the missing gaps.

The main body of the book consists of eight cars with reviews of the drawings that were used to generate the 3D models. Each car has multiple views as well as dimensions of the cars. Different color schemes are included especially if the car was designed for racing. The cars investigated and rendered are the following:

Porsche 962C Limited Edition- Trust Racing

Published: April 3rd, 2017     
Porsche 962C Limited Edition- Trust Racing
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/24
Company: Hasegawa

Porsche is one of the premiere names in racing and sports cars in the world. This limited edition model of the Trust Racing Team's Porsche 962C comes from Hasegawa and is a faithful reproduction of the real thing.

The kit contains 40 white plastic pieces on six runners, one white plastic car body, 12 clear pieces, four black axle retainers, and four rubber tires. There are several extra clear plastic and white plastic parts intended to create versions of the Porsche 962 that are different from the subject of this kit.

I highly recommend painting all of the kit's parts prior to beginning any assembly. The only exception would be the parts used to build the airfoil on the back of the car, and that is due to a fit issue with the airfoil parts. Also recommended is to leave off the small exterior parts (windshield wiper, rear view mirrors, etc.) for last, to avoid breakage.

Assembly is rapid if all the parts are pre-painted. Fit on most parts is excellent, and the trimmed parts practically fall into place. However, I did not do the assembly strictly in the sequence shown in the instructions. As an example, I left step 2 for next to last.

Dawn of Justice Batmobile

Published: March 14th, 2017     
Dawn of Justice Batmobile
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/25
Company: Moebius Models

There have been many incarnations of the Batmobile from the 1940's until the latest entry, the Dawn of Justice Batmobile. All of them are cool but this latest is sleeker, armed to the teeth and looks the part. Moebius has replicated this with this kit so let's jump in and get it built.

Looking through the instructions (gasp!), there are four major parts to the assembly- the chassis and wheels, the upper body, the cockpit and the spoilers/wings.

Starting with the bottom, the motor and transmission housing are built and require a little putty. Make sure the seams are good on the transmission as once built, it is very visible. The rest of the suspension and side build really well and fit great. The two inner panels (parts 17 & 18) are painted black with silver details so these were left off until later. Since the fenders wrap around the wheels, they were partially assembled and set aside for paint later. The inner fenders and drive housings were added to the chassis also. The parts were set aside and construction resumed on the interior (cockpit)