Automotive

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

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.

Ford FD-100 Pickup

Published: August 14th, 2017     
Ford FD-100 Pickup
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1:25
Company: Revell, Inc.

The "Effie" pickup trunk have always held me in awe, possibly because a long time ago in another life, I was building a '53 into a street machine.

Engine

The engine appears to be a small block Ford with Roush refinements.  The parts fit very well.  I was unable to put the supplied Rouch decals on the valve covers because my decal sheet disintegrated.

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 but it is extremely well done for such a small space.

Hitachi Zaxis 135US Excavator

Published: August 4th, 2017     
Hitachi Zaxis 135US Excavator
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:36
Company: Hasegawa

This is not a highly-detailed kit, but can be an entertaining build for both less experienced and more advanced modelers. Less experienced modelers will enjoy the ease of assembly, and can build the kit without painting. More advanced modelers looking for construction equipment will find the kit to be an opportunity for some extreme weathering.

Background

This is the second kit Hasegawa has produced based on the Hitachi tracked excavator. The first was the Double Arm Working Machine Astaco Neo released in 2015 and updated in 2017 with new parts. This new Hitachi Zaxis kit retains the grasping claw from the Double Arm kit, but adds an excavator bucket and dozer blade as additional options.

The Zaxis 135US-6 excavator is used by contractors needing a tight tail-swing radius to work in confined areas around obstacles. The excavator is equipped with an Isuzu engine.

Kit Contents

The kit comes on multicolored sprues so it is possible to have a nice-looking model without painting. The kit has 175 parts including the following: