Automotive

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

Snap-Tite 2018 Mustang GT

Published: August 27th, 2017     
Snap-Tite 2018 Mustang GT
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Sometimes experienced modelers get so bogged down with the extensive projects we are working on, we forget to lift our over-taxed heads from the work bench, remove glasses and opti-visors, and smell the sweet success of a quick, easy build. So, while browsing the IPMS review list one day, I came upon this kit and "snapped" it up. My thought was to have my wife build it, but she took off in our (real) '65 rag top Mustang instead, and left me to it.

The Revell Snap-Tite 2018 Mustang GT is a nice representation of the styling changes being made to the existing 2017 Mustang. The car will soon to be released this Fall. The main omission on the Snap-Tite model are the rear vision door mirrors.

The model is nicely packed in a compact, end opening box with the body supported by nice clear plastic sleeves. All parts are contained within plastic bags for protection, and do not have to be removed from sprues. The instruction sheet is easy to follow in six steps. The main box top picture actually shows a 2015 Mustang, but the text says 2018. The pictures on the sides of the box shows the correct 2018 model.

Diecast Toy Cars of the 1950s & 1960s "The Collectors Guide"

Published: August 22nd, 2017     
Diecast Toy Cars of the 1950s & 1960s "The Collectors Guide"
Author: Andrew Ralston
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Veloce Publishing

The book is a general collectors guide to classic Diecast toy cars. It covers cars from a classic era of toy cars and covers all the major companies and countries where they were made. 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 many 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 Diecast cars and also all those who, like me, was a kid during the 60's or 50's.

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

Mazda RX-7 2 'n 1

Published: August 19th, 2017     
Mazda RX-7 2 'n 1
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

I still remember the commercials for the Mazda Wankel engined cars - like they hum. This was a pretty quick and simple build and was a pleasure to build

Engine

I have no idea about the size of the engine but it's a Wankel rotary engine. The parts fit together like they should with no flash. There is an option for a different carburetor and air filter. I used the stock unit. I didn't detail the engine to keep it an out of the box build.

Interior

Interior is just a basic tub. The gauges were strange because there's 3 gauges well engraved on the dash but the included decals have 2 large gauges and 3 smaller ones that didn't even come close to a match. I just detail painted the engraved pieces. The interior is also flocked.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Published: August 19th, 2017     
Porsche 918 Spyder
Reviewed by: Steve Jahnke, IPMS# 34991
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

Overview

As an exotic model car builder, I went bonkers when this kit became available as an IPMS review candidate. The Porsche 918 kit was initially introduced on the European model market by Revell of Germany, luckily Revell USA soon picked it up and re-boxed it for the United States market, the only difference was the boxing configuration. Your hobby shop may have both the Revell USA or Revell Germany versions, the only difference is boxing and pricing. Specifically, the 918 is an exotic hybrid vehicle; main power is generated by a 4.6 litre gasoline engine and is supplemented by two electric motors on both the front and rear axles. It has astonishing performance; 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds and 0-100 MPH in 4.9 seconds. Initial pricing of this car was a cool $845,000 less an electric federal income tax credit of $3,667 (like you and I need that for our income tax filing).

1982 Pontiac Firebird

Published: August 19th, 2017     
1982 Pontiac Firebird
Reviewed by: Haylee Perdue, IPMS# 50641
Scale: 1/16
Company: Round 2 Models

The 1982 Firebird, with its sibling, the Chevy Camaro, introduced GM's third generation of F Body sports coupes. For 1982, the Firebird was downsized from previous models, and featured new styling with an added emphasis on aerodynamics, and was offered in three trim options, with the V8 powered Trans Am being the top end performance version.

We would like to thank Round 2 for providing us with this reissue of MPC's 1/16 scale Firebird kit. This kit is rated at Skill Level 3, and has 158 parts, all neatly bagged inside of the large, reinforced box. Inside the box are two bags of white plastic parts, another bag holding the white plastic body and chassis, a bag with the chrome plated parts, a bag with the hollow vinyl Goodyear tires, and a final bag containing the clear windshield and back glass, tinted optional T tops, and clear red taillight panel. This model has posable front wheels, and opening doors and hood. It has several optional parts, such as components for a removable T top roof, side exhaust, hoods, and a twin turbo setup for its V8 engine.

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