Automotive

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

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     
Foose Custom Cadillac Eldorado
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1:25
Company: Revell Inc.

Chip Foose is one heck of a designer and his 1948 Cadillac Eldorado is no exception

Engine

A fuel injected big block Chevy engine fits nicely.  I had a set of Cadillac valve covers that I like better than the kit pieces and they fit so well.  The entire engine goes together quite well with no flash to clean off.  The old school Caddy air cleaner is a plus.

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.  It's either kit or scratch build something.  Why anyone would want to carve up the beautiful interior is beyond me though.

Body

I modified the body by stripping the chrome off the bumpers and molding them in; added dual quad headlights and a grille from the parts box.  The rear fins were shaved down and taillights filled.  Then a slit was cut along the trunk line and taillight added there.  Pearl-Ex antique silver was used and covered with a 2 part urethane clear.

German Cargo Truck L1500S

Published: September 22nd, 2017     
German Cargo Truck L1500S
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

This is a nicely molded kit with lots of detail. The kit is delicate with many small and fiddly parts that require patient assembly. This will build a nice truck but requires working with some very small parts.

Background

This kit is the civilian version of the Mercedes L1500S 1.5-ton German cargo truck.

4101 of the trucks were manufactured from 1941 to 1944, and light fire fighting vehicles were the most common variant. Many of the others were used as trucks for civil & commercial applications.

MiniArt originally issued the kit in 2012 as a military cargo truck. The vehicle has been re-issued in several other versions including a personnel car, 2 fire truck variants, a 4 x 4 car, and two variations of a military cargo truck.

Kit Contents

The kit is nicely packaged with bags for the sprues, and a separate small box for the truck cab. This version of the kit has 688 parts and includes accessory wooden barrels, milk cans, beer bottles with crates, and milk bottles with crates. Over 300 of the parts are for the bottles and cargo accessories. There are color and detail options for eight different trucks:

Tinplate Toy Cars of the 1950's & 1960's from Japan "The Collectors Guide"

Published: September 19th, 2017     
Tinplate Toy Cars of the 1950's & 1960's from Japan "The Collectors Guide"
Author: Andrew Ralston
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Veloce Publishing

This book is a general collector's guide to classic Tinplate toy cars from the 50's and 60's made in Japan. It covers cars from a classic era of tinplate toy cars and covers all the major companies and countries they were sold in. The book shows the most known and collectables of the time period. The book has great pictures and lots of detailed information. This book brought lots of memories back to me as a kid getting a few of the cars shown in the book as birthday and or Christmas gifts from my family. The book may have a limited audience but I for one loved it!

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in tinplate cars from Japan and also all those who, like me, was a kid during the 50's or 60's.

Thanks to Veloce Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

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