Automotive

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

Sheriff Rosco's Police Car

Published: September 8th, 2010     
Sheriff Rosco's Police Car
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

The Kit

The kit is molded in a white styrene and also has a generous sprue of chrome parts, and rubber wheels. There is also quite an arsenal of weapons included, (M-16, Thompson sub-machine gun, M1, shotgun, pistol, and a grenade launcher). I guess Sheriff Rosco always wanted to be on a SWAT team. This kit depicts the Dodge Monaco police car and is a very good representation of that vehicle. It also includes a nice engine that could be detailed if you wanted to. One problem is that the hood of the car has no hinges to open so you will have to just lay it next to the kit to show off the engine compartment.

Ferrari F60

Published: September 5th, 2010     
Ferrari F60
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/20
Company: Tamiya

Upon opening the box you will find 9 baggies containing 182 parts, one tree of P.E. parts, a couple of small sheets of decals, a 10 page instruction booklet, and a decal placement flyer. Parts are molded in three colors; black, red, and chrome. The chrome parts have an aluminum tint to them, making them much more realistic and appealing to the eye than the typical "chrome" parts found in most car models.

Ferrari 250 GTO

Published: September 2nd, 2010     
Ferrari 250 GTO
Reviewed by: Joe Staudt, IPMS# 39453
Scale: 1/24
Company: Fujimi

Background

In 1962 and 1963, Ferrari produced a small number of cars that were essentially racecars for the street. FIA rules at the time required that at least 100 examples of a car had to be built in order for it to qualify for racing in the GT class, but with a little sleight-of-hand and a few other tricks, Ferrari managed to get by with building only 39 vehicles in a couple of variations. These cars have gone on to become legendary and highly desirable, to the point where collectors today will pay several million dollars to get their hands on one. Over the years, several kits of this vehicle have been produced. I still have a 1/24 scale slot car that I can remember my Dad purchasing and building in the mid-1960's, and I also have a kit (still unbuilt) that I purchased over 20 years ago. Fujimi has recently brought out an all-new tooling of this car in 1/24 scale; let's take a look at it.

Ferrari 312T2 1976 Japan GP

Published: July 18th, 2010     
Ferrari 312T2 1976 Japan GP
Reviewed by: Chris Smith IPMS# 39182, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/20
Company: Hasegawa

I really am an airplane modeler normally but I have not been able to resist these F-1 race car models. This time around IPMS was kind enough to allow me to build the 1976 Ferrari 312T2 of Niki Lauda. After a steady decline, Ferrari built the 312B3 in 1974 and had some success but was hampered by reliability issues. The 312T and T2 were built to address the B3s problems. Based on a flat 12 engine producing 485 HP coupled with a transverse mounted (hence T in name,) transmission the 312T was driven by Lauda to four first place finishes and the overall championship in 1975. For the 1976 season the 312T2 was introduced with Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni driving. The major design change for the 1976 season was the relocation of the engine air intakes to the area in front of the cockpit to comply with F-1 racing rule changes. The 1976 season was marred by a terrible crash that almost claimed Lauda's life. At the German Grand Prix in Nurburgring, Lauda's suspension failed after he contacted a curb and his car careened out of control, hit the rail and erupted into flames.

Ferrari 312T2 "1976 Monaco GP Winner"

Published: May 31st, 2009     
Ferrari 312T2 "1976 Monaco GP Winner"
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/20
Company: Hasegawa

I would like to thank Dragon Models USA for submitting this item to IPMS for review and IPMS for allowing me to review it.

BACKGROUND

The Ferrari 312T was designed by Mauro Forghieri for the 1975 Gran Prix season. Over the next six years the 312T series won 27 races, four constructors' and three drivers' championships The car was powered by a flat-12 cylinder engine which produced approximately 510bhp. The "T" in "312T" stood for transverse. This was the mounting configuration of the gearbox which improved the car's handling characteristics over its predecessors.