Automotive

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

Dominic's 1970 Dodge Charger

Published: November 12th, 2016     
Dominic's 1970 Dodge Charger
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Finally, a proportionally accurate '70 Dodge Charger is available for MOPAR enthusiast in 1:25th scale. This model does the immensely popular Fast & Furious muscle car justice and it's sure to be a standout on your display shelf.

This review covers the skill level 5 (ages 14 years and older) Dominic's Fast & Furious 1970 Dodge Charger 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4319. Correct grill features and a one-piece rear fascia combined with a well designed kit for buildability are the hallmark of this Charger kit. The kit has 122 parts molded in white, chrome, clear and transparent red along with vinyl tires and metal axle pins. This is a detailed kit with a nicely appointed hemi motor. The detailed chassis has options for stock and drag ride heights for those that want to convert the car to stock. The interior is basic, and while not exactly representing the movie version, it represents Dominic's car pretty well. Finished dimensions are: Length: 81/4", Width: 3", Height: 21/4"

Window Wipers

Published: October 30th, 2016     
Window Wipers
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler

A feature that you can quickly notice on almost any 1/48 soft-skin AFV are the windshield wipers. Often they are either molded into the clear windshield, or they are absent all together. Hauler has come to the rescue with eight different sized windshield wipers. The photoetch sheet provided gives you a total of 120 individual windshield wipers along with simple instructions on folding them to set on the windshield.

Hauler uses an open plastic pouch that is stapled to the header card. You will want to be careful handling the photo-etch windshield wipers as their small size makes them an easy sacrifice to the carpet monster.

1980 Dodge Ramcharger

Published: October 23rd, 2016     
1980 Dodge Ramcharger
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

Revell has re-released a fine kit that's sure to be a hit. It is the 1980 Dodge Ramcharger. A person can go really wild with this kit if they're willing to change things around a bit.

Engine

The engine is pretty basic and the kit offers no options and no chrome. I installed ignition wires, throttle linkage, and a fuel line with filter.

Interior

The interior is just a simple tub design with molded side panel engraving is really lacking in detail. The kit does have a rear seat that I decided to leave out to carry the spare tire.

Body

The body was straight although the bumpers and grill didn't fit perfectly into final assembly so it was necessary to do a bit of tweaking. The sunroof is molded into the kit body part. To change things up a bit, on the side and rear kit glass, I used some peach tinted acetate. HOK cinnamon pearl and cocoa pearl adorn the boyd.

Porsche 914/6

Published: October 6th, 2016     
Porsche 914/6
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Created as a joint project between corporate partners Porsche and Volkswagen, the 914-6 hit the US market badged as a Porsche. It could have been called a Volkswagen, and in Europe, it was!!!! Produced in two mid-engine versions; a woefully underpowered four cylinder (-4) and six cylinder (-6). Each manufacturer had reservations about both versions. Designed to replace the entry level 912, it became the leading seller in the Porsche stable, the -6 version costing nearly as much as the 911!! The 914 was highly visible both on the road and on the track. I chose to build my sample as the stock version.

Molded in White Plastic, with one sprue of chrome plated parts, some clear parts and four vinyl tires the kit consists of 70 parts. Parts for both the street stock and racing version are included. Instructions and a sheet of decals complete the kit.

Magirus-Deutz 360M19 Canvas Truck

Published: October 3rd, 2016