Automotive

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

'48 Ford Woody

Published: October 18th, 2010     
'48 Ford Woody
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Revell has been kind to auto modelers in re-releasing past Monogram car kits that have been out of production. This time the reissue is of the '48 Ford Woody with Monogram's name on the box top and on the instruction sheet. With 127 parts molded in white plastic, clear plastic and a sprue of chromed parts you can only assembly a stock Woody. You'll use all the parts with none left over, except for a few decals.

Toyota Prius G "Touring"

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Toyota Prius G "Touring"
Reviewed by: Jay Mesawitz, IPMS# 42925
Scale: 1/24
Company: Fujimi

The Toyota Prius has made its way from a government incentive driven experiment to a very successful mainstream product offering. As such it really deserves to be noticed for its place in history. The Prius body styling and the kit subject matter in general, however, may only appeal to the Prius enthusiast.

The Fujimi kit represents the 2009 model year of the 3rd generation Prius and is an all new kit. White, clear and chrome trees are all individually bagged. Also included are soft rubber tires, a small decal sheet and window masks. Part count is just over 80 pieces and the build up is fairly simple. The result is a curbside model with no open elements.

The chassis pan and suspension build up easily and are molded with deep relief allowing for the use of washes and various other weathering effects to be applied to the underside. The suspension has poseable front wheels. Each wheel is installed with a vinyl bushing to allow them to roll; however, I was not able to install them and achieve smooth operation on all four wheels. The bushings look like the Tamiya competition but install in the wheel/rim itself rather than being encased in the wheel/brake hub.

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.

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