Automotive

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

Tiger Shark Show Rod

Published: December 12th, 2018     
Tiger Shark Show Rod
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

Background

From KustomRama:

The Car Craft Dream Rod was designed by the staff of Car Craft Magazine in 1961 and built in 1963. The car was completely custom made and got its power from a 289 Ford engine. In 1966 the Dream Rod was sold to the International Show Car Association, which commissioned a substantial revision to the car's styling, called the Tiger Shark. New alterations on the car included a hood scoop, the side roof scoops were closed, the trunk lid was eliminated, the rear was stretched 6 inches, the rear window, grille opening, and front fenders were also modified, and the roof clad in vinyl. The fenders followed the nose's shape and enclosed the Dream Rod's wheel wells. The redesign specified a new interior, including high-backed buckets, clad in a combination of wood-grained vinyl and orange and brown brocade. In place of the antiquated wires and skinny whitewalls were Cragar GT "mags" and plump Firestones. The new car was named Tiger Shark.

Jaguar XJS-V12

Published: December 4th, 2018     
Jaguar XJS-V12
Reviewed by: Gregory Hansel, IPMS# 46474
Scale: 1/24
Company: Hasegawa

Introduction

This kit was initially issued in 1983. I first bought a copy from the BX at Sheppard AFB, TX in 1988, mine was the TWR Sports edition and is still in my stash!! I was always a bit nervous about the chrome trim on the body and getting it right, but it turns out I didn't need to worry, Hasegawa did a great job molding this kit and it was not difficult to get a good result. This kit has held up exceptionally well for being 35 years old. The plastic is crisp and flash free and the fit is what you would expect from this company.....excellent!

Suzuki GT380 B

Published: November 27th, 2018     
Suzuki GT380 B
Reviewed by: Gregory Hansel, IPMS# 46474
Scale: 1/12
Company: Hasegawa

Introduction

The Suzuki GT380 B went on sale in 1972. It had a 3-cylinder motor and exceptional handling. The kit was initially released in 2017 and is a new mold. It looks like it's the first of a series of 1970s bike kits and that is great news because these kits are very well detailed and a lot of fun to build.

Construction

The kit comes on five sprues and has rubber tires and vinyl hoses. The chrome is super bright and even though the exhaust is made up of two pieces, the seam will not be an issue because of a raised lip on one half. The overall level of detail is amazing and the model looks great out of the box.

The first two stages are for the engine and it has a lot of great detail. The three carburetors are made up of three parts each and have three to four lines coming off of them. The engine builds up very quickly and looks great once painted. There is a lot of cables to really dress the motor up. After the motor is the wheels and they went together with no issue.

Tecnokar Trailer with 20' Tank

Published: November 26th, 2018     
Tecnokar Trailer with 20' Tank
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1:24
Company: Italeri

From Italeri's assembly instructions: The 20' Tecnokar Tank trailer is designed to ensure the highest level of efficiency in the liquid and fluid transport. The sturdy steel frame, on a three-axle system, made by the Italian Company, is able to load a 20' tank ideal to be used in the container intermodal logistic. It can well satisfy the need of complex and integrated logistic companies that adopting intermodal transport solution of liquid goods. That's more and more important taking in consideration that, in the recent years, the intermodal transport solution of liquids, especially the liquids destined to the food industry, is a "must have" to guarantee reliability and respect of the delivery time.

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CN7: The Inside Story of Donald Campbell’s Last Land Speed Record Car

Published: November 13th, 2018     
CN7: The Inside Story of Donald Campbell’s Last Land Speed Record Car
Author: Donald Stevens
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Veloce Publishing

This is a reprint of the original edition first published in 2010 in Veloce's Classic Reprint Series. The author's biography is available on the Veloce website above and is as follows: "Donald Stevens was born in the East End of London, but grew up in Haywards Heath, the Sussex market town to which he was evacuated in 1939. In his early teenage years he became fascinated by aeroplanes and other machines, and on leaving school began training as a mechanical engineer. At 19, he joined the newly-formed design consultancy Norris Brothers Ltd as its first employee and became a member of the design team for Donald Campbell's Bluebird hydroplane (K7). Following National Service in the RAF, Donald became project coordinator for the design and construction of the Bluebird car. This is his first book." I was unable to locate if Donald Stevens has written any subsequent books, but you can see Donald on youtube.com discussing this book.