Automotive

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

Grim Reaper Chopper by Tom Daniels

Published: June 10th, 2017     
Grim Reaper Chopper by Tom Daniels
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1:8
Company: Monogram

Background

The Grim Reapers description on Revell's website sums up the premise best, "The baddest of the bad is back and hotter than ever. Tom Daniel's devilishly designed Grim Reaper still has that mean, classic look 40 years after it was designed. The Grim Reaper starts with raked, custom, square-tubular forks and cool, dual-square headlights. Then, there's the "coffin" shaped gas tank on the custom frame with custom stitched seat, and "Iron Cross" medallion. It's all powered by a classic V-twin motor with down-swept chrome pipes. Kit features tons of chrome parts, flexible tubing for wiring, swing out kick stand, and soft black tires".

Custom Cadillac Lowrider

Published: May 4th, 2017     
Custom Cadillac Lowrider
Reviewed by: Jim Stepa, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1:25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Never built a lowrider and still haven't. This looked a pretty cool kit and I didn't have a land yacht in my collection

Engine

I have no idea about the size of the engine, but I remember Cadillacs used to have some huge displacement engines. The kit supplies only those parts for a stock build and those parts fit together very well.

Interior

Door panel and dash engraving was very crisp and easy to detail paint. Rear seat is molded in and the front seat a separate unit. Side panels are spate pieces which makes for easier painting. The interior is also flocked.

Body

Smooth, crisp lines and no flash. Emblems and door handles are provided on the chrome tree. You get a choice of 2 grilles. The lower body chrome pieces are all separate and are added after painting. The only thing I didn't really care for were the taillights, because they're molded in clear and not red. Engraving is very good except around the wheel wells making the use of Bare Metal Foil for the chrome trim rather difficult. I painted the body with House of Color purple kandy over a black base.

Kenworth K-100

Published: April 16th, 2017     
Kenworth K-100
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1:25
Company: Revell, Inc.

This review covers the re-release of the Kenworth K-100 by Revel in 1:25 scale. There are 284 parts molded in White, Chrome, and Clear, with Vinyl tires, and waterslide decals. Fit and finish on this kit is very good for its age. Incidentally, this is the truck style used for Optimus Prime in the original cartoon version of Transformers. The good news: this is a well designed kit. The bad news: I don't see a current release date so they may be hard to find.

Construction and Detailing

This 2017 re-release #85-2513 has seen several box arts and versions (including the aerodyne's) over the years. It needs glue and paint, so it would be recommended for advanced modelers due to the high piece count. On the other hand, it doesn't have the usual poor cab fit issue. In fact, it assembles very well. The build is done in modules and is fairly simple with the full frame being assembled, then the motor and interior.

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