Automotive

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

Sauber Mercedes C9

Published: January 10th, 2018     
Sauber Mercedes C9
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1:24
Company: Hasegawa

The Sauber Mercedes C9 made quite a splash in 1989, winning the World Sports Car Prototype Championship with both the #61 and #62 racers. In this curbside kit you have the option of building either vehicle with the decals provided.

Although this is a simple model it is rated a skill level three kit for modelers aged 14 and over by the manufacturer due to the large decals involved in finishing. It has 79 pieces molded in gray, clear and black styrene. The decals are very nice with a great register and minimal carrier film. There are no drivetrain parts and the underside is a plain floorpan with a few molded in details. When finished the dimensions are approximately: Length: 8", Width: 3", Height: 2."

Construction

The best way to describe the kit is to say; "wait for it!" By that I mean even though you don't fell like your putting as much together as traditional car kits with drivetrain parts, it turns out to be quite a great looking shelf display when you're finished.

1992 Mazda Miata

Published: January 10th, 2018     
1992 Mazda Miata
Reviewed by: Gregory Hansel, IPMS# 46474
Scale: 1:25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Introduction

I remember when the Mazda Miata was introduced. I actually went to the dealership to check them out and I was a big fan of them. The Miata blended the style of a 60's British sports car with the reliability of a modern Japanese import. The kit was first introduced in 1993, molded in red, and this is the first reissue of it, so it had not been available for nearly 25 years!

1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt 2 'n 1

Published: January 6th, 2018     
1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt 2 'n 1
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Revell has re-released the ever popular 1964 Ford Fairlane, originally issued in 1990. It is a 2 'n 1 kit so you can build the street version or the classic Super Stock Thunderbolt drag version with a 427 c. i. engine, featuring Dick Brannan's (head of Ford's Drag Racing division) Romy Hammes car. Only 100 for the race version were built. The kit features three wheel style choices, two hood style choices, 4-speed or automatic transmission, and stock and drag tires (8 total). I built the race car version, of course.

1970 Dodge Charger R/T

Published: December 29th, 2017     
1970 Dodge Charger R/T
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell Inc.

Revell hits another one out of the park with their gorgeous 1970 Dodge Charger R/T.

Engine

Nothing like a Hemi and this kit features that engine with 2 4 barrel carbs. Magnificent engine that fits together properly and virtually no flash.

Interior

Door panel and dash engraving was very crisp and easy to detail paint. Side panels are separate pieces which makes for easier painting. The interior is also flocked. There are no options for the interior. You can make only a stock interior. The dash and console have woodgrain decals and separate gauge decals.

Body

Smooth, crisp lines and no flash. Just the way I like it. The front and rear valance panels were a pretty tight fit and they can only go on after the body meets the chassis. The kit includes many decals but I decided to leave them off for a cleaner look. I used Tru-Color light pewter paint topped off with a 2 part urethane clear coat. The light pewter is very close to the platium factory color available for the Charger in 1970.

Nisseki Trust Porsche 962C Limited Edition

Published: November 9th, 2017