Automotive

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

German Staff Cars / Cabrio(let)

Published: March 24th, 2019     
German Staff Cars / Cabrio(let)
Reviewed by: Ben Morton - IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun, Hauler

Longtime readers of IPMS/USA reviews will know that I tend to prefer the tiny stuff. So it shouldn't come as too big a surprise that when Brengun released some accessory items for those of us that build in a diminutive scale (1:144) that I put in my bid for this kit review. 'Kit Review' may be too strong a phrase as these small German Staff Cars 3D printed, in resin, and come as one piece. The only assembly of the actual car is to remove it from the casting block. It should be noted that these cars represent an Opel Admiral Cabriolet, circa 1938.

The kit aspect kicks in when you consider that Brengun provides a fret of photo-etch for details and a small set of decals. The decal sheet has license markings for two automobiles with the photo-etch fret holding detail bits for the license plates (two styles), command/rank pendant carriers (usually mounted on the front fenders), some pioneer tools, and a steering wheel. Brengun has considerately 3D printed the steering column. The assemble instructions suggest that you need to add that item yourself. (?) Interior detail of these cars is more than adequate for this scale. In fact, it is quite nice!

Mitsubishi Colt Galant GTO-MR

Published: March 22nd, 2019     
Mitsubishi Colt Galant GTO-MR
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek - IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/24
Company: Hasegawa

This is a review of the Hasegawa Mitsubishi Colt Galant GTO-MR.

Engine

No engine. It's curbside kit.

Interior

Interior is wonderfully engraved and the supplied upholstery decals fit well. Didn't even have to paint some of the parts.

Body

Body was crisp and clean with no flash. I had hoped to just polish the plastic but there were swirls in the roof so it had to be primed and painted. I used Tru-Color sun orange which is pretty darn close to factory color.

Chassis

The suspension parts are separate from the chassis pan as is the exhaust system. Some of the parts are pretty small and care must be taken when working with them.

Instructions

The instructions are several pages long with suggested paint color for specific parts.

This was a very enjoyable kit to work on. Thank you to IPMS for allowing me to review this kit.

How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car

Published: March 16th, 2019     
How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car
Reviewed by: Doug Cole - IPMS# 46605

Veloce Publishing has issued a number of books in their SpeedPro Series that illustrates practical automotive performance tips and advice. This softcover book conations 96 pages of honest and engaging information on "How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car."

It is first and foremost a primer that shows you how to enter the field of long-distance endurance racing on a budget but it also has information and close-up photos of the kinds of modifications that can be used to recreate an authentic replica of those spartan race cars in scale.

The book is British-centric and many of the automotive terms like bonnet and windscreen (just as the races are) are prevalent but are easily understood from context so it's still a pretty easy read.

If you are seriously looking to get into the sport this book is a great place to start. Advice begins with an Austin Allegro project car. It describes in detail the modifications performed on the car for racing and optional products that will fit other budgetary considerations.

Ford GT

Published: March 15th, 2019     
Ford GT
Reviewed by: Doug Cole - IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/24
Company: Tamiya

The new Ford GT is a stunning supercar that competes favorably with the best of the breed at a price that the competition hasn't seen in in a decade. Tamiya, not wishing to be left out of the fray has produced a similarly gorgeous replica of the car in scale for the advanced builder.

There are a lot of things to love about the kit and some things that could be improved, but in the end; if you want a great looking model of this superb car this the best example on the market.

Construction begins with the rear and forward body panels and you'll quickly discover that you can't use tube glue or the parts will not fit together. Thin liquid cement or thin superglue are needed due to the tight tolerances of the pieces and miniscule glue points. Reminiscent of the over-engineered 60's kit that saw us trying to keep the front end together with a one-millimeter dot on the end of a tie rod, these joins require concentration and sparing use of adhesives.

Steam Traction on the Road

Published: March 15th, 2019     
Steam Traction on the Road
Reviewed by: Bill O'Malley - IPMS# 46473

Steam Traction on the Road is a historical description of the development of steam power and the engineers and manufacturers that created steam vehicles. The book includes a nice description of the people that designed steam vehicles in addition to the steam engines themselves. The book's focus is on steam engines in England, but also includes some mentions of steam vehicles in America and other countries.

The Author

Anthony Burton has been a professional writer and broadcaster for over forty years, during which time he has largely concentrated on the history of industry and transport. His books include The Canal Builders, recently reprinted in its fifth edition, and The Railway Builders. He has written a biography of the great steam pioneer Richard Trevithick and is currently writing the story of railway engineer Joseph Locke. He has worked as writer and presenter on a number of TV programmes for all main channels, including documentaries on the National Railway Museum, the Great Western Railway, the locomotive trials at Rainhill and the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

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