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

Mercedes-Benz SL 230 Series 2001-2011

Published: April 20th, 2019     
Mercedes-Benz SL 230 Series 2001-2011
Author: Brian Long
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Company: Veloce Publishing

This publication is one from a series of books covering the Mercedes Benz SL series by Veloce Publishing.  It is a 208 page hardcover book, printed in 25cm x 25cm (9.75" x 9.75") format.  Publication date was February, 2015.

Other publications in this series are:

  • Mercedes Benz SL R130 Series 1989-2001
  • Mercedes Benz SL & SLC 107 Series 1971-1989
  • Mercedes Benz SLK R170 Series 1996-2004


Franklin's Indians: Irish Motorcycle Racer Charles B. Franklin Designer of the Indian Scout and Chief

Published: April 11th, 2019     
Franklin's Indians: Irish Motorcycle Racer Charles B. Franklin Designer of the Indian Scout and Chief
Author: Harry V Sucher, Tim Pickering, Liam Diamond and Harry Havelin
Reviewed by: Benjamin Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Company: Veloce Publishing

This book was first published by Panther Publishing in 2011 and Veloce Publishing Limited did a facsimile reprint in February 2018, this review is about the reprint. What we have is a biography of Charles B. Franklin, an electrical engineer, motorcycle racer, designer of Indian motorcycles and an overseer of the Indian Company racing teams. This book extensively covers the years from 1903 thru 1932 and with a wide geographic expanse well, from Ireland to Britain, then Europe and America with side excursions to Australia and back to Europe. A comprehensive account of his life and achievements to the sport of motorcycling has not been available until now.

German Staff Cars / Cabrio(let)

Published: March 24th, 2019     
German Staff Cars / Cabrio(let)
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun/Hauler

Longtime readers of IPMS/USA reviews will know that I tend to prefer the tiny stuff. So it shouldn't come as too big a surprise that when Brengun released some accessory items for those of us that build in a diminutive scale (1:144) that I put in my bid for this kit review. 'Kit Review' may be too strong a phrase as these small German Staff Cars 3D printed, in resin, and come as one piece. The only assembly of the actual car is to remove it from the casting block. It should be noted that these cars represent an Opel Admiral Cabriolet, circa 1938.

The kit aspect kicks in when you consider that Brengun provides a fret of photo-etch for details and a small set of decals. The decal sheet has license markings for two automobiles with the photo-etch fret holding detail bits for the license plates (two styles), command/rank pendant carriers (usually mounted on the front fenders), some pioneer tools, and a steering wheel. Brengun has considerately 3D printed the steering column. The assemble instructions suggest that you need to add that item yourself. (?) Interior detail of these cars is more than adequate for this scale. In fact, it is quite nice!

Mitsubishi Colt Galant GTO-MR

Published: March 22nd, 2019     
Mitsubishi Colt Galant GTO-MR
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1:24
Company: Hasegawa

This is a review of the Hasegawa Mitsubishi Colt Galant GTO-MR.


No engine. It's curbside kit.


Interior is wonderfully engraved and the supplied upholstery decals fit well. Didn't even have to paint some of the parts.


Body was crisp and clean with no flash. I had hoped to just polish the plastic but there were swirls in the roof so it had to be primed and painted. I used Tru-Color sun orange which is pretty darn close to factory color.


The suspension parts are separate from the chassis pan as is the exhaust system. Some of the parts are pretty small and care must be taken when working with them.


The instructions are several pages long with suggested paint color for specific parts.

This was a very enjoyable kit to work on. Thank you to IPMS for allowing me to review this kit.

How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car

Published: March 16th, 2019     
How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car
Author: Philip Young
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Company: Veloce Publishing

Veloce Publishing has issued a number of books in their SpeedPro Series that illustrates practical automotive performance tips and advice. This softcover book conations 96 pages of honest and engaging information on "How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car."

It is first and foremost a primer that shows you how to enter the field of long-distance endurance racing on a budget but it also has information and close-up photos of the kinds of modifications that can be used to recreate an authentic replica of those spartan race cars in scale.

The book is British-centric and many of the automotive terms like bonnet and windscreen (just as the races are) are prevalent but are easily understood from context so it's still a pretty easy read.

If you are seriously looking to get into the sport this book is a great place to start. Advice begins with an Austin Allegro project car. It describes in detail the modifications performed on the car for racing and optional products that will fit other budgetary considerations.