Automotive

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

Blazing Bison Puller Tractor

Published: January 9th, 2017     
Blazing Bison Puller Tractor
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

Talk about a blast from the past - this kit hasn't been seen since its 1986 release. The secondary market prices were approaching $100 and here it is again for our enjoyment at reasonable prices. This kit features some of the largest tires available for a 1:25 scale kit, and not one, but three fully blown Hemi drag motors and a wagon full of accessories.

This review covers the skill level 3 (ages 12 years and older) 2016 re-release of the Blazing Bison Puller Tractor 1:25 Scale AMT Model Kit #1006. There are 150+ pieces molded in yellow, black, and chrome, with metal axles, gigantic soft vinyl tires and waterslide decals. Finished dimensions are; ~ L-8", W-5", H-3".

Construction and Detailing

To reduce color variations I recommend that you spray all the yellow pieces with a medium-tone primer.

Yamaha YZR500 (OWA8) "Team Lucky Strike Roberts 1989"

Published: January 7th, 2017     
Yamaha YZR500 (OWA8) "Team Lucky Strike Roberts 1989"
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/12
Company: Hasegawa

This is a great kit with lots of detail and fit of the parts is excellent. The assembly is complex, but the instruction are clear so it's a fun modeling challenge.

Hasegawa's Yamaha YZR500 was released in 2014 and is a rebox of a kit first issued in 2012, The kit has been released several times since then, mostly with new decals.

2015 Corvette C7.R

Published: January 5th, 2017     
2015 Corvette C7.R
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

This new kit from Revell is the 2015 Corvette C7.R that raced at Le Mans and in the IMSA racing league in the United States.

Kit

The kit comes packaged in the usual Revell 1/25 size cardboard box with 4 bags of white molded parts, 1 bag with a white body, the metal axles, rubber tires and clear red tail lights, and 1 bag with the clear parts. There are a total of 13 sprues of white plastic plus the body, 1 sprue of clear red, 2 clear sprues and the 2 metal axles and 4 rubber tires. All this adds up to a total of 64 plastic parts. The parts are molded with good detail and little flash. There are some ejector pin marks that will need to be addressed, but not too many.

The kit also comes with a very nice decal sheet with markings for 1 car, the number 4, that is in perfect register (More on the markings later). The instruction manual is 12 pages long and consists of 20 steps, including the decal guide. Paint callouts are generic in that they just give a generic color name and do not reference any particular paint manufacturer. There is also a listing of the parts and what they are, which is nice if you are not sure what each part represents.

Chevy Beretta Pro Street

Published: January 4th, 2017     
Chevy Beretta Pro Street
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Revell put together a pretty wild kit with this Beretta. It's almost straight out of the TV show "Street Outlaws".

Engine

We have a supercharged small block with nitrous. Real life would be putting out massive amounts of horsepower. Instructions were a little fuzzy on the distributor angle. Straight up won't allow the body to sit correctly, so it must be angled. Provides a pretty nice Lenco transmission.

Denso Toyota 88C "1989 Le Mans" Limited Edition

Published: January 2nd, 2017     
Denso Toyota 88C "1989 Le Mans" Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Scale: 1/24
Company: Hasegawa

This kit is a re-release from Hasegawa of the #38 Denso sponsored Toyota 88C that ran in the 1989 Le Mans race.  The car finished in 53rd place and did not finish the race due to a crash.  This is a curbside kit and has no engine or suspension details.

Kit

The kit comes packaged in the usual Hasegawa cardboard box and contains 1 bag of clear parts with the tire marking decal sheet inside and 1 bag of white parts with 4 rubber tires and polycaps separately bagged inside of it.  There is a total of 7 sprues of white parts plus the chassis and body and 1 sprue of clear parts.  All together there are 97 parts in this kit, although 14 of those parts are for other versions of the car.  My kit had quite a bit of flash on the parts, but none that was difficult to remove.  Just be careful to clean up the parts before assembly.  There were also some ejector pin marks that will need to be taken care of or they will be seen.