Automotive

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

Alfa Romeo 2300 8C Monza Race Car

Published: February 11th, 2020     
Alfa Romeo 2300 8C Monza Race Car
Reviewed by: Michael A. Turco - IPMS# 47863
Scale: 1/12
Company: Italeri

The Kit

Italeri's new multi-media Alfa Romeo 2300 8C "Monza" race car kit comes in an impressive box measuring 22" x 11" x 4-1/2" (Photo 1). An illustration of the box contents is shown on one of the box lid flaps (Photo 2). Upon opening the box, you find a 28-page instruction booklet, four plastic bags containing 10 styrene sprues, including duplicates of the "D" and "G" sprues, two bags of hardware with various sized screws and nuts, a decal sheet, masking sheet, steel photoetch sheet, nylon mesh sheet, rubber tires, copper wire, rope and rubber tubing (Photo 3). The kit offers using either masks or decals for the No. 28 race car driven by the famous Italian driver Tazio Nuvolari, a nice feature. To try both for the purpose of this build review, I masked the radiator No. 28 and used decals for the body numbers. I used the length of rope to replicate its use as heat protection on the exhaust pipe in the Nuvolari car. The nylon mesh, along with a piece of photoetch, can be used to replace the one-piece plastic screen for what appears to be the supercharger air inlet.

ICM Model T 1912 Light Delivery Car

Published: October 19th, 2019     
ICM Model T 1912 Light Delivery Car
Reviewed by: William O'Malley - IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/24
Company: ICM

Background

One of the most numerous and famous cars in world history was the Model T produced by the Ford Motor Company. It became the first mass-production car and was affordable for middle class. The first examples of the Model T were built starting on October 1, 1908. It had a four-cylinder engine of 20 hp. The mass production was launched at the Highland Park Ford Plant, Michigan beginning in 1910. There were 16.5 million cars produced between 1908 and 1927. Model T cars were produced in different types, like the 1912 Light Delivery Cars.

The Light Delivery Car version is another of ICM's excellent series of 1/24 scale Model T kits. Other 1/24 scale Model T kits released by ICM include:

Ford Mustang II & Pinto 1970-1980

Published: September 7th, 2019     
Ford Mustang II & Pinto 1970-1980
Reviewed by: Keith Pruitt - IPMS# 44770
Company: Motorbooks

Product provided by: Motorbooks International

In the early to mid-1960s, the British Invasion forever changed music in America. In the late 1960s, the Japanese Invasion forever changed the cars that roamed the highways and byways in America. The cars were becoming smaller and more fuel-efficient, somewhat easier to maintain and, for the most part, more reliable. Since the 1950s, American automobiles had become larger and more garish in style, focusing primarily on luxury and high performance. Between the increasing insurance premiums and growing gasoline prices, that kind of car was becoming more expensive and more cumbersome to own. During this time, a new kind of American car came into being, the Subcompact. Marc Cranswick, the author, has been a car enthusiast for most of his life and has been involved with numerous car clubs and writing books on the history of a variety of cars. In this volume, he takes us through the formative years of Ford Motor Company's first line of subcompact cars.

Patina Volkswagens

Published: August 31st, 2019     
Patina Volkswagens
Reviewed by: William O'Malley - IPMS# 46473

About the Author

Author Mark Walker bought his first VW Beetle at age 16 and has since owned more than 100 Volkswagens. Walker was the owner and operator of several VW restoration companies and has carried out sympathetic restoration and high-quality suspension modifications for magazine feature cars. Mark has written for VolksWorld and Camper & Bus magazines since 2012.

Patina Volkswagens

This book focuses on 1974 or older Volkswagens with original paint, rust, and patina that have recently become more popular than cars restored to show condition. These rare unspoiled survivors tell a story of an interesting and varied past and have inspired a generation of car fanatics that might not be able to afford complete restorations.

The book is packed with excellent color photographs, and text provides insight to the car builders, dealers, celebrities, and hobbyists that have styled these unique cars.

Saab 96 & V4

Published: July 28th, 2019     
Saab 96 & V4
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

This is a reprint of the original edition first published in 2010, and now is available in Veloce's Classic Reprint Series. The author's biography is available on the Veloce website above and is as follows:

"Graham Robson possesses a worldwide reputation as a motoring historian, and has been close to the sport of rallying for many years, as a competitor, team manager, organizer, reporter, commentator, and observer; in more than forty years he has never lost touch with the sport. Not only has Graham competed in many British and European events, but he's also reported on marathons in South America, and acted as a traveling controller in the legendary London-Mexico World Cup Rally. As a recognized authority on many aspects of classic cars and motoring of that period, he is the most prolific of all authors, with more than 130 published books to his credit. Over the years Graham has owned, driven, described and competed in many of the cars featured in the Rally Giants Series, and his insight to their merits is unmatched."

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