Automotive

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

Streamline Dreams - Ten Amazing Unbuilt Automobile Designs, 1916-1939

Published: April 16th, 2017     
Streamline Dreams - Ten Amazing Unbuilt Automobile Designs, 1916-1939
Author: Jared A. Zichek
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Retromechanix

Illustrator and automotive enthusiast Jarek Zichek has gone digging deeply into the history of automobiles. Instead of ones that actually were built, he focused on concept streamlined automobiles. While not a complete survey of every car made, Mr. Zichek narrowed his focus to pre-WWII and to cars which had at least a fragmentary plan view. The majority of the 3D models generated are based on patent drawings and there are inconsistencies throughout some of the drawings so research and interpretation had to fill in some of the missing gaps.

The main body of the book consists of eight cars with reviews of the drawings that were used to generate the 3D models. Each car has multiple views as well as dimensions of the cars. Different color schemes are included especially if the car was designed for racing. The cars investigated and rendered are the following:

Porsche 962C Limited Edition- Trust Racing

Published: April 3rd, 2017     
Porsche 962C Limited Edition- Trust Racing
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/24
Company: Hasegawa

Porsche is one of the premiere names in racing and sports cars in the world. This limited edition model of the Trust Racing Team's Porsche 962C comes from Hasegawa and is a faithful reproduction of the real thing.

The kit contains 40 white plastic pieces on six runners, one white plastic car body, 12 clear pieces, four black axle retainers, and four rubber tires. There are several extra clear plastic and white plastic parts intended to create versions of the Porsche 962 that are different from the subject of this kit.

I highly recommend painting all of the kit's parts prior to beginning any assembly. The only exception would be the parts used to build the airfoil on the back of the car, and that is due to a fit issue with the airfoil parts. Also recommended is to leave off the small exterior parts (windshield wiper, rear view mirrors, etc.) for last, to avoid breakage.

Assembly is rapid if all the parts are pre-painted. Fit on most parts is excellent, and the trimmed parts practically fall into place. However, I did not do the assembly strictly in the sequence shown in the instructions. As an example, I left step 2 for next to last.

Dawn of Justice Batmobile

Published: March 14th, 2017     
Dawn of Justice Batmobile
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/25
Company: Moebius Models

There have been many incarnations of the Batmobile from the 1940's until the latest entry, the Dawn of Justice Batmobile. All of them are cool but this latest is sleeker, armed to the teeth and looks the part. Moebius has replicated this with this kit so let's jump in and get it built.

Looking through the instructions (gasp!), there are four major parts to the assembly- the chassis and wheels, the upper body, the cockpit and the spoilers/wings.

Starting with the bottom, the motor and transmission housing are built and require a little putty. Make sure the seams are good on the transmission as once built, it is very visible. The rest of the suspension and side build really well and fit great. The two inner panels (parts 17 & 18) are painted black with silver details so these were left off until later. Since the fenders wrap around the wheels, they were partially assembled and set aside for paint later. The inner fenders and drive housings were added to the chassis also. The parts were set aside and construction resumed on the interior (cockpit)

Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole

Published: February 12th, 2017     
Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/24
Company: Italeri

After ten years of Countach production, the 1985 four valve per cylinder "Quattrovalvole" V-12 coupled with a new fuel injection system was a significant upgrade. If that wasn't enough for auto enthusiast they only made 610 of them which sold out immediately.

This review covers the skill level 5 (ages 14 years and older) 2016 release of the Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole 1:24 Scale Italeri Model Kit #3683. This kit is molded in white, grey, black, chrome, and clear with vinyl tires. Decals are made for the detailed interior and the chassis is made in multiple parts for enhanced finishing. The motor is highly detailed and can be viewed through the open engine cover. The body is also a multi-part unit crisply molded and proportionally correct. Finished dimensions are Length 7-1/4", Width 3", Height 2".

Construction and Detailing

The body is molded in color (white) but there are some knit lines that are visible so primer and paint are recommended for an even color finish.

1977 AMC Pacer Wagon

Published: January 18th, 2017     
1977 AMC Pacer Wagon
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

Back in '77 the AMC Pacer was arguably ahead of its time. The expanded windows were a definite safety feature allowing greater visibility, and the sub-compact (now the same size as some mid-size cars) had great fuel consumption. Unfortunately, it was "too far ahead" and people described its odd look as an upside-down fishbowl.

Construction and Detailing

This 2016 release #AMT1008 is a Retro-Deluxe re-pop for this kit which has seen several box arts over the years. It needs glue and paint, so it would be recommended for modeler 12 and older. The overall model is simplistic as many of the detail work is molded in. As an example, the block on 14 piece motor has a molded-in exhaust manifold and fuel pump. The gas tank and frame rails are molded into the floor pan and the door panels are molded into the interior bucket. For the experienced modeler this would be a "weekender" but it would also make a great "step-up" kit for a novice builder. It's what I would call a "tweener" and most appropriate for that age group.